Swet Columns

Punctuation Encounters and the J-E Translator

Reviewed by Lynne E. Riggs

Punctuation..? By User Design. 35 pages. ISBN: 978-0-9570712-2-3. £10.

Forty years trying to master the skills of clarity, consistency, and coherence have not made me a model copyeditor, yet. Reviewing the rules of correct usage set down in this slim volume tests my progress. Always distracted by the larger... more

Worth Waiting For

Reviewed by Anna Husson Isozaki

Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence. By Lisa Cron. 272 pages. New York: Ten Speed Press, 2012.  ISBN-10: 1607742454; ISBN-13: 978-1607742456.

Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story is the writing guide I was searching for during years of buying... more

Collect These Jewels

Reviewed by Anna Husson Isozaki

Translator Perspectives: Honyakusha no mesen 2015. Tokyo: Japan Association of Translators, 2015, 137 pages. ISBN 978-4-906408-11-5.
Translator Perspectives: Honyakusha no mesen 2016. Tokyo: Japan Association of Translators, 2016, 59 pages. ISBN 978-4-906408-13-9. 

“The essays are to inform and inspire... more

Writing Strategies and Inspiration

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2006, 295 pages. ISBN: 9780316014984

Reviewed by Richard Medhurst

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer is a series of short pieces on becoming a better wordsmith from pepping up sentences to forming habits... more

Essential Weapon for Your Editing Armory

Reviewed by Clare Midgley

Effective Onscreen Editing: New Tools for an Old Profession. 3rd edition. By Geoff Hart. Pointe-Claire, Quebec: Diaskeuasis Publishing, 2016. Printed version: 518 pages, US$33 + shipping from Lulu, ISBN 978-1-927972-04-5; PDF version: 827 pages, US$28 outside Canada, ISBN 978-1-927972-05-2; EPUB version:... more

A Sugar-Coated Guide to Grammar

Reviewed by Susan Schmidt (April 15, 2007)

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, by June Casagrande. New York: Penguin Books, 2006. 212 pages. Paperback. ISBN-13 798-0143036838; ISBN-10 0143036831. $14.00.

 

Subtitled A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite, this slim volume promises to be a treat for the word maven: a sugar-coated... more