Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Review: 'Character Naming Sourcebook' by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon, 2005, Writer's Digest, $24.99, hardbound, 486 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: good. Where we got it: bought it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble. 

One of the niftiest things about this book is that it offers a number of websites for you to find even more names than the book itself gives you. 

Besides that, there are scores of nationalities represented, from African to Slavic to Native American, Welsh, and Maori. There's even a section on Arthurian legend names, and all of the names have their meaning beside them.  

To spice things up a bit, several authors give brief sidebars on the trials and tribulations they've experienced in naming their own characters. 

To round things out, there is a reverse lookup index: here you can look up the meaning for a name and find all the listings of the names that mean what you want. 

If you like this one, try: Names through the Ages, by Teresa Norman. 

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