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What makes a great opening of a book?

Hello friends,Today I published a great article, "How to give your stories great openings and endings" by Dan Coxon (published author) and since I could not resist, I included my thoughts as a…Continue

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Started Mar 5, 2012

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What makes a great opening of a book???

Hello friends,



Today I published a great article, "How to give your stories great openings and endings" by Dan Coxon (published author) and since I could not resist, I included my thoughts as a reviewer on great openers. Here is what I wrote (as a reader/reviewer):

Whenever I read a story, be it short story, a novella/novel or even non-fiction like memoir or say travel book (Yes, I do like to read a variety of genres!), the first thing that I judge as a reviewer is: was the writer able to pull me in the story from the very first chapter? In fact, I can gauge from the opening lines or sometimes by reading first few paragraphs of the book, that whether the story is going to be engaging or not (with few exceptions of course, where the story does get interesting after a slow start!).

 

That being said, when I am nearing the finishing chapters, I am always intrigued and desperate to find out as to how the writer put all the strings of the story together and gives a coherent and satisfying resolution. For example, in most of chick-lit, it is simple stuff like: was the girl able to establish her own career and be independent? Was the boy successful in winning over the girl? Will she choose guy A or B?

 

In a memoir, it depends mostly on which phase of writer’s life is emphasized and at which stage is the writer going to finish it? (Read “Unimagined” to know what I am talking about!) If it is theme based, then I want to know the stance of the writer, which side is he/she taking? What is his/her opinion? How he/she perceives that topic/phenomena/dilemma? The perfect example could be Caitlin’s book, “How to be a woman” or “The Funny Thing Is…” by Ellen Degeneres.

 

Okay, so that was how I felt on writing the first and the last lines of a book, needless to say, a very subjective opinion as I…

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Posted on March 5, 2012 at 12:35pm

400 Followers Gratitude Giveaway!!!

Hello, I am new on this site, so thought to introduce my blog. As you get from the name, "The Review Girl" is about reviews on books, music, movies, celebs, as well as exciting giveaways. I also love to do author and blogger interviews. I also post articles on writing and blogging tips. So, if you like my blog, please follow and share my link. Feel free to comment on current discussions going on my blog. 



Plz read my latest book review of a JANE GREEN's "Life Swap" here and tell me which one is your favourite Jane Green book:

http://komzreviews.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-life-swap.html

Read my latest author interview with a best-selling novelist plus a great topic is now up for discussion, so take part and let me know your views!:)

Discussion Topic: 



Do you love to read chick-lit books? If yes, who have been your all-time favourite chick-lit writer / writers? There can be many writers which you enjoy but answer this: Which is your all-time favourite chick-lit book? Why do you like it so much; is it because of the story or the main character? Feel free to share your thoughts on these questions in the comment section of this latest blog post.



http://komzreviews.blogspot.com/2012/01/be-my-guest-author-intervie...

Would love to see comments!:)

Also, I am having a 400 followers Gratitude Giveaway (International), which you can enter right now, to get…

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Posted on January 19, 2012 at 5:32pm

For aspiring /struggling writers

‎#Author alert: enter the #giveaway (only 2 days left!!!) for writers & be a part of an ongoing discussion to share your #writing experiences: http://komzreviews.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-special-author-interview.html

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 9:00am

HUGE YA GIVEAWAY!!! *International*

Hello friends!


First of all, Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday to my US readers! J I hope you all are having a wonderful time celebrating and shopping for Christmas. The festive season has officially kicked off now and there is great news for my blog readers: I am planning a lot of giveaways (which means lots of free books!) for my lovely followers for the whole month of December. Yay!!!
I am so excited to start this “holiday season” with this HUGE giveaway! Check out the prize pack of these 4 (FOUR) tempting YA E-books:

 

To enter this giveaway, go to this link:

http://komzreviews.blogspot.com/2011/11/hello-friends-first-of-all-happy.html

 

GOOD LUCK  & SEASONS GREETINGS EVERYONE!!! 
CHEERS,
Komz

 

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 4:33pm

CHICK LIT GIVEAWAY>>INTERNATIONAL<closed now!!!

 

Hello friends,

I am having chick lit giveaway on my blog....open till 20th Aug...so hurry up and enter here:

http://komzreviews.blogspot.com/2011/08/chick-lit-giveaway.html

 

Plz spread the word by forwarding this message to your friends. Tweet/blog post will be highly appreciated. Good luck to all!:)

 

Komz@thereviewgirl

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What makes a great opening of a book???

Hello friends,Today I published a great article, "How to give your stories great openings and endings" by Dan Coxon (published author) and since I could not resist, I included my thoughts as a reviewer on great openers. Here is what I wrote (as a reader/reviewer):Whenever I read a story, be it short story, a novella/novel or even non-fiction like memoir or say travel book (Yes, I do like to read a variety of genres!), the first thing that I judge as a reviewer is: was the writer able to pull me…See More
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What makes a great opening of a book?

Hello friends,Today I published a great article, "How to give your stories great openings and endings" by Dan Coxon (published author) and since I could not resist, I included my thoughts as a reviewer on great openers. Here is what I wrote (as a reader/reviewer):Whenever I read a story, be it short story, a novella/novel or even non-fiction like memoir or say travel book (Yes, I do like to read a variety of genres!), the first thing that I judge as a reviewer is: was the writer able to pull me…See More
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What makes a great opening of a book?

Hello friends,Today I published a great article, "How to give your stories great openings and endings" by Dan Coxon (published author) and since I could not resist, I included my thoughts as a reviewer on great openers. Here is what I wrote (as a reader/reviewer):Whenever I read a story, be it short story, a novella/novel or even non-fiction like memoir or say travel book (Yes, I do like to read a variety of genres!), the first thing that I judge as a reviewer is: was the writer able to pull me…See More
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At 9:01pm on February 25, 2012, Angelya said…

Thanks for the welcome note :) 

At 5:04pm on February 25, 2012, Emily D. Wood said…

Thank you for following me! I look forward to keeping up with your posts as well. Thank you for the encouraging words!

At 3:47pm on February 25, 2012, Roger Allen Hussey said…

Thanks, Komal Mansoor, for your warm welcome to booksblog.  I am looking for someone who can suggest where to look for an answer to my Little Prince Epigraph Question:  50 years ago I had a copy of the Little Prince (in English) with a sweet epigraph in front -- it was a few lines, maybe from a poem, dealing with a pivotal conundrum involving (maybe)  sun, snow, flowers... Current editions lack this epigraph.  Any clues about where I might find it?  Thanks in advance -- Roger

At 7:06pm on January 26, 2012, S.B. Rodgers said…

Hi 

I just followed your blog, twitter. 

If you have time check out our blog http://sbrodgers.blogspot.com/

We are launching our first e-book January 31, 2012 and hosting a contest to celebrate. 

Cheers :)

At 2:06pm on January 25, 2012, Cecilia Gaerlan said…

Thanks for adding me to your list, Komal!  If you are interested in reviewing my book, do let me know.  If you get a chance, please check out my website. Thanks so much.  www.ceciliagaerlan.com

Also, please check out the You Tube video of In Her Mother's Image:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo7Ge4JuOJg&list=FLQRaC15f9xczTkOXEN2jwZg&index=3&feature=plpp_videohttp://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Image-Cecilia-Ilano-Gaerlan/dp/1453805982/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

At 9:39am on August 18, 2011, J.O Jones said…
THANKS FOR THE REQUEST
At 11:17am on July 21, 2011, Hayley ( The Fable Faerie) said…
Np :) nice blog I'm now following you. I would love for you to stop by my blog and follow me!
http://bookmigik.blogspot.com/
At 11:20am on July 20, 2011, Nelson Souzza said…

Hello Komal!

He is considered the most innovative of the Brazilian modernists. Besides having been a precursor of the Tropicália movement and of the "marginal poetry" of the 70s, de Andrade wrote three major manifestos: the Pau-Brasil Poetry Manifesto (1924), Pau Brasil (1925) and the Anthropophagic Manifesto (1928). He also introduced Brazilian literature to experimental prose with Memórias Sentimentais de João Miramar (1924).Visit me plase. Thanks! Have a nice day!

At 2:21pm on July 4, 2011, Harpreet Singh said…

Satshriakal right back at cha ;)

hehe...I tweeted about your giveaway!

At 2:17pm on July 4, 2011, Harpreet Singh said…

Hey Komal!

Thanks for the friend request! I now follow you via GFC and Twitter! I have my fingers crossed for the giveaway! :D

 

~Harpreet

xoxo

 

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At 2:09am on June 25, 2011, TheBookPosh said…

Hello,

 

Thanks for being my friend! I just followed your blog! I love the colors!

 

TBP

At 1:02pm on June 24, 2011, Darlene's Book Nook said…

Hi, Komal! I'm following you on GFC and Networked Blogs. I'd love it if you would stop by some time and follow back: http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com/. Have a great day!

At 10:14am on June 9, 2011, Blessed Beyond said…
Hello, nice to meet you here on book blogs. My blogs are http://stopabusewithaleja.blogspot.com
http://bestbooks2read.blogspot.com Just stopping by introducing myself and if there is something that you need I follow back. I'm Aleja Bennett Author of eight book and six on kindle and by all means do stay in touch when you like because I know what a busy life is like. Enjoy the book video
What a blessing after all that I have gone through and survived. Please like my fan page Author Aleja Bennett | Facebook http://sl3.us/51
At 7:42pm on June 1, 2011, Anne Whitfield said…

Hi Komal,

thanks for the friend request!

Anne.~

At 8:30pm on May 28, 2011, Darlene's Book Nook said…

Hi, Komal! I am a new follower of your blog. I would love it if you would visit my blog some time and follow me back:http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com/.

 

Thanks!

Darlene

At 2:10pm on May 26, 2011, Nelson Souzza said…
Thanks a lot, my friend!
At 11:14am on May 26, 2011, Angela Orlowski-Peart said…
Thanks, Komal. I'm following you on Twitter too. I'll check your blog -- my novel is YA paranormal.
At 8:41am on May 24, 2011, Spindu Funkenpunk said…

Hi i have done a bit of traveling to Canada and then places in USA like Vegas, Hollywood, Idaho, I take buses when i travel because i'm never in a rush I am now trying to set up a Usa Tour for myself, I live in Ct

I just wrote and self published my first book, Bits and Pieces of a Shattered life

you can find it at LuLu.com,author Spindu

At 10:15am on May 22, 2011, Angela Orlowski-Peart said…

Komal,

Sorry about a delay. I just visited your blog - very impressive :-) I'm also following you on Twitter. Here is my link https://twitter.com/#!/Angelpolaangel

I'm about to finish the first draft of my novel (most of it is already edited and polished) and then I will start querying it. Wish me luck. When published, I will let you know - would love for you to review it.

Angela

At 5:42pm on May 21, 2011, Nelson Souzza said…

Hello my friend ! Have a lovely  Sunday  and enjoy. Warm regards from Rio de Janeiro/ Brasil.

http://nelsonsouzza.blogspot.com
 
 
 

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