My overstuffed (virtual) bookshelf — 5

The only dedicated bookshop in Wollongong itself these days is one of those bargain all books for $5 remainder shops. Given what the rise of eBooks and internet book trading has wrought in the past few years it isn’t hard to see why.

Kobo I and I went to lunch at Diggers today, calling in at the bargain shop on the way.



Now what I am reading there was published just yesterday: a very conservative but also very good grammar of the English sentence: Traditional English Sentence Style by Robert Einarsson.

This 86 page textbook/workbook promises not only to teach you about grammar, but also to show you the "grammar secrets" of some of the great writers of English. You will learn how writers
like Austen, Lincoln, Yeats and Wells go about composing their writing styles. Through the extensive exercises in this workbook, you will learn to write more like these classic authors of English.This book will improve your knowledge of grammar, and help you develop your own personal writing style.

“A sentence is not a loose or random stream of words.  Instead, every sentence has definite construction and parts within it.  This textbook is based on the study of the internal segments within the sentence.  We will study the sentence in the same way that a botanist studies a flower, or a biologist studies a cell; i.e., we will ask ‘what are the internal parts within this entity?’ and ‘how do the internal parts connect to each other?’  The parts, in the case of sentences, are word clusters of the types that we will identify in the chapters ahead.”


But I did fall for two “real” books…


Note that under those two are 1,600 more on Kobo!

The one on the left may be a dud, but the one on the right looks most promising. And when I am on the Eco I will be checking my copy of this on Kobo:



March 2012 photo collage

I know, here we are halfway through April – but here it is anyway.


Mostly Wollongong and mostly from the photo blog – linked to the collage – between 1 and 31 March 2012.