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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Beyond compare: Art from Africa in the Bode Museum
Paola Ivanov, Julien Chapuis, Jonathan Fine
Progress: 71/216 pages
Top 10 Berin 2018
Jürgen Scheunemann
Progress: 157/192 pages
The Sixth Watch
Sergei Lukyanenko
Progress: 40/400 pages
Summer Morning, Summer Night
Ray Bradbury
Progress: 71/176 pages
Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 495/792 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
Cyril Tourneur, Thomas Kyd, Thomas Middleton, George Chapman, Katharine Eisaman Maus
Progress: 135/464 pages
What Is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches
Erwin Schrödinger, Roger Penrose
Progress: 140/194 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 Hundred Days, Patrick O'Brian

The Hundred Days (Aubrey/Maturin, #19) - Patrick O'Brian

It's been a while and I'd forgotten about O'Brian's delicious prose. Delicious prose like ice-cream that's full of flavour and goes down smoothly. Prose that makes a statement. Makes a statement then repeats it, expanding upon it. Prose that really is way harder to imitiate than it looks...


It was a bit of a shock to find Aubrey and Maturin had not only escaped the magically extended 1812 (authors are the gods of their creations and can do anything) but had arrived in 1815 without any apparent intervening time. And they're off to North Africa for political shenanigans and anti-Napoleonic naval action.


There are some surprises here and new destinations, amazing for book 19 of a series that's circum-navigated the globe several times over - this is neither the best nor the worst entry and if you've got this far, surely you both know what to expect and are going to stick it out through the 20th and final book...