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Shady Characters – The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

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The book is often engrossing… An unusual triumph of the human ability to find exaltation in the mundane. I loved the small, local village feel to the book and the characters, who keep some of their animal traits and stereotypes.

The content is quite geeky, which suits me - I am now much better informed about the history of the symbols we use to communicate, and the history of printing. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. We go back to the library of Alexandria, graffiti in Rome, medieval scribe annotations, Gutenberg’s obsessive line-justification, the first novels of Richardson and Fielding, Abraham Lincoln, twentieth-century journalism, and the huge influence of Christianity on all aspects of the written word. It was never the success that TI had hoped, and yet it gave the company a taste of a calculator market that only promised to grow and grow. First of all, I loved the cover of this book, and I’m excited to see that the covers of the next two instalments, Cold Clay and Mirror Lake, line up with this one to create a cute scene from Shady Hollow.

It’s a fitting design choice for a book that takes it readers through the history of the written word. A charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography. It is also nice to see the usage of a pilcrow, asterisk or dagger in practice within the book, especially the pilcrow used in few paragraphs (p. Sometimes you just need an entertaining, escapist read to while away the hours, and Juneau Black (the pen name of authors Jocelyn Cole and Sharon Nagel) certainly delivers all the small-town cosy crime vibes, with the animal quirkiness of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox .

The emergence of Christianity a scant few decades after Jesus’s death would change the face of written language on a grand scale . But as Houston explains one kind of mark in each chapter, he opens a panorama of history and culture that is dizzyingly fascinating. This isn’t to say that the stories aren’t interesting, just that I found them less compelling than the stories of the punctuation marks that survived. It seems someone in the Hollow will do anything to keep her from solving the murder, and soon it will take all of Vera’s cunning and quickness to crack the case. I knew a little of the information already, but I didn’t even know the names of some of the symbols, much less their history.There are many surprises and amusing facts - such as the large variety of dashes, and how many of these ornate marks are due to scribes being lazy.

Lastly, one character tries to save another character in danger, but the help comes too late and someone falls to their death off-page. The thing about the HP-35 is this: unlike many other calculators at the time, no part of it was truly without precedent. May have some underlining and highlighting of text and some writing in the margins, but there are no missing pages or anything else that would compromise the readability or legibility of the text.Shady Practices is a revealing analysis of the gendered political ecology brought about by conflicting local interests and changing developmental initiatives in a West African village. Can Vera uncover the truth before a potential killer strikes again – and makes Vera its latest victim? For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password.

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