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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 132/1100 pages
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 200/346 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 3/250 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
Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics)
Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad
Progress: 236/272 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
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
Clarissa Oakes (Aubrey/Maturin #15) - Patrick O'Brian I've mentioned before that a series of naval tales stuck in a perpetual 1812 and following the exploits of two individuals that is staggering on past double figures in terms of volumes must run in to problems of repetition and consequently risk dullness.

O'Brian, however (as I have also pointed out before) always seems to find something new in each outing for Aubrey and Maturin, thus saving each volume from dullness-of-plot. As for the inevitable repetitiveness of describing an essentially repetitive life (sailing a vessel for years without returning to a major port is necessarily as much a matter of routine as it can possibly be made), I've found that O'Brian's amiable, descriptive style and sufficient time between volumes of the series are an adequate antidote.

Since I'm not such a stylistic master as the author in question was, these reviews are probably now much duller than the books they review...

...so what's new here? Well, Ideal Captain Aubrey proves to be fallible after all and his dislike of having a woman aboard his ship is explored in depth. Meanwhile, Colonial politics is conducted in the usual manner, with guns and trinkets, the battle between Napoleon and King George sweeping over the natives of the Pacific without them much understanding what is happening.

With only 5 (!?) volumes to go, I expect to finish this series...can't say which year, though. Probably this decade...