- File Size: 4955 KB
- Print Length: 76 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008355789
- Publisher: TLS Books (November 26, 2019)
- Publication Date: November 26, 2019
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QSD1PV3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lee Child is the author of more than twenty Jack Reacher thrillers, including several New York Times bestsellers and number-one bestsellers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. He is a native of England and a former television director.
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Most of all, there’s no point. He just goes on and on about a subject he finds interesting, but which is far more accurately described elsewhere. He claims to be not so much interested in the scientific question “how did language evolve?” as in the question of the novelist, “what were they saying?” But far more expert opinions than his have been written on the subject. He just likes talking.
He also directly contradicts what he said in his absolutely excellent essay on the creation of Jack Reacher (introduction to the anniversary edition of Killing Floor). In the old one, he describes how he sat down and thought out his character very deliberately, and in this version he says that "I wrote based on instinct" and that "overthinking his specification would beat the life out of him.” Which was it?
If Amazon would let me return a Kindle book I finished, I would have.
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The first half of the book is about the progression of language and creating words. This part of the book feels like Childs is given a topic and he and he let's rip for that chapter. Example the first chapter starts from a poppy to heroine. I still do not understand why this chapter was there.
The only reason I actually gave this book two stars is just past the middle couple of chapters Lee Childs talks about how stories come together. He talks about a couple of well known heroes and of course Jack. This is the strongest part of the book for me. He finishes the book with a rant about how the word hero is overused.
I respect Lee Childs for putting trying his hand at something new, but this book is definitely not to his strengths or my taste. The parts of this book that are are good, but it could be the case that the rest of the book made those parts seem better then they were. This is a reminder not to judge a book by the name on the cover.
I found it to be a bit odd in places and when I started reading it I wasn’t sure exactly where the author was taking us (it’s non fiction at its most intriguing) but having finished it I'm finding myself wanting to read it again so I can absorb more of the facts.
A very different book to what I’m used to from this author but a very interesting read none the less and I hope he writes a few more (longer) books on the subject.
I preordered it for my kindle for less than a pound (which is the right price for the length) - not sure I would pay over five pounds for it in print!
Although it nods at them, it actually discusses why during our evolution heroes developed, why we need them and briefly why we use the word hero too freely. I found it a short but rewarding and easily accessible read.
The only redeeming factor I can see is it did fulfill its purpose albiet very short and simple. Also the books worth 1 pound at most like I said 75 pages mostly waffle.
The content was interesting just not why I brought the book (which was to inderstand how to create hero characters)
I suspect many Jack reacher fans will just buy it without reading the non-fiction blurb.
Stick with it , you will learn a lot.
I would recommend this book and no doubt I will read it again