It's always a clue that a book is good when I drop all other books I'm reading and sneak peeks during class to keep reading, therefore finishing withi...moreIt's always a clue that a book is good when I drop all other books I'm reading and sneak peeks during class to keep reading, therefore finishing within a day.
I've started, and yet to finish, a couple books that claim to help a person with aspirations of writing into writing that best seller that's hidden in them, just waiting to hop out.
This is not the view point Ariel takes.
What I enjoyed most about this book was her interview with other authors who have "made it" in the sense that their books have received awards, and they've been in the spotlight and all that goodness. I especially liked the different exercises the authors provided. And witty quotes are always a plus.
I have to say that I agree with other reviewers in that Ariel's definition of famous doesn't mean J.K. Rowling famous. But that isn't a bad thing. And the emphasis on self-publication and ideas to get your stories out there in the world were very helpful.
I'd recommend this book to any aspiring writer who thinks that they don't have the time, money or talent to publish the next best novel. In reality, if I knew such a person, I'd hand them this book and say, "Start writing!"(less)
**spoiler alert** This book was recommended to me by a close friend of mine. It was really the only reason I finished the novel. The first half was ve...more**spoiler alert** This book was recommended to me by a close friend of mine. It was really the only reason I finished the novel. The first half was very lovely; I loved gaining an entrance into Saskia's mind and her world with her friends, Marco and such. It took me a while to understand all that Saskia was saying, especially with the mentions of "Tylerian weather". That one took me a while to get.
The character of Jane was a nice addition because she helped Saskia discover who she was a person. Also, through Jane, I was able to understand more of Saskia' world. However, once Thomas entered the picture, I got very confused. The relationship between Thomas and Jane seemed too far-fetched and wrong. And trying to straighten out Lauren's side of the story versus Thomas' side of the story was another matter!
In short, I really enjoyed the first half of the novel for the imaginative prose, but once Thomas came back to "Wonderland", I thought the novel went downhill. I especially disliked the ending; it seemed Brian Hall added on the part with Russel without much thought; I really didn't see any development in Saskia's character. Also, the readers and Saskia never learned what her name meant, which was a running bit the entire novel, and that made the novel incomplete.(less)