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The Seven Signs: Three Book Collection Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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I am one of those readers who has difficulty accepting shape-changers who are clothed after a shift, so maybe I should just stop reading when something bothers me.
But I hope Mr. Hawkins reads these reviews and is willing to try to improve his writing. The best thing he could do is hire a seventh-grade English teacher to edit his copy, but a good friend who is literate and unafraid to hurt his feelings might do just as well.
- Figure out when to use which form of the verb "lie" and use it. lie/lay/laid/lain are misused as often as they are used properly.
- The subjunctive mood is not that elusive. "if he was coming, he would have already arrived." is never correct.
- A competent copy editor would be helpful as well. Consider this set of sentences:
The higher upon (up on) the hillside Dormael looked, the larger and more ostentatious the manors became. Even at this distance, he could
clearly see the red tiles of roofs, manicured grounds, and ancient statues (as written roofs, grounds and statues are all red). Alton had told
him that the nobles competed with each other during the summertime to see which family could throw the largest celebration, each one (as
written, each family) culminating with a parade through the city. Dormael had found throughout his life that (the books are replete with useless
phrases like "throughout his life," presumably to impress, but certainly not to inform, unless the writer meant to clarify that Dormael was not
informed by someone else's life or to clarify that Dormail began learning from the moment he first drew breath) nobility of any origin ("of any
origin" is yet another useless phrase) were thoroughly convinced of their own superiority,
- Use of "that" when referring to a person, when "who" is proper.
- "... had went on about ..." (had gone)
- "... the thought of it's slimy, dead hands ..." (its)
- "... a relaxed atmosphere that dulled the inhibitions of his proprietors ..." (should be customers, not proprietors, though one presumes their inhibitions were dulled as well)
- "Alright" is not a word.
Now is the time to hire an editor! It seems this series will extend to twenty or more volumes.