A wild assortment of winged and terrestrial creatures appear on page-after-page of intentionally garbled sentences to beguile the reader through a voluptuous riot of word abuses and misusage. Fifty fantastic and surreal illustrations multiply the books dimensions and dementia....
|Title||:||Torn Wings and Faux Pas: A Flashbook of Style, a Beastly Guide Through the Writer's Labyrinth|
|Number of Pages||:||204 Pages|
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Torn Wings and Faux Pas: A Flashbook of Style, a Beastly Guide Through the Writer's Labyrinth Reviews
Over the years Karen Elizabeth Gordon's brand of cuteness has worn out its welcome with me. I say this as someone who once owned all her books and touted her to others (and, indeed, used The Deluxe Transitive Vampire as the basis of instructional materials I developed to aid high schoolers with low rates of literacy). This book may well, in my relatively extensive experience with grammar and style manuals and lexicons, be a nadir for not only the genre, but for Ms. Gordon as well. I write this as I look at her entry in this book for the words affect and effect; I submit that if you didn't already have a relatively firm grasp of the problems in usage related to these two words, this book would be of no help to you. Ms. Gordon's exemplar for the use of these words reads: "Startling Glower once dragged onto the show 'Up Your Eponym' a collection of pop psychologists (mincing to their places and sporting moles and affectations, all powdered and dressed up in Restoration frippery to pander to Glower's sartorial and aesthetic proclivities) who discussed 'the affect of an abused sibling, crying into her mother's soup' or 'a Lothario who was utterly destitute of affect, but handsomely rich in beaux gestes and looks.'" N.B. that she neglects, in this precious prose, to offer an example of affect in its use as a verb.If a person looking for a clear exposition of these words, who lacked any understanding of their use and their places in the taxonomy of the parts of speech, came to these pages, I am hard pressed to see how this entry (page 4, incidentally) would elucidate the use of these words. And this problem repeats throughout this book, making it almost useless for those toward whom I would think such a book would be aimed. In other words, this is basically a useless tome that is arguably a reflection of its author's vanity.
Flashy and brilliant and extremely enjoyable. It can be tough to make grammar fun, but Miss Gordon's books are delightful and enformative, and immensely provocative, all at the same time. I can't recommend this enough, both as a reference book and a stand-alone read.
I loved Goron's grammar books (The Transitive Vampire series) back when I was in highschool, and a co-worker just let me borrow her style guide. If Edward Gorey had teamed up with E.B. White, this would have been the result.
A good and amusing word usage guide with many commonly misused words.
I need to study up for my position as a professional writer.