Book Review: The Great Typo Hunt by Jeff Deck

invisible featured image Book Review: The Great Typo Hunt by Jeff DeckThe Great Typo Hunt by Jeff Deck
Published: August 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover (269 pages)
Genres: Humor, Memoir, Non-fiction
Source: Library

The signs of the times are missing apostrophes.

The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall: “NO TRESSPASSING.” In that moment, his greater purpose became clear. Dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization… and only he could wield the marker to defeat them.
4 Stars

The cover and title caught my attention at Borders and I had to read it. The book is pretty straight forward as far as the plot, but it was the writing style that made me love this book.  It wasn’t all fluff and entertainment, either.  He grew on the journey and made me laugh my head off along the way.  Here’s some non-spoiler quotes from the book to give you a flavor:

“She described to us six lanes’ worth of unadulterated fear, populated exclusively by motorists whose driving education had been paid for by the blood of pedestrians.”

“The standard clauses of the American dream only included two weeks of vacation a year.”

Content Rating: Medium. I remember it being fairly clean, but there was some language (if I remember right:)

About Jeff Deck

Jeff Deck

Jeff Deck is the author, with Benjamin D. Herson, of "The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time." He has been an editor at various houses of ill repute in Washington D.C. and Boston. In 2008, he took a road trip across the U.S. with friends to fix typos in signs, an adventure that revealed much of the nation's innermost secrets-- grammatical and otherwise-- but that also very nearly landed him and Herson in the federal pokey. Deck enjoys speculative fiction, video games, and historical inquiries, and has been known to draw comics on occasion. (Photo credit: Aaron Lashua)