The Deluxe Transitive Vampire; The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed

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Playful and practical, this is the style book you can't wait to use, a guide that addresses classic questions of English usage with wit and the blackest of humor. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Gordon has taken her enormously successful book of English usage and expanded it to include more rules, fine points, examples, and illustrations. Playful and practical, this style book combines classic questions of usage with wit ...

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Overview

Playful and practical, this is the style book you can't wait to use, a guide that addresses classic questions of English usage with wit and the blackest of humor. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Gordon has taken her enormously successful book of English usage and expanded it to include more rules, fine points, examples, and illustrations. Playful and practical, this style book combines classic questions of usage with wit and the blackest of humor. Illus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679418603
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 359,522
  • Product dimensions: 7.57 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

    THE BEST GRAMMAR BOOK - EVERY CLASSROOM/COLLEGE STUDENT NEEDS ONE

    I am a High School teacher. I teach students who have failed English class out in the regular ed classes. I have grades 9-12. I could not do my job without this book! It is wonderful!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Love the Book

    I bought it for a course when I was in college. It is both funny and educational. The pictures in the book are hilarious. It is very easy to read and understand the material, especially if one is a beginner. The book is also good for the casual reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    Even I learned something.....

    Sadly enough I read this book for entertainment purposes. I am such a geek. It was intellegently written, and not dry like most Grammar books. I actually learned a thing or two. Good for beginners, as well as advanced writers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    A solid work

    After looking at this book, I have to say that Ms. Gordon does know the English language quite well. However, she shows off a bit with her use of "high vocabulary", words which aren't typically used. This book would be more interesting if she had a few characters that she developed deeply -- instead of many characters shallowly developed. She does have a good sense of humor though, and overall, she explains the complexities of the English language effectively. I would recommend this book, even if you need a dictionary supplement.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Very interesting grammar book

    Wonderfully entertaining grammar book! As a professional tutor, I look for entertaining ways to engage my students!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2010

    off putting

    I am generally considered to have a vocabulary above average and I do enjoy meeting new words, however, Ms. Gordon is over the top here. The book starts out at a very basic level of grammar, but uses extremely advanced vocabulary - a poor fit. Who is her audience? A sense of fun and humor should bring interest to a subject that could be considered very dry. Unfortunately, I found this a little too cute and clever (vampires and all). It became cloying and difficult to put up with after a while. This book may be like cilantro; you love it or hate it. I like cilantro, but this book is not for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    Confusing and more than a little strange.

    I bought this book for a class at B&N University. This book did not help me. I found the pictures disturbing and the high vocabulary distracting. This book is not for those of us trying to brush-up our grammar skills. It is for grammarians.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005

    A horrible book!!!

    I bought this book for a BN University course. Although, it is well written some of the examples are dark and eerie. The author has an extensive vocabulary and uses it freely. Sometimes it makes the example she is trying to explain confusing. A more simple language would be more helpful.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    I must apologize

    I bought this book for an online English class with B&N. I'm disappointed. Miss Gordon seems interested in showing off her vast command of punctuation and vocabulary. Which is fine, I guess, for people who are not at square one like myself. I find it overwhelming. It's a beauty of a book, and I'm sure those with a good command of the English language will enjoy it. I apologize for being negative.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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