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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

The Maleficent Seven (From the World of Skulduggery Pleasant)
Derek (ireland) Landy
Progress: 24/288 pages
V for Vendetta
David Lloyd, Alan Moore
Progress: 30/296 pages
Woken Furies
Richard K. Morgan
Progress: 408/565 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 454/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 166/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith
Progress: 164/448 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 408 out of 565 pages.

Woken Furies  - Richard K. Morgan

This has become such a chore I'm considering quitting.

Armageddon Outta Here, Derek Landy

Armageddon Outta Here - Derek Landy

I haven't read any Skulduggery in ages but it's perfect for my current mood - that is fun, lightweight and fast-paced. The short story form offers the opportunity to experiment and Landy takes that opportunity, varying genre, tone and narrative perspective and in doing so proving he's not just a one note writer. I'd very happily see him produce novels that showed the same variety. The haunted house story was particularly good, building a great atmosphere of dread.

Reading progress update: I've read 434 out of 479 pages.

Armageddon Outta Here - Derek Landy

One of these stories is a great haunted house tale told from the perspective of a "mortal" that shows Landy is capable of more than the joke-a-minute and cartoon violence of your typical Skulduggery Pleasant book - a style that can pall if you overdose on it.

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 296 pages.

V for Vendetta - David Lloyd, Alan Moore

Struggling to get in to this...

Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 479 pages.

Armageddon Outta Here - Derek Landy

The contents page doubles as a timeline showing where these stories fit in relation to each other and the series of novels - a neat innovation, I thought.

Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 479 pages.

Armageddon Outta Here - Derek Landy

The usual crazy wise-cracking nonsense from the Skeleton Detective - but in short story form!

Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 565 pages.

Woken Furies  - Richard K. Morgan

More ultra-violence and mayhem.

Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book, Goscinny & Uderzo

Asterix & Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book - Albert Uderzo; Rene Goscinny

It's the 50th Anniversary of Asterix and Obelix, so they get their own Birthday Book! What would our heroes be like in the year 1 AD? It's amusing to find out, but let's face it, the perpetual 50 BC they are stuck in is more fun, so let's return there after out glimpse of the future...

 

How old are our heroes, anyway? Why aren't they married? What should they get as Birthday Gifts? How many characters from previous adventures will show up to celebrate? How will Caesar try to ruin the party? How many artistic styles and famous paintings can Uderzo parody (amazingly well) in one book? Just how surreal can one Asterix book get???

 

This has to be the most bonkers Asterix book of them all - by some considerable stretch! Best appreciated by those most familiar with the entire history of the village of Indomitable Gauls still holding out against the invaders...

Oceanic, the Blue Whale!
Oceanic, the Blue Whale!
Scarlett, the Red Squirrel!
Scarlett, the Red Squirrel!

Introducing Oceanic and Scarlett, the latest Magical Creatures to decide to live with me!

Reading progress update: I've read 388 out of 468 pages.

Broken Angels  - Richard K. Morgan

Took an age to get to the Big Dumb Object then spent hardly any time there!

Reading progress update: I've read 266 out of 468 pages.

Broken Angels  - Richard K. Morgan

Feels quite slow despite all the guns and explosions.

Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 296 pages.

V for Vendetta - David Lloyd, Alan Moore

I'm not appreciating the art style in this.

Reading progress update: I've read 152 out of 468 pages.

Broken Angels  - Richard K. Morgan

We've switched from future-noir in the first book to future-war here. So far it's less gripping.

Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 448 pages.

She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics) - Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith

It's Main Event time: She Stoops to Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith.

Asterix and the Class Act, Goscinny and Uderzo

Asterix and the Class Act - Albert Uderzo, René Goscinny

The collected Asterix short stories!


These are as varied as they are fabulous!


We see: a story about how the animals of the village also hold out against Roman Imperialism; a story about Gaulish fashion; the birth of our heroes; Asterix in the styles of several other comix; the Obelix family tree; how Lutetia won a competition to host the Olympics; how Spring defeated Winter with the help of the village of Indomitable Gauls; a lot of Roman-bashing; and numourous other adventures! Absolutely top-notch work from Goscinny and Uderzo, spanning 40+ years of Asterix comics history.

Aurora, Melanie Windridge

Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights - Melanie Windridge

This is a blend of travelogue, scientific explanation and cultural and scientific history. It is most successful at the travelogue and least successful at the scientific explanation. The author unfortunately suffers from the "Curse of Knowledge" at times, whereby understanding gained over many years of hard study becomes second-nature and one forgets that even the basics are unfamilar to most people - even most well educated people. This makes some of the attempts to explain the origins of the aurora somewhat muddled. It's worth reading, though, if you are interested in the aurora, polar exploration or how vulnerable much of our technology is to events utterly beyond our control, whose ultimate origin is our sun.