Hi, everybody! It’s been a long time since we’ve done a new Annotation hasn’t it? Well, let’s not beat around the bush: I want a more diverse pool of examples for my book! So let’s explore some great authors, screenwriters and pilot-writers I haven’t covered, shall we? Let’s start with annotations for the first ten pages of “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. You can download these as a Word document here.
I’m memoir crazy now!And 2018 crazy!I figured why not try another bestselling memoir from last year, but this time with an antipodean jump from Idaho to South Africa?A little funnier, and with a more loving parent, but still with lots of that horrific violence against children that readers crave! Get the doc here.
Wow, could it be the case? A non-fiction book? Do such books obey the typical rules of concept, character, scene work, dialogue, tone and theme? Let’s find out! This is also our most recent book, and one that I’m sure many of you haven’t read, but it’s one of the bestselling books of last year with good reason --it’s an instant classic. If you haven’t read it, these eleven pages are self-explanatory and will give you a taste of the wonderful book that awaits you. And isn’t that a gorgeous cover? (Here’s the doc.)
This one’s 25 years older than our oldest book so far, but for its devoted fans, it’s evergreen. I'll have more to say about it in coming weeks. I had to include 14 pages here to get to something happening--this beginning is slow-going ...and yet, bewitching. Here it is in pdf form.
Another bestselling novel from 1997! I know what you’re thinking: “Um, isn’t this a big jump from Lee Child?” But is it? Both Jack Reacher and Rahel Ipa have amazing eyes that note many small things that others miss, which we’ll discuss more soon... (Here’s the doc.)
Let’s do our first Annotation Project in a while. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books are comically macho, but they’re big fun and massive bestsellers. He’s living every aspiring author’s dream: Start at 40, get a big hit with your first book, crank out one a year every year starring that same beloved hero until you’re ready to retire. Let’s figure out how to do that. You can download a Word version of these notes here. (I promise our next book will be more literary!)
See, I told you we’d get around to it! This is a very funny book. One reason that it got pushed pack was that I’d never finished the series, so I decided to finally read all four of the original books (everyone including Adams was imploring me to skip the belated fifth one, so I did.) I’ll have more to say about it! Download the doc here.
Hey guys, I was going to do Hitchhiker’s Guide next, but I didn’t want to do two nerdy-white-guy books in a row, so instead I figured we should look at our first really literary book, stamped with a Nobel and every other prize (but don’t worry it’s still a spooky genre story, too.) It’s hard not to love this book. It’s the oldest one we’ve done, but the style is still very modern. I’ll have lots more to say about it in forthcoming posts. Update: Here’s a downloadable Doc.
Permission to treat this book as hostile? Like Festivus, these annotations turn into a bit of an airing of grievances, even though there’s a lot to like about this book and this series. I’ll get into my history with the series next time. You can download these notes as a Word file here. As always, apologies that this series doesn’t work very well on phones.