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Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me (edição 2015)

por Andy Martin (Autor)

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Fans of Lee Child know well that the muscular star of his bestselling novels, Jack Reacher, is a man of few words--and a lot of action. In Reacher Said Nothing, Andy Martin shadows Child like a literary private eye in a yearlong investigation of what it takes to make fiction's hottest hero hit the page running. The result is a fascinating, up-close-and-personal look into the world and ways of an expert storyteller's creative process as he undertakes the writing of the much anticipated twentieth Jack Reacher novel, Make Me.   Fueled by copious mugs of black coffee, Lee Child squares off against the blank page (or, rather, computer screen), eager to follow his wandering imagination in search of a plot worthy of the rough and ready Reacher. While working in fits and starts, fine-tuning sentences, characters, twists and turns, Child plies Martin with anecdotes and insights about the life and times that shaped the man and his methods: from schoolyard scraps and dismal factory jobs to a successful TV production career and the life-changing decision to put pencil to paper. Then there's the chance encounter that transformed aspiring author James Grant into household name "Lee Child." And between bouts at the keyboard in an office high above Manhattan, there are jaunts to writers' conventions, book signings, publishing powwows, chat shows, the Prado in Madrid, American diners, and English pubs.   "Can I--the storyteller--get away with this?" Lee Child ponders, as he hones and hammers his latest nail-biter into fighting trim. Numerous bestsellers and near worldwide fame say he can. Jack Reacher may be a man of few words, but Reacher Said Nothing says it all about a certain tall man with a talent for coming out on top. Praise for Reacher Said Nothing   "Martin, an unabashed fan of Child's work, conveys his excitement at hanging out with Child."--Publishers Weekly  "In more than seventy tight vignettes . . . Child, his backstory, and his work come alive. Martin's irrepressible glee about the project is infectious. Recommended for fans of Child's work or aspiring novelists who could benefit from an insider's view of the messy, complicated, and transcendent act of writing."--Library Journal "Amazingly enjoyable and genuinely enlightening, largely because Lee Child is as thoughtful and as amusing as you'd think from reading his great thrillers."--Sullivan County Democrat   "An unusual entry in the annals of literary biography . . . fascinating . . . I could not stop reading."--Sarah Weinman, The Crime Lady   "One-of-a-kind . . . It's funny, serious, a kind of mock-heroic and heroic together. It's quizzical and respectful, sophisticated and self-deprecating."--Professor Dame Gillian Beer   "Andy Martin is no mere 'Reacher Creature,' as fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher are known. He's something of a Reacher Teacher. Martin's book is the perfect accompaniment to all things Reacher. It explores, it explains, and it entertains. Like a detective novel, Reacher Said Nothing takes you down alleys and lanes and streets cast in shadow--but the journey isn't urban, it's in the boulevards and byways between your own ears. Andy's writing is a brainiac's delight."--Sam Fussell, author of Muscle… (mais)
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Título:Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me
Autores:Andy Martin (Autor)
Informação:Bantam (2015), 368 pages
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I have never read a Jack Reacher novel. I picked up Killing Floor about a year ago, but never made it far. The context just wasn’t right for me at the time. Someday, I may pick it up and read it in a sitting. It was the same time the first time I tried to read Foundation. I was 11 or 12, and it was the first time I think I tried reading a book that had such dramatic jumps in timelines. The fact that the protagonist for both parts of the book had the initials H.S. made it hard for me to follow. I don’t know why. But a few years later I picked it up again and proceeded to read the entire series over the course of a week.

So why did I pick up Reacher Said Nothing? Because even knowing so little about Reacher, I am always fascinated by the process authors take to create. Martin’s book delivered that, though a bit unevenly. To be fair, the book was never sold as only being about the writing process. My three stars are only because I found it uneven in representing the narrative. It was good, but it wasn’t the best example of this kind of book. It does have the distinction of being one of the only I’ve seen that was written by an observer rather than autobiographical. It does add a slightly objective angle that can be lost – most folks don’t write about all of their bad habits while creating.

Probably more interesting to Reacher fans, but still a decent insight into yet another writers process. Or lack thereof.
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  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
Lee Child's life as the writer of such a popular series is well described by Andy Martin. Martin was able to have close access to Child through the months that he was writing Make Me, to the point of watching Child typing at his computer day after day, and watching the author deal with autograph hunters and interviewers asking questions such as why would anyone buy his books?

I thought a lot about what I would write about Reacher Said Nothing, about the things I found most interesting. Unfortunately, if I describe these things, it will give too much away. I will say this: the agonizing process of choosing the right word, and the description and proper names of certain kinds of word groupings and sounds - reading about all of those things has opened up a technical slant on the subject that I'd never known about. It's the perfect kind of discussion to have when it comes to Lee Child and his Reacher books. ( )
  nhlsecord | Jan 14, 2017 |
Jack Reacher may be a man of few words, but his creator, Lee Child, shares his world and his creative process in intriguing vignettes penned by author Andy Martin who is an unabashedly irrepressible fan. Lee Child is thoughtful and amusing; the book is informative and inspiring as it offers readers an enjoyable look at creativity and the complex writing process that gives birth to one of today’s most recognizable literary characters.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Dec 31, 2016 |
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Fans of Lee Child know well that the muscular star of his bestselling novels, Jack Reacher, is a man of few words--and a lot of action. In Reacher Said Nothing, Andy Martin shadows Child like a literary private eye in a yearlong investigation of what it takes to make fiction's hottest hero hit the page running. The result is a fascinating, up-close-and-personal look into the world and ways of an expert storyteller's creative process as he undertakes the writing of the much anticipated twentieth Jack Reacher novel, Make Me.   Fueled by copious mugs of black coffee, Lee Child squares off against the blank page (or, rather, computer screen), eager to follow his wandering imagination in search of a plot worthy of the rough and ready Reacher. While working in fits and starts, fine-tuning sentences, characters, twists and turns, Child plies Martin with anecdotes and insights about the life and times that shaped the man and his methods: from schoolyard scraps and dismal factory jobs to a successful TV production career and the life-changing decision to put pencil to paper. Then there's the chance encounter that transformed aspiring author James Grant into household name "Lee Child." And between bouts at the keyboard in an office high above Manhattan, there are jaunts to writers' conventions, book signings, publishing powwows, chat shows, the Prado in Madrid, American diners, and English pubs.   "Can I--the storyteller--get away with this?" Lee Child ponders, as he hones and hammers his latest nail-biter into fighting trim. Numerous bestsellers and near worldwide fame say he can. Jack Reacher may be a man of few words, but Reacher Said Nothing says it all about a certain tall man with a talent for coming out on top. Praise for Reacher Said Nothing   "Martin, an unabashed fan of Child's work, conveys his excitement at hanging out with Child."--Publishers Weekly  "In more than seventy tight vignettes . . . Child, his backstory, and his work come alive. Martin's irrepressible glee about the project is infectious. Recommended for fans of Child's work or aspiring novelists who could benefit from an insider's view of the messy, complicated, and transcendent act of writing."--Library Journal "Amazingly enjoyable and genuinely enlightening, largely because Lee Child is as thoughtful and as amusing as you'd think from reading his great thrillers."--Sullivan County Democrat   "An unusual entry in the annals of literary biography . . . fascinating . . . I could not stop reading."--Sarah Weinman, The Crime Lady   "One-of-a-kind . . . It's funny, serious, a kind of mock-heroic and heroic together. It's quizzical and respectful, sophisticated and self-deprecating."--Professor Dame Gillian Beer   "Andy Martin is no mere 'Reacher Creature,' as fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher are known. He's something of a Reacher Teacher. Martin's book is the perfect accompaniment to all things Reacher. It explores, it explains, and it entertains. Like a detective novel, Reacher Said Nothing takes you down alleys and lanes and streets cast in shadow--but the journey isn't urban, it's in the boulevards and byways between your own ears. Andy's writing is a brainiac's delight."--Sam Fussell, author of Muscle

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