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Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose von [Hale, Constance]
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“Probably the hippest grammar guide ever written, this book shows how to write for results, wholesome or subversive.” —American Way
 
“This new grammar book is light-years ahead of what you’d read in eighth-grade English: With vivid, contemporary examples of what to do and what not to do, it’s fun to read.” —Charlotte Observer
 
“In ‘Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose,’ Constance Hale provides a plugged-in, cutting-edge alternative to the must prescriptions of Strunk and White. Here you will find an open-minded, exuberant approach to style that is intelligent and refreshing.” —Charles Harrington Elster, in The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
 “Hale has put together a writing/grammar manual that is fresh and fun. The basic rules are here, and they are well explained. The ‘sin’ from the title is partly advice on when and how to break these rules. The other sins are examples of oft-repeated mistakes…..this guide will help [readers] use effective and artful language. The examples range from Dr. Seuss books to John F. Kennedy's speeches to commercials…. Easy to understand and appealing to a broad range of readers, this book is highly recommend for all libraries.” —Alisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., WI, in Library Journal
 
“This is a wonderful how-to-book about writing stuff people want to read. Those who have studied the subject might think of Hale as a peacemaker between the Strunk and White tribe devoted to precision and the more entertaining descendants of Henry Mencken, full of energy and inventions. Nonwriters who just want advice that won’t put them to sleep will find sentences they can dance to.” —Make Maza in The Dallas Morning News
 
 “Constance Hale, in ‘Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose,’ is the first grammarian I’ve seen in a long time brave enough to revive diagramming.” —Ed Gray, in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
 
 “Hale’s analyses of texts, from Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! To the jargon-laden prose of government and corporate documents, are full of insight because she lets the reader in on how language has the power to move us or confuse us.”  —Charles K. Bultman, in California Lawyer
 
 “Hale [is] good at explaining rules, and she provides a lot of examples of writing that really is sinfully good. Osmosis alone should help you here.” —Gary Kaufman, in Salon
 
"Move over, grumpy schoolmarms everywhere. Your time has come.  For the writer or wannabe, Sin and Syntax  is an urgently needed, updated, and hip guide to modern language and writing. Nobody but Connie Hale could make the elements of 21st-century style so much fun." --Jon Katz, media critic and author of Running to the Mountain and Virtuous Reality

"Sin and Syntax is one of the rare books that recognizes--and even celebrates--the fact that good writing has little to do with 'rules' and much to do with a true understanding of effective prose. Connie Hale provides us an invaluable service by showing us what works and what doesn't in the real world, regardless of what the pedants say."--Jesse Sheidlower, Senior Editor, Random House Dictionaries, and author of "Jesse's Word of the Day" column

Kurzbeschreibung

A fully revised and updated edition with challenges and writing prompts in every chapter


Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone.

With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to use—Gasp!—interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing. Discover how to:

*Distinguish between words that are “pearls” and words that are “potatoes”

* Avoid “couch potato thinking” and “commitment phobia” when choosing verbs

* Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor (and understand what you're doing)

Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prose—students, professionals, and seasoned writers alike. Whether you’re writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4259 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 322 Seiten
  • Verlag: Three Rivers Press; Auflage: Rev Upd (13. August 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00BH0VUHY
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #535.876 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 von 5 Sternen 55 Rezensionen
12 von 12 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen It's wonderful to have a book worthy of five starsto comment ... 12. Juli 2015
Von Lizelle H - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
It's wonderful to have a book worthy of five starsto comment on. Constance Hale lives and breathes language, it is evident in this book and on her website. She makes it her business to inform people making use of the English language in writing, to correctly articulate what they are putting across, and by using the correct grammar and punctuation. It is amazing to find, as a second-language English speaker, reading first-language English speakers' written word how wrong they sometimes get things like apostrophes, plurals, wrong context, incomplete syntax, linguistic errors, to name but a few. This book is on my highly recommended list.
15 von 16 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Fresh Take 14. September 2013
Von Steve R. Yeager - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This was not the traditional Strunk and White style book. Instead, it offered concrete examples for different parts of speech and sentence structure. While a lot of the information is basic, it does offer a good refresher course in grammar and structure, but not only that, it offers advice that most grammar teachers would not dare tell you. Trust your voice. Revel in the joy of language.

And all that I appreciated. I subtracted one star because the examples given in the text I found to be odd and I couldn't quite put what was stated in the instructional parts of the book with the quality of the examples. So many came from political speech, some from odd sources, and others from books I have no desire to ever read (Hemingway, being a noted exception). So it is hard to blame the author here as the material was subjective and some people may love it. I did not.

The other star I sadly had to deduct due to the price of the book. Yes, I know it is usually not in the author's control, and I might be unfairly judging based on price, but still, the e-book was over $10 (when I purchased) for material that is perhaps worth about $5. At $5, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.

But, being that this is Amazon, and I wrote the original review on Goodreads, I gave this book four stars here.
14 von 15 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic for new writers and old-timers like myself 9. März 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Old-timer as in writing for over a decade, not actual age! I could tell from reading the first couple of pages of this book that it was going to be a good kick-in-the pants to get inspired and rev back up. I'd been on a hiatus from writing for a while and needed something to put me back that "eager to tell a story" mode. This book did that and more. So whether you're just starting out or have been writing for a while, check out this title for an abundance of examples on how to keep your work lean and fresh. Recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen At first I was Turned Off; but she Didn't Fail 7. September 2013
Von Michelle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I only purchased this book because Stanford University recommended it for their edX Medical Writing course. At first, I was turned off with the overt effort to turn this book into something salacious, which I thought was a desperate attempt to sell something - like a book.

I still think that, but after reading this book, she somehow pulled it off and gave some effective tips. Do I remember the tips? No. But I will make an effort to re-read the book and this time, be a more respectful reader, knowing she actually has something to say.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Learning to write 10. Juni 2017
Von Walter Speelman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Nice read. Lots of things about the language we use every day.
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