Book Review of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner

I recently had to change my GoodReads account.  I forgot the password to the old account and had to sign up for a new one so I had lost a lot of the reviews I had done on previous books that I had read.

One in particular is called Stealing Buddah’s Dinner.  At first I was just going to rate it and leave it at that, but then I started to read some of the comments and I could tell that this book was CLEARLY misunderstood by many of the readers. 

I know many people today hate description because it’s too long and takes too much time to read.  But I for one, as a writer, happen to like it because it furthers along the theme and meaning of the book.  Here’s my take on the book:

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I wasn’t going to leave a review at first because I already had with a different account that’s closed. But after reading a few of the reviews here, I reconsidered because I feel the book’s meaning is seriously misunderstood by many.

I really liked this book. I know some people have commented on the fact that there was too much description about food, but honestly, I think that was the whole point of the book!

As an American, I know I’ve taken for granted the sensationalism of our society. I honestly can’t stand advertizements anymore. I try very hard to block all of them out because I get tired of people trying to sell me something that I know will either fall apart two minutes after I get it out of the store, or not live up to the promises of the seller in some way. In other words, and I admit it, I look for perfection in products.

An immigrant doesn’t see our society lacking luster, though. They are wide-eyed with excitement about everything we take for granted and I truly believe that Bich portrayed that wide-eyed excitement through her descriptions of food very well.

Bich gave me a fresh look on America and made me feel proud and honored to be here. Well written and beautifully done!

The Writer’s Tools: Book Review of Book in a Month

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I must admit that I was not very good at writing outlines for my novels prior to reading this book.  I always had a basic idea of how I wanted the story to go, i.e., I had a beginning and a good idea of the ending, but I was CLUELESS when it came to the middle of the book.  The middle is what has stopped me from continuing my fiction as of late.  I’d get stuck on characters, or worse, the plot was going nowhere and than I get frustrated and wind up abandoning the entire project.  My block had been getting so bad that I honestly thought I wasn’t cut out for full-length fiction.  I thought I would have to continue with shorts and poetry if I ever wanted to write something other than non-fiction. 

This past NaNo, everything changed, though.  I came across a book called, Book in a Month and it describes in detail exactly what you will need in an outline for each section of your book.  The book’s layout is great if you’d like to write your outline in it, but I’ve always been a book snob and I refuse to write in books.  Call it my inherited OCD, but I just can’t deface one– believe me– I’ve tried.  I did, however, make up Word documents for the outline and print out one for each book that I’m doing.  The best part is that I can see the end of my latest project in sight.  I only have about 2 weeks of work (if I write about 3,000 words a day) left and I now know how I’m going to end the novel!  I started this novel back in 2008, so finishing it will be a GREAT victory!

I highly recommend Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D. if you struggle with outlines, can’t seem to figure out why you have writer’s block, or you just plain need to figure out how to re-focus on your writing.