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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The hide processors of Pergamon had developed a method that stretched animal hides very thin, creating "vellum" that proved to be an excellent writing substrate--that was perfect to fill-in for the papyrus that was no longer available.

As Vera investigates further, her sleuthing puts her in direct opposition to Orville, and soon she’s stirred up a hornet’s nest of trouble.Although he is careful not to give away classified information, there are plenty of stories that were new to me. Punctuation is so prevalent and seems so fixed that it is treated as just furniture in the house in which words live, and its origins and evolution are assumed or ignored. The rest of the book follows much the same pattern, with trips through the birth of textual criticism in the Great Library of Alexandria, the lasting influence of Roman weights and measures, the invention of the printing press and the birth of typography, the invention of the novel, the standardization of keyboards and telephone keypads, and the beginnings of the internet.

The beginning of the book actually has a part that explains who each character is and their animal “form. Houston’s dry, wry style makes this an engaging read (well, as engaging as a book on punctuation can be). 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.Keep up with all the latest book-related goodies on our blog and interact with authors in our Twitter chats. The first chapter ranges through the beginnings of Greek and Roman writing, the spread of Christianity in Europe, monastic manuscript copying, and the rise of modern typography. She’ll do anything to prove his innocence … even if it means digging into secrets her neighbors would rather leave buried. From the pilcrow ¶ to the ampersand, the entire cast of Shady Characters reflects the changes in written communication through the ages, charting how punctuation has adapted to each new technological innovation.

Also, despite this being an ensemble, not one character is permitted to vanish off the book’s proverbial radar as each one is awarded his or her own personality and has his or her own unique role to play in both the story overall and the mystery. There are references to a stabbing, poisonings, and a drowning, but these are never related in any graphic detail aside from passing mentions of blood.It was an alluring electronic device at a time when the very idea of consumer electronics was still in its infancy. With a Curta, a practiced user could add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers by adjusting a few sliders and then turning the crank on top. J'ai eu un vrai plaisir à lire SHADY CHARACTERS - un peu d'histoire, un peu d'anecdotes, c'est super quand l'on peut lire un livre et avoir vraiment l'impression d'apprendre quelques choses!



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