A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.
“Why?” asked the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.
“I’m a panda,” he says, at the door, “Look it up.”
The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.
“Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots & leaves.”
Hi Ho, All! I am doing a bonus book review, well heck, not really a bonus since I blog on most of the books I read. 😀 As you all know, I am a writer, albeit newbie writer, but a writer nonetheless and am always looking for books that cover the craft of writing and storytelling.
Being a Grammar Nazi, I always get giddy with books over any kind of grammar lessons, and I was nicely surprised when one of my Beautiful Books & Broads Book Club Tribe Monkey Member came up to me and handed me this book stating she immediately thought of me when she read this book. Between the punctuation lesson and the snarky sarcastic way of the author, Lynn Truss, Darling Janice knew this was a book for me to read. Thank You, Janice!!!
I was hooked on this book immediately from the first snarky sentence by the author. I love being reminded of proper punctuation and in this day and age of “Text Speak”, punctuation is a dying art. The book Eats, Shoots & Leaves, talks about all the standard punctuation marks that are slowly being disregarded in this world of technology where no one questions why their sentence seems off because Word did not tell them there was an issue. 😦
Lynne Truss covers the history of each punctuation she is talking on and provides great examples of how and how not to use each of them. I was smiling from cover to cover reading this book. If you are a writer or not, this book will definitely help remind you of how to properly state things in a written work so the meaning is completely clear without a question.
I give Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss 5 out of 5 Bookmarks. It is a definite must have for anyone who knows how to write. 🙂 Happy Reading!