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The Ingredients Of A Good Thriller

5 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Chris Wood

Ever wanted to write a thriller? Ever thought you had a story but didn't know where to start? This book gives you: - A detailed breakdown of characters. - Tips on getting the reader's attention. - Ways of effectively telling stories. - The impact … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Thriller Books, Writing, Writing Instruction, Thriller Writing
Author: Chris Wood
Publisher: LDB Publishing
5 reviews about The Ingredients Of A Good Thriller
review by . June 07, 2009
So awhile back the book The Ingredients Of A Good Thriller by Chris Wood wandered across my desk. It's no surprise that I spend a significant amount of time reading, but often I'm not really analyzing the structure or the makeup of how the story unfolds. I thought it might be interesting to start paying a bit more attention to that aspect of writing, hence the reason for reading this book.     Contents:  Starting Points  Different Types of Thrillers: Plots; …
review by . February 13, 2009
I've read a lot of thrillers. Some were excellent. Others, not so much. I can think of more than a few authors who should have picked up a copy of The Ingredients of a Good Thriller before they started writing.     If you are thinking of writing a thriller, I would highly suggest getting a copy of The Ingredients of a Good Thriller. It explores all aspects of novels from this main genre in some detail and even addresses the various subgenres and possible plot categories.      …
review by . December 16, 2008
Wood, Chris. "The Ingredients of a Good Thriller", LDB Publishing, 2008.    Keeping Readers Tense    Amos Lassen    There seem to be how to books for just about everything and now we can add "How to Write a Thriller". I doubt many people stop to think what an author needs in order to write a thriller. Chris Wood gives all the hints we need to be able to write a book to keep his readers on the edge of their chair. The book is short and goes …
review by . December 14, 2008
In this book, Chris Wood (the author) laid out all the ingredients of a good thriller (as the title says it all). It is short, and to the point. He also included examples of a good thriller book (The Godfather, Get Shorty, Capone, Goldfinger etc) and movies out there (The Usual Suspect, The Departed, The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, etc) and explain what is great about them. The book also have the 5-6 pages summary (located in the last couple pages of the book titled "The Vital Stuff") of what the …
review by . December 11, 2008
While there is some good and sensible advice about writing a book in the thriller genre, it is presented in a context that makes it difficult to apply. Most of the ideas and concepts are presented in reference to a movie or a story, which is helpful if you are familiar with the story. However, if you are not, then a reference such as one to the movie "Untouchables", "Ennio Morricone provided the score, which absolutely crowns the material, adding both real class and many emotional boosts", is of …
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