- Plastic Comb: 307 pages
- Publisher: Aspen Publishers (September 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073554588X
- ISBN-13: 978-0735545885
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers: A Practical Reference
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Did this book have an editor? It recites established rules -- e.g., "don't use unnecssary words" -- and then proceeds to violate them right and left.
It contains rampant verbosity, misplaced modifiers, "creative" abuse of punctuation, comically bungled phrases, a grade-schooler's command of traditional sentence formation, and more! Anything you can think of to screw up a phrase, sentence or paragraph, this book has it. One needn't be a grammatical prude to take offense at its mauling of our language. This from someone holding herself out as a writer? Did she dictate this thing and not bother to proofread it?
I'm stunned by its lameness. And Aspen is a highly reputable publisher -- go figure. On top of everything else, this book has been RE-released. Have Aspen's top people even glanced at it?
I've read a number of books in this field, and any one of them would be better than this. If you're really interested in improving your writing, go with something -- anything -- by Bryan Garner. Or, if you're shooting for something simpler, get a secretary's guide.
Something you select at random will surely be better.