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The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed

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dekesolomon

The best book on punctuation ever

by dekesolomon on Oct 31, 2009

If you are one of those who is mystified by comma placement, Karen Elizabeth Gordon can straighten you out. In this book of 148 numbered pages, she devotes 37 pages (25 percent) to comma placement. Gordon's instructions are clear, brilliantly written, and fun to read. The illustrations are clever, even kinky. All of it together is calculated to grab and hold your attention. You can't ask much more than that from a punctuation manual. Over the years I found at least two minor questions that Gordon doesn't answer. But to tell the whole truth, I've forgotten what those questions were. Generally speaking, if you have questions about punctuation, all the answers are in 'The New Well-Tempered Sentence.' This is one good book. It makes sense of punctuation and makes learning the sense of it fun.

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K7BDD

Essential Reading

by K7BDD on Aug 9, 2008

Few technical books can stir both inspiration and excitement, yet after stumbling onto my first copy of Karen Elizabeth Gordon's original Well Tempered Sentence I was hopelessly devoted. In this revised edition once again Karen offers her endearingly whimsical and mischievous metaphors, while deliciously describing the guts of our language. In one stroke of a pen Karen Gordon is wicked and tender, whimsical and sarcastic, simple and brilliant. Karen's beguiling romp through the subject of sentence structure inspires and excites me to want more, and thereby to become both a better writer and reader. The secret of Karen's magic is in the simplicity of revealing her heart, while using the complexity of her beautiful mind. You'll love her as I do - it's a guarantee.

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