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on 6 May 2012

As a massive fan of M.R. James I was very pleased to find this edition now published for the Kindle. If, like me, you are a technical formatting geek you may wish to know more about the layout of this book.

On the surface, it has been formatted very well. There is a cover image, a nice Table of Contents, and each story begins on a new page with a full heading.


As is the case with many Kindle books there have been a number of oversights. Critically, there is no link to the TOC from the Kindle menu, nor are there any navigation points along the location bar. For an edition like this containing a lot of material this is an irritation and it is something that publishers really should take more care over.

The coded links to the story headings from the Contents have been misplaced - this means that the heading will not be formatted correctly unless manually navigating to the story from the previous page.

The spacing between headings - such as the contents and the story headings - has been formatted using manual line breaks as opposed to the correct way of hard-coding the paragraph spacing. This is not so much an issue with the latest Touch generation, but for those still using the Keyboard it means a lot of unnecessary button-presses to shift the cursor to the required line when selecting story titles from the contents or phrases to highlight in the text.

This is a good book and still worth your money, but the above issues make navigating around it a real pain. All of them are incredibly simple to rectify, so I hope the folks at Ash-Tree Press are reading this and release a revised edition soon!
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on 14 January 2015
This is a review for the Hardback edition of A Pleasing Terror, the collected works of M. R. James.

This edition published by Ash Tree Press is by far my favourite collects of James's tales. The book itself is beautifully illustrated by the superb artist Paul Lowe and is an absolute must for all Monty fans! The down side, very difficult to obtain at an affordable price, considering it's rarity, but once possessed it's an absolute treasure to behold! Hope this helps. Will update with a more thorough review soon. MC
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