Alain Danielou’s translation of the Kama Sutra serves as a great historical text about the sexual mores and sexual politics of Ancient India. My own inhibitions maybe be showing, but I wouldn’t blindly follow its advice as sex manual in modern days since some of its techniques shouldn’t be used without your partner’s consent, ie. hitting, biting and scratching. It’s also non-PC at points since the list of partners available to various classes of men in historical times sounds like people they were free to sexually harass instead of recommendations on who it’d be best for them to approach. However, it will certainly help flesh out details for a writer who wants to write historical fiction in that era.
Isaac sounds like he’s bragging but there’s no denying the fact he was a Master of Scifi and it’d be ridiculous to deny his success or his prolific output. It’s hard for a writer not to read this without feeling envious. Yet his life still had ups and downs and sometimes individual works would be more successful than he thought they merited so it gives the rest of us hope. A fan of Isaac Asimov who only reads scifi will find this an interesting insight into the mind of a genius and his working methods.
The last member of Roland’s companions is gathered and now they move on to the quest. The collection of the companions seemed like a sideline but he makes more progress with them then he did by himself. Roland grows by learning the value of teamwork, and the action picks up at the conclusion. Only King could get away with spending so long gathering the members of the quest. Very few people could pull it off.
I found this book very inspirational and can’t wait to try out its suggestions. My favorite was the thought of using short stories to try out new genres before committing yourself to writing a novel length work. See if you like the genre, how long it takes to write it and whether you get the kind of response you want from readers. It’s a good idea.
This work is best approached as a historical document rather than a light pleasure read. It’s a legal novel regarding a protracted court case involving an inheritance. A modern legal novel would have a clearcut villain not petty embezzlers and legal sharks extracting as much money as they can out of the estate or at the very least the greed of these people would’ve escalated to the point of murder. It’s an indictment on the inefficiencies of the English legal system of the time. We get exhaustive slices of life regarding the people affected by the case and the resolution, when a will is finally found, feels like one subplot among many when a modern legal novel would’ve made it the driving focus of the story. I
Isaac Asimov is one of the few people who can make their autobiography interesting. He may sound like he’s bragging but there’s no escaping a fact he’s a Master of Science Fiction and denying it would be ridiculous. It’s interesting for writers to see his mind at work and will answer any questions fans of what happened behind the scenes while he was writing his stories.
An interesting autobiography of a mostly forgotten Victorian celebrity. A good reference for Native history and Victorian history. It has some details that may help writers of steam punk if you like obscure details. I’m Mohawk myself and felt obligated to read this book for the sake of being informed of my people’s history, and found it enjoyable.
I’m debuting a new feature and crossposting my weekly Goodreads reviews here.
This is the best young adult’s book I’ve read. I liked it because the protagonist did more than try to find and maintain a romance or love triangle though some fans of the genre may consider this a drawback. She had an asylum to escape and a mystery to solve and I preferred this over her mooning over a love interest.