Virtually every resource possible for this type of Copywriter. Great advice, tips & tricks for successfully writing and marketing quality content....moreVirtually every resource possible for this type of Copywriter. Great advice, tips & tricks for successfully writing and marketing quality content. Easy to understand, plain language. A must own resource for any Copywriter's shelf!(less)
A necessary reference tool for any Freelance Writer. Some slightly dated material on web writing but that's to be expected in such a fast changing ind...moreA necessary reference tool for any Freelance Writer. Some slightly dated material on web writing but that's to be expected in such a fast changing industry. The benefits of direct advice, tips, hints and examples from Bowerman's own arsenal far outweigh any material that isn't current for 2013. I will buy his follow up. Bowerman is a new favorite Author for me - a budding Freelance Writer - and I'm thankful for his simple language and easy to understand descriptions. A must read for any Writer who is also an entrepreneur!(less)
Living through a recession would be hard enough on anyone but for the lead character, Lily, in Sonya Vaughn's Words Falling Like Water, a recession is...moreLiving through a recession would be hard enough on anyone but for the lead character, Lily, in Sonya Vaughn's Words Falling Like Water, a recession is just scratching the surface of her problems. With a husband who has not only made himself virtually non-existent but also has essentially left Lily in the dust to clean up every mess around her (including raising her son all but alone), it’s no doubt the woman might snap. Add in a boss from hell in a dead-end job that proves her only option at the time, a flailing nationwide economy, and a young child that doesn’t know any better than to call for his mom (regardless of how little sleep she’s getting) and you have a recipe for disaster.
Or do you?
At every turn Lily is smacked with the worst life can throw at her and more. But despite everything, she keeps her hope alive (no matter how bleak it might be) that things can and will get better. But can she get out of the auto industry and turn her life around before the industry pulls her down into the depths of despair like her husband?
I enjoyed the honest dialogue and heart wrenching prose that showed just how vulnerable we can be when the country takes a nose dive and we are caught in the middle. Marriages, jobs, relationships, bank accounts – they could all flail. It’s what we do after the tornado passes over that proves our worth as a character and Vaughn has shown us a strong and resilient character in Lily.
I didn’t know Michigan at all but it didn’t matter, the setting had little to do with the story other than Lily being from Detroit and struggling to survive when the city is hit hard.
The reader is never really told what the husband did for work prior to his layoff but it is inferred he too was in the auto industry. There were a few spelling or punctuation mistakes throughout but for an Indie publication this book is well constructed. It took me a few minutes to figure out Kristina was the sister, I wanted more from/with her. She was always there but it felt like the conversations between the sisters were sometimes rushed for pacing instead of really hashing it out like Lily does with her husband. A lot more could be developed on the sister's relationship. There were times it felt drawn out, many of the scenes at her job could be cut or cut back - once the reader is set up to understand the evil nature of the boss, the frantic pace in the office, etc. it is unnecessary to continue making the point.
Overall though this is an extremely solid effort from a first time novelist and I’ll look forward to reading future books from Vaughn.(less)
The back and forth writing style bouncing around from character to character is tough for me to follow because I read in bits and spurts so it becomes...moreThe back and forth writing style bouncing around from character to character is tough for me to follow because I read in bits and spurts so it becomes hard to keep up. With that said the narrative is good, there are plenty of clear descriptions and I enjoyed some of the dialogue. With so many characters though it made some of the voices seem flat. There wasn't enough to fully develop who they were and so it was hard to get a read on what they'd look like, dress like, be doing in their world. Others like Bourne, Soraya and Moira were pretty well developed and clear. The story did come together in the end but it felt slow at times getting there. Again, this could be because I wasn't reading often but I also didn't race to get to the book either. Take that for what it is I suppose. A decent novel but not one I'd likely read again and I probably won't continue reading the rest of the Bourne series.(less)
A good book to accompany other books on ways of living Green. With recipes and infusions for herbs, vegetables and other earth related items this will...moreA good book to accompany other books on ways of living Green. With recipes and infusions for herbs, vegetables and other earth related items this will act as a handy reference tool for Green living. Written in basic language without necesity for ritual or related religious connotations the practices included are easily completed by the everyday Green practitioner. Well written and practical reference manual.(less)
**spoiler alert** I haven't read I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (his first book) but have been following Tucker on Twitter for a while (he was mention...more**spoiler alert** I haven't read I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (his first book) but have been following Tucker on Twitter for a while (he was mentioned by one of my very favorite Authors so I figured why not give him a follow). No matter how infrequently he posts over there I never fail to laugh or agree with what he has to say. So when my husband and I were on our anniversary trip and found ourselves in a used book store to pick him up a beach read, and there was Tucker Max on the front table, I encouraged him to buy it. He did, started reading and I heard him laughing pretty consistently: "What's going on now?" "He's trying to have sex with a midget." I decided to give the book a read after he was done with it because it sounded too implausible to be true.
Trip complete, we returned home to where I work as a full time Writer. There are days I do little else but read; having exhausted my own, I picked up my husband’s book. The first 200 or so pages had me rolling. The opening sequence in particular WAS HYSTERICAL and the first handful of stories about his drunken-self hooking up with all kinds of women really did make me laugh. We've all known this guy, some of us probably slept with this guy in college or shortly thereafter. It was kind of fun to get the impression from the other side of that hook-up from someone who won’t hold back on telling it exactly like it is. The thing is, after the eleventh time of reading (pretty much) the exact same story on loop about sex and drinking, where the only thing that changed were the nicknames he bestowed upon these girls, I was no longer shocked or amused. I was just bored.
The stories, I suppose, were meant to be progressively funnier because they were increasingly more "bizarre" and "outrageous" but the truly shocking thing was that nothing changed. In 400 pages that spanned about 6 or 7 years of this guy's life, nothing changed. After a while I was over it. I read to the end just to see what would happen. Turns out what happened is that Tucker Max gathered enough material to warrant two more books on the exact same topic(s). Yea. I’m sure the die-hard fans swarmed book stores earlier this year to buy them both; I likely won’t take either one out of the library. And I’d say sorry for that but I’m too busy yawning to apologize.
His titles are genius, the honesty of his I’m-saying-it-regardless-if-you-like-it-or-not attitude is refreshing, but I'm just glad we saved a few bucks when we picked up this book. I’m perfectly comfortable with getting it as sloppy seconds.(less)
Though there are many regionally specific references in the narrative & dialogue I have to say this book was a great read. Even as an American. Es...moreThough there are many regionally specific references in the narrative & dialogue I have to say this book was a great read. Even as an American. Especially as a woman. I was laughing a lot at the subtleties of the depths of Rob's feelings for, well, Rob most of the time. But sometimes Laura too. Good interweaving of relationships and the story flowed really smooth as if reading it in real time. Great pacing.
I'd seen the movie first and was pleased to see some direct quotes, some of my favorite lines in the flick, were taken directly from Hornby's book. Plus it was cool to see the additional situations, the different twists and turns Rob took in the book as opposed to what was needed for the screen.
I've seen most of the movies made from Hornby's books and enjoyed them all so I have no doubt I'll enjoy his other books just as much as I enjoyed High Fidelity.(less)
At times I felt the Author forced the characters to jump around (thought there were still inside but they end up on a deck or something) but overall a...moreAt times I felt the Author forced the characters to jump around (thought there were still inside but they end up on a deck or something) but overall an entertaining read. Fast paced and light characters that were easy to follow even though the cast was large. (less)
**spoiler alert** I had such high hopes for this novel. As a person who was raised on a South Shore beach in Massachusetts I was anxious to feel the n...more**spoiler alert** I had such high hopes for this novel. As a person who was raised on a South Shore beach in Massachusetts I was anxious to feel the nostalgia. To be taken to a place (Nantucket) near where I grew up through the eyes of these two women. And as an almost 40 year old woman who just moved all the way across the country last summer, leaving my best friend since sixth grade behind, I wanted to read a story about two best friends reconnecting after many years apart.
Unfortunately the entire story fell harshly flat. I hated the way the girls treated each other. There was no real sense of friendship, they were both selfish and never rectified that as the book went on. In fact they became more selfishly motivated with every page and I honestly wanted to smack them both.
The way Clare almost stalked Jesse from the get go, it made me laugh out loud when she broke off their engagement and then told Lexi she was "completely over him" only a few pages later. No. Just, no. It doesn't matter how bad he hurt her, she always took him back. So for her to suddenly realize that she had feelings for Lexi's brother Adam (who I never once got a sense that Clare had any kind of a thing for because she was too busy stalking Jesse and abandoning her friendship with her supposed BFF Lexi) and tell Jesse to pound sand seemed so out of character that I stopped believing anything.
So when Lexi (who vehemently hated Jesse) and Jesse end up sleeping together after his engagement was off, again, I found myself saying no. Just, no. But it was okay, Clare "didn't mind" and it was all going to work out a-ok. Thayer conveniently had Jesse spending all his time on the page with Lexi, but apparently he fell in love with someone else and ran off to Russia with her. Someone that we never once had an inkling that Jesse even talked to, let alone could suddenly fall in love with.
Things like the above mentioned scene happened throughout. I never felt the characters faced any real drama because I knew there would be some words conveniently placed just moments away that would save the day. There was no passion in any of the love making scenes (very clinical, no use of senses) and one of my biggest pet peeves is when a writer tells the reader the exact same thing from one page to another. Thayer did this, a LOT. So much so that I found myself saying 'yeah we get it, everything with Adam was new' (or similar) multiple times as I was reading.
Every plot device seemed contrived. Matter of fact when Lexi found out she was pregnant with Jesse's baby (and Clare flipped out proving once again how completely NOT over him she really was while sleeping with Lexi's brother) I said 'that's okay, she'll lose the baby somehow to make it all turn out with sunshine and roses' and I was sad to learn how very right I was. Just not at all surprised.
The one positive I can give this book and why I even gave it two stars is that once I started it was a fast read. As a slow reader I even finished it in a day. One other thing - it inspired me to take a trip to the beach so I could experience all the things Thayer never allowed the reader in on - the salty thickness of breathing in the summer air near Cape Cod, the gritty feeling of sand exfoliating the space between my toes, the feeling of a million daggers piercing my skin as I step into the sea off the coast of Massachusetts in the summer, the constant humming in the air - a bustling chorus when an island town comes to life in the summer.
Sadly, there was no life springing from these pages.(less)