Read a Good Book Lately?

Read a good book about your craft? Or just a good book in general? Share it here.

Michael Worth
One Fiction, One Creative

Hi, all! I am finishing up Jim Butcher's new(ish) book, The Aeronaut's Windlass. A really fun, tightly written romp through a fantasy steampunk world. Interesting characters, a neat political interplay between "kingdoms" (called "spires" in this), and a cool mechanical/magical science hybrid that po...

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Leonard D. Hilley II

Not a book, but I'm reading the play, "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry

Paul Bliss
Thank You For Arguing - by Jay Heinrichs

What was interesting about this book is how the author explains how to properly use rhetoric. It's a seemingly lost art in modern politics, but some examples he gives clarify the subtle differences. If you are looking to improve the dialogue of your characters while also creating distinct voices and ways for them to argue, this is a fantastic read.

Debbie Croysdale
Re Good Book Thread.

Thanks to Shawn Speakes input here around nine months ago, I started to read James Patterson, the last one being "The Post Card Killers". (A book he co wrote with a Scandinavian author). This twist of fate turned me into a Detective Novel Junkie. Prior to this I hadn't picked up a fiction read in ye...

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Debbie Croysdale

Adding to above The Book Dead Scared interests me for a couple of reasons. Sharon Boltons descriptive passages give a feel of reality and draw me into the prevailing atmosphere. A loner in a kind of a...

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Diane Morton-Gattullo
On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King

Excellent read, a inside look into the art of writing.

CL Pike (Cynda)

Hi Diane, I'm so glad you posted this because I just started this yesterday - I've read snippets but now I'm going to really dig in.

Diane Morton-Gattullo

Cynda, let me know what you think. I found it to be really interesting.

"How to... Sell Your Screenplay" by Anthony Cawood

This is a wonderful, little ebook loaded with tons of practical and savvy advice for the aspiring screenwriter. In it, our very own long-time member, Anthony Cawood, shares much of his own experience and knowledge. Plus he gives straightforward guidance on how to best navigate and utilize various on...

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Elisabeth Meier

Thanks for sharing. It's free with kindle unlimited. And of course special thanks to Anthony, you should share your work here more often. :)) #love

Elisabeth Meier

Well, I meant that he should share things such as this book and his articles and interviews more often as I always like his advice.

Suzanne Bronson
Bleak House

yes, Dickens. yes 800 pages. Been reading it for two months. But I plod on. I have never read Dickens, so why not start with his longest..lol

Amanda Toney

Suzanne - you're my hero. I've never read a Dickens book.... Did you make it through?

Matt Hurd
Sick In The Head

I just wrapped up Judd Apatow's book, Sick In The Head. I'm not really a comedy guy, so I wasn't sure what I'd get out of it...but I came away feeling like it's a must-read for all of us in the industry. Apatow started doing interviews as a comedy geek in high school (interviewing, for example, Jerr...

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Amanda Toney

I'm not an Apatow fan, but you definitely have me curious.

Valerie Peterson
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer and...

The Art of Asking is just a great book on the creative life... or, get the short version from her awesome TED talk... And since I'm "bookish" and mystery-ish (in my TV writing, too), I'll give a plug to The Covenant by Jeff Crook. Just finished this slightly supernatural mystery, female ex-heroin ad...

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Amanda Toney

The Covenant sounds like a fun page-turner. I'm bookmarking the Art of Asking TED talk, too. Thanks for sharing Valerie!

Malik McCall
The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor: Larry Moss

I'm sure someone has already referenced this book but wanted to throw it into the ring. If you're serious about the craft of acting read this book. It will make you think about how you can bring yourself/child/artist out into the room and ultimately bring your "acting chops" to new heights. Great book.

Amanda Toney

Great suggestion. I'm going to post about it in the acting lounge, too!

Tomasz Mieczkowski

Thanks Malik. And thanks you Amanda for the re-share, I never heard of this book. I'll give it a read.

Semira Chan
Mistress of the Sun By Sandra Gulland

Based on true events, the way this author constructed this story was amazing. She weaved us into the life of this young girl without us even realizing or feeling like she was - by the end of the story I felt like I had lived this woman's life. Truly heart wrenching and emotional. She evoked emotion...

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Suzanne Bronson
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Fascinating book on how the brain makes snap judgements- in literally the blink of an eye.

Nicholas Jordan

I put it on my discussion group for the use of others, not all is free-will choice of the actors.

David Taylor
I AM PILGRIM By Terry Hayes

A story of terrorism and detection of a very different sort. At 600+ pages it is an impressive tome that also delivers from the very first pages. Hayes' style is effortless in the read. It's a great story, good pace, a great book, and a bit of a writing lesson.

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