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My first impression of the book is that even among textbooks which are horribly overpriced this shines as an example of why some
on June 18, 2016
First I will say that this in no way reflects upon the exemplary service or low price of the provider of this book, Now that I have prefaced this review by stating that the company that provided me the book gave me 5 star service... the book itself is certainly not worth full price. My first impression of the book is that even among textbooks which are horribly overpriced this shines as an example of why some people who shouldn't be writing in the first place write textbooks regardless of their lack of talents. It hearkens to the old adage regarding those who can't do, teach. Apparently those who can neither do or teach write books about it. A perfect example is the chapter in which the exercises are to add words to "enhance coherence" in an already coherent sentence... or put another way to specify something that a normal person naturally infers from the provided sentences, additionally the author seems to muddle certain concepts related to issues such as clear and coherent. The word coherent includes clarity as a portion of its definition, in fact if a paragraph lacks clarity it is almost certain to lack coherence. I cannot help but believe there had to be a better book on the market that a teacher could use for this subject. Another point that I find lacking is that typically in English, a student is taught to use "economy of words", this text; however, seems to shun that advice and works under the premise that in technical writing you must expect every reader to be a dullard who is unable to connect two sentences into a common thread.
However, I will say that this book can cure insomnia, so it is not without some measure of worth if you have sleepless nights. Overall I would say that without appendices it should be a 400 page book or less, yet the writer used 600+ pages anyway.