The BEST book on screenwriting written by an expert with a witty sense of humor thrown into his "how to" list. This is my new "Bible" and a must-readThe BEST book on screenwriting written by an expert with a witty sense of humor thrown into his "how to" list. This is my new "Bible" and a must-read for anyone serious about breaking into the screenwriting industry!
Thank you Blake Snyder for taking time to write this book!...more
Amazing reference book. A MUST for any author seeking advice from the proven experts in the field. Different perspectives and "hints" for writing a suAmazing reference book. A MUST for any author seeking advice from the proven experts in the field. Different perspectives and "hints" for writing a successful novel can be found between the covers of this book. Five-star excellence!...more
Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors so when Inferno's release was announced, I pre-ordered my copy of the book. My expectations were based on my eDan Brown is one of my favorite authors so when Inferno's release was announced, I pre-ordered my copy of the book. My expectations were based on my experience with Brown's previous novels (DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, etc.). Unfortunately, Inferno did not seem to keep up with its predecessors.
The story premise and idea behind Inferno is solid - a tightly woven range of possibilities creating the potential for another hit novel. The plot refused to follow Dan Brown's previous best sellers, dragging at times, losing the reader's interest frequently. Still, I am a huge fan of Dan Brown and am glad I read this book.
I would still recommend Inferno to anyone who loves Dan Brown because he delivers a great idea. My advice before reading, lower your expectations and enjoy....more
This book was a pleasant surprise - very enjoyable. I love the way Deborah Harkness pulls the reader into history, using characters that really livedThis book was a pleasant surprise - very enjoyable. I love the way Deborah Harkness pulls the reader into history, using characters that really lived and have historical significance from the 16th Century. She develops the plot and weaves the sequel into a plausible story. I had forgotten some of the details from her first book, A Discover of Witches, and would have benefitted from a little more review of the previous book's characters written somewhere into this novel. However, that is my memory's issue, not the authors.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, historical fiction....more
One of the best reads of all times! Daphne du Maurier spins a terrifying tale of murder, mystery and madness interwoven in spine-tingling innocent romOne of the best reads of all times! Daphne du Maurier spins a terrifying tale of murder, mystery and madness interwoven in spine-tingling innocent romance. A "must read" in for those who love the classic Hitchcock mystery....more
While I found the writing style occasionally distracting (I had to remind myself that this is a YA book), I couldn'tI'm on the fence with this one....
While I found the writing style occasionally distracting (I had to remind myself that this is a YA book), I couldn't help but be enthralled with the story itself. The plot is well thought-out and flows smoothly carrying the reader into the heart of the Hunger Games with terrifying skill. Unfortunately, this is not going to be listed as one of my favorite books even though it will rest on the bookcase shelf with my collection. I anticipate the movie more than the sequel, sadly enough.
Still, Suzanne Collins has done a wonderful job drawing in her audience (captivated or not) and pulls us all into participate in the Hunger Games series....more
Classic intertwining plot with a "who done-it" finish as is customary for the amazing Patricia Cornwell. I'm hooked on the series surrounding heroine,Classic intertwining plot with a "who done-it" finish as is customary for the amazing Patricia Cornwell. I'm hooked on the series surrounding heroine, Kay Scarpetta and have read almost every book produced by Patricia Cornwell. However this book seemed to have filler uncustomary for Cornwell which made it a little more tedious read than typical for the pace of her novels. It appeared, from this reader's perspective, that Cornwell wrote to fill a quota of pages for the novel versus filling the plot with juicy tidbits and hints for what comes next, as is the usual style for Corwell's writing.
I will almost always recommend Patricia Cornwell's books to anyone who loves a good action/adventure mystery filled with a hearty CSI flavor. This book is no exception. I urge all Cornwell fans to read and enjoy another adventure with Kay Scarpetta, Marino and Lucy as they team up together to solve another mystery with "The Scarpetta Factor"....more
Lifted from the ancient pages of The Book of Kings, the story of Jeroboam as he dwells in ancient EgyReview written by Marti Melville
September 6, 2010
Lifted from the ancient pages of The Book of Kings, the story of Jeroboam as he dwells in ancient Egypt is brought to life in John Howard Reid's novel, "In All His Glory".
With spendid detail, the reader is transported back to the days of the Pharaohs and submerged into the ordeal of life as a Jew in hostile desert lands, an outcast from his own country, struggling to survive amongst Egyptian royalty. John Howard Reid has obviously done his homework as is evidenced by the detailed description of ancient Egyptian culture, biblical tradition and the interaction of both cultures centuries before Christianity's birth as a religious movement.
The story is compelling and moves the reader along at a steady pace, urging one to read to the end. As is typical for John Howard Reid, the story delivers an unexpected twist within the final pages. Pondering the contents of the epilogue allowed me to pleasantly imagine the probability of Reid's story just told. Details are full and vibrant in pieces. For brief moments, the reader rides a roller-coaster of rich information which then dips to deliver scant data before turning to a new subject, leaving one to wonder "what just happened". Opportunity to paint an unseen image of architechture, mannerism or culture is lost as the author seems to rush on to the next event, occasionally leaving the impression that the plot has been replaced by a series of scenes. Just as frustration builds due to unquenched thirst for detail, the description lifts once again carrying the reader on to view a new picture painted of life amongst the pyramids.
The main character, Jeroboam, dances between dialogue spoken from ancient tongue and modern-day figures of speech distracting the reader from the experience intended by the story. Use of occasional vocabulary pulled from the author's probable reference to a thesarus also causes a shift in the story. However, these minor deterrents do not detract enough to cause loss of interest in "what happens next" in the reader's mind.
I recommend "In All His Glory" to anyone looking for an enjoyable hypothetical historical fiction. The novel is an easy read, provides gentle entertainment and a quick escape. Recommended for all ages Young Adult and older.
(Marti Melville is the author of "Midnight Omen Deja vu")...more
Unhallowed Ground takes the reader to the typical Heather Graham unpredictable haunting experience in a strange, old house with "skeletons in its closUnhallowed Ground takes the reader to the typical Heather Graham unpredictable haunting experience in a strange, old house with "skeletons in its closets" (or walls). A fast-paced, enjoyable read from beginning to end.
Recommend to anyone wanting to sleep with the lights on for the next few nights!
Imagine yourself treasure hunting through stacks and piles of paper when suddenly you discover a jewel hidden in the files once belonging to Michael CImagine yourself treasure hunting through stacks and piles of paper when suddenly you discover a jewel hidden in the files once belonging to Michael Crichton. Pirate Latitudes is just such a find, discovered after the notorious author had passed on, a manuscript not yet published.
The very idea of reading a manuscript written by one of the masters intrigued me enough to open the cover of this newly published novel. To my surprise, the words were scribed much the way a rough draft manuscript would be written, prior to the many editing efforts accompanying a polished publication. It was exciting reading paragraphs which appeared as mere entries for ideas to be developed at a later time. As I am an author still crawing along the path well paved by Mr. Crichton, I was inspired to read his fresh, raw imagination spilled out on each page.
Paragraph by paragraph, the tale of the swaggaring Captain Charles Hunter bubbles forth as the reader is swept along his plot to capture the Spanish galleon, El Trinidad and make off with its bounteous booty. Cunning and skill are required to achieve such a feat, which Captain Hunter is advised is impossible. Still, the tempation for such a feat is irrisistible as he gathers a rag-tag crew, each member selected for unique and valuable skills he (or she) brings to the undertaking. Prodded by the generous bribery of Port Royal's own governor, Sir James Almont, Captain Hunter set sails in the Cassandra, his destination the dangerous port Mantanceros. The adventures to follow test the skills of his crew and the bravery of their captain, the outcome not without reward.
Pirate Latitude is a wonderful read for those who are Michael Crichton fans, as well as for aspiring and established authors alike. The reader will delight through the typical story-telling style used by this great author as he follows the same adventurous artestry recognized in his well-known works, Jurassic Park, the Andromeda Strain, the television phenomonon ER and others.
I heartily bequeath my recommendation to those seeking adventure on the high seas with a masterly written novel, Pirate Latitudes.
Trepidation was the term I'd use to describe my attitude when I glanced at this 700 page "how to" book. I had just finished writing another novel andTrepidation was the term I'd use to describe my attitude when I glanced at this 700 page "how to" book. I had just finished writing another novel and was not prepared to launch into a book of this size. However, the name intrigued me. I needed to know exactly what each 1001 ways entailed in order to be successful as an author.
Not long after opening the cover, I found myself drawn into the meat of this author's experiences and realized that this book contained all that was needed to move forward with a successful marketing plan for my novel. Unwittingly, my highlighter was taken up and the pages marked and referenced for my own use. John Kremer has complied an amazing list of ideas and steps to take for any publisher or author to successfully market their inventory. The book reads more as an in-depth reference list than as a book read cover-to-cover. Indeed, that is not how this author intended it to be utilized and wisely so. Various aspects of marketing books are presented for all levels and areas of authorship, publishing, agency, distributing, etc. The reader will be impressed with his ability to reference any area of immediate attention and find the answer listed within the pages of this book.
My recommendation is for every author, agent and publisher to own a personal copy of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. I plan to continue utilizing the information, advice and suggestions listed within its pages now as I market my current novel and in the future as I work through the next in the series.
I have already recommended 1001 Ways to Market Your Books to several other authors I have the opportunity to associate with and will recommend it during an upcoming lecture for my local Writer's League in October.
Today is the day to get started on marketing your books. You can do this now with 1001 Ways to Market Your Books.