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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Charles Darwin: A New Life
John Bowlby
Progress: 392/527 pages
An Introduction to Magnetohydrodynamics
P.A. DAVIDSON, E.J. Hinch, S.H. Davis, Mark J. Ablowitz
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Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
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Plasma physics
R.A. Cairns
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Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics)
Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad
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A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
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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: 369/517 pages

The Iron Man, Ted Hughes

The Iron Man - Ted Hughes

AKA the Iron Giant in the USA...

 

This book was an extremely popular story when I was in primary school and I was with the majority in liking it a lot. Nearly four decades on I can't quite figure out the appeal, besides the outlandish nature of the protagonist and antagonist and their unusual contest.

 

Now it seems obviously to be a serial bed-time story Hughes made up for his kids and then wrote down for publication, much as Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth is, but with at least a proper ending rather than just an abrupt halt.

 

I'm gonna guess that young enough kids still like it, though.