Grammar is one of the most important aspects of writing. So when I picked up this book, I found myself devouring it, beca...moreThis author is very talented.
Grammar is one of the most important aspects of writing. So when I picked up this book, I found myself devouring it, because he did such a tremendous job in explaining rules in a light-hearted fashion. His writing is informative, but not heavy, and most importantly it is so unique compared to other grammar books that only have questions...without any real detail. I preferred this book over other grammar books.
Well done, Mark Tredinnick, and I will definitely go and read, 'The Little Red Grammar Book,' which was written before this one. (less)
Newman writes with authority, humor, zeal, and precision. Her book is exceptionally brilliant. Why? Because it covers the history of liter...moreI recommend!
Newman writes with authority, humor, zeal, and precision. Her book is exceptionally brilliant. Why? Because it covers the history of literature since Homer...only the ones that are important. It was so interesting, I found myself reading into the wee hours, and I found myself becoming a better person, writer, and lover because I read this book. And I highlighted through the process what classics were important to me and my future.
I suspect if you are interested in literature, you'll be interested in Newman's book.
I love Anne's writing style. Her prose is descriptive, fast-paced, targeted, spirited, and eloquent. To write a book takes effort and heaps of it, so...moreI love Anne's writing style. Her prose is descriptive, fast-paced, targeted, spirited, and eloquent. To write a book takes effort and heaps of it, so kudos to her for giving it a go, again. Well done!
Besides my initial comments, I believe the plot lacks in certain areas, namely: plausibility of characters' lives. It seems to me as being a stretch, way too far out there in the skewed region of 'yeah right, pull the other one'. I know she could have married the paranormal with the normal to blend a more suitable conflicting, compelling story.
The relationships between Reuben, Celeste, and Laura were way too fake, and nonsensical. Not real life.
The paranormal aspects had depth in places, but lacked also in being able to weave a story that captivated, as in the conflict was over and out way too quick each time. It was as if the characters had cue cards that told them what to do next.
So, in my opinion it needs some more work, but still I enjoyed her prose. I'll read more of her work, and I'm glad I read it.(less)
Jonathan Bate surprised and amazed me. His writing style drives the narrative, which in some cases is quite detailed, forward at a steady pace. I devo...moreJonathan Bate surprised and amazed me. His writing style drives the narrative, which in some cases is quite detailed, forward at a steady pace. I devoured this book in a few days. He had me at the first section all the way through to the last page.
In the 1580s, and in the first couple of years of the 1590s, the university wits, namely: Greene, Marlowe, Nashe, and Pearle had the stage. Around that time Greene protested with this statement:
"Yes, trust them not: for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tiger's heart wrapped in a Player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you; and, being an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene on a country."
The stage is set, and the upstart Crow plans, learns, networks, and writes, and writes, and writes. In 1592-1594 the plague closed the theatre. This was quite beneficial because in this time, Shakespeare wrote his first two plays, and had a swashbuckling time. It was during this time, discussion turns to how in 1594 Shakespeare was able to buy in to the Chamberlain's men. This is all meticulously crafted in scholarly style by Bate, and when he delivers possible solutions to the mysteries: I knew he had a strong case.
This develops through the politics, the work, the relationships, and most importantly, 'The Genius of Shakespeare'. We are then taken on the stage of Shakespeare, the international one, and how his ability to relate with all people propelled him to be loved like no other writer. It was his ability to love Nature and all life, which transcended him from a poet to an Icon. His legacy, unsurpassed, remains and remains the writer's / poet's standard of absolute artistic brilliance.
This is a book that captured my heart, and will remain with me forever. There are so many books on Shakespeare, and I have no need to read another one.
Each one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly. Orwell's penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a...moreEach one of us has to decide what we want to do with the days that unfold, way too quickly. Orwell's penmanship cuts through the wordiness that only a man that knows what he wanted, where he was at, and where he wanted to go could achieve.
As a writer myself, I am on a journey where I also knew with a lighting-bolt shift in consciousness at 31 years of age that I was to write. And so my eyes still in a soft thrill, when I find a writer that I can learn from, to understand me, my craft, and life better. Orwell, accomplishes this on so many levels, and why? Honesty, experience, and reflection.
He raises the four great motives for why writer's write, at any rate for writing prose, which are the backbone, the keystone, of why he, and other writer's write: sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.
As kids we ask why, why, why. And this is a great way to learn for them, to understand, to relate to, and as it is here, by asking why, we become better writers. We start to lose our self-consciousness, and gain self-respect, and the most important trait...self-confidence. And as a result gain a deep-seeded respect for the craft of writing. Our mentors, which we all have, have tussled and hustled their way through the red-tape of their minds, their life, to breakthrough as a writer worthy of being a mentor.
Refining the style to become more exact rather than picturesque was his pursuit. To expose a lie. To be true to himself. To share with the world the truth according to George Orwell.
My, my, how invigorating it is to see a writer love words in this way, and as he states, "Good prose is like a windowpane." This to the end is also my pursuit.
I loved it, and he is definitely one of my mentors. (less)
This is the second time that I read this book. The first time around was when I was in primary school, and now after many years, Tolkien's passion for...moreThis is the second time that I read this book. The first time around was when I was in primary school, and now after many years, Tolkien's passion for designing a world of great depth, width, and substance hooked me in again. Also, the forthcoming film trilogy enticed me as well. One great achievement about this reading, was that I completed the book in a few days. This is rather good for me, as I have so many areas competing for time, so when I found myself being absorbed...I was thrilled.
Tolkien is a writer that believes: 'If you are going to do anything, you most well do it superbly.' From the outset one can tell that Tolkien spent much time deliberating over maps, illustrations, and plot design. There is no way that he could of accomplished such mastery, other than the hard yards. It pays off remarkably, with his writing touching my soul.
When I was in Paris in August 2011, I would go to the English speaking movie theater a few times a week. The film, 'Un Jour,' came out,...moreBrilliant book!
When I was in Paris in August 2011, I would go to the English speaking movie theater a few times a week. The film, 'Un Jour,' came out, and this translated means 'One Day.' When I saw the movie I fell in love with the characters, and the idea of having ebbs and flows in a relationship is reality at its best. Most of us have had at times in our lives, these same ingredients; namely, a special friend, or a special boyfriend or girlfriend that just stands out from the rest of the relationships we have had. Maybe it is the ease with which we communicate, or their honesty, or they way they look at us when we stuff up - and we are left with a feeling that this person is special. This is what I received from the movie, and so much more, but now I will turn my review to the book. Oh, by the way, I had to go back a second time and wacth the movie because it was that good!
David Nicholls is an amazing writer, and his depth of knowledge, and understanding of relationships and romance is a crucial thread that allows him to write with such vigour, and detail. His amusing characters at times spun me into outbursts of laughter, and at other times his understanding of what a man off the rails needs, and this leads to moments of respect, and love for this book...and characters.
Over a period of nineteen years, we get to see what Em and Dex are doing on the 15th July of each year from 1988. This outline works so well for tension, pace, sub-scenes, and the main goal, which is for Em and Dex to live happily ever after. You'll have to wait and see for yourself how things pan out, and in a way you may be disppointed, but then you maybe able to relate that this ending is what life throws out to all of us at sometime or another. Life throws curve balls when we least expect it, and 'One Day' does the same.
I loved this book, movie, and I will definitely read more works of David Nicholls in the future.(less)
I love it more than books that bored me to tears; Dearer than Xbox, Everybody loves Raymond and...moreI recommend this book to anyone. Why?
Because I loved it.
I love it more than books that bored me to tears; Dearer than Xbox, Everybody loves Raymond and cricket; Beyond what can be valued, priceless and timeless; No less than a walk on the beach and a cup of hot chocolate; As much as anyone as ever loved or been loved; A love that makes me change careers and cry poor; Beyond all manner of design and divine words, I love you.
I really enjoyed finding out about John Keats and I was quite impressed with his ability to write lengthy poetry without once losing my attention. I a...moreI really enjoyed finding out about John Keats and I was quite impressed with his ability to write lengthy poetry without once losing my attention. I am talking here about his piece, 'Endymion', which in my view is one of the best poems I have ever read.
Overall, an enjoyable read. I think it would have been nice to receive more of a life history of John Keats, because he was a gifted writer who had his life pulled short when he died of TB at 25.
I enjoyed this immensely. I'm a bit old fashioned in some ways, and I loved the Thomas Deloney poem on "Crabbed age and youth cannot live together", a...moreI enjoyed this immensely. I'm a bit old fashioned in some ways, and I loved the Thomas Deloney poem on "Crabbed age and youth cannot live together", and Richard Banfield's "As it fell upon today", and William Shakespeare's "Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good".
This is a collection of thirteen poems but the original was twenty in 1599, which was largely attributed to Shakespeare, though they could not be certain with some.
I love the old school love between a man and a woman, and the moral lines that were not shaded by contemporary ways. That's not to say that I'm not an equality guy, not at all, I am. But I am a guy that loves the country, animals, family, and simplicity. And so the essence of the poems hits my heart with a dart.
I didn't like this at all. It should of been a lot more clearer about the fact that it wasn't the actual chapters but his spin on them. I wouldn't was...moreI didn't like this at all. It should of been a lot more clearer about the fact that it wasn't the actual chapters but his spin on them. I wouldn't waste your time with such rubbish!(less)
I didn't like it!It is as if he wrote an outline for the novel, but did not finish it. I did skim through it to see if I might be tempted to give it a...moreI didn't like it!It is as if he wrote an outline for the novel, but did not finish it. I did skim through it to see if I might be tempted to give it a good read, but I couldn't find it in myself to waste my valuable time. Good cover though, and I received this as a free promotion on Amazon; however, this did not sway my review. (less)