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

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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Shady Hollow is only one such community, where woodland creatures of all types and temperaments, from the tiny mouse to the mighty moose, live together in a successful and mostly peaceful society. The debate that has taken place for ages to arrive at some indication of irony and sarcasm in text is particularly fun. If you like typography, writing, text, or just reading a great book, you should absolutely get this one. I loved the small, local village feel to the book and the characters, who keep some of their animal traits and stereotypes.

The only part where I got bogged down at all was the chapter on sarcasm and irony, which, unlike the other chapters, focuses on a set of marks that didn’t succeed. 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. From the Library of Alexandria to the halls of Bell Labs, figures as diverse as Charlemagne, Vladimir Nabokov, and George W. Humanity has shown remarkable flexibility and innovation when it came to representing some non-textual intention, though sometimes it took a REALLY long time. Houston’s dry, wry style makes this an engaging read (well, as engaging as a book on punctuation can be).I’ve been counting down to Christmas by way of a collection of beautiful, clever, important, and/or outright odd calculators and calculating devices. This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees. Throughout the book we meet the people who developed these devices that make reading so much easier but make writing a bit more difficult with its rules.

She’ll do anything to prove his innocence … even if it means digging into secrets her neighbors would rather leave buried. Oh, but the permutations that aggravating mark endured before reaching the form favored by those nuns of my training! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to remember everyone, but the author does a good job of reminding you who they are and eventually, I didn’t need reminding at all. It’s not that I harbor any particular dislike for such tales – they simply don’t hold an appeal for me as I find it difficult to mentally connect to animal characters who are usually set up to behave just like humans.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. Simple backgrounds and an adorable main character will work well for the youngest of readers, and the low amount of text on each page is perfect for older infants and young toddlers.

But if you are a word nerd, Houston tells how words, sentences and paragraphs in your favorite books came to have those funny marks. And I might if not for two instances of vulgarity that, if encountered in fiction, would make me stop reading. Written with humour, examples, and many illustrations, this is a book for those who like typography and are keen to know the history of symbols used (now and in the past) in print materials.

With Henry lying in a coma, it’s up to Mary to investigate the matter and uncover the individual who harmed her friend. But I warn you - right from the outset, you will start walking around spouting off tidbits of information and saying words like pilcrow and folks will wonder about you. With fiction, the story acts to curb the author's ego, because he or she is bound by the fictional characters, who - once defined - begin to tell their own stories. I wish I’d read it on my kindle, because there would have been loads of highlighted passages to share. 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.



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