Quick Review: The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff

Featured imageMaggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff are three successful authors on their own right but they are also each other critique partners.  They call themselves the Merry Sisters of Fates.  If you are familiar with our blog, then you already know about Maggie.  I love her and obviously, I have read all of Maggie’s work. I have read some the works of Tessa and Brenna and have mix feelings about them. I really liked Brenna’s The Replacement but only so-so about Fiendish.  I did enjoy both Tessa’s Blood Magic and Blood Keeper but for some reason have yet to pick up her latest series.    Anyway, the three ladies used to post their short stories on their website but I think since all of their writing careers have taken off they haven’t had time to write that many.  They all are very different writers with different styles, though they do all seem to stay on the fantasy side of literature.  In The Anatomy of Curiosity they each wrote a short story displaying their personal theory on what is important in starting to build a story.  Is it Character development, world building or the idea of a story.  They all start at different places but still come up with great stories.  Before each story, they go through their process and why they started where they did, why they made these choices and so forth.  Through out the stories, they each write for asides as to why they used these words or choices, giving the reader a true insight into their thinking and process.  After the story is over they other chime in with their notes. You can read all the notes or you can just read the stories and you will still get a great experience.  For inspiring writers, this is a good tool to helping them with their decision making or for us readers, a chance to read some good short stories.  Either way it’s a win.

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