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Visual Storytelling (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 8)
Visual Storytelling (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 8)
Price: £2.82

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be five stars but for..., 5 May 2012
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I am a professional scriptwriter, with lots of TV credits and a couple of published books under my belt, and I'm a big fan of the practical, nuts-n-bolts advice given in Bill Martell's books. I've learnt a lot, even after more than twenty years at the type-face, and am very grateful to Bill's advice. So these books would get an easy five-star rating from me - were it not for the fact that they're littered with typos. Cannot understand it as this is a basic note to all writers, let alone professionals - get your stuff proofread!

So come on, Bill - lay out a little cash to a struggling proof-reader for your next oeuvre and beyond - and get five stars every time.

Angel's Chic
Angel's Chic
by Arjuna Krishna-Das
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of Eastern Promise, 19 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Angel's Chic (Paperback)
A highly original novel that flies between Liverpool, India, a tropical island and the interior of a magic mountain in the snows of the Himalayas, all thanks to the invention of tele-transportation machine.

The novel works best, to my mind, when it is most closely rooted in the author's personal experiences - the passages set in Liverpool and India are especially vivid, and have nice touches of sly humour. The dialogue in these sections is also well heard and well written. The more fantastical passages in the latter half of the book are also more challenging but the writing is consistently controlled and imaginative.

I look forward to his next novel, a comedy perhaps, that draws on the author's obviously rich personal journey.

The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World
The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World
by Rupert Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.43

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 14 Dec. 2006
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While not sharing Rupert Smith's opinion that warfare is somehow hard-wired into human beings - the incidence of war varies greatly in different countries and at different times (e.g. Sweden, once very warlike, hasn't been involved in armed combat for nearly 200 years) - this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand modern warfare. It explains very clearly, for example, why the invasion of Iraq was doomed from the outset and why the current strategy will certainly fail. From a former top soldier this is devastating stuff.

What Do Buddhists Believe? (What Do We Believe)
What Do Buddhists Believe? (What Do We Believe)
by Tony Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hike through the foothills of enlightenment, 6 Dec. 2006
What Do Buddhists Believe?

What indeed? The body of Buddhist philosophy is so vast - 'the 84,000 teachings' according to one popular description - that it's hard to know where to start. Add the fact that a lot of the doctrines are downright contradictory - from traditionalists who insist that the Buddha's words should be followed to the letter, to Zen priests who argue that his teachings cannot be conveyed in words at all - and it would seem that the author has set himself an impossible task. Especially in a volume of, well, modest size - 96 pages, to be exact.

But that's the beauty of Tony Morris's book. He doesn't set out to scale the wonderful mountain of enlightenment but to lead you on a brisk hike through its foothills; and a delightful companion he is, too.

This is a clear, direct and easy-to-read introduction to a fascinating subject that mixes the personal with the deeply philosophical. Morris describes, for example, his own link with the Buddha (also known as Siddartha Gautama or Shakyamuni - more confusion...), down through 2500 years of history via a thirteenth century Japanese priest and an Oxford milkman called Bob Lynch, whose wife brought to the UK the type of Buddhism that Morris practises.

Above all, for all the esoteric and 'mystic' trappings usually associated with Buddhism, the book stresses the essentially pragmatic and practical nature of the teachings. As Morris notes: 'Buddhists aren't primarily concerned with believing and thinking; their main interest is in being and doing .' The Dalai Lama is even more direct: 'The very purpose of life,' he says, 'is to seek happiness.'

How to do that in the midst of daily life - struggling with the kids, the boss, the in-laws - is at the heart of this delightful little book. If you want to explore further, better pull on your climbing boots...

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