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Write a Book That Doesn’t Suck
A No Nonsense Guide to Writing Epic Fiction
(Guaranteed to have ideas you've never heard before)
Jaimie Engle

JME Books
30 December 2019/ ISBN 978-1-7328786-5-5
Nonfiction / Writing

Reviewed by David M W Powers


Chapter One, Page One... the first thing I noticed, before even reading a word, was the inconsistent spacing, and the inconsistent indenting of dot points. Hopefully such anomalies will be fixed before the book is published five weeks hence. Then on the same page we are asked to check out the first paragraph of Hunger Games before going on to analyze the paragraph - but it is not cited for us, although under international copyright law such citations is specifically permitted for critical, educational or scholarly purposes, and this usage fits on all three grounds. The deconstruction of the paragraph is pretty good, and it is well chosen for the writer's purpose - just would have been nice to read it.

The title of the book is obviously targeting it to a particular demographic -certainly not the highbrow writer of literary fiction. This may engender the fear that it will continue at this level like certain similarly named books. This reviewer was pleasantly surprised both by the quality of the writing, and the depth of understanding of the writer's task - as would befit an experienced author and teacher writing for an inexperienced reader. Indeed the book is more like a textbook than I expected, with tasks for the reader both within the chapter as well as in end of chapter exercises.

The examples used are from popular literature and even more popular films. And then, as for the promise in the subtitle, I've been everywhere man... But there were indeed some new ideas for me too, as well as some old ones dressed in new clothes.

So don't be put off by the title, and do be prepared to do some homework...

This is a book that is worth working through as you write your first novel, and perhaps your second, and perhaps your third, ...

AU Reviewer: David M W Powers is the author of over 300 scientific papers and two books on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. His alter ego, Marti Ward, explores the implications of advanced technologies in science fiction.
Reviewed 2018