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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 87/1100 pages
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 195/346 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 3/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 359/700 pages
Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics)
Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad
Progress: 236/272 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 108/1102 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: 76/448 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages

Fluid Physics for Oceanographers and Physicists, Williams and Elder

Fluid Physics for Oceanographers and Physicists: An Introduction to Incompressible Flow - Jerome Williams

The 1st Edition of this book (which according to Goodreads doesn't exist) came with an erratum page which listed "the most important" errors in the main text. 'Nuff said. Presumably by 1997 the book is basically sound.

Reading progress update: I've read 94 out of 384 pages.

The Birthday of the World and Other Stories - Ursula K. Le Guin

Perfect gems.

Reading progress update: I've read 206 out of 272 pages.

Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics) - Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad

The Secret Sharer: My first contact with Conrad - way better than I remembered it being.

Hit Man, Lawrence Block

Hit Man (Keller #1) - Lawrence Block

Keller is a stone cold killer (as discussed at length when he goes to therapy). So why is he a sympathetic character? I think it must be his amusingly hapless attempts to try to connect with the rest of humanity by fantasising about small-town life, getting a dog, even taking up stamp collecting! Whatever the reason, Keller is an interesting enigma who makes murder look easy (suspiciously easy, I'm pretty sure the author is giving him a big break) in this sequential set of shorts, originally published in Playboy.

Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 384 pages.

The Birthday of the World and Other Stories - Ursula K. Le Guin Seriously, is there any other candidate for Best Living American Writer?

Reading progress update: I've read 1148 out of 1344 pages.

The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare, John Jowett, Gary Taylor

Monthly update on the Complete Works Challenge (finish by the end of the year): I'm still reading the same play I was a month ago! We're looking at 4 plays and 1 Act plus ~ 60 sonnets and some other fairly short poems. We're up to 0.84 plays/month from 0.67 at the start of the year.

Reading progress update: I've read 262 out of 342 pages.

Hit Man (Keller #1) - Lawrence Block

One of those fake novels that's really a series of sequential short stories.

Planet of Judgment, Joe Haldeman

Planet of Judgment - Joe Haldeman

Star Trek had an obsession with its heroes encountering God-like intelligences  and somehow surviving, often by outwitting them or exploiting hubristic tendencies. Not sure what that's all about but here's another example, which at least avoids such a cliched resolution. Passable at best.

Reading progress update: I've read 196 out of 414 pages.

The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: - Ronald Waldron, Unknown

They chucked Jonah overboard and he got swallowed by a "whal."

Reading progress update: I've read 3 out of 250 pages.

Basics of Plasma Astrophysics - Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli

Looks like a fairly standard intro to plasma physics with some more advanced topics at the back.

Reading progress update: I've read 27 out of 42 pages.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol 2: Mainly Electomagnetism & Matter - Matthew L. Sands, Robert B. Leighton, Richard P. Feynman

Feynman answers some mysteries he raised in previous lectures. Lesson: one must not forget that fields carry energy and therefore also momentum and angular momentum. If you've lost some mechanical energy or momentum, look for it in a field!

Plasma Physics, R.A. Cairns

Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

This makes a good second book on plasma physics - Chen's Introduction to Plasma Physics has yet to be beaten as a first book on the subject in my experience. But Cairns provides a good reference on the basics of a wide variety of theoretical approaches, phenomena, experimental methods and applications in plasma physics, admittedly requiring a much greater mathematical knowledge than Chen, but without being terrifying like Ichimaru's "Basic" Principles of Plasma Physics, which is anything but basic. A minor irritation is Cairns' use of the informal "goes as" for "proportional to." Not sure why it winds me up so, given I know perfectly well what he means.

Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being - Ted Hughes

Over a year! Goof grief! Proper review to follow when I'm less tired...maybe.

The Burglar in the Library, Lawrence Block

The Burglar in the Library - Lawrence Block

Of the three Bernie the Burglar books I've read, this is the daftest - and best! And best because daftest. Block's deliberate send-up of the country house mystery genre is silly, funny and unsurprisingly involves corpses piling up in a place Bernie is trying to steal from...

Reading progress update: I've read 194 out of 414 pages.

The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: - Ronald Waldron, Unknown

Everybody else is panicking, throwing things overboard and baling water like crazy but Jonah is asleep at the bottom of the boat!

Reading progress update: I've read 166 out of 244 pages.

Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Earth's magnetosphere and the sun; in this cursory overview many unsolved problems are not mentioned but I think the point of this chapter is just to show the variety and interest of applications of plasma physics, in which case, it's a success.