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The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth

The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
Posted on January 10, 2018 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points   This book is amazing. It’s super interesting, and the fact that every single etymological fact connects is really neat. I could listen to this guy for hours. There are so many fun facts about stuff we use every day. Just the other day as I was looking at my computer, I was wondering where Bluetooth came from, and last night I had my answer from the book. What’s funny is that he wrote the book so that when he was discussing etymology with people, he wouldn’t feel the need to trap them […]

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How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams

How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams
Posted on November 29, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was one of my textbooks for my Intro to the Study of Language class. It’s a brilliant textbook and I recommend it. The authors write with personality and the information is conveyed really effectively. It covers the very fundamental aspects of language, primarily the English language (but it also explains the IPA). It talks about phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics, you name it. It finishes up with a very brief history of English (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English) and a few thoughts on how it might be […]

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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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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Posted on January 10, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Preliminary remarks: This post is more an analysis (or an “assessment,” if you will) than a review, so if you’re worried about spoilers, maybe only read the first two paragraphs. The rest is a long Q&A session, where I ask questions about the book and then give possible answers. I’ve always liked this book. I mean, I’ve never been particularly knowledgeable about the Russian revolution, but I can tell that the state of things—of government—the farm devolved into is bad. (I did think it downright hilarious that the name Napoleon was used for […]

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Posted on January 7, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Foreword: Please listen to this and this while you read this review. Really get in the spirit of it. This book was amazing and deeply philosophical—and a bit religious, although not the kind of religious I tend to avoid. I will start with some notes about how I came to read it. I watched the movie for the first time years ago (when it came out in theaters) and have seen it a few times since. I didn’t know it was a book until after having seen it perhaps twice. I put it on […]

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Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede

Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede
Posted on December 29, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book is…interesting. It’s hard to look at it as a cohesive book because all the short stories are so different. And they’re all written for different age groups. Some are kids’ stories, some for older audiences. Some are very dark, some make no sense, and some are just fun. I must say that my favorite was the last one, the one that brought back Cimorene and the Enchanted Forest. But a couple of the ones about princesses were good too. These stories felt like snippets of a lot of different mythologies. You […]

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Sons of Destiny by Darren Shan

Sons of Destiny by Darren Shan
Posted on June 30, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was…very good. As a conclusion, it was definitely something you had to come to terms with. It was really cool, because of some really neat twists and ways to tie things together, but it was also kinda unsatisfying. The parts we expected pretty much went without surprises, but things went haywire after that. You can kinda get from the synopsis that it’s not going to go exactly as expected. I’ll tell you right now, Mr. Tiny has a much bigger role than anticipated. Also, the title of this book is pretty […]

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Lord of the Shadows by Darren Shan

Lord of the Shadows by Darren Shan
Posted on June 29, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Wow this book was good. This was what I needed. The previous few were so different but this was like it was in the beginning. I didn’t even mind the urban setting. It was a nice change from the crazy wasteland of the last book. There was tragedy, of course, and it was quite shocking. Darren himself changes more in this book than any other, I think. It’s starting to look like whatever future happens, it will be awful. And everyone says there is no way to alter destiny, but I’m not so […]

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The Lake of Souls by Darren Shan

The Lake of Souls by Darren Shan
Posted on June 17, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was just a trip to crazytown. The end kind of explains it a little, but it was still the freakin’ weirdest thing ever. It was so random. Nothing really made sense. It felt like such a departure from the plot. A little side-quest. That’s pretty much what it was. A weird little adventure to finish off one mystery that doesn’t have anything to do directly with the War of the Scars. But I’m glad the mystery got solved, even though I’d have preferred it without all this craziness. It’s pretty interesting, […]

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