Category: Book Review

The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams
Posted on November 15, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was great. It was funny from the start, and I wouldn’t expect any less from Scott Adams. Disclaimer: I like his comics, and I would count them among my favourites, but it’s pretty hit or miss. Some I get right away and find hilarious and others I don’t. But this book was much funnier than any of his cartoons. Only maybe the first few chapters were laugh-out-loud funny the entire time, but later chapters did have a few great moments. It ended on a rather serious note. But it was all […]

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Spell It Out by David Crystal

Spell It Out by David Crystal
Posted on November 8, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I must admit: I was not a super duper fan of this book. I know David Crystal is quite popular in the world of linguistic literature. But this was not the best book to start out on, it would seem. Now, don’t get me wrong, the information was very interesting—it just didn’t need to be a 300-page book. It could have been condensed down to a few chapters. I know because I took notes on it and the amount of notes I took was incommensurable with the amount of pages there were. Some […]

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Between You & Me by Mary Norris

Between You & Me by Mary Norris
Posted on October 25, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I suppose I liked this book. It didn’t start out great—there wasn’t enough distinction between anecdotal and educational content. They were interwoven too closely and that caused confusion. I wasn’t sure why she chose to talk about some things where she did, and others at other places…If I was hooked on a personal story, I didn’t want to digress into grammar history and usage, no matter how relevant. I would have loved to read it at another time. And some of the stories didn’t have enough context or closure, which is really important […]

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Megan’s Munchkins by Pamela Foland

Megan’s Munchkins by Pamela Foland
Posted on October 18, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Again, this book very realistically portrays the shenanigans that come with pet sitting. It reminds me of all the trouble I had while pet sitting recently! A lot of things I realised were true that I wouldn’t have thought of before (and most books don’t include). For example the pets behaving differently for sitters than for their owners. In the book, Holly the cat doesn’t eat at first and then gets picky when she does eat. This is sort of true for cats in general—many are finicky eaters—but especially cats and dogs who […]

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Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner

Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner
Posted on October 11, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This is a great resource for writers and I recommend it. Some of the rules and advice is outdated but as long as you can tell what is currently considered fine (by the rules of common usage) then you can easily skip over old rules. I did learn some things, and some rules I will have to ignore because the power of common usage is too strong (unfortunately). But the friendly manner in which O’Conner relates the information makes it a fun read. She can get a little patronizing at times, a little […]

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Shady Characters by Keith Houston

Shady Characters by Keith Houston
Posted on October 4, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was an undeniably entertaining book. Well, I say entertaining, but a better word is probably interesting. It’s difficult to put down, and I hardly ever say that about non-fiction. It is probably the most heavily-researched book I have read, at least in terms of references. There are hundreds. They take up exactly seventy pages of the book. But Houston manages to weave them all together into a captivating and comprehensive history of punctuation. The accompanying pictures are indispensable, although they do seem to break up the narrative a bit too often to […]

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The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller

The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller
Posted on September 27, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I absolutely love this book. When I say that the Chicago  Manual of Style is the editor’s bible—and many agree with me—then it follows that Carol Fisher Saller is the editing god (or guru, as is canon). She has experience and knowledge of the rules (used very loosely) on her side, but she is just so approachable. She writes as if she is speaking directly to you. This book is filled with anecdotes, good and bad, amusing and cringe-worthy, helpful and simply entertaining. It makes it such a pleasant read, even as I […]

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The Care and Feeding of Sprites by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Care and Feeding of Sprites by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Posted on September 14, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book is sooo cute! It really makes me want a sprite as a pet. It’s really frustrating, honestly—this book is just teasing me! Here’s how to take care of a mythical creature, in great detail! But again, it goes into great detail about them as a species, even more than the series and the Guide. Like I said, I think other faeries should have their own books as well. What’s funny is that the book also talks about people who keep goblins as pets, and that’s just ridiculous. I can’t fathom it. […]

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Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Posted on September 13, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I love the Guide. It is much more detailed than the books, obviously, and includes many creatures that the books don’t mention but are found elsewhere in folklore. The illustrations are beautiful, of course, and there are many two-page spreads for larger illustrations. They are very detailed and beautifully-coloured. I like how Arthur provides many examples of a lot of the faeries, based on several observances. So while we may think of Mulgarath as the main ogre, there were illustrations of others that were even more interesting, because there was more backstory. And […]

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The Chronicles of Spiderwick: A Grand Tour of the Enchanted World, Navigated by Thimbletack by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Chronicles of Spiderwick: A Grand Tour of the Enchanted World, Navigated by Thimbletack by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Posted on September 12, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book is a really cute scrapbook. I say “cute” but it does delve into the darker aspects of the story, such as the tragic accidents that happen to people because of faeries and the aftermath of Arthur’s disappearance. It also goes into Helen and Richard’s divorce and Jared’s suspensions and expulsions. It’s mostly a gathering of Arthur’s notes and drawings, newspaper clippings, letters, emails, old pictures, and Thimbletack’s little notes commenting on each category. There are several fun flaps to open and pockets in which to find things, like smaller booklets. There […]

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