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Screenwriting 101 by Film Crit Hulk!
Screenwriting 101 by Film Crit Hulk!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending!, 3 May 2014
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What a fantastically generous, practical and wise book this is. And how needed as well. I found it thanks to a Tweet by the great (IT Crowd, Father Ted) Graham Linehan, whose review here speaks for itself (& love the 'comment'!).... Forget pantsers vs plotters; forget the hero's journey (as a film-goer oh yes please); forget the 3 acts! - this came at just the right time for me, post-pantser-first-draft novel and with 2nd draft plot cards plastering the wall. About to tear those down and start THAT BIT again. The ending (being the all-important conceit) blew me away. THANK YOU HULK. If you're reading on Kindle and the caps get too much there's a WHOLE VERSION IN LOWER-CASE IN THE 2nD HALF OF THE BOOK!


The Pimlico Kid
The Pimlico Kid
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Blown Away..., 26 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Pimlico Kid (Kindle Edition)
This poignant first-person tale of a boy's awkward transformation from childhood to early adolescence in a poor part of central London in the 1960s had me spellbound. The scenes of budding romance and violence, laced through with the everyday minuaeta of the time, are told in words that are brave, tender and true. Beautifully-written, vivid to the point of technicolour and moving beyond words.


Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing Book 2)
Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blinking fantastic, 13 May 2013
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The information on the ins an outs of Amazon's sales, rankings and category systems is simply priceless. Everything is clearly explained and credit given where credit due (with links) to other experts. Thank you David.


Parallax
Parallax
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very memorable, 8 Jan 2013
This review is from: Parallax (Kindle Edition)
What would happen in a big city like London if electricity stopped working? Set in the future, this book has a dream-like feel to it and made me wonder at the complete anarchy and breakdown of society that would surely follow. All very enjoyable and interesting with a touch of the Michael Moorcock about it.


The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less
The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 8 Nov 2012
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The 80/20 theory, roughly speaking, is that everything from effort in business, to traffic jams, to the clothes in your wardrobe is split 80/20. 20% of the work put into a business produces 80% of the results; 20% of most people's wardrobes consist of the clothes they actually wear etc etc. I don't know whether I'll be brave enough to recycle the definite 80% of my wardrobe that rarely gets worn but am more hopeful on the business front, concentrating on the parts of the business that make money, rather than putting effort into the parts of the business that don't make money, letting them go... All very interesting...


Make A Killing On Kindle (Without Blogging, Facebook Or Twitter).  The Guerilla Marketer's Guide To Selling Ebooks On Amazon
Make A Killing On Kindle (Without Blogging, Facebook Or Twitter). The Guerilla Marketer's Guide To Selling Ebooks On Amazon
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Business - Well Worth Getting, 12 Sep 2012
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I'm busy recommending this book to writer friends all over the place and have just updated my Sales chapter to put this one right at the top.


The Tree That Walked
The Tree That Walked
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pensioner Couple In The Wilds of Peru - BRILLIANT!, 20 May 2012
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This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I came across Alan's work when he wrote asking me for details about the technicalities of publishing ebooks. I was happy to oblige and am so pleased to see the results. Alan and his wife travelled all over Peru at a time when the Sendero Luminoso terrorists were highly active. I myself was in the country at around the same time and can confirm that I was frightened out of my wits sometimes. Yet here are Alan and Maureen having the most wonderful adventure. There not being too many tourists around at the time, there's a poetic scene at Machu Picchu, which they have to themselves for a while. They then ventured into the depths of the Amazon on a canoe (the wheelie suitcase scene is very very funny) and find themselves staying in the middle of the forest with a group of ornithologists and naturalists. A visit to Lake Titicaca follows where Alan worries horribly about sinking straight through the reed islands to the depths of the lake below. Upon landing, they find themselves as uninvited guests at a wedding. To their bemusement, Alan and Maureen are treated as honoured guests. Then they discover that strangers turning up at weddings are seen as omens of great good fortune. An overweight elderly couple from Dublin arriving on their doorsteps was the last thing they must have expected, muses Alan. A wonderful, beautifully-written and inspiring adventure!


To Be Someone
To Be Someone
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Past and present woven seamlessly together through music, 16 Jan 2012
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This review is from: To Be Someone (Kindle Edition)
Poignant and moving but at the same time a really fun, entertaining read. The story begins with Helena recovering from a tragic fall, lying in a hospital bed with nothing to do but remember her past. The chapter-headings are her favourite songs which trigger memories for her of her life and loves, not least Sam. After her band had reached the pinnacles of success, there followed the inevitable split. Before her accident she was still coming to terms with a demeaning but more manageable fame as a popular radio DJ. Bedridden, she decides to write her autobiography and does it by the best means she knows, music. She makes a list of her favourite songs of all time, which she decides will be the playlist for her show when she returns to work. But, when she finds she's been relegated from her primetime slot to the 'graveyard hour', she thinks of a different, more sinister, plan for her comeback. A plan which will rocket her back up to the heights of fame where the name 'Helena Nicholls' belongs. A story of friendship, fame, love and loss told with wonderful clarity, intensity and subtle humour.


Florence and Giles
Florence and Giles
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, 4 Aug 2011
Lots of love for this book in our house. My teenage daughter also loved this so much. She cottoned on to solving the mystery at the centre of this story long before I did and actually rang me from where she was reading to talk about it! A complete classic. Why wasn't it in the Booker list?
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Letters of Ted Hughes
Letters of Ted Hughes
by Ted Hughes
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 28 April 2011
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This review is from: Letters of Ted Hughes (Hardcover)
So much has been written about 'the life', 'the lives' and of course 'the death'. Here is the man himself, raw, flawed and magnificent. His letters to his daughter on creative writing technique I found especially useful. This is one of the few books I own that I keep permanently beside my bed.

Stephanie Zia author of
Ten Good Reasons To Lie About Your Age (Romantic Comedy)


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