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A good reference
on July 30, 2013
i read this book from the first page to the last in a bit more than two months. It contains many stories that help effectively convey specific messages in a work environment. Those stories are good examples, but interestingly enough, being those stories independent from each other, makes it difficult for the author to have a single story line for the whole book and that makes it difficult to keep the reader engaged for him/her to keep advancing through the book. So i found myself putting the book down more often than what I am used to. Therefore, by the time i was reading the last third of the book, I noticed that I had already forgotten most of the stories told on the first third of the book.
The parts that describe the structure of a story, its elements, stylistic elements and the like are quite informative, but some of them are easily forgotten as well. I don't really know how to write a storytelling book without telling stories, so I would not know how to increase the reader's engagement (perhaps if the author tried to consolidate 2-3 messages into a single story? I don't know).
As a reference, I think I will be using the appendixes more than the rest of the book, and I think I will be re-reading, adjusting and telling a few of the stories in this book whenever I need to transmit a specific message to the people working with me. So I think it is a good reference book, it just did not make me want to keep reading it, or to finish it and restart reading it. It is an informative book and one can easily read just parts of it according to ones needs (there is no deception there, the author is the first one to tell you this, but I guess I thought I would find this book to be very engaging and it wasn't for me).