Your dream job, how to make it happen-a review of Quitter

I’ve just finished reading Quitter by Jon Acuff. Though to me the title doesn’t seem particularly inspiring, not certainly evocative of a dream job, I must say that this is one of those few how-to books that I actually consider helpful. I mean, if you’re still at school or for whatever other reason don’t have to reconcile your dream job with your actual day job—probably because they’re the same—you could probably skip this book. However, even in such a case you could gain some damn interesting insights from it. For example about how to make sure your dream job lasts as long as possible. But a dream job is for life! you scream. Sure, it’s for life if we want it to. Yet we’d better be prepared to some aspects of our dream job that could, so to speak, throw us all out of balance and send us back to …

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Best horror books–a review of West of Dead

West of Dead - cover

We all have a list of our preferred authors. So it’s quite natural that when we’re searching for something new to read we turn first to such authors. We already know and love their works, so chances are we’re going to enjoy the next book they’re going to publish. This is also why the lists of best horror books often cite over and over always the same names. They are, to some extent at least, a guarantee. However this relying so heavily on the already known and tested authors prevents us from discovering the new interesting ones. Authors who, if given a chance, could turn out to be just as good as the most famous ones. My Kindle is like a whale’s belly More than two years ago I downloaded a book from an indie author I didn’t know. Though it’s not unusual for me to try new authors, I must …

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Survive reading a bad book

survive reading a bad book - Peter Rey

It happens. You can read all the excerpts you want. You can ask your friends. You can have already read several other books by the same author. It doesn’t matter. If you love reading, and consequently actually read a lot instead of only saying so, sooner or later you’ll come across a book that sucks. It’s an inescapable truth. Like the ubiquitous nature of gravity–no, there’s no place where gravity is zero. Only places where you’re in a free fall, sorry for the digression. A book that sucks, I was saying. Well, most of the times this is fine. After all, as the Latin maxim goes, de gustibus non est disputandum, there’s no accounting for tastes. In fact, though you haven’t enjoyed the reading of that particular book many other readers still might. However, on some occasions you come across a book that not only sucks, but also makes you cringe …

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Editing programs—are they any good?

editing programs, are they any good?

I love reading. I love reading poignant, gripping stories. However, typos and banal grammar mistakes can spoil even the most well-devised story. Indeed, for me reading a book riddled with typos and grammar mistakes is like watching a movie peppered with an endless series of ads. It just spoils my experience. It’s not a matter of snobbishness on my part, or of being a grammar Nazi. Quite simply, when I read a book with a great story, I end up expecting that every other part of the book will be just as satisfying. Once upon a time, with traditional books, the publishing houses made sure that each book was adequately edited and proofread. Nowadays this should still be the case, at least for the big names. In any case, often books ended up, and still end up, hitting the marked loaded with an embarrassing barrage of typos and grammar mistakes. With the rise of self-publishing this …

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The Blade Itself – a review

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie - Peter Rey

Over the weekend I finished reading the The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. This is the first book of  The First Law trilogy and, as it is often the case for Fantasy trilogies, it doesn’t have a conclusion–not even a minor one. As a matter of fact, The Blade Itself sets up the setting and introduces the main characters of the trilogy. But in it there’s almost no mention about what mission our heroes are supposed to embark on, or why. There are only vague hints, and suppositions. Considering what I’ve just said, this book doesn’t sound so interesting. Yet it managed to grab my attention and to keep it from beginning to end. And it did so for a series of reasons. Style First of all, I must say that Abercrombie manages to vary his style depending on the needs of the story with absolute mastery. So much so indeed that during my …

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