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Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
by John Yorke
Edition: Paperback

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars five star if you want a well written account of story structures, one star if you want magic.., 25 May 2013
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This book clever,well-written,wide ranging and far better than most screenwriting manuals. It even includes reality TV, fairy tales and theatre as well as TV. It contains valuable insight into universal story themes and structures. Very useful for aspiring screenwriters.
So why only one star?
Because if you look at TV and movie scripts written according to "the rules" and see nothing but cliches and the grinding wheels of predictable plotting,it is books like this which are to blame. Executives,hacks, the mediocre seeking success feel they have to follow the pattern at all costs...
And this book is one more brick in the wall.It is a good book in many ways. But isn't it odd that the quality of scripts has deteriorated as the number of screenwriting manuals has proliferated?
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Manager as Coach: The New Way to Get Results
Manager as Coach: The New Way to Get Results
by Jenny Rogers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern clear introduction to coaching- highly recommended!, 25 May 2013
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Don't management gurus just LOVE their acronyms? This book introduces OSCAR..Nothing to do with movies, it stands for Outcome Situation Chances and consequences Action Review, and a good part of this book introduces the reader to this method.As with all such methods, it has real strengths, but isn't applicable to EVERY situation. So why five stars? Because the book is a superb general introduction to coaching, and contains ideas which are transferable to any business organization. It's neatly written,well-evidenced and accessible to the general reader, the advice is practical and imaginative, and it is enjoyable to read. If you are a manager, you will get something from this book. Worth time and worth your money. Recommended!!


Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership (J-B Warren Bennis Series)
Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership (J-B Warren Bennis Series)
by George Kohlrieser
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An antidote to most leadership books you'll ever read..., 25 May 2013
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Well, this is refreshing! A book about caring for your workers in order to get the best from them. It's pertinent, well written, and offers a fresh perspective. It is also well-argued and clear,making relevant points throughout. Essential reading for leaders in all sectors..but especially in health and education, where the drive to raise standards has destroyed the concept of caring for your staff. This book makes a convincing case for a different people centered approach...in order to deliver better results! Thought provoking. And personally, I think there is convincing case here...


Unwritten Volume 6: Tommy Taylor War of Words TP
Unwritten Volume 6: Tommy Taylor War of Words TP
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best current Vertigo series gets even better! A must buy!, 9 April 2013
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There is only one current heir to the Sandman mantle, and this is it. Carey and Gross prove their superb Lucifer series wasn't a flash in the pan by delivering this superb modern fantasy about a young man who was the inspiration for his father's fictional wizard, and finds himself the victim of a vast supernatural conspiracy. All good, all very Books of Magic.
But where this series has taken off is in its examination of the nature of stories themselves. In this series,stories are more real than what we call reality, and here Tom Taylor finds that fact could cost him his life.
Better yet, in this volume,the main narrative is counterpointed by a series of short stories showing the history of the conspiracy through the ages. Here, Carey shows the true power of Gaiman's influence-where some writers copy the Goth elements of Gaiman's style, Carey knows the true strength of the Sandman series was as as vehicle for well-written and imaginative short stories.
And here, Carey and Gross have their cake and eat it in style! They move the main narrative on to an explosive and fatal conclusion... Or staging post, because there's a LOT more to come yet! But they also deepen the narrative by providing history of supporting characters and the roots of the conspiracy.
Not to be missed! Absolutely superb!
Only caveat: read this series from book one. Absolutely essential. Get it here on Amazon. You won't regret it!


Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics
Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics
by M. Adbusters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Form destroys content.What a waste!, 9 April 2013
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The content of this book is a series of controversial and thought-provoking think pieces on economics. Worth reading. Not just for economics students. Great stuff. So why one star? Because the pretentious, arty faux-magazine layout means it won't be read.
It's too expensive.
It looks like a spoof.
It's hard to follow typographically.
It makes the essays look trivial.
It undermines the message.
It looks like a 1960s underground magazine.
It's not portable.
The form has destroyed the content. This book should be read by everyone. It WILL be read by a handful of economics students.
Think again, guys! The messages are too important to lose this way. Cheap, pocketsize paperback. Blog.Magazine. But not this!!


The Teleportation Accident
The Teleportation Accident
by Ned Beauman
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, witty and deranged. Give it a chance, you'll love it!, 9 April 2013
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Pynchon meets Vonnegut in Thirties Germany. Stream of consciousness driven Science Fiction. No, wait...historical fiction.No, wait...existential farce. No,wait,..
It's like life-funny,tragic,incomprehensible..but it's got a satisfying ending, unlike life.
You know what? It's just GOOD! Powerful, funny and strange. Get it!


Subliminal: The New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us
Subliminal: The New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us
by Leonard Mlodinow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, accessible account of the subliminal mind, 9 April 2013
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Okay, so Kahneman is better.Tougher, more lively, more readable. But does that make this book worthless? I think not. It is a specific look at the latest research into the subconscious and how it works. It's serious in tone, but written lucidly. The layman will enjoy this and also learn stuff, which I think is an honourable intention. A good book, worth reading,


The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the way people think. Indispensable., 9 April 2013
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This is the real stuff! Why DO people cling to their ideologies despite evidence to the contrary? How DO people make moral judgements? There are no answers here but lots and lots of really good questions. The author offers his own tentative ideas of the kind of society we need to move towards.I don't agree, but I like the fact that he has some ideas. This is a great, thought-provoking book. Wish there were more like it!
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Empire of Dreams
Empire of Dreams
by Giannina Braschi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Modernist, not Post-Modern poetry-prose...a Marmite of a book!, 9 April 2013
This review is from: Empire of Dreams (Paperback)
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You will either love or hate this book, but please do so for the right reasons. It is NOT a conventional narrative, so don't expect one.It's more like stream of consciousness poetic prose, giving the reader impressions of a city through the interior monologue of the inhabitants. Great literature? No. But at least it has ambition and creativity.Worth a go, but come prepared. This is not an easy read, but you might find the journey worthwhile...


Pure
Pure
by Andrew Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written historical tale..., 9 April 2013
This review is from: Pure (Hardcover)
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The author brings out the atmosphere of eighteenth century pre-Revolution France through a beautifully-written tale rooted in real history. The atmosphere is impeccably rendered-oppressive, tense and powerful. Excellent stuff. The story is a bit thin,and you have to persevere throughout, but the detail and feeling of authenticity hold your attention at all times.


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