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

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by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
     
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679418603
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
229,804
Product dimensions:
7.59(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

KAREN ELIZABETH GORDON is the author of The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, The New Well-Tempered Sentence, The Ravenous Muse, The Red Shoes and Other Tattered Tales, The Disheveled Dictionary, Paris Out of Hand, Torn Wings and Faux Pas, and Out of the Loud Hound of Darkness. She divides her time between Berkeley, California, and France.

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The Deluxe Transitive Vampire; The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
megness More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The point of it is to use the dark and eerie to engage those who like such things, using language that many of us find interesting and fun; playful, as the description points out. If you are not a fan of the dark and strange, there are plenty of dry,serious works on the subject.But if you do, this is a romp through midnight alleys and not quite deserted graveyards in search of the properly constructed sentence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully entertaining grammar book! As a professional tutor, I look for entertaining ways to engage my students!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.