What kind of freak reads a punctuation handbook for pleasure? Well, I do (blush).
But The New Well-Tempered Sentence
is not a dry treatise on the do’s and don’ts of writing. Consider the subtitle: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed
. How could you resist the urge to peek at a book with such a puckish name?
The illustrations are excellent and add to the ambience of the book’s many crazed and silly examples; to wit, when the author expounds on the question mark, one of her examples reads “Did the debutante have an alibi the night of the pizza chef’s demise?” Makes you wonder…
Gordon’s text is approachable by timid souls who fear the average grammarian’s stupor-inducing style. This one is fun! wild! demented! I highly recommend that writers and editors alike rush out to procure their own copy.