Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks by Keith Houston
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"With zeal and rigor, Keith Houston cracks open the &, the #, the †, and more—all the little matryoshka dolls of meaning that make writing work. Inside, we meet novelists, publishers, scholars, and scribes; we range from ancient Greeks to hashtagged tweets; and we see the weird and wonderful foundations of the most successful technology of all time."
—ROBIN SLOAN, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
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PREVIEW: The Hobbit
Another blasphemy, I know, that I have not read this book. I read The Lord of the Rings (from the box set in which this edition of The Hobbit is included) many years ago, but I expect I was too young to fully appreciate it. I now rectify the mistake in anticipation of the release of the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this December!
Title: The Hobbit (or There and Back Again)
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
I’ve done a bit of research, and I’ve encountered the view that this is a subpar edition of Tolkien’s work, containing typographical and spelling errors that sometimes undermine the original meaning of entire sentences. Nevertheless, I shall read it and give you my thoughts afterward.
"It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well."
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Dumbledore)
Sorry I haven’t been updating as much, folks. I’ve just been so busy. Good news, though; I should be back on track with The Hobbit in just a few days!
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"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Albus Dumbledore)