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Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2017
It is a good book. The three parts that compose the main book are really interesting both for the new writer (introduction to structure) and for the advanced writer (as a review). however, it is not entirely literary-oriented. At times, it seems that the author is not talking about novels at all. The main examples offered are two movies and two books. Pride and Prejudice, Ender's Game, Beautiful Life and Master & Commander.
I found myself learning the most from certaing points in which I disagree with the author.
Although this book can (and should) be improved, it is a very good read.
Thing to improve:
-Examples: Most examples fall under a specific genre with its own characteristic set of rules. Although I believe in interdisciplinary studies, NOVEL structure and FILM structure are very different things.
-"Easy-peasy"-stuff: Throughout the book I read a couple of times that the author claims that writing is simple or easy. Writing is not easy. It requires lots of hard work. And it's an up-hill challenge most of the time, so the term "easy-peasy" is misleading.
-Links and references: quotes are not cited on the spot but on endnotes, and these endnotes are without links, so you have to finish the book to know who said what. The only web-links available are to the author's books.
-Bad examples: Sometimes the author talks about books that fail to deliver a good structure, but does not explicit what books these are. I found this somewhat annoying.