Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Edit: I received a comment from Amanda D explaining that there is a store called "Macey's" out in Utah. Who know? Obviously, not I! When I googled the name, I only received a suggestion that I had meant to type Macy's which is why I assumed the author had done the same. So thank you, Amanda D, for pointing this out to me. I appreciate it.
And now I must say one more thing about the book, something I had hoped not to have to say in this review. Lyon shares how she came to write the book in the introduction, saying that, in her blog she shares weekly grammar guidelines with her readers. I assumed that she would not draw word-for-word on these blog posts for the content of her book. After all, how much imagination can it take to come up with new examples? I went to her blog expecting to find her Word Nerd posts there but certainly assumed I would not find the content of the book word-for-word present and accounted for. In that assumption I was mistaken. I found more than one example from the book that is available, for free, in her blog. And while I can understand that the grammar rules themselves are not flexible enough to be re-worded, Lyon practically insults her reader by not even making an effort to create new examples. Which I guess leads me to another question: Should a person buy a resource when they can get the same content for free? I think it depends. I prefer books myself but I like them to be well-written, edited properly, and worth my financial investment. As it is, there are so many superior resources available that I cannot recommend this one to anyone. (For the record, I recommend The Transitive Vampire because I think the examples are weird and funny in an Edward Gorey kind of way.) PS: Yes, I am fully aware of my grammatical abuses throughout this post. I offer no apologies. I wrote this to be informal and casual.