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It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Station Zero
Philip Reeve
Progress: 220/282 pages
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess
Progress: 749/997 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 8/160 pages
The Heptameron (Penguin Classics)
Marguerite de Navarre
Progress: 152/544 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 78/534 pages
Poems Selected
Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
Progress: 4/50 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 18/160 pages
The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
Mick Imlah, Robert Crawford
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 188 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

The Meeting of Gallants: War, Famine and Pestilence walk into a tavern...

Reading progress update: I've read 514 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

Aeneas is saved from imminent death at the hands of Achilles by Poseidon - because he has to go on to lead the Trojans and found a new kingdom, elsewhere.

Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 282 pages.

Station Zero - Philip Reeve

"Flippin' Ada..." said Ghost Wolf.

 

Not as good as, ' "Oh cobblers," said Mordaunt 90, ' but still fab!

Reading progress update: I've read 512 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles Aeneas faces off against Achilles, but he can't just get on with it - he's got to spout off about his ancestry first...

Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 282 pages.

Station Zero - Philip Reeve In this series I think the best characters are all Trains.

Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 738 pages.

Short Stories of Jack London: Authorized One-Volume Edition - I. Milo Shepard, Robert C. Leitz III, Earle G. Labor, Jack London Man vs. Dog.

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 282 pages.

Station Zero - Philip Reeve

"Oh cobblers," said Mordaunt 90.

 

Best sentence I've read in quite a while.

Reading progress update: I've read 503 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles At Zeus's order, Athena gives Achilles the food of the gods - by putting straight in his chest without him noticing. Then he dons the armour Hephaestus made for him, takes up the spear his father gave him and heads out to confront the Trojans, feud with Agamemnon settled. Hera prophesies his violent death but Achilles is not deterred; he's heard it before and knows he's not coming back from Troy alive.

Singularity Sky, Charles Stross

Singularity Sky - Charles Stross

This is what happens if you say to yourself, "I know! For my debut, I'll write an SF novel that's a giant allegory for the Edinburgh Festival!"

 

OK, there's more to it than that and it's a page turner. Those familiar with Stross's later works will see many familiar themes here - Cthulhu mythos, the Singularity, absurdities...

Reading progress update: I've read 488 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles Hephaestus forges for Achilles probably the fanciest shield ever made - and the rest of a set of armour. Thetis takes it to her son.

Reading progress update: I've read 478 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

Hera and Athena defy Zeus once more and help Achilles to intimidate the Trojans sufficiently that the Argives are - at last! - able to get Patroclus' body back to camp. Night falls and battle ends - but will Achilles enter the fray in the morning? Hector is defiant in the face of that prospect but the others aren't so confident...

Screwed, Eoin Colfer

Screwed - Eoin Colfer

At the beginning the amount of bad wise-cracks is overwhelming, but when some semblance of lot starts atters improve. I'm not sure Colfer's absurdism is really the greatest match with noirish crime fiction, though. Works better with smart-alec centaurs, teenaged criminal masterminds and fairies out to smas the Patriarchy.

Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 738 pages.

Short Stories of Jack London: Authorized One-Volume Edition - I. Milo Shepard, Robert C. Leitz III, Earle G. Labor, Jack London

London had a comedic talent I rarely see acknowledged.

Reading progress update: I've read 439 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

A Mad World, My Masters, Sc.4.1: With no warning at all a succubus suddenly appears!

Reading progress update: I've read 470 out of 683 pages.

The Iliad - Homer, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles

Antilochus gives Achilles the news he dreads. Thetis comes from the sea to  talk to the leader of the Myrmidons.

Reading progress update: I've read 437 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

A Mad World, My Masters, Sc. 3.2: For the first time, Middleton has a cross-dressing a character.