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The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed Revised Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679418601
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679418603
- Dimensions : 7.6 x 0.78 x 9.6 inches
- Publisher : Pantheon; Revised edition (August 10, 1993)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #197,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 1993 edition adds an index, which makes it much more useful than the original 1984 version.
The level of the book is extremely basic. There is no discussion of the subjunctive, for example. There is also no room made for nuance: nothing about British versus American usage, house styles, levels of formality, or issues on which good writers can disagree (split infinitives, prepositions with nothing after them).
The best thing about the book is that it's entertaining. The examples are strange and charming, and reading them is like eating bonbons. I plowed through the book in an hour, enjoying every minute of it. Unfortunately I didn't learn anything from the book that I didn't already know, and I don't think it's going to be particularly useful to me as a reference.
Readers who want a grammar book for self-instruction will probably not want to use this book, since it lacks exercises. Readers whose native language is not English will probably have trouble following it, since the sophisticated style and vocabulary are mismatched to the basic level at which it discusses grammar. It might be a good choice for a bright teenager whose high school doesn't teach English grammar effectively.
I purchased this book in hopes that it would give me a fun way to learn writing mechanics. I expected illustrations to guide me through the stickier spots in my work. This book does not have that. The pictures are cute (in a vampirey, gothic way) but they do not add much to the explanations.
The index is really not usefully at all to someone who is clueless in grammar. Terms such as Past Perfect Progressive Tense and Subjective Complements mean nothing to me. After reading these sections - they still mean nothing to me. It would have been nice to see index entries such as: Who's vs. Whose or Past vs. Passed. These are not listed. I took some time to try and find these sections in the handbook, but couldn't.
If you are grammar challenged like I am, skip this book.
I have extensively studied advanced grammar (English and five other languages), yet this trickster book taught me several things I didn't at all know! Wow. Amazing asset to any English speaker with an exigence to communicate effectively.
It's time to terrify those around you with hauntingly accurate use of grammar--and meaning.
The students can "see" the grammar principles at work. The reticent and timid grammar student is energized by Gordon's exotic, quixotic and witty illustrations. Parts of Speech, Sentence Structure, Passive Voice -- all the essentials are here. Gordon's explanations are straight froward and practical. The class discussions sparked by the content have sometimes been more engaging than literature discussions.
By no stretch of the imagination is this the best book on grammar out. Nor is this the best book written on the subject. I would equate it to a grammar coffee break. It's useful, but also pleasant. If you want a hyper-organized, get the answer quick reference book this is a poor choice. If, however, you want a fresh source of ideas to present to your hyperactive, low attention span, immediate gratification students you may find this quite a bit more useful that diagramming you millionth sentence.