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The Sound of Paper: Inspiration and Practical Guidance for Starting the Creative Process
The Sound of Paper: Inspiration and Practical Guidance for Starting the Creative Process
by Julia Cameron
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

13 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible little book, 21 Mar 2010
This is a really terrible little book. Full of self congratulation and praise for her own artistic lifestyle, Cameron offers no practical advice for people trying to create anything of substance in the real world. It is full of exercises that would result in nothing more than mediocre words on a page if followed through. At no point does she seem to recognise that writing might require hard work, discipline, struggle or perfectionism. She doesn't come close to capturing the anguished madness that all writers go through in the process of trying to create something which transcends their limited abilities. All she does is prompt the reader to sit down with a pen and paper and write whatever pops into their head, and then to feel all smug and warm inside and call themselves a Writer, as if being an artist were something that could be bought like a Moleskine pocket book. Shameless, ego fluffing bilge water of the worst kind.
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Letters to a Young Novelist
Letters to a Young Novelist
by Mario Vargas Llosa
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Oct 2008
This is, dare I say, a perfect book for a budding novelist. The letters are direct, honest, warm, witty and extremely useful. As someone who's enthusiasm frequently dips I find this book invaluable as a reminder of what I am trying to achieve through writing. Anyone with even the slightest inclination to put words on paper should definitely buy this book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One very real concern..., 17 Oct 2008
This is pretty much fine as a product. It isn't exciting but nor would it really be possible to make it so. The computer fits in very neatly and seems to be reasonably protected in this state. I agree with a previous review that it could have slightly more padding to it, but it will probably offer more than sufficient protection when taking my netbook from place to place. My only problem with it is that it is such an unassuming looking little thing that it is hard to recognise the fact that it contains an object of considerable value. I suppose that this isn't anything wrong with the product, but it is something that is worth bearing in mind when thinking of buying it; a small computer left on a chair, for example, practically screams "do not sit on me, I'm precious!" whereas a small computer left in this sleeve looks remarkably like a very thin and unimpressive cushion. That's just my experience of it, and possibly it is a concern that no one else in the world would entertain. In fact it probably is.

SONY CMT-EH10 Micro HiFi MP3 CD/Cassette/Tuner [Electronics]
SONY CMT-EH10 Micro HiFi MP3 CD/Cassette/Tuner [Electronics]

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Little System, 17 Oct 2008
I am very pleased with this little system. The sound quality is very impressive, the finish is good, the various features are easy to manage and the display is very clear. The sound stays true up to a reasonable volume but does start to distort when turned up full, but only very slightly. The remote is brilliant and very responsive, which is a big plus as in the past I have found systems of this type to be extremely temperamental in this particular. The cd player and radio features both seem absolutely fine and, although I have not used the tape deck, it gives me a warm happy feeling to know that it's there.

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