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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9) by Derek Landy (28-Aug-2014) Hardcover
Derek Landy
Progress: 256/597 pages
Top 10 Berin 2018
Jürgen Scheunemann
Progress: 92/192 pages
The Professor
Charlotte Brontë
Progress: 138/260 pages
Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 249/792 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics)
Katharine Eisaman Maus
Progress: 51/464 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: 350/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe

Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 464 pages.

Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics) - Katharine Eisaman Maus

I was somewhat disoriented by the swift return of the action to Portingale; taking breaks from these kinds of works is a bad idea. Anyway, a horrible miscarriage of justice is averted at the last moment; a scene similarly repeated in endless numbers of modern court-room dramas...

Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 235 pages.

Diamonds and Doom. Marcus Sedgwick - Marcus Sedgwick

Oh noes! There's a Rival Raven called Rob!

Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 192 pages.

Top 10 Berin 2018 - Jürgen Scheunemann

I'm going to Berlin for a week in September: what cultural delights should I be annoyed that I miss because I'm at a scientific conference, unable to play tourist? (I hope to sneak at least one day off.)

Reading progress update: I've read 316 out of 1102 pages.

Complete Poems, 1904-1962 - E.E. Cummings

Cummings' frequent themes of erotica and prostitution were presumably controvercial in the 1920s? Or maybe nobody read them...

Reading progress update: I've read 93 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

The French girls are all pretty but bitchy coquettes; the Flemish are stupid and ugly; the Brits, however, whilst not the best looking, are stoic and morally upright...*eyes roll like marbles and nearly fall out of my face."

 

Meanwhile Pelet's motivations are revealed.

Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

Our hero buys in to some horrible negative national stereotypes and is openly hostile to Catholicism - would contemporary readers have found these to be negative aspects of his character?

Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 464 pages.

Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics) - Katharine Eisaman Maus

Treachery; murder; kidnapping; fun!

Reading progress update: I've read 244 out of 297 pages.

The Complete Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) - Truman Capote

A passing reference to a character that might possibly have been inspired by the same person who inspired Boo Radley...

Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 464 pages.

Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics) - Katharine Eisaman Maus

Bel-Imperia takes on a traditionally male woo-ing role.

Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

What is the school master's motivation for his odd intervention?

Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 297 pages.

The Complete Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) - Truman Capote

Among the Paths to Eden: not sure why I find this story so delightful.

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 464 pages.

Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics) - Katharine Eisaman Maus

This is good stuff!

Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 297 pages.

The Complete Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) - Truman Capote

An encounter in a graveyard.

Star Trek 1, James Blish

Star Trek 1 - James Blish

Well, that's it! I've now read every book Blish published.

 

Really not much different from the other ten volumes of adaptations Blish did (don't ask how I ended up reading the first one last - I don't know myself) except for the lack of a foreword. It was the release of this volume that created a deluge of fan mail that Blish would address in his forewords to subsequent volumes.

 

As usual the quality varies with the quality of the adapted original script. Interesting to note that the iconic image of Sulu brandishing a fencing foil has him wearing an undershirt here- he's famously bare chested in the episode. There's another go round for the Shakespeare inspired trope, along with the child with god-like powers.

Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 136 pages.

Star Trek 1 - James Blish

Sulu goes crazy with a fencing foil!

Reading progress update: I've read 23 out of 136 pages.

Star Trek 1 - James Blish

Here we go again with the morally/emotionally child-like being with  god-like powers. This one actually is a human child. Unfortunately the resolution by way of the "parents" turning up and taking the child in hand also appears, instead of the Enterprise crew figuring a way out of the mess themselves. Why was Original Trek so obsessed with this trope?  TNG kinda had it with Q - those episodes always annoyed me, too.