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Torn Wings and Faux Pas:
The author of The Deluxe Transitive Vampire and The New Well-Tempered Sentence returns with a styleguide for the gothic set, featuring a cast of feathered duchesses, baby dragons, and lascivious banditti. As always, Karen Elizabeth Gordon's sample sentences are beguiling enough to distract even the staunchest logophile from the matter at hand. Nonetheless, she manages to tidily dispose of some of the English language's most ancient and troublesome dilemmas, from the difference between "affect" and "effect" to the intricacies of the split-infinitive debate. Enhanced by the tiny, whimsical line drawings of Rikki Ducornet, this is one styleguide you just might read like a novel. [via]