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The Artist's Way
The Artist's Way
by Julia Cameron
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for leading a more self-actualized life, March 20 2011
This review is from: The Artist's Way (Paperback)
This book is about getting over blocks in one's creative output, but it's more than that. It's helpful to have someone to debrief with as you go through it, but in any case it can't help but have a beneficial effect on one's life if you make an effort to do most of the exercises. Opening your horizons is a given. Highly recommended.

Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
by Blake Snyder
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.12
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for screenwriting, March 20 2011
This book was recommended by a friend, for novel-writing! And I've come to agree with her. The principles of storytelling given in this book are widely applicable, and described in a clear manner. Highly recommended.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
by Jane Austen
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Quirk Classic yet, July 30 2010
This novel benefits from being original instead of a mashup with a specific Austen novel. This frees him to create a more exciting story arc, unburdened by depictions of nonstop social occasions. The author does try for a period sound to the prose, and mostly succeeds. As well, we get to know all the Bennets in more detail, and come to like and sympathize with them while they dash about dispatching zombies. Even the youngest of the girls get into the spirit, enjoying the action. The novel is entertaining, dramatic, funny, and even sad in places. A real page-turner.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
by Jane Austen
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Dec 17 2009
This is a laugh-out-loud novel that's even funnier than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The co-author has used less of Austen's at-times dense prose, making the story more understandable. Austen's characters have all the narrow concerns of the originals, interested in courting and parties, but at the same time they have to deal with a world in which even a school of lake trout will attack like piranhas, and the oceans are full of creatures right out of Jules Verne. Highly recommended.

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