- ISBN-10: 0679604960
- ISBN-13: 978-0679604969
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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What is the life blood of a story?
This book does a great dissection of some ten famous, if not all literary, novels, pointing out the why and the how of
reaching the... Read more
James W. Hall is an enjoyable writing professor and this particular work, a study by Hall and his students, deeply examines what makes a hit in the world of modern literature. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hemlock
I liked it so much I gave it to my publisher to read. Then I realized I wanted to read it again, and so I bought another copy!Published 4 months ago by Neil E. Low
This book had great promise, but I found the content forced and overwritten rather than fluid and to the point. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vincent Bataoel
Hall's book on best sellers broadened my understanding of what readers want, which is what we all want. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Betty Clark
An interesting deconstruction of popular lit over the 20th century. On the surface, these works seem to have little in common, but Hall peels the layers away revealing a whole lot... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kim
A collection that reflects the author's teaching of the subject for a long time. Also a blueprint , if one is needed. Also an appreciation of books read, or to read. Interesting.Published 13 months ago by John Bowes
Book was suggested by my teacher at college.... I am so happy with the contents... All will find this book helpful in their literary pursuits... thanks and best wishes....Published 19 months ago by Carlee Miller
Hall dissects key elements of blockbuster novels to reveal common threads. This book is a must read for fiction writers.Published 22 months ago by Charles Locks