This rare collection of Essays and Fiction by Stephen King is a must have for any King fan. The majority of this book consists of essays with some int...moreThis rare collection of Essays and Fiction by Stephen King is a must have for any King fan. The majority of this book consists of essays with some interviews and two fiction stories. If you enjoyed "On Writing", you will find King's wit and humor in this book just as appealing. Although King is primarily a horror writer, this book can be read by anyone interested in writing in any genre, the nucleus is there in all he says.
Out of the fiction in ths book, "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet", which is labeled as a novella was the fiction piece I enjoyed the most. The metaphor of the fexible bullet and the way the story was crafted was true 'King'. (less)
Disappointed, too much plugging of his own books. And still don't know how this constitutes a 30 day writing plan. Sure there are some exercises, but...moreDisappointed, too much plugging of his own books. And still don't know how this constitutes a 30 day writing plan. Sure there are some exercises, but in toto, nothing about how to go about doing it in a methodical way. Stick with Chris Batty's book "No Plot, No Problem".(less)
I know the story, however I thought it would be interesting to actually read the book. I thought it started out interesting and stayed that way until...moreI know the story, however I thought it would be interesting to actually read the book. I thought it started out interesting and stayed that way until Part 4. Then it got very technical and kind of rambling, then by the last few chapters it became interesting once more. I think most of part 4 could have been left out. It could have gone from trial to execution without all the other nonsense.(less)
It was Basic but not the right kind of Basic (for me). I'm new to Kabbalah but not the principle's he spoke on as they are many principle's in other m...moreIt was Basic but not the right kind of Basic (for me). I'm new to Kabbalah but not the principle's he spoke on as they are many principle's in other metaphyical / new thought teachings.
This book just did not hit the points I hoped it would. However, David Cooper's voice was very calming, and the meditations at the end seemed like something I would be willing to try.(less)
I gave this book 2 stars because I personally did not like it. The author did warn that this book had BASIC techniques for practicing the Law of Attra...moreI gave this book 2 stars because I personally did not like it. The author did warn that this book had BASIC techniques for practicing the Law of Attraction. However, I continued to read because I thought there is always something to learn. I did not learn anything new. If you are a past or current student of Dyer, Chopra, Braden, Dooley or Tolle, this book will be too elementary. It is a great book for those new to the teachings or for those who need a different explanation on how to apply the tools to daily life. The author fancied himself educating the reader about quantum physics; however, if you've studied this topic for any number of years, you are way beyond the primary explanation of quantum theory and the Law of Attraction.(less)
Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness singing with Others by Stacy Horn
This is a LibraryThing Early Review.
Imperfect Harmony is a non-fiction book that...moreImperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness singing with Others by Stacy Horn
This is a LibraryThing Early Review.
Imperfect Harmony is a non-fiction book that marries a memoir a musical education. Stacy Horn entertains and educates us with the inner workings of a church choir as well as the history of some of the world’s most important musical pieces.
Stacy takes us on her journey which starts with her joining the choir and the reasons behind it. We travel through her years and all the politics behind a church choir that most people, who have never belonged to a church choir, don’t know.
I was able to relate to a lot of the inner workings of her church choir as mine has similar situations happen. I especially liked the part where she said:
“I tried to catch the eye of everyone around me who wasn’t a soprano I. I get it. First sopranos don’t feel this. You hear it, but you don’t feel it. You don’t know that those lowly peasants making a nice vocal cushion for you to step on had parts that were every bit as rapturous as yours”
This rings very true. Many sopranos tend to feel superior, when in truth, all the parts are necessary in the choir. Of course this is something that one who is not in a choir, may not know.
I loved her stories of the people she sang with. Also being a New Yorker, and dealing with very similar personalities, I couldn’t help but to smile.
Another pretty cool thing I learned from this book was that: “…hearing loss starts at high frequencies and slowly progresses downward.”
Now I understand why the older women in my choir are always off key.
I thought this was a wonderful peek inside the life of one woman and her choir. It also opened my eyes to a lot of music I never heard. After reading this, I searched around for many of the music she commented on in this book.
The world is full of beautiful music. Stacy Horn makes it a little easier to find. (less)
Let me tell you what I didn’t like about this book:
1) The name dropping stories will (and in some cases already are) dated. This book will not hold up...moreLet me tell you what I didn’t like about this book:
1) The name dropping stories will (and in some cases already are) dated. This book will not hold up over the years. He talks about people, TV Shows, movies etc, that in 75 years, no one will know what they are or who they were. I had this problem when I read Napoleon Hill’s books. Stuff that was a normal mind set when he wrote the books are no longer applicable. This caused me to grow frustrated while reading it.
2) The later principles talk about financial success. Where the information is sound, it doesn’t work for everyone. It is not a blanket approach. He says “Don’t think you can’t do it”. Well, let me see, if I save 50% of my paycheck in a savings account what will I be? Rich? No I’d be homeless. If you make $100K a year, then this is a possibility. If you make $40K a year, live in NYC and have a kid in college along with being a single parent, saving 50% of your check is not something you should be doing.
3) A lot of regurgitated information. Most of the stuff in the earlier chapters I’ve read or heard about over the last 20 years. There is no new information in here.
4) Too much book plugging for his “Chicken Soup for The Soul” books. We get it. You made money with these books. You had a million dollar idea…blah blah blah.
Let me tell you what I did like about this book:
1) I listened to the audio version so it was abridged. I do have the physical copy, but I don’t think I’ll be reading that any time soon.
2) There is some good information in here for those who are new to Jack Canfield and or this way of thinking. If you have been a student of manifesting and metaphysics for a while, this book will be too elementary.
3) I did like his principle on how you can self educate yourself. People think schooling is the only way to get ahead. Don’t get me wrong, it sure helps, but you can learn things by reading or watching educational TV or films. Or you can talk to people who can stimulate your thought process. He talks about staying away from negative people and those who will pull you down.
4) He did mention Stephen King.
And I do understand that this is not an instant fix. It should take years and years to master these principles. This is a great book for a 25 year old. For a 50 year old who has kids in college and gets paid minimum wage…not so helpful (financial info). Although we can all have a successful mindset, and because of that, this book has merit.