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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 107/789 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 72/259 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Turner (25)
Michael Bockemuhl
Progress: 13/96 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Progress: 903/1220 pages
The Fire People (Pb)
Alexander Cordell

Reading progress update: I've read 264 out of 782 pages.

The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors, Martin S. Regal, Ruth C. Ellison, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, Andrew Wawn, Anthony Maxwell, Katrina C. Attwood, Robert Kellogg, Bernard Scudder, George Clark, Jane Smiley Thorkel is to marry Sigrid. He'd best not kill her vibe, right?

Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 96 pages.

Turner (25) - Michael Bockemuhl

Initially famous as an illustrator! Several pictures of North Wales.

Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 782 pages.

The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors, Martin S. Regal, Ruth C. Ellison, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, Andrew Wawn, Anthony Maxwell, Katrina C. Attwood, Robert Kellogg, Bernard Scudder, George Clark, Jane Smiley

There's someone called Bard, mentioned only in passing. I am guessing that  the character in The Hobbit got his name from an Icelandic source.

Reading progress update: I've read 241 out of 782 pages.

The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors, Martin S. Regal, Ruth C. Ellison, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, Andrew Wawn, Anthony Maxwell, Katrina C. Attwood, Robert Kellogg, Bernard Scudder, George Clark, Jane Smiley

"Berg came to Borg and Finnbogi greeted him warmly..."

This kind of phrase delights me.

Reading progress update: I've read 96 out of 241 pages.

Lysistrata and Other Plays - Alan H. Sommerstein, Aristophanes

A short interlude for competitor bashing...

Bath City Paintings, Nick Cudworth

Bath City Paintings - Nick Cudworth

I was initially disappointed with this very expensive (for its size) book of only 16 paintings. For a self-described realist painter, the results seemed bizarrely fake and flat. Later, however, Cudworth drifts from realist to surrealist (sub-Magritte) and those pictures work much better for me. The very fakeness that bothered me in the scene paintings became part of the appealing other-worldliness of the imagined galleries and studio spaces of these later pictures.

Reading progress update: I've read 231 out of 782 pages.

The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors, Martin S. Regal, Ruth C. Ellison, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, Andrew Wawn, Anthony Maxwell, Katrina C. Attwood, Robert Kellogg, Bernard Scudder, George Clark, Jane Smiley

The thief, Thorolf Sledgehammer, kept 20 "absolutely huge" balck cats. They were "touched by witchcraft."

Reading progress update: I've read 226 out of 782 pages.

The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors, Martin S. Regal, Ruth C. Ellison, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, Andrew Wawn, Anthony Maxwell, Katrina C. Attwood, Robert Kellogg, Bernard Scudder, George Clark, Jane Smiley

Murder; suicide, vengeance - this is familar saga plotting at last.

Käthe Kollwitz in Berlin: Ein Stadtrundgang - A City Tour, Iris Berndt & Isabell Flemming

Kathe Kollwitz in Berlin - Isabell Flemming, Iris Berndt

A little book that opens with an essay about Kollwitz' life and work, followed by 13 places in Berlin that were significant to the artist in some way, e.g. where she lived, worked, was buried. Photos and a description explain the relevance and a fold out map on the inside back cover shows where they all are in the city, so you can find them. The text is parallel German and English. Probably best used, as the title suggests, when actually in Berlin as a tourist.

Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 56 pages.

Kathe Kollwitz in Berlin - Isabell Flemming, Iris Berndt

Kollwitz sometimes "consulted" Einstein on political matters!

Reading progress update: I've read 219 out of 782 pages.

The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors, Martin S. Regal, Ruth C. Ellison, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, Andrew Wawn, Anthony Maxwell, Katrina C. Attwood, Robert Kellogg, Bernard Scudder, George Clark, Jane Smiley

Sorcery and a magic cloak.

Reading progress update: I've read 211 out of 782 pages.

The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors, Martin S. Regal, Ruth C. Ellison, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, Andrew Wawn, Anthony Maxwell, Katrina C. Attwood, Robert Kellogg, Bernard Scudder, George Clark, Jane Smiley

A prophecy, a magic amulet, Viking raids.

Reading progress update: I've read 201 out of 782 pages.

The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors, Martin S. Regal, Ruth C. Ellison, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, Andrew Wawn, Anthony Maxwell, Katrina C. Attwood, Robert Kellogg, Bernard Scudder, George Clark, Jane Smiley

The earliest family member mentioned was Giant-Bjorn. Two generations later there's Ketil the Large. After that nobody of remarkable size shows up - so this family is shrinking in physical stature...

Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 56 pages.

Kathe Kollwitz in Berlin - Isabell Flemming, Iris Berndt

Parallel German and English texts.

Pissarro, Christopher Lloyd

Pissarro: Colour Library - Christopher Lloyd

Lovely large format reproductions presented in chronological order, allowing one to trace the development of style and subject matter. For instance, I noticed an abrupt shift (for the better) when Pissarro started working literally side by side. According to the text the influence travelled in both directions. It would be interesting to see if that is equally obvious to me in Cezanne's works.

 

As well as commentary on each featured painting, there is a time-line biography and an introductory essay.

Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 241 pages.

Lysistrata and Other Plays - Alan H. Sommerstein, Aristophanes

The Clouds.