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Actually a great book,
This review is from: Eureka!: Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English Language (Paperback)
If Walker Royce reads the title of this review he'll either smile or frown . . . when you read the book you will understand why.
The other eloquently written reviews were apparently posted by wordsmiths like Walker. I'm not surprised that every one of them found the book to be informative, challenging, humorous, and thought provoking. Readers who love language will enjoy the book.
It is my hope that educators who are responsible for introducing worthwhile rhetoric to young minds will grasp this work and share it with those minds. Perhaps some popular or respected entertainer will recommend Eureka! to the public. I am impressed by the potential value of this fresh approach to the nuances of our language in a day when pristine verbal or written communication has been replaced by painful "texted" abbreviations and smiley faces. If I were responsible for a formal learning environment I would make Eureka! required reading, irrespective of my discipline.
Whether the reader is interested in a reminder (or instruction!) about the finer points of diction and syntax, a positive and creative outlook on life, characteristics of better interpersonal interaction, or challenging word puzzles, all and more are to be found in Eureka!. A warning: The puzzles are not for the impatient or distracted reader!
Do yourself a favor. Purchase this book and set aside some time when you can read intently without distraction. Plan to be surprised, enlightened, and reminded. Plan to reread passages and chapters. Plan to wish you could spend some time sitting around chatting with the author to see what makes such a creative author "tick".