BUGS in writing: a guide to debugging your prose
"How often does a book come along that has you laughing out loud as it improves your writing, especially of technical and scientific material? How often does a book on writing come out aimed at scientists, mathematicians, and computer specialists in the first place? How often does a book on grammar keep you turning the pages from pleasure? Never, you say? Then get this one."
"As someone responsible for the creation of numerous bugs, literary and otherwise, I heartily recommend Lyn Dupre's exquisite book: a lucid guide to squishing bugs or, even better, exterminating them before they hatch."
David C. Nagel
"You can borrow my dictionary or steal my thesaurus. Just stay away from my copy of BUGS."
Patrick Henry Winston
"The quality of scientific and technical writing would increase considerably if this book were required reading for all authors."
The Mathematica Journal
"Lyn's style is wonderful: humorous, enjoyable, and incisive. I even liked the plot."
Peter G. Neumann
"Those of us who have worked with Lyn Dupre treasure her keen wit, and, above all, her absolute mastery of writing."
"BUGS in Writing deserves to become a standard. If technical writing isn't your principal activity, but you find yourself doing a lot of it, you should read this book."
"This book will help me/you/we a lot/immensely."
"Lyn combines an intellectual command of her subject with a madcap imagination to take you on a joyous romp through the English language."
"I just received a copy of BUGS in Writing, which I think is wonderful. (Reading this sentence again, I realize it is ambiguous; but both its interpretations are true. It is also passive, but since the package was waiting for me when I returned from a trip, it is hard to know just who brought it.)...BUGS will certainly be at my fingertips during the final rewrites.
"I highly recommend BUGS in Writing, by Dupre. It makes an excellent companion to Strunk & White and the Harbrace College Handbook."
Martin D. Carroll
A "superior" alternative to Strunk and White.
"This book simply sneaks up like a cat and charms you."
"Having the examples weave their own story is an outstanding device. Our brains must be wired for learning from stories."
Bruce R. Montague
"Ultimately, it is the playfulness and humor of the author that encourages me to keep this book on my working shelf. I wish I'd had Lyn Dupre as my fifth-grade English teacher."
ANPA West Journal
"An earful of bugs that will learn you right from wrong."
"It's hard to describe how easy it is to read this book, except to say that it's the first style book that I have ever read entirely, and for pleasure."
Ellen Levy Finch
"An indispensible 'bible' for those who believe that clarity and good writing are the key to conveying any message effectively."
Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD
"Even my cats seemed to like the book."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This book was very useful to me, as a non-native English speaker, when I started writing technical texts in graduate school. It contains many short recipe-like chapters, each one about a particular topic. The typesetting is unusual, and some find it distracting, although I think it's cute.
BUGS in writing: a guide to debugging your proseUser Review - Book Verdict
Dupre's clear advice, presented with a sense of fun, may benefit anyone who writes. However, it is geared to technical and academic writers who usually understand their material but are not so skilled at passing along that understanding. Many of her examples show ways to use computer terminology wisely, but this is more, and better, than the much-touted Wired Style (LJ 10/1/96), offering not just definitions but broad advice. This would be a great supplementary text for any course in technical writing. For all academic collections.
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