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Pat Browne "crazy-for-books" (san diego, ca)

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Cradle and All
Cradle and All
von James Patterson
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 29,70

1.0 von 5 Sternen rip-off, 13. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cradle and All (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This one star is generous. Next time, I'll keep my debit card in my wallet. This book was so badly written and a complete waste of a wonderful concept. There were sloppy errors in detail and zero meaningful background information about the characters; the relationships were cliches; the descriptions were inadequate; the scenes were ho-hum predictable. It was written in eighth grade style with stultifying sentence structure, flat verbs, and way too many adverbs. And those sound bite chapters stretched a 250 page book to a bare 300. Rip off! When an author lets his publisher promote this kind of second rate effort, it is an insult to his readers. I won't buy James Patterson again without reading strong reviews first.

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose
Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose
von Constance Hale
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen WHERE WAS THIS BOOK WHEN WE WERE KIDS?, 20. März 2000
SIN AND SYNTAX should be a text in high school English classes. A generation of enthusiastic grammarians might rise up and wipe out the scourge of dangling modifiers. The mystery of lay and lie would be be solved at last. I teach adults how to turn their great ideas into the novels they've always wanted to write; and while the refinements of plot and character and theme are fairly simple to explain, grammar and syntax bedevil student and (this) teacher alike. But no more. With humor, clarity and excellent contemporary examples, this book helps me explain to my students why, after half a dozen rewrites, their sentences still sing off key, why I nag them about details, why some adjectives work and others just take up space on the page. A great resource book.

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