A Dog’s Purpose (Audible) by Bruce Cameron and Narrated by George K. Wilson

Review by: dancingonrain.

 

This was an adorable, creative, but also sad book from a dog’s point of view.  Every time he died, he was reborn as a puppy with a new story, life, and sometimes owner.  He had many names and was reborn as both a male dog and a female dog so for the sake of the review, I’m going to choose one of his names and stick with it, Bailey.  In one life he was a simple household dog and in another life he was a police dog, etc.

It was quite interesting to go through the hardships people and the relationships they have with one another and face on a daily basis or even a yearly basis through a set of our loving, furry friend’s point of view.

While I don’t think it’s the best book I’ve ever read, I still thought it was well done, especially for being in a dog’s point of view.  I never once questioned during the entire book that I was in a dog’s mind.

This book was written in a very simplistic way and yet I still found myself still entertained about it.  Despite the simplicity of the prose and point of view, there were still some dark parts throughout the book that would probably keep most people intrigued.

If you love dogs, their ability to love unconditionally no matter what, and you’re looking for a different kind of book, than I would give this book a shot.  It was a quick listen for audible and it would probably be a quick read too.

 

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Nail Your Story: Add Tension, Build Emotion, and Keep Your Readers Addicted by Monica Leonelle (Audible) Book Review

Review by: dancingonrain.

I’m impressed.  This book is not only detailed and insightful, but the examples it uses are from books or other works that most people have either read or have at least heard of.  For example, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, etc.  Because this book used examples from fairly recent or popular works, it made the examples and the points Leonelle tried to bring across clearer.

My favorite part of this book was that she also offers a link to a free pdf workbook she created to go along with this book.  I listened to the book first and then went back to go through the forty-six page work-intensive workbook, but I could have done both at the same time.  This great audiobook was definitely worth a credit, or, if you don’t have an audible account, it will definitely be worth your money.

What I appreciated the most was Leonelle didn’t just focus on one aspect of writing, she focused on it all—getting to know your characters more, their motivations, their flaws, the plot and structure of your story better, and it even helped improve your world building.  And it’s just a little over five hours long and yet I received the most help from this book than others I’ve read in the past.  I’m a more visual and kinesthetic learner so this book catered to my learning style better with the free workbook download.

This is probably the best writing audiobook I’ve read/listened to so far.  I’m sure there are other great ones out there, but I would highly recommend this one.

 

Writing Fantasy-The Top 100 Best Strategies for Writing Fantasy Stories by Blaine Hart (Audible) Review

Review by: dancingonrain.

 

 

The title implies what the book/audiobook is about.  While the title may make the book seem like it’s just a list of strategies, it’s more than that.  I love writing fantasy, but I’ve noticed that most instructional or “self-help” books are catered more towards the literary fiction side.  Even though I don’t have a problem with literary fiction help books because some of the advice can also apply to writing any genre, I’ve also found that instructional books for specifically writing fantasy have been scarce.  It was nice that this one finally popped up in my recommendations lists.

This book/audiobook is the book I didn’t know I needed.  It’s more than just a list of strategies, it also gives you examples and some exercises for you to do.  It gives you advice for more than just one way of doing things.  Lately I’ve realized that you can read as many self-help books for writing, but in the end, there really are no real rules or guidelines.  You just have to find what works best for you.  This book gave you advice on multiple topics from help with world building to characters.

There were some things it said that I already knew, but there was also a good amount of new information I learned.   I had listened to this book while I was driving, so, one of these weekends I’ll probably sit down with it at a desk and try some of the advice.  If anyone is interested in writing fantasy, I would suggest checking this book out.  Whether you learn something new or how to make a small tweak to your current routine or methods, I think you’ll find it worth the purchase.