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There are several chapters in the beginning that are one of the best guides I've found for using setting. If you already have it's sibling The Rural Setting Thesaurus, The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Places, Don't think these first chapters are duplicates. Together they make up an even more complete guide.
I often simply browse each of the 6-volumn collection by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi for inspiration and ideas. It's more than a reference for improving settings you already have - I have incorporated some I hadn't thought of. And more importantly, when I get bored with my story (2nd drafts, revisions, edits) I get excited about developing my characters, writing description, and improving all elements of storytelling. I'd say take it on your beach holiday, but you'll want to get back to your writing and you're on vacation!
If, like me, you can't get enough - Their website WritersHelpingWriters has more topics (free!) for the collection in the same quality and style - including a unique "Emotional Wounds Thesaurus". If you're not convinced you need to buy this book (and the 4 others), the website also includes samplings.
It is clear the authors experienced each setting personally - I understand they even allowed themselves to be arrested and jailed to know beyond the obvious, how it felt, smelled, sounded etc. etc. Talk about dedication to detail and accuracy !
An author could spend every dime of their past, present and future royalties on a whole library of reference books and still not achieve a return on their investment as valuable as this thesaurus. I think I’ll sneak past that cheap motel up ahead and make my way to the Penthouse Suite and order some room service!
I like that it was broken up into urban and rural or the book with be a bit unwieldy. Definitely get the companion book Rural Settings thesaurus. You'll be all set to describe any location. I also highly recommend all the books in the series.
Five stars only because I can't give it more.
I'll also note that I'm glad I got the ebooks because you can jump to specific chapters based on what you're working with in your stories. Navigation is more user-friendly in the newer books than say the Emotional Thesaurus which is organized differently, but none of them are unusable.
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