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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Prized Possessions
Quentin Buvelot, David Taylor, Rupert Goulding
Progress: 86/192 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 6/160 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 76/534 pages
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Progress: 250/615 pages
Blue at the Mizzen (Aubrey/Maturin #20)
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 73/272 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 16/160 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Art Book
Editors of Phaidon Press
Progress: 11/515 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 78/259 pages

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.