January 3, 2015

Review: Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right

Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right
Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right by Judith Tarr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I know everybody's supposed to be into ebooks now, but you will get my last physical book when it's pried from my cold dead fingers, dammit. That said, I do have a few ebooks and short stories, and this is one of them.

(Also, you should hie thee straight over to Book View Cafe and peruse their selection. That's where I downloaded this book. It's an independent publishing cooperative where almost all the royalties go straight to the authors--none of this Amazon middleman nonsense. Not to mention the fact that all their books are DRM-free! Thank the Deity!)

I've been reading Judith Tarr's blog for years. I love the stories she writes about her Lipizzaners, and she certainly seems to know her stuff when it comes to horses. So I decided to take the e-plunge and try out her book. Trust me, I'm a complete noob when it comes to horses; I've hardly ever been around them, and I would't know how to begin to care for or ride one.

This book remedies a lot of that, in simple, understandable language. I'm rather fascinated by her description of horses (or at least her Lipizzaners) as sentient, alien beings; I have the sense that this idea is where she gets a lot of her equine fiction (and if so, I need to read more of it). Her love of mares over stallions and geldings is also an interesting notion I've never considered before. Her chapters cover what I'm sure is mundane everyday stuff to real horse people, but for someone like me, it's a revelation.

This is an informative, compact little book (much like her horses) and it's well worth the money.

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