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Making Book

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Trade paperback collection of the author's non-fiction writing.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Nesfa Pr
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Moira Russell
Basically +4 for the copyediting essay, the American Psycho essay (basically an extension of the copyediting essay) and some of the painful, honest writing about narcolepsy and neuropsychological difficulties. -1 for some of the impenetrable ancient fandom stuff which would apparently need to be footnoted more heavily than Dante to be understood, except I just don't care about it enough to bother looking stuff up. A few more essays like "God and I" and "Apocalypse Now and Then," a few less fan ...more
A fine collection of essays.

Some are closer to historical artifacts in SF fandom, as amusing as they are. There's a cute story dedicated to a popular filk singer from the late eighties, which while well-written, lacks context if you don't know the subject.

Others -- such as "God and I" -- are very personal, and don't require fan knowledge to parse. "Rough Terrain," created from fragments of unfinished letters, essays, and other ephemera written over a couple years, reads like stream-of-conscious
Sep 28, 2007 Seth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sf fans, any writers, anyone interested in essays
Teresa Nielsen Hayden and her husband, Patrick, have been fixtures in the science fiction community for decades. They have published and contributed to important fanzines through the community's rocky 70s and 80s. They then settled into editor positions at Tor, a major publisher of SF/F.

Making Book is a collection of Teresa's essays, fanzine contributions, and stories. It covers a lot of ground: her famous story of being formally excommunicated from the Mormon church, an essay about the trials a
A book of essays, two of which are transcendent and very applicable to my current pursuits and interests.

Her essay on getting excommunicated from Mormonism is delightful. I wondered why she participated in her own excommunication ceremony; the attitude was hilarious, though -- so I'm glad she did.

Another essay on copy-editing is very interesting and well-written, and funny for sticklers and friends-of-sticklers.

Those essays rock; then they threw in a couple of duds. That's okay; they're pretty s
if you have to read any of this book, stick to the first and last essays.
Casey Blair
I slowly digested MAKING BOOK over the last couple of months, and I had a great time with it. Admittedly, there were a lot of jokes of fandom past that went over my head. There were more that startled me into laughing out loud, sometimes even as I winced at the implications. (My current favorite anecdote is the footnote where Teresa compares the editor of the time travel story who recast the whole thing in subjunctive -- I mean, really?! -- versus the one with "Right Attitude." Then again, I sni ...more
A fine book of essays, covering reminiscences about getting excommunicated by the Mormon church, a funny polemic against "woo-woo" pseudoscience, and what's reputed to be the best essay ever written on copyediting (I agree).
Chris Bauer
I was fortunate enough to have Teresa as a guest instructor at a writing workshop a couple of years ago (Viable Paradise - HIGHLY recommended for am/pro writers of speculative fiction) and I believe I learned more listening to her speak for a few hours about the writing / editing process than I had in the previous two years. Invaluable information.

"Making Book" is a slender volume but filled with awesome. Observations, recollections and just funny anecdotes abound. But of particular worth is the
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