The Storyteller’s Art by Francis Porretto

The Storyteller's ArtThe Storyteller’s Art by Francis Porretto

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is not your beginner “how to tell a decent story” ebook on writing. This is “I’ve been writing for awhile but something is missing, now what?” ebook on writing.

There is a lot of detail on many facets of writing, from character design, to plot structure, and writing retreats. There are roughly 25 essays each focusing on an aspect of writing, and while the essays are short, they do pack a ton of advice and examples.

The author has a way with words, and sounds very much like he knows what he’s writing about here, so I plan on coming back to this little ebook whenever I have questions, or something feels like it’s missing from my writing.

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The 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

The 4 Day DietThe 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As other reviewers of this book have said: Do I review this as to the process and how it’s written or by how much weight I’ve lost?

Well, since I haven’t had a chance to implement the diet itself yet, I’ll review it based on how it’s written and the process. This book starts out by meeting you were you are at and then getting really real with yourself. It shows you how to calculate your BMI and what that actually means (and a handy BMI chart). Then it shows you how to calculate approximately how much weight you can reasonably expect to lose in a given week.

Then it goes into food choices, and fiber and nutritional values, and so on and so forth. Then it finally gives you the 4 day diet modules. The modules consist of 4 days of diet choices, and 4 days of exercise choices. The idea is that you mix up the modules as you see fit. The dietary choices are things like salad greens, X cups of vegetables, X eggs, and so forth. It gives you some freedom in diet choice and even allows for substitutions in the diet.

All in all it sounds very reasonable and something that is very doable for most of us. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I can see me doing this as a lifestyle change.

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Pocket Book of Poetry by Various

Pocket Book of PoetryPocket Book of Poetry by Various

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this collection of poetry. It contains some very famous poems by some very well known authors including Shakespeare, Byron, Bronte, Yeats, Keats, Elliot, and more. If you find it you should grab it up.

I must confess that I actually took the time to read through this twice. I had to, the poems all had a beauty about them that I wanted to soak them in as much as possible before reading something else. Some of my favorites were “The Road Not Taken”, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, and “O Captain, My Captain!”

To me, this was an inspiring read. Reading some of the great poets inspired me to try my hand at poetry again.

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100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey

100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are just getting into the Avengers’ fandom because of the movies and have little to no knowledge of the comic books that led us there, then this is a good book to read.

Not only does the author provide background on the Avenger’s comic book histories, there are histories of the comic book creators and people with influence at Marvel. It also takes a look into the cinematic universe, taking in Robert Downey Jr’s affiliation with the MCU, how The First Avenger almost didn’t happen, and other cinematic references.

It answer a lot of questions I didn’t even know I had about the Avengers, and awakened a keen interest in the comic book side of the MCU.

This book is an asset to all Avenger’s fans and I recommend reading it at least once.

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Bambi by Marjorie Benton Cooke

BambiBambi by Marjorie Benton Cooke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Originally I picked up this ebook thinking it was the one that Disney’s Bambi was based on. It’s not.

What it is though is a fun read for someone like me. Bambi, Bambina, Francesca, Miss Mite, whatever you’d like to call her, marries Jarvis on a whim, because he needs taking care of and that what Bambi’s done all her life for her mathematician father.

Jarvis is a playwright who’s never sold a play, and Bambi is seeking a career for herself to take care of her charges. What ensues is a wonderful tale of making your dreams come true and finding love in old New York.

I think this may be a new (old) favorite for me.

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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

The Last UnicornThe Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After watching the movie for years and loving it, I finally read the book. The book follows the movie pretty well. Some events are out of place, but it doesn’t affect the pacing of either the book or the movie.

The book does a bit more explaining about the background of Schmendrick the Magician, we learn a bit more of Molly Grue’s history, and the history around Haggard, his castle, and the surrounding area.

All in all, the book is the same as the movie, but you are missing out on some of the interesting history of the characters.

If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie you should do both!

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The Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales by Richard Garnett

The Twilight of the Gods and Other TalesThe Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales by Richard Garnett

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a collection of short stories all revolving around supernatural occurrences. Some where of a Christian variety, others were Greek/Roman in origin, and some were Godless. They all had a feeling of myth and fairytale, which is something I like in my reading.

All the stories were different, hand different endings, different characters (some famous), many were based on true life happenings, it was just overall an interesting read.

I do not know if I have a favorite, but the one that sticks in my mind is ‘The Poisoned Maid’.

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