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Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life by Natalie Goldberg
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After reading it twice, I think this book contains both positive and negative aspects. Basically, I've come to the conclusion that it's not a book on how to write. Instead, I view it as a memoir by a person with a more-or-less interesting life. At times, it makes for fascinating reading; other times, the stories and anecdotes fall really flat. The writing advice itself is sparse though there are several decent exercises to cure writers' block. Goldberg is a remarkable writer who has wisdom and wit, but I expected more actual writing *technique* from this book and was therefore disappointed.
By the way, I pity the narrow-minded reviewers who bash her for writing about her relationships… Read more
Fires Of Spring by Mary Mackay
Fires Of Spring by Mary Mackay
4.0 out of 5 stars Completely enjoyable, Aug. 12 2000
I loved this book, the third one in the Earthsong trilogy. It wasn't quite as stunning and amazing as the first two books in the trilogy (The Year the Horses Came and The Horses at the Gate) but it was close. It kept me turning pages and was full of plot twists and turns. I enjoyed seeing how the ancient world slowly changed due to the advent of the nomads.
I have only two complaints about this novel. First, I wanted more follow-up on some of the characters from the previous two books in the trilogy. There were a few characters, such as Dalish, who played fairly significant roles in the previous books but who get barely a mention in this one. Secondly, I think the author has… Read more
Horses At The Gate by Mary Mackey
Horses At The Gate by Mary Mackey
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel, July 25 2000
Mary Mackey's follow up to "The Year the Horses Came" is just as good as its predecessor, maybe even better. Several great themes are explored in this work, including the quesiton of how the peaceful Motherpeople can defend themselves against the nomads without becoming like them.
Throughout it all, there's Mackey's inspiring writing, suspence, drama and romance. After reading this and and its predecessor, I wonder how any other novel can come anywhere near as close.
By the way, I recommend the novel "The Fifth Sacred Thing" by Starhawk to anyone who enjoyed this one.