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For Leonard completists only,
This review is from: Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing (Hardcover)
First, I LOVE Elmore Leonard. He's probably my favorite writer.
Second, I LOVE this list. I printed it out when it was first published, and re-read it ever few months. It's the best concise, practical guide to writing that I've seen.
But I really regret buying this book. I read it in 5-6 minutes, and honestly, that's only because I had to turn the page so often (one sentence per page. Seriously).
I had assumed that this was the original article, revised and expanded. It's not. It's the article, chopped to bits, and printed on fancy paper with some nice illustrations. My copy isn't even worthwhile as a collectable, as the sticker on the back cover was apparently applied by a drunken bonobo.
-- Edited to address reviews that say we should appreciate Leonard's brevity. I'd agree, if this information hadn't already been published in a more appropriate format -- the NYT article. It's great, great information. It's just not a book.
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Initial post: Apr 26, 2008 8:00:57 PM PDT
Elm Street Reader says:
Too funny. Your review made me look at the back of my copy and yep, the sticker's crooked.
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