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How to Write a Book Review

How to Write a Book Review by Bill Asenjo Return to Successful Freelancing · Print/Mobile-Friendly VersionA book review describes, analyzes and evaluates. The review conveys an opinion, supporting it with evidence from the book. Do you know how to write a book review? I didn't. And even though I knew I didn't, that didn't stop me from firmly inserting my foot in my mouth by agreeing to conduct a book review writing workshop for my local Barnes & Noble. I blithely assured myself it would simply be a matter of picking up Book Reviews for Dummies, or something to that effect.

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Book Review: Seeing Like A State

I. Seeing Like A State is the book G. K. Chesterton would have written if he had gone into economic history instead of literature. Since he didn’t, James Scott had to write it a century later. The wait was worth it. Scott starts with the story of “scientific forestry” in 18th century Prussia. Enlightenment rationalists noticed that peasants were just cutting down whatever trees happened to grow in the forests, like a chump. They came up with a better idea: clear all the forests and replace them by planting identical copies of Norway spruce (the highest-lumber-yield-per-unit-time tree) in an evenly-spaced rectangular grid.

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Paperboy

Writing for me is like stuttering for Victor.  Most of the time I feel lonely and isolated and I'm trying every trick I can to spit out the right words. And I mean spit. The words splatter, sputter, and stutter in a  nonsensical way all over the page. The random mishmash starts to take shape after multiple rewrites that usually leaves me frustrated, vulnerable, and exhausted when finished. Writing is difficult for me because it requires focus and my ADHD tendencies get in the way. Exercise is the Writing for me is like stuttering for Victor.

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Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen – review

This book is a piece of pure bliss, and it's not even the book I thought or hoped it would be. When they said a memoir by Donald Fagen was on the way it seemed reasonable to assume that the co-founder of Steely Dan would be reflecting on the run of seven LPs between 1972 and 1980 that constitute one of the greatest oeuvres in American rock, and would thereby shine a light on the famously enigmatic lyrics with which he and his partner Walter Becker used to bamboozle us. For instance, in "Brooklyn Owes the Charmer Under Me", who or what was the charmer? Could it be true that the strolling blues "Chain Lightning", from their 1975 albumKaty Lied , was actually about two old Nazis surreptitiously meeting in a Uruguayan square to mark the 40th anniversary of Hitler's rise to power? Oh, and can pretzel logic be taught? The book isn't telling.

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The Kings of Cool (Savages #1)

Ein bisschen Scarface, ein bisschen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - die ganz Großen. Don Winslow wandert während der 349 Seiten, die man als Leser im Drogenmilieu der sonnigen Küste Südkaliforniens verbringt, auf einem schmalen Grad entlang und schwankt dabei mächtig, sodass ein Mix aus white trash-Weisheit und verblendeter Drogenextase herauskommt. "Nein, findet Chon, das Problem mit Politikern ist nicht, dass sie auf Droge sind, sondern dass sie's nicht sind. Dabei gibt es jetzt so gute MittelEin bisschen Scarface, ein bisschen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - die ganz Großen.

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Cracking the SAT Biology E/M by The Princeton Review - Excerpt

  Cracking the S A T * Bi ol ogy E/MSubject Test 2009–20 1 0 Editio n Judene Wright, M. S. , M. A. Ed. PrincetonReview. com  Random House , Inc. New Y ork   The Princeton Review, Inc. 2315 BroadwayNew York, NY 10024E-mail: editorialsupport@review. com Copyright © 2009, by The Princeton Review , Inc. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in theUnited States by Random House, Inc. , New York,and simultaneously in Canada by Random House ofCanada Limited, To ronto.

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The Ice Twins

‘You keep saying she’s dead but she comes back to play with me, she was here, she was at school, she plays with me, she is my sister, it doesn’t matter if she’s dead, she’s still here, still here, I’m here, we are here – why do you keep saying we’re dead, when we’re not we’re not we’re not. ’ This was a fantastically atmospheric book about mistaken twin identities, fraught with tension. I absolutely loved the depiction of a family broken apart by grief, and the portrait of a marriage simmering w ‘You keep saying she’s dead but she comes back to play with me, she was here, she was at school, she plays with me, she is my sister, it doesn’t matter if she’s dead, she’s still here, still here, I’m here, we are here – why do you keep saying we’re dead, when we’re not we’re not we’re not.

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The Emmaus Code

Finding Jesus—in the Old TestamentTo many Christians, the Old Testament is daunting. The stories are familiar enough, the poetry is beautiful, but the size, scope, and sometimes seemingly bewildering collection of archaic laws, history, and genealogies of the Old Testament can make it seem outdated and to a large degree irrelevant. But according to #1 New York Times bestselling author David Limbaugh, the Old Testament is brimming with stunning insights into the life, deeds, and message of Jesus Christ. The encounter between the risen Jesus and two travelers on the road to Emmaus, Limbaugh argues, is the key that unlocks the mysteries of the Old Testament, showing that its entire purpose is to herald the coming of our Savior.

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Max (Maximum Ride, #5)

Ergh. This book SUCKS. It's not as bad as the fourth one, but it's still really crappy. There is no plot. There are just a bunch of random subplots that are stupid, full of holes, and that have nothing to do with each other. There's just all these action scenes that have absolutely no point whatsoever. They're not even done well. This book is basically a soap opera - a really badly done one with an attempt at action. Lol. The ending was really stupid. It was really abrupt and sudden. Max just rescErgh. This book SUCKS. It's not as bad as the fourth one, but it's still really crappy.

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

SPOILERS AHEAD!!What. the. f***. Words can't begin to express my disappointment. I bought Mockingjay the first day it came out and I was preparing myself for a truly epic novel, one worthy of its predecessors. I loved The Hunger Games; it was fast-paced, thrilling, suspenseful. Catching Fire wasn't as good but it was still enjoyable (I was majorly impressed by the game arena). I wasn't let down by Catching Fire though; I figured it was just a transition novel, build-up to what would undoubtedlySPOILERS AHEAD!!What. the. f***. Words can't begin to express my disappointment.

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