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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Peter Pan and Other Plays: The Admirable Crichton; Peter Pan; When Wendy Grew Up; What Every Woman Knows; Mary Rose (Oxford World's Classics)
J.M. Barrie, Peter Hollindale
Progress: 74/384 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 61/259 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 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
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 842/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
Palladio
Taschen Publishing
Progress: 78/248 pages
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: 729/1220 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 205 out of 288 pages.

Early Irish Myths and Sagas - Various Authors, Jeffrey Gantz

Is that:

A. A flock of birds

B.A giant shrubbery or forest of stunted trees

C. A host of warriors armed with spears?

 

Guesses in the comments!

Reading progress update: I've read 53 out of 259 pages.

The Essential Shakespeare - Ted Hughes

This Intro has now officially out-stayed its welcome - luckily only 7p to go.

Reading progress update: I've read 729 out of 1220 pages.

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen - Jane Austen

Mr. "Gary Stu" Knightly?

Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 248 pages.

Palladio - Taschen Publishing

"Basilica" of Pallazo della Regione, Vicenza: a two storey loggia with Roman influence so obvious even I could recognise it without being told. Not completed until nearly four decades after Palladio's death. Many of the motifs and techniques of Georgian Bath architecture can be seen just in the buildings presented so far. If you had any doubt the term "Palladian" was appropriate, this book would remove it rapidly.

Reading progress update: I've read 721 out of 1220 pages.

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen - Jane Austen

And the scales fall from Emma's eyes...

Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 248 pages.

Palladio - Taschen Publishing

A discrepancy between Palladio's design for one of his manor houses and contemporary descriptions of the actual building: was the design what Palladio originally planned but never finished? Lots of these houses were ambitious projects that were never completed because of a financial shortfall.

Reading progress update: I've read 716 out of 1220 pages.

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen - Jane Austen

Hmmm - how will this Frank stir things up? Assuming he can escape his relatives long enough to actually make an appearance?

Second Variety, Philip K. Dick

Second Variety (Collected Stories: Vol 2) - Philip K. Dick

PKD - one of the most inventive SF authors ever and a prolific writer of novels and short stories. Unfortunately some of these stories have become predictable because since they were written the ideas have been recycled too many times. Others are unintentionally amusing as 1950s gender roles survive unchanged several centuries into the future - but people will say the equivalent about much contemporary SF in 70 years from now, too. Although some of the stories are conventional (e.g. consequences of nuclear war) Dick, like Bradbury, also wrote a different kind of SF from most of his contemporaries. Not interested in pulp adventure stories or stories that turn on some application of science, Dick instead starts to question identity and reality. These themes began in this volume (1950s) and came to dominate later. Of course, this is a new viewpoint on the age-old question of what it is to be human? An angle that also was adopted and developed into a staple SF theme by those who came after.

 

Which is all to say PKD was a pioneer in many ways and I should read more.

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 259 pages.

The Essential Shakespeare - Ted Hughes

If Shakespeare made up so many words, how did anybody understand them?

Reading progress update: I've read 712 out of 1220 pages.

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen - Jane Austen

Emma is still blind to the truth, despite Knightley's blunt warning.

Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 259 pages.

The Essential Shakespeare - Ted Hughes

Tackles head on the fact that the era required playwrights to cater to the widest possible audience, from illeterate, poor commoners to the highest nobility and royalty - suggests Shakespeare was more successful at this than any of his contemporaries. His "small Greek and less Latin" might have been advantageous in this respect.

Reading progress update: I've read 311 out of 395 pages.

Second Variety (Collected Stories: Vol 2) - Philip K. Dick

Imposter: The kind of identity questions that later became the trademark of Alastair Reynolds.

Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 248 pages.

Palladio - Taschen Publishing

The book seems to be ordered chronologically and one can already trace dramatic improvement in the designs. I've just got to the first facade that I'd recognise as Palladian from my knowledge of Bath architecture.

Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 259 pages.

The Essential Shakespeare - Ted Hughes

Interesting point about how the closure of the theatres for 18 years caused an irreparable discontinuity in English drama, with much French influence imported by Charles II upon re-opening. I don't remember this point from the later book. All the mystical mumbo-jumbo allegedly familiar to Shakespeare (on flimsy evidence) is entirely familiar, however.

Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 248 pages.

Palladio - Taschen Publishing

I am loving the photos, especially the giant double-page ones. (This is another laaaaaarge format book.)

Reading progress update: I've read 7 out of 259 pages.

The Essential Shakespeare - Ted Hughes

I bought this because the Intro by Hughes is supposed to be a precursor to Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being. Glutton for punishment, right?