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4.0 out of 5 stars Plot spoiler! You will meet all these characters in this book: " ∂ * & @ # ", 9 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities (Hardcover)
This book is just my type. Keith Houston tells the back stories of a host of different characters in detail and with some wry humour. The continuing search for a character to indicate irony is particularly interesting; I like the idea of the oft-suggested inverted exclamation mark but for some reason this has never caught on. The author is perhaps better on the history than the contemporary and although he covers emoticons in some detail, he fails even to mention lol (admittedly, not a mark of punctuation but nonetheless ubiquitous).

The quality of the paper in this edition is very pleasing but there's just one thing about the book that bothers me about it and, oddly enough, it's the type. There is little to differentiate between the point size used for the chapters and that used for the figure captions; occasionally they almost run into to each other. Also, the glyphs are highlighted in red - which is useful - but in such a delicate font that they sometimes slipped by unnoticed, particularly the asterisks*.

*Ironic, no?
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2014 14:58:28 GMT
Terrific review

Posted on 22 Jan 2014 15:00:10 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2014 15:11:10 GMT
Thanks Simon ;)
(non-ironic smiley!)
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