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Out of the Loud Hound of Darkness: A Dictionarrative

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Traveling on from The Deluxe Transitive Vampire and Torn Wings and Faux Pas (chosen by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of the best books of 1997), Karen Elizabeth Gordon continues her wildly imaginative romp with Out of the Loud Hound of Darkness through a gothic landscape of language and her mythically Balkan world, a howling terrain and a cast of rampageous, eer ...more
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published October 27th 1998 by Pantheon
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A great help for studying my GRE vocab in a format more entertaining than memorizing vocab flash cards.

"An acidulous tone had crept into both sidees of the conversation, her side with balsamic asseverations and cloying evasions, his with a bite of horseradish astride a malt vinegar redolent of London fogs, fish and chips, and tabloid treacle and gossip (it was, in fact, revolting)."

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Despite it's somewhat prescriptivist nature, you have to love a story about vampires, sex-shifters, and cartographers in a bizarre alternate dimension that doubles as a dictionary for fun words like odalisque.
Ana Cotham
lots of word definitions! and a crazy story and characters to go along with it
Dec 01, 2008 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Beth by: LK
fun for word people!
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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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