Top critical review
Lots of good advice
on November 10, 2000
If you are a prospective writer I recommend this book. Frey offers invaluable advice. Reading it, you can tell that Frey is a strong teacher.
Why three stars? This book (at times) is so opinionated that it almost reads like a manifesto for hard-nosed popular fiction. Stephen King would agree with almost all the concepts within. John Grisham would agree with almost all the concepts within. Mark Twain, I fear, would not. Also, this short book is filled with excerpts from novels which he uses as examples. I'm not saying these examples were bad examples. However, Frey could have said the same things in seventy-five pages. Also, I am curious as to why there is no paperback edition available. Must be a money issue. That is, the publisher is afraid he'll lose money by lowering the price.
Thanks for reading my review.