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Becky takes frequent flights of fantasy, in real life as well as in her writing. It’s said that life is stranger than fiction, but Becky’s out to prove it’s possible to integrate it both ways. Whether she’s racing her Arabian horses through the woods, rapid firing her .45 or gargoyling from local rooftops, Becky finds it hard to stay grounded in the real world. Although she has yet to ride in a space ship (she did get to simulate crashing a 727) or to meet a real vampire (that she’s aware of), piratey dress, “arrgh matey’s” and pints of brew are standard fare on the odd weekend.
Ashe Elton Parker
on Feb. 05, 2017 :
I bought this book years ago, closer to its initial publication date of 2011 and then forgot about it.
This book was a quick read, but informative. Becky Burkheart writes from a wide range of experience with horses in various types of situations. I'd have liked her to go into a bit more detail, but she provides a list of resources for further reading, which I intend to explore.
One of the things I liked about this book is that Burkheart states, several times, that experienced riders can often disagree on various topics regarding horses, from what sort of feed to use, to training techniques. She also includes information on donkeys, because, apparently, writers treat them the same as horses in their writing, when they've actually got quite different base personalities. In addition, Burkheart explains how targeted breeding affects a horse's ability to be versatile, and about coat colors, and about their lifespan, because apparently for this, authors believe that horses live around half their actual lifespan
As a writer, it's given me plenty to consider in my own work, and I expect to refer to this book and the other resources frequently as I write. I'd recommend this book to any writer whose characters employ horses.
(reviewed 6 years after purchase)
on Sep. 01, 2012 :
For the preson who does not know anything about horses, this is a great book! The athor draws on real life experience and incorpates that all throughout. She also brings up issues that most authors won't think of, or won't know to think of!
The book was also easy to read - one section slid into the other beautifully.
I was however a bit disappointed with how brief each section is. I would have liked more then an overview of each point. Also, if one has experience with horses or knowledge of them, one will find this book to cover what one already knows.
However, for the horse illiterate novelist, this is a great resource!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)