I was a bit wary about buying this book as it had quite a negative review. I'm glad I did. This book provides stimulating examples of both good and bad narrative, and explores all the commonest emotions you will write about. Agreed, it is not deeply analytical or academic, but it doesn't need to be. If you're looking for something to help you along, jog your imagination, then this book is as good for that as any other I've read on the subject. I'd give it a thumbs up!