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

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

by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679418603
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1993
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 271,357
Product dimensions: 7.59(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.78(d)

About 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 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 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.
CathyLeming on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Not boring, which is a lot to say for a grammar manual.
BookJumper on LibraryThing 5 months ago
If only, as a fledgling teenage writer with a vampiric obsession, I had known of the existence of this book!If you like words (possibly polysillabyc, flummoxing ones), gothic literature and pretty pictures, this is the book for you.I have not yet delved deep enough into it to see whether or not it has much to teach me as a grammar handbook, but no matter: the obvious love with which Gordon recounts the deeds of her unusual cast of characters makes this a charmingly different fairy-tale in snippets, and if nothing else her vast lexicon could teach us all a word or a hundred.Which brings me to the best feature of this edition (on top of the added characters and pictures): the enormous margins, left on purpose so that (between an angel and a gargoyle) you may take notes. Draw doodles. Play noughts and crosses.Go on, be creative.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was described to me as "the only grammar book you'll actually *want* to read." I have a pretty firm grounding in grammar, but I was curious.The sample sentences are much more interesting than those in most grammar books, but the writing style is much to ornate for my taste.If you like ornate writing but are a little shaky on parts of speech, give this a try.
Zmrzlina on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Some people come naturally to grammar. Some must be hit over the head with it. I'm of the later and this delightful book is a perfect head-smacker.
ShanLizLuv on LibraryThing 5 months ago
OK, I get it. My love for grammar is a tad unseemly. (It's platonic, honestly! Why? What have you heard? Who are you going to or some broken down old law dictionary made bitter by years of neglect?) Anyway...I'd love this book even if I was a normal person with a vampire fetish. Just have a look; you'll find yourself hooked on Gordon, too.
Cygnus555 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love Karen's books... Definately one to have on the shelf for reference... and a laugh. The only author who can write books on language rules that you will want to read cover to cover.
KamilaMiller on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An amazing grammer book with great, colorful, engaging examples. A wonderful reference. I wish it had more examples, however, and clearer text explaining some of the more obscure terms.
amclellan0908 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A witty, yet dark approach to exploring grammatical issues like parts of speech and verbals, this text demystifies common grammar problems through explanation, examples, and some illustration. In my classroom, I could use this book as a grammar reference text for my students. It would allow them to explore their grammar issues in a more meaningful way than a grammar workbook.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Gordon's work manages the seemingly impossible -- she lays out the rules of grammar while creating a surreal world of gothic sensibility that would make Charles Addams or Edward Gorey feel right at home. Her creativity seems unlimited; she inspires me to think beyond the obvious. While that in itself is a valuable commodity, coming as it does from a grammar book, it seems all the more remarkable. The only drawback I see is that the book could be more comprehensive in its coverage of grammatical situations.
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.