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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

The Medusa Chronicles
Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter
Progress: 20/336 pages
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth
John Garth
Progress: 190/398 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 75/259 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Bruegel: Defining a Destiny
Amy Orrock, Jennifer Scott
Progress: 79/128 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 Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
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...