This book is made up of interviews of well-known novelists. It's written in Q/A format. For example: Daniel Alarcon sent a questionnaire to several no...moreThis book is made up of interviews of well-known novelists. It's written in Q/A format. For example: Daniel Alarcon sent a questionnaire to several novelists. In the book, he indicated the question he asked, then provides the answers from all of the novelists. Then moves on to the next question.
There is a lot of insight to be gained from reading this book, especially if you're new to the world of writing. It really shows that there is not one correct way of doing it. Everyone has their own styles, methods, and thoughts on how to write a novel.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in writing a novel, is currently writing a novel, has ever written a novel, or is just interested in learning about the process of writing a novel and how the authors manage to get it done.(less)
Overall, I really liked this book! It struck me as a cross between sci-fi and fantasy, '1984'-ish.
It was exciting from beginning to end, with the plot...moreOverall, I really liked this book! It struck me as a cross between sci-fi and fantasy, '1984'-ish.
It was exciting from beginning to end, with the plot in full swing the whole way through. The characters were all very likeable in their own, unique ways. The worlds the author created (and how they all intertwine with each other) is mind boggling!
It is literally a sequence of letters written to unknown from unknown (possibly the author, but who knows?)....moreThis book wasn't at all what I expected.
It is literally a sequence of letters written to unknown from unknown (possibly the author, but who knows?). The first letter is nice because it is an interesting analytical piece about why writers write. It was basically a psychological explanation of the human need to create stories.
The second letter was also interesting, because it was the first of many to break down different writing techniques. The author of the letters points out sly ways in which writers make their fictional stories believable to readers.
While there were some very interesting and educational parts in this book, I was nearly bored to tears by the rest of it. In my opinion, the author of these letters spends way too much time on examples of the techniques that are picked apart in the letters. Sometimes the examples were pulled from well-known classics, in which case the examples enrich the explanation. Most of the time, though, examples are pulled from obscure (often Spanish) novels that no one has ever heard of. This wouldn't be such a problem if the author didn't spend so much time explaining the novel in such detail. I think it was unnecessary. He could have just pulled and analyzed a small excerpt from these novels, instead of explaining the whole plot.
But then again, this book wasn't written with readers in mind. It is evident that the author of these letters was writing to someone whom he assumed has read the books he talks about.
On the other hand, there's a lot to be learned here. The writing techniques and devices the author talks about are only discussed on a very basic level, but it's still very interesting.
WARNING: If you happen to come across a section where the author starts talking about a book you haven't yet read, but are intending to read, skip it! Reading it will ruin the book for you, because of the extreme detail in which the story is described. (less)
This book is a very, VERY basic guide to attracting followers to your blog. While this book contains some really good advice, most of it is simply com...moreThis book is a very, VERY basic guide to attracting followers to your blog. While this book contains some really good advice, most of it is simply common sense. Don't expect to gather any ideas you haven't already gotten elsewhere, and don't expect any in-depth explanations. This book is very short, and only barely scratches the surface of each idea. Some more information would make it worthwhile.(less)
Ghost Stories of California is exactly what it sounds like it would be. It's a very basic list of the most popular ghost stories that are told through...moreGhost Stories of California is exactly what it sounds like it would be. It's a very basic list of the most popular ghost stories that are told throughout the state of California.
While it's quite interesting to read about the Ghosts of California's past (especially if you actually live in California), you may not enjoy this book much if you're prone to skepticism about the afterlife. This book is full of exactly the kind of stories you might tell around a campfire, with very little research involved, if any. If the author took the time to do any research on these stories at all, the products of the findings are not discussed in the book. There might be the occasional "records show that this person actually was on this boat at that time," but aside from that, don't expect any actual evidence to back these paranormal claims up.
Still, it's fun to read about the ghostly legends that "haunt" California, as told by the locals who have passed those stories on for generations. Despite it's lack of evidence, it's an interesting book.(less)
**spoiler alert** "Wuthering Bites" is an awesome Halloween-time read. Wuthering Heights has always been one of my favorite books and, in my opinion,...more**spoiler alert** "Wuthering Bites" is an awesome Halloween-time read. Wuthering Heights has always been one of my favorite books and, in my opinion, the addition of vampires makes it even better! I have read other beastly versions of classics, such as "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" but they just don't compare to this one.
In this book, I really liked that the presence of the "beasties" in the story are so prominent. The addition of vampires actually changes the story slightly, unlike others I've read (in which a zombie attack is tossed in occasionally and all else is exactly the same as the original). This book kept me interested from cover to cover; not just because it is a spinoff of one of my favorite classics, but because it kept me guessing what the fate of the main characters would be. I was always wondering who might be taken by a vampire next, and who might possibly be a vampire in disguise.
This book was well written, and it's clear that some thought was put into it. I was thoroughly impressed, and I'll be reading it again.
I've learned more from this book alone than I have from months of research elsewhere. This book tells me what freelancing is REALLY like, and isn't fu...moreI've learned more from this book alone than I have from months of research elsewhere. This book tells me what freelancing is REALLY like, and isn't full of fluffy crap (don't let the cutesy cover mislead you). This book has taught me some valuable lessons I'm better off not learning the hard way!(less)