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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 152/346 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: 18/244 pages
Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics)
Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad
Progress: 142/272 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
Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being
Ted Hughes
Progress: 471/517 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
Slow Bullets - Alastair Reynolds

Organised religion has its good points but these are enormously outweighed by the attendant persecution, death and destruction perpetrated in its name. We'd be better off if we could somehow erase every copy of every "holy book".

 

Well, it's not exactly an original thought, nor is it very practical but it also wouldn't actually work; people write new ones. It happens all the time.

 

Aside from that, this is a neat novella trading in part on themes of identity that are by now very familiar to long standing Reynolds fans and also discussing questions of redemption, revenge and forgiveness that pop up here and there across his ouvre. The story premise is perhaps the most interesting part but I won't spoil it; read this 'un for a quick, fun but ultimately naive examination of how to respond to extremist fundamentalist nutters.