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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Storm Front
Jim Butcher
Progress: 28/307 pages
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 120/346 pages
Hero And Leander
Christopher Marlowe
Progress: 34/100 pages
An Introduction to Magnetohydrodynamics
P.A. DAVIDSON, E.J. Hinch, S.H. Davis, Mark J. Ablowitz
Progress: 93/452 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
Plasma physics
R.A. Cairns
Progress: 4/244 pages
Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics)
Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad
Progress: 37/272 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

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 100 pages.

Hero And Leander - Christopher Marlowe

A detailed description of Hero's scarf. she's hoping Leander will swim the Hellespont AGAIN to visit her.

Reading progress update: I've read 93 out of 452 pages.

An Introduction to Magnetohydrodynamics - P.A. DAVIDSON, E.J. Hinch, S.H. Davis, Mark J. Ablowitz

"...efficient method of destroying energy." Anybody who's done school physics knows that's just plain wrong. In this case the rotational kinetic energy of the fluid is being converted to heat or at least to small scale turbulent flow (ultimately because the fluid is viscous). (The example is why the vortex you create by stirring a cup of tea disappears so fast when you remove the spoon!)

Reading progress update: I've read 262 out of 335 pages.

Zoe's Tale - John Scalzi

OK, the snarky dialogue, whilst convincing for a bunch of teens, has officially become too much for me. There's two more books in the series but I think I've overdosed with four in a row and I'll probably take a break and read somebody else next.

Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 452 pages.

An Introduction to Magnetohydrodynamics - P.A. DAVIDSON, E.J. Hinch, S.H. Davis, Mark J. Ablowitz

Yep, gonna need to find a better book than this one.

Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 335 pages.

Zoe's Tale - John Scalzi

Instead of leaping forward from the prologue, we've gone backwards in time...not what i hoped for. Still, Scalzi seems to have nailed a teenaged voice.

The Last Colony, John Scalzi

The Last Colony - John Scalzi

This volume displays much more sophisticated plotting than its predecessors and finally allows us to see the big picture of galactic politics. In doing so, Scalzi finally also reveals what he thinks about the super-aggressive militaristic Colonial Union. It's what I had been waiting for.

 

The book jackets variously describe Scalzi as "slick", "accessible" and "entertaining", assessments that I agree with. At this point in his career he had not tipped over into overly dialogue dominated pseudo screen-plays, either. Fun stuff.

Reading progress update: I've read 23 out of 335 pages.

Zoe's Tale - John Scalzi

So far we're just recapitulating the previous book from the perspective of a different character. Sure, the stories diverge for a period fairly late on but up till then it's gonna be fairly predictable in general terms.

Reading progress update: I've read 1108 out of 1344 pages.

The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare, John Jowett, Gary Taylor The full title is "The Tragedy of Coriolanus" and I'm beginning to think I see the cause of it.

Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 346 pages.

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated - Charles Darwin

Not much from life at Cambridge; period when the Beagle position was offered, next.

Reading progress update: I've read 1107 out of 1344 pages.

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

This Coriolanus guy is not all that sympathetic.

Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 324 pages.

The Last Colony - John Scalzi

Continued improvement in this series.

Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 324 pages.

The Last Colony - John Scalzi

John Perry, protagonist from the first of the series, is back, having been entirely absent from the second book.

The Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi

The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi

Right, so Scalzi seems to be like eating chocolates: YUM! That was good. Where's the next one?

 

The characters seemed not so strong in this sequel to Old Man's War but we learn a bit more context for humanity's constant interstellar warring with sundry (200+) alien species and there's an interesting plot hook about the motivations of a pair of traitors. It feels like things are still being set up for more, though and indeed there are four more...

Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 100 pages.

Hero And Leander - Christopher Marlowe

I wish Marlowe had not got himself stabbed to death before finishing this; Chapman's continuation doesn't seem up to the same standard so far.

Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 346 pages.

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated - Charles Darwin

Herbert,
send me ALL THE BEETLES!

 

Darwin.

Reading progress update: I've read 1103 out of 1344 pages.

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

As April disappears I find I am a whole Act behind target...