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This review is from: How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published (Paperback)
I sat down to write a review of this book, having read it in one sitting some months ago. The review was originally: "Amusing book, worth reading for that alone. Lent it to someone who shares my sense of humour, but isn't an aspiring author. They enjoyed it also. Useful as a reminder, but nothing particularly new in it, and many elements are better covered elsewhere on the net or other `how to' manuals." I was going to throw in a few detailed comments to prove I'd actually read it, give it three stars and hit the publish review button.
At 3am, I made the mistake of deciding to glance through the book before hitting the button. By 4.30am, I was still reading it, still enjoying it, and still finding useful reminders (not that I ever make any of the mistakes covered in the book, of course. They're far too obvious.). Three hours' sleep later, I hate the authors and I hate the book, which is on the desk beside the keyboard, smirking at me. I'd bin it, but I suspect I'll want to read it again. Damn. Means I've got to give 4 stars.
I realise this is less a proper review of the book, and more a personal reaction to it, so I'll add a specific, addressed to the authors. Did you notice at times you lost your USP - that it's a `How not to' book - and gave advice that's positively helpful? Bad example of consistency. Shame on you. If I ever get published, I'm gonna blame you!
Just checked existing reviews, being a coward. For a real review that fits my opinion quite closely, see the review by C Quinn. Nice one C!