An extensive elaboration on the Cambellian Heroes Journey as it relates to writing a story and being a writer. I enjoyed it, but it could have been heavily edited.
An academic's view of how fiction works, which, in a former life I was rather academic so I don't mind the name-dropping aspect of the book. Like Nabokov? You'll wish you did by the end of the book.
I read the first chapter several times, admiring the mastery of the economy of each word properly chosen to introduce the story most effectively. It really is remarkably well-written fiction and very enjoyable.
The most thorough work on Artificial Intelligence which I have ever read. It concerns itself primarily with the pathways and risks associated with developing a true super-intelligence and makes a rather compelling case for it plausibly occurring in our lifetimes.
When I started writing my own book, I didn't understand the author's premise. I wasn't having self-defeating resistance to writing, I was enjoying every minute of it. But then, somewhere along the path to maturity, it hits. The inexplicable self-defeating cycle of prioritizing other things. Read this book if you struggle staying on track.
From the perspective of a comparative mythologist (I made that up), Joseph Campbell links together the great stories of the world and finds commonality. It became the blueprint for many great stories of modern day.
I had never read a book like this before. At once very meta -- it refers to itself regularly -- and from the perspective of an unreliable narrator, it was frankly mindbending. I think I liked it. Maybe?
Amusing look into one person's life long relationship with grammar. It's fun, short, and perhaps you'll make sense of some grammar along the way. Although, I think it's just made me re-read everything I write like ten times.
A very motivating book for an aspiring writer, King lays out the tremendous path towards mastery that begins and ends at the same place, in the chair and writing relentlessly (although without adverbs and only with 'said's). Loved it.
It is difficult not to compare with Ready Player One, but I think it's better to set that aside and enjoy this book on its own. If you do, you'll find a fun tribute to "The Last Starfighter."
What was the movie thinking? If you've seen it and think you know what Heinlein was writing about, you are mistaken. This book is esprit de corp, the existential joy of fighting alongside brethren for a common purpose. With a good bit of military realism thrown in as well. Loved it.
I am a strong proponent of advancing progress towards space travel. This book is an interesting autobiography with some good life advice thrown in as well.