31 July 2006

Book Banter -- Adverbs

Title: Adverbs
Author: Daniel Handler
Length: 288 pages
Genre: literary fiction
Plot Basics: This book is sort of a collection of short stories and sort of a full novel. Confused yet? So was Word Nerd. Characters with similar names who may or may not be the same people move throughout the collection of pieces titled with "-ly" words describing falling in an out of love.
Banter Points: Handler has quite the way with words. Anybody who's read his debut novel, "The Basic Eight" or the Series of Unfortunate Events that he pens under the name Lemony Snicket knows this.
Bummer Points: For having quite the way the words, he sure was confusing in this book.
Word Nerd recommendation: Read "The Basic Eight" or his books for kids, but take the advice of many English profs and writers: Leave out unnecessary "Adverbs."

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