Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: Webster's New World Dictionary

Webster's New World Dictionary
Series: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy/Historical/Sci-Fi/Contemporary
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Over 60,000 entries -- covering business, computer, and scientific terms; colloquial, idiomatic, and current slang expressions; and more. 

Updated and revised biographical and geographical database -- with 1,600 additional entries. 

Simple alphabetical listing for all entries -- including prefixes and suffixes, abbreviations, foreign words and phrases, and biographical and geographical names. 

Concise, easy-to-understand definitions -- many revised to reflect the latest research on usage and meaning.

Precise and comprehensive pronunciation key -- located on inside of back cover for quick, convenient reference. 

Updated page design and layout -- modern, clear type appeals to the eye and makes for an easier-to-read reference tool. 

Complete A to Z preparation by the permanent lexicographical staff of Webster's New WorldTM Dictionary -- the word pros who prepared the acclaimed Third College Edition. 
The Third College Edition of Webster's New World TM Dictionary is the dictionary of choice for the Associated Press and United Press International wire services, as well as for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and hundreds of other newspapers nationwide.
This book has everything! But, then again, that shouldn't come as a surprise. 'The #1 New York Times Bestseller', as is proudly proclaimed on the cover. (They also say 'over 25,000,000 copies in print'.)

From adventure to romance, drama and even a dash of tragedy and humor.

But I shouldn't get ahead of myself, right?

What begins as a story about a young aardvark just trying to make his way in the world quickly morphs into a tale of good vs. evil with an epic battle.

The characters in this story are fully realized with lots of depth. You have the egocentric, the maid, the heroine, the love interest, and don't forget the anti-hero.

There is a cliffhanger, but don't despair, it's not at the end and you're not left hanging. This book hits all the points you learned in 'writing 101'. There is the introduction, the complication, the climax and the denouement.

Because of the way the story is structured, you might be a little confused, but - never fear -  you won't get lost. Just when you think you knew where the story is headed, there's another plot twist, a dash of character development, or a totally unforeseen consequence.

This book is long, but it never feels unwieldy - and all the little bits of foreign languages just add to the immersive feeling.

All in all, not bad for a little aardvark from Zurich, now is it?

Happy April Fools Day. I hope you enjoyed this 'review'. (And the fooled kitty cat.)