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A Book Reviewer's Best Friend - The Synonym Finder

Gail Pruszkowski

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Words, words and more words - these are the all important tools of the trade for any writer.

Sometimes the joy of stringing them together into something eloquent is indescribable. You know exactly what you want to impart to the reader but you're stuck for the right word to convey the meaning. And sometimes you find the right word and overuse it.

Whether you're writing a novel, a non-fiction article or a book review you want to make your point and keep the reader's interest. Using the same hackneyed expressions is one sure way to lose them. Unfortunately that happens a lot in book reviews. The same words keep turning up time after time.

That's why I call THE SYNONYM FINDER a book reviewer's best friend.

Example: If you read book reviews you'll see the word intriguing pop up a lot.

What if you're writing a review and want an alternative, but you just can't think of one?

Grab a copy of J. I. Rodale's THE SYNONYM FINDER. Look up the word intriguing and you'll find: interesting, absorbing, appealing, fascinating, stimulating, arousing, stirring, exciting, beguiling, diverting, charming, captivating, seductive, engaging, inviting and winning.

That's only one example. This thesaurus contains an astounding 1,500,000 words. If you can't find what you're looking for here it ain't been said yet.

It's in dictionary format which I find much easier to use than one organized by subject. There are subdivisions for different parts of speech and different meanings of the same word; also includes slang, archaic, scientific and other special terms.

I can't recommend it highly enough. My own paperback copy is so dog-eared; I've put the hardback version on my wish list.

If you do any kind of writing THE SYNONYM FINDER is absolutely vital, indispensible, essential, compulsory and a necessity.

Grand Central Publishing
1361 pages
ISBN: 978-0-446-37029-5

Gail Pruszkowski reviews for “Romantic Times BOOKreviews" magazine and her work has been published in the “Cup of Comfort" Anthologies.


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