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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Embers of War
Gareth L. Powell
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 6/160 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 76/534 pages
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Progress: 117/615 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 16/160 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Art Book
Editors of Phaidon Press
Progress: 11/515 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 78/259 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 438 pages.

Human Is?: A Philip K. Dick Reader (Gollancz S.F.) - Philip K. Dick

The Father-thing: Watch out for dubious duplicates of family members and the burrowing metal millipedes that control them. Drown the latter in kerosene, if found.

Reading progress update: I've read 96 out of 208 pages.

The Classical Building of Bath - Mike Jenner

Various buildings were left incomplete after the construction industry bubble burst in 1793. Those pesky Regency speculators...at least that kind of thing doesn't happen any more - no, hang on!

Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

Egyptian and Chinese are linked not by any connection between the languages but by having had similar histories, at least until Egyptian was finally eliminated.

Reading progress update: I've read 119 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 Phoenix, Sc.11 & 12: Tangle, the lawyer, goes completely nuts.

Reading progress update: I've read 113 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler China and Egypt - not an obvious language pairing. I wonder what the link is?

Where did you see her Last?, Lemony Snicket

When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions) - Lemony Snicket

When I think back to A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm left with  a lingering impression of them beng really funny. This isn't really funny. More by way of faintly amusing.

Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 208 pages.

The Classical Building of Bath - Mike Jenner

So I had mis-remembered: Lansdown Crescent was by Palmer, not Wood the Younger.

Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

Despite the close neighbourhood of the two languages for centuries, it is still hard for native Persian speakers to pronounce Arabic correctly.

 

Reminds me of French and English now (in either direction).

Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 208 pages.

The Classical Building of Bath - Mike Jenner

The Assembly Rooms: destroyed (as were parts of Royal Crescent) in the Baedecker Raids of 1942 and rebuilt after the war.

Reading progress update: I've read 116 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 Phoenix, Sc.10: Phoenix and Fidelio get robbed! They also learn the grim situation Fidelio's sweetheart (Falso's niece) finds herself in.

Reading progress update: I've read 113 out of 2016 pages.

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

Fidelio's loved ones have a knack of getting in to trouble.

Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 141 pages.

Darwin: A Life in Poems - Ruth Padel

So far, so meh.

Reading progress update: I've read 109 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 Phoenix, Sc.8: Fidelio's mother is saved from a dishonourable sea captain.

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 208 pages.

The Classical Building of Bath - Mike Jenner

The dividing walls between each house in the Royal Crescent were made wedge-shaped in order to be able to make the interior spaces rectangular.

 

The main body of the facade of each house is not curved; the angle between each house is disguised by the giant Ionic column at each junction. The decorative stone-work above the columns IS curved. Carving out the columns would have been cheaper than a truly curved facade.

Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

"By the rivers of Babylon..."

 

I can't even read these words without getting Boney M stuck in my head for an age.

Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 208 pages.

The Classical Building of Bath - Mike Jenner

Jenner attributes everything he likes about Royal Crescent to Wood the Elder and everything he doesn't like to his son and goes on to claim Wood the Younger was nothing special as an architect. I think Lansdown Crescent contradicts that somewhat - unless I'm mis-remembering who was responsible for it.