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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

The Medusa Chronicles
Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter
Progress: 20/336 pages
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth
John Garth
Progress: 190/398 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 75/259 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Bruegel: Defining a Destiny
Amy Orrock, Jennifer Scott
Progress: 79/128 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
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 80 pages.

Director's Choice Gemaldegalerie Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin - Michael Eissenhauer

Andrea Mantegna made a Madonna and Child that I really like!

Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 398 pages.

Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth - John Garth

Starts in the mud of...the rugby field! Tolkien played as a forward for both school and college.

Black Light Express, Philip Reeve

Black Light Express (Switch Press:) - Philip Reeve

I struggled to re-connect to the characters in this second outing for the sentient trains and the interstellar rail network they run on and the humans they carry with them. Oddly, it's the machines, particularly Nova, the android, that I had most sympathy with. The revelations were disappointingly similar to those of another SF novel that is much  better and the series in general suffers from my constantly being reminded of other writers' books. Nevertheless it's an amusing enough  adventure and I'm sure I'll get around to the third one at some point.

Reading progress update: I've read 236 out of 259 pages.

Collected Poems For Children - Ted Hughes

Finish line fever is upon me.

Reading progress update: I've read 366 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

The House of Fame has walls clad in gold and statues to many a fomous writer, including Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Reading progress update: I've read 364 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey first comes across numerous famous musicians, then magicians.

Reading progress update: I've read 148 out of 818 pages.

The Complete Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Nineteen Other Tales (Modern Library Classics) - Barry Menikoff, Robert Louis Stevenson

Dangerous and violent doings.

A Dancer to God, Ted Hughes

A Dancer to God: Tributes to T. S. Eliot - Ted Hughes

Three tributes to T.S. Eliot, two very short, one too long...

 

Hughes' approach to literature is a bizarre amalgum of comparative mythology and assumed symbolism - whether deliberate or subconcious on the author's part. It's entirely alien to me. Perhaps I would understand it better if I re-capitulated Hughes' education in mythology and anthropology but I doubt I would relate to it any better. Hence the longest of these essays was kinda wasted on me. The second, howver, departs from Hughes' norm and talks about the structure of The Wasteland and I found it a lot more accessible and useful. I could have done with more of that.

Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 352 pages.

Black Light Express (Switch Press:) - Philip Reeve

First intimations of what the title is about.

Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 818 pages.

The Complete Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Nineteen Other Tales (Modern Library Classics) - Barry Menikoff, Robert Louis Stevenson

The Pavillion on the Links: The first chapter opens a mystery.

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 54 pages.

A Dancer to God: Tributes to T. S. Eliot - Ted Hughes

Hughes rates Eliot and Yeats as the two greatest 20th Century poets. Eliot I know and love. Yeats I'm currently completely familiar with.

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 80 pages.

Director's Choice Gemaldegalerie Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin - Michael Eissenhauer

"Joachim Patinier was the first to specialise in the depiction of landscape in the art of the modern age..." Died 1524. Not sure if this is a Euro-centric view or not.

Reading progress update: I've read 481 out of 576 pages.

Peake's Progress: Selected Writings and Drawings - John Watney, Maeve Gilmore, Mervyn Peake

Notes for an autobiography: Peake was also born in China and grew up there! He left in 1922 so left before Ballard was born and he lived in Tienjin, not Shanghai. His early life  influenced the Gormenghast books.

Reading progress update: I've read 361 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

The eagle deposits Geoffrey at the House of Fame, high in the sky, and they take leave of each other - I'd have been asking how I was going to get back to the ground again!

Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 54 pages.

A Dancer to God: Tributes to T. S. Eliot - Ted Hughes

Hughes' critical outlook is completely alien to me.

Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 80 pages.

Director's Choice Gemaldegalerie Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin - Michael Eissenhauer

Choosing 37 from a collection of ~3,000 paintings must be a challenge. The first depicts preparations for Jesus' first bath, apparently a bit of an obsession for 15th century Christians. There all sorts of interesting things going on, what with angels helping Joseph repair the roof and fill the bath and Mary drinking soup to recover from the birth - and Jesus precociously walking already.