Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

What do you do when you’ve experienced success but are afraid that success will never visit your door again? You write another bestseller…

At least, that’s what Elizabeth Gilbert did. Big Magic is a personal narrative talking about the fear and nervousness she felt after the overnight success of Eat, Pray, Love, a book that wasn’t expected to be nearly as successful as it was.

I really wanted to love this book. The cover is amazing, and as a writer, each acceptance letter brings about those same feelings. Whew. I did it…but can I do it again?

But I didn’t love it. It left me lukewarm. It’s advertised as “Creative Living Beyond Fear” but I never really felt she truly addressed the fear I wanted her to address. Perhaps my fear is different enough that I couldn’t connect. I’m not sure. It simply wasn’t what I had hoped for.


3 LampsEnchanted Rating: 3.5

24453082Essential Info

Title: Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Length: 285 pages

Release Date: Sept. 22, 2015

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE*

About the Book

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert began her career writing for Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoir Committed became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. Gilbert’s short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.

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Book Review: Immortal Killers by Stuart Jaffe

The Enchanted Alley’s Review

I really enjoyed Jaffe’s Immortal Killers. It’s the first of Jaffe’s work I’ve read. I purchased a signed copy at ConCarolinas in June and bought the second one (directly from the author) at ConGregate in July, as soon as it came out. Why? I loved this one so much.

Nathan is so unlike me that he drove me nuts at times, but that’s what a good character should do — be so real they make you mad when they do something you wouldn’t!

This book was quite dark and unsettling at times, but I love dark fiction, so it was right up my alley (har, har, har…)

I also am totally in love with the covers for these books.

5 Lamps

Enchanted Rating: 5

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Title: Immortal Killers

Author: Stuart Jaffe

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Length: 214 pages

Release Date: Feb. 22, 2016

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE*

About the Book


Nathan Flynn is trying to get a start in life – law school, internship, and a fiancé. But when he finds himself on the wrong end of a knife, everything changes. He should have died. Instead, he acquires a unique ability – he harbors two souls in his body. If he dies, he loses one soul yet continues on. As long as he replenishes his second soul, he cannot be killed – he’s immortal.

But gaining immortality throws him into a world of government spies, crime syndicate couriers, and elite assassins. A world in which mankind is second class. A world where one has all eternity to master anything, and he is not the only one.

Nathan wants nothing to do with such a dangerous world. He wants to help people, not destroy them. But when he tries to leave, he learns that freedom will be a lot harder to gain than he thinks.

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About the Author

Stuart Jaffe is the author of the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman pulp series, and much more. His short stories have been collected in 10 Bits of My Brain and 10 More Bits of My Brain. Numerous other short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies.

Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for those who keep count, the latest animal listing is as follows: one dog, two cats, one albino corn snake, three aquatic turtles, assorted fish, seven chickens, and a horse. Thankfully, the chickens and the horse do not live inside the house.

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