There are thousands of books on creativity out there, I think that this year I've read lat least 5 and all of them offer you different scopes and apprThere are thousands of books on creativity out there, I think that this year I've read lat least 5 and all of them offer you different scopes and approaches, the one given in this book is like a good chat with a close friend who will tell you the sheer truth on your face, whether you like to hear it or not. And probably, the best thing of it, is that you don't have to buy it all because it is not a theory or a treat, it's just the author's take on her work and how she got to discover her creative genius works.
I am not a believer in many things, but magic isn't one of them. The thing with magic is that you have to experience it first hand or you don't. I'm glad I've been one of those people who dared to open their mind to possibilities, and even when this may sound slightly naïve, I like to think that many of the great things that have happened in my life were thanks to it.
I could quote the whole book here, but I think it is a literary journey full of references you should live. It makes you think about your disposition to work in whichever creative endeavour you have, and also, your real interest on doing it: do you do it because you enjoy it? because it is vital? or is t just for the fame and recognition?
I know how hard it is to speak to artists, it's a huge field of work, a very diverse and complex world of references and styles where all subjective motivations lead to customized experiences. But this book is a great change to get closer to them, whether for curiosity or need. Give it a chance. ...more
I got to this book because of a long list of reads someone published for storytellers, but I found out it is more material for business entrepreneursI got to this book because of a long list of reads someone published for storytellers, but I found out it is more material for business entrepreneurs -though, storytellers draw great things from any kind of read, and that's my point- and I found it quite interesting and enlightening. Currently there is a lot of literature on creativity, how to make your ideas and projects a real thing and all kinds of manuals for creative people. Most of them are full of formulas that may or may not work... this book isn't one of those. Peter Sim dwells on the motivations and the processes of many successful entrepreneurial projects and tries to figure out what drove the people to act a certain way, he didn't try to figure out what was the magical/astral combination that made that particular idea great, which is what happens with some other books of the genre, and that's probably what makes Little Bets a little bookish bet that teaches you the biggest lessons in life. Why three stars? There are many books like this in the market and though, this one is filled with the most varied and colourful study cases, falls short on certain explanations and gets repetitive on some others. If you're starting with this kind of books, this is a great one, will make you curious about some cases and will lead you to some other amazing reads, it has a very comprehensive list of bibliography and resources that can be useful to you....more
I was one of those radical readers who thought that nothing could beat The Lord of The Rings. Well, I was wrong, especially with this story, that, thoI was one of those radical readers who thought that nothing could beat The Lord of The Rings. Well, I was wrong, especially with this story, that, though, as it feels short, depicts the epicness and drama of the early ages of Middle Earth. I was hooked from the start. I remembered, vaguely, Húrin's adventures and the story of Túrin in the Silmarillion, but the detail in this tale brings you to where it all happened. One thing that fascinates me, particularly, is the geographical description and the accurate way Tolkien takes you from one place to the other. This is a sad story, undoubtedly, I think it's even more tragic than Frodo's. But, I won't leave any spoilers here. You have to read it, and weep just as I did on the last chapter. It was good to feel the excitement of reading Tolkien again, no wonder why writers remain alive even after their deaths, good literature keeps them alive. ...more
I didn't know much about Shapiro before reading the book, I think her work for magazines is well recognized but I found this memoir boring and unmotivI didn't know much about Shapiro before reading the book, I think her work for magazines is well recognized but I found this memoir boring and unmotivating. I don't know, maybe the writer she is is not the kind of writer I would like to be, or maybe her life experiences didn't speak to my heart like some others have done in the past. There's nothing wrong with this book, it's a nice memoir, for whoever wants to know how Shapiro's upbringing was, but as for the rest, is the same advice you hear from writers all around the world and the internet: love your craft, make time for it, trust yourself, get reliable people who give you honest opinions about your work so you can grow and GET TO THE DAMN COMPUTER/PAGE AND WRITE. ...more
I am not a fan of books that tell you how to do stuff, but the title of this one called my name because latelThis is a review in english and spanish.
I am not a fan of books that tell you how to do stuff, but the title of this one called my name because lately I had been considering that being alone is slightly underrated, at least in the society I'm in. I'm glad I grabbed it and read it because Sara Maitland gives powerful insights, from the philosophical and historical perspectives on how to be able to get more creativity, mindfulness and peace of mind by spending some time by yourself. This is not a self-help book that will tell you, technically, how to do things, but instead, why make them and how to achieve them by putting in practice some simple tricks. you don't need to become a hermit in the mountains (though some did it and it's highly encouraged for certain characters), you just need to make time and spaces to get that. You'll be surprised.
No soy fan de los manuales y mucho menos de los libros de autoayuda, pero el título de este me llamó la atención y luego de haberlo leído confirmo de manera positiva mi decisión: qué buena elección. Estar solo o pasar tiempo solo es algo que muchos ignoran o ven como algo negativo. En nuestra sociedad colombiana (y latinoaméricana) el hecho de psar tiempo solo tiene connotaciones negativas, somos seres sociales que vemos esas pequeñas cosas como algo extraño, raro y antinatural. Me alegra haber leído este libro porque Sara Maitland nos entrega, desde diferentes perspectivas: religiosa, histórica, filosófica e incluso científica, pequeños datos que confirman los increíbles poderes y alcances de la soledad, no solo en el aspecto del desarrollo personal, también profesional, creativo y de la salud (física y mental). Lo que más me gusta es que no es un libro de autoayuda, el texto simplemente es un análisis de tosas las implicaciones y beneficios que puede lograr una persona a través de la práctica de la soledad, sin tener que aislarse en una montaña o una isla desierta (lo cual también puede funcionar, pero no es nuestro caso). El libro es una invitación a ser un poco más conscientes de nosotros mismos y lograr obtener esos espacios para escuchar nuestros propios pensamientos. Para muchos el simple hcho de etsar consigo mismos es aterrador, a mi me prece una gran práctica para poder tener conexiones sociales más inteligentes y provechosas. Se sorprenderá... ...more
This book might be about a darker shade of magic but, wow! it was worth going through the darkness to enjoy it all! As Schwab promised her agent thisThis book might be about a darker shade of magic but, wow! it was worth going through the darkness to enjoy it all! As Schwab promised her agent this book is about "pirates, thieves, sadist kings, and violent magic-y stuff", and it delivers action, emotion and suspense on every page. It's weird to find good fantasy books nowadays, at least, books that don't fall into the usual clichès of having damsels in distress and a quirky, boring love stories that end up the same way always. The main characters, Kell and Delilah are incredibly relatable, they are also concrete and coherent. I think I fell in love with Kell and the anguish it represents to be an Antari, one of the last of his kind. Then there's Delilah (Lilah), a strong, stubborn girl, she sort of reminds me of me. She was fun to read and always came up with the smartest remarks. This is a simple, clear fantasy story and that's why I find it so fascinating, no need of fancy effects, just a good plot and things happening constantly that build up to a wonderful ending of a first delivery. Can't wait for what's next from this author!...more
Keeping up with the binge of books recommended for writers I bumped with this one. I want to take the time to really make a good analysis on it, but bKeeping up with the binge of books recommended for writers I bumped with this one. I want to take the time to really make a good analysis on it, but by now, this will be a short review: Wired for Story I the perfect deconstruction of what a good story should be, not just in the book format but as a document and a piece you want to share with the world, something that conveys a message. Lisa Cron takes us on a journey, filled with examples, on the physics of a good story, those methods and parts that are invisible to the reader but take a crucial role on the story we want to tell. Slow paced, filled with practical things, examples you've seen on tv, cinema or books, it crafts a good manual for any writer to be, or any established writer that wants to polish his skills. ...more
I am still conflicted with this series. It is thrilling to read and it takes you to wonderful places (Troy, in this one, was my particular passage ofI am still conflicted with this series. It is thrilling to read and it takes you to wonderful places (Troy, in this one, was my particular passage of the whole book) but also brings great disappointments. Basically, I think Taylor didn't know where else to go or how to draw real drama by making this story go around the emotional life of a seemingly emotionally unavailable woman. There's a lot to explore besides the incapability of commitment! History, for example. Even when we go many places in this book (yes, back to the cretaceous too), I feel like this story really started stalling. SPOILERS AHEAD! The fact that Leon died, almost inexplicably and suddenly made it feel like she was looking for an excuse for Maxwell to have a breakdown, big no no. Then there comes a nice turn, when she meets Leon back in the cretaceous being saved by him, making her own past and his future happen. It all was well until miraculously she ends up with him in some parallel universe. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The narration falls short in parts, the essential parts are written quickly and the useless details take more space than the actual action we want to see in depth. I'm seriously considering reading the next book, I can't see where all of this is going... ...more
Once again, Jodi Taylor started with a really compelling story and somehow it diluted in some bunch of spectacular action, I have to be honest: I gotOnce again, Jodi Taylor started with a really compelling story and somehow it diluted in some bunch of spectacular action, I have to be honest: I got lost in the middle of the book. A Symphony of Echoes starts spectacularly with a Jack The Ripper Hunt that turns out wrong. The St. Mary's Chronicles follow the not so mature for her age Miss Maxwell and her adventures through time. Still, this book feels more concrete than the previous one, we know there is a goal and a definitive villain to chase. I like to see more of Maxwell's relationship with the rest of the institute staff.
For me, this book was divided in three, and in order not to spoil the reading for you, I hope you see it too. Sometimes the book feels rushed, the actions are too quick, when the plot could thicken (The Jack the Ripper part). But when the plot thickens, it gets boring and it dwells on things and events that sometimes prove no use for the character development o the happenings around (The Alexandria plot had it's purpose but I think it could've been fleshed out even more).
Needless to say that the Mary Stuart ending had me hooked. I still can't tell if I am in love or not with this saga, but I gotta read them all in order to tell! ...more