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Torn Wings and Faux Pas: A Flashbook of Style, a Beastly Guide Through the Writer's Labyrinth

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A wild assortment of winged and terrestrial creatures appear on page-after-page of intentionally garbled sentences to beguile the reader through a voluptuous riot of word abuses and misusage. Fifty fantastic and surreal illustrations multiply the books dimensions and dementia.
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published December 15th 1998 by Pantheon
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James Eckman
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A good and amusing word usage guide with many commonly misused words.
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Flashy and brilliant and extremely enjoyable. It can be tough to make grammar fun, but Miss Gordon's books are delightful and enformative, and immensely provocative, all at the same time. I can't recommend this enough, both as a reference book and a stand-alone read.
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Apr 13, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it
I loved Goron's grammar books (The Transitive Vampire series) back when I was in highschool, and a co-worker just let me borrow her style guide. If Edward Gorey had teamed up with E.B. White, this would have been the result.
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I need to study up for my position as a professional writer.
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Karen Elizabeth Gordon, who is most well-known for her comic language handbooks The New Well-Tempered Sentence and The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, is also author to a collection of short stories published by Dalkey Archive Press. The Red Shoes and Other Tattered Tales was hailed by many critics as Rabelaisian in its humor.

Gordon resides alternately in Berkeley, California and Paris.

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