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The one grammar book that has been recommended to me by school teachers and university lecturers again and again is Raymond Murphy, English Grammar in Use There are different editions, some "with answers" and a CD-ROM, there's an accompanying workbook, and other supplementary material. I own the second edition from 1991 without any of the gimmicks, and I ...


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Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann. I found it extraordinarily challenging, and worth it. Twice.


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Something like Cloud Atlas, you mean? Indeed this is basically Nonlinear narrative. I use it a lot when I write because it can be great -- if well done -- to generate expectation and mystery. For me, the key of nonlinear narrative is to leave roles that the users can't fill at that point. You can use other chapters to get back to the loose ends and help ...


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Well, there's the aptly titled "The Blackmail Ring", a 1932 pulp thriller by Walter B. Gibson. Other than that, searching for fiction about blackmail just seems to turn up a lot of romance novels. Actually, the fact that it doesn't seem to be a popular novel topic can be in your favor. It won't be a setting that readers are intimately familiar with (unlike, ...


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Instead of White's book, you might want to check out Joseph Williams' Style: Towards Clarity and Grace. It's much better. There are several widely differing editions. Use the original Chicago Press, 1990 edition or the Harper Collins, 4th edition 1993. All the other editions have been mangled in various ways.



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