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Mixed feelings...but mostly glad I got it free
June 25, 2019
This started out with lots of promise, with writing SOMEWHAT better than most ebooks I've tried to read. But...it suffered there too (more on that later). This went from kind of intriguing to spoiling it all with over-the-top ideas, though I was left wondering how much of the places, past events and other facts MIGHT be true? It all just went off the deep end with far-fetched...suspension of disbelief? And the story was interspersed with many moments of boredom with some romance and other "too much detail" moments.
As for the writing, the author makes many of the same errors many writers make. Alright is non-standard and the phrase is properly "all of A sudden", not "all of THE sudden" and frequent use of the word OF when it's unnecessary or improper, like OFF OF (all of, inside of, etc.)...just 3 of my "bugaboos", too often encountered. Also included are those awkward sentences, proving the often ugly results of misplaced modifiers or dangling participles. I also thought a lot of the dialogue was "on-the-nose?" or inane? It needs really good proofreading/editing.
All in all, I was rather disappointed with the ending and glad I got it for free.
The New Oxford American Dictionary
- Highlight Loc. 22460-70 | Added on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 04:00 PM
al•right variant spelling of ALL RIGHT. The merging of all and right to form the one-word spelling alright is first recorded toward the end of the 19th century (unlike other similar merged spellings such as altogether and already, which date from much earlier). There is no logical reason for insisting that all right be two words when other single-word forms such as altogether have long been accepted. Nevertheless, although found widely, alright remains nonstandard.
The New Oxford American Dictionary
- Highlight Loc. 578471-73 | Added on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 04:01 PM
The use of off of to mean off ( he took the cup off of the table) is best avoided.
Oxford Dictionary of English
- Highlight Loc. 488367-70 | Added on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 04:02 PM
The compound preposition off of is used interchangeably with the preposition off in a context such as she picked it up off of the floor (compared with she picked it up off the floor). The use of off of is recorded from the 16th century (and was used commonly by Shakespeare, for example) and is logically parallel to the standard out of, but is not accepted in standard modern English. Today off of is restricted to dialect and informal contexts, particularly in the US.
ALL VS ALL OF
There is often confusion over all and all of. As a very general guideline, use all of when the next word is a pronoun (e.g., us, you, it, him, her). For example:
All of us...
All of you...
All of it...
There is no need to use all of for normal nouns. You can just use all. For example:
All the soldiers...
All the nurses...
I need all of the chairs. (The word chairs is not a pronoun. This is not wrong, but it is not as succinct as all the chairs. The word of does not add anything. It is redundant.)
All of the divers returned safely. (The word of is redundant.)
[I don’t like to see it used if it can be left out and still sound decent...it’s clunky and wordy. OF is just WAY overused...with LOTS of words]
INSIDE VS INSIDE OF
Inside as a preposition meaning "within the interior of something" is correct here. The phrase the inside of X uses inside as a noun, meaning "interior or inner part". "Inside of each type object is a method table" has minor grammar problems such as no article for inside. One could pedantically, properly, and verbosely say "The inside of each type object contains a method table", but just saying "Inside each type object is a method table" is both correct and direct.