Seminar in a book

Book title: Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting - book cover picture

This book is fantastic. I actually attended Mr. McKee's seminar and had the book in hand during the three days. This book is THE backbone of his excellent presentation... right down to his timely observations about Hollywood and successful writers (he believes most movies suck because the screenwriter and director can't tell a decent story...) Any wannabe screenwriter needs to study this tome. It will take your writing to a new level.

EAN: 9780060391683
Pages: 480
Publisher: Regan Books
Robert McKee

The Magic Continues

Book title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) - book cover picture

"The Chamber of Secrets" is every bit enjoyable as its predecessor, a delight to read. Rowling has created an entire world on paper, a world that is entirely believable. You care about her heroes, you despise her villains, and occasionally you even get genuinely scared. In Harry's second year at Hogwarts, we see him growing not just as a wizard, but as a person, and that's part of what makes these books so endearing. We really come to care about Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid. We believe in Dumbledore. And we hate (and fear) Voldemort. What Rowling does here truly is magical, getting readers to devour 400, 700, even 800 page books. And who says nobody reads books anymore?

EAN: 0038332154948
Pages: 352
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
J.K. Rowling

Happily Ever After!

Book title: Offer From a Gentleman, An
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Offer From a Gentleman, An - book cover picture

Julia Quinn's new book, "An Offer From A Gentleman" is my new favorite book! Usually my books go in one of two piles: The "I'm going to read this again!" pile or the "Gee, I'm gald it's over!" pile. "An Offer From A Gentleman" is definitely "read again and again" material.This new Cinderella revisited has some great moments including "love at first sight", a damsel rescued by a gallant hero, and loving family interference. The main characters are charming and the stepmother is suitably wicked! Ms. Quinn takes her readers through a classic fairy tale and adds a great story line and beautiful tender scenes. You'll love the "Happily Ever After" ending!

EAN: 9780380815586
Pages: 384
Publisher: Avon
Julia Quinn


Book title: Standing Alone in Mecca : An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Asra came as a guest speaker to our human sexuality course at West Virginia University. It was very interesting and inspiring to hear her talk about her struggles. My family went through a very similiar situation in Charleston WV that she is currently fighting in Morgantown WV. It is nice to know that she is not just being pushed away, but is in fact fighting back. Although I have not yet read her book, she is a great speaker and an inspiring person. I am sure her book will be just as impressive.

EAN: 9780060571443
Pages: 320
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Asra Nomani

the best of all!

Book title: Lightning
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Lightning - book cover picture

The 7th one (out of over 20) that I've read and still THE BEST of all. The reasons? - the most surprising tale and the ending, lots of "turns" of the action, feels like more than one book... Just for this one - I will admire its author for the rest of my life. I encourage everybody to read it (just DO NOT browse through it before reading as it would spoil the surprise)- have a great time!

EAN: 9780399133190
Pages: 351
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Dean R. Koontz

I'm Convinced...Give me more of John Caine!

Book title: Sand Dollars (John Caine Mysteries (Hardcover))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I just discovered Charles Knief's John Caine in "Diamond Head" and got to know him much better in "Sand Dollars" and I'm still a charged-up fan! Will start "Emerald Flash," the third in the saga of the ex-SEAL-turned-private-eye. My heart just breaks for Caine as he tries to get on with his life after losing his beloved boat and his girlfriend in the first book. In this second novel, he gets on with his life by getting involved in a stateside caper far from his home in Hawaii--but it's OK 'cause he needed to go to San Diego to buy a new boat anyway. What awaits him in California and the Baja is just one adventure and close-call after another. Man, I love this guy--he is so resilient and tough. I'm about to start the third novel featuring this flawed, but lovable hero. I almost hate to do it because I know that it's the last book about John Caine so far. Hurry up, Mr. Knief, and give me more!

EAN: 9780312181703
Pages: 322
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Charles Knief

Brilliantly answers the question: why we are who we are

Book title: Indian Givers : How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Weatherford brilliantly examines the collision of 2 very different cultures-Indian and European. This book is about what European civilization has gained from the Indians, but most importantly it also is about what we all have irrevocably lost by assuming that the European model was superior. Every American should read this book because it clearly shows why we are at this point in our history. The Indians lost their culture, becoming lost souls on the reservation. In many important ways, white Americans also lost their culture and also are lost souls. This book doesn't show how white, black and Indian Americans can somehow join together as true Americans in a true American culture, but it does show how we all happened to arrive at the place we are now

EAN: 9780449904961
Pages: 288
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Jack Weatherford

once upon a time...

Book title: Oryx and Crake
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Oryx and Crake - book cover picture

of course this review only applies to me because everyone has their own tastes and opinions. but i always like to read them to see what other people think.

here's what i think: i loved this book. i loved jimmy and seeing things through his perspective. while it is clear that this is fiction, there is also the stunning recognition of many familiar things: societal attitudes, power, money, eductation and introspection. there is a danger in trying to make the world a better place - because what if you mess up? what if you fail and make it worse? is the human race headed toward what atwood depicts in this novel? anyone's guess. i am attracted to the tradgedy of the story, and i like to think that snowman took his chance at redemption.

EAN: 9780385721677
Pages: 400
Publisher: Anchor
Margaret Atwood

"it is noble and good to die for one's country"

Book title: All Quiet on the Western Front
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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_All Quiet on the Western Front_ is loosely based on the personal experiences of Erich Maria Remarque; its honest and unflinching look at the horrors of modern, mechanized warfare make it a classic.The story is one of youthful idealism and its romanticization of war, the friendships of classmates and comrades in arms, the beauty of being young and strong - and the terrible waste of a generation that the First World War was in the face of these true but misguided sentiments. Remarque, like the Englishman Wilfred Owens, shows the old lie for what it is - that there is nothing noble or good in death, even for one's country.It is a powerful book, simply and elegantly written. I highly recommend it.

EAN: 9780316739924
Pages: 248
Publisher: Little, Brown
Erich Marie Remarque

Amazing....& Beautiful

Book title: Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas - book cover picture

I bought this book on a whim. I have read other books by James Patterson and thought they were pretty good. When I saw that a master of suspense had written a love story I wondered how great it could actually be. A man who writes about murder could hardly write a book that would make a woman cry right? WRONG! I cried so hard! It is a beautifully written book! The author manages to keep you guessing all the way until the end about whether or not Matthew is having an affair. There were so many curveballs thrown at you during this book that it keeps you on your toes and turning page after page. I bought this book in the morning and finished it by the night. I could not put it down. Hats off to Mr. Patterson, I think this is his finest book to date and I hope to see more of them. If you haven't read this it! You will not be disappointed.

EAN: 9780446611084
Pages: 304
Publisher: Warner Vision
James Patterson

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