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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 249/792 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Isaac Newton
James Gleick
Progress: 20/289 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 454/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 232/1102 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
I Am a Cat
Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume
Progress: 410/638 pages
The Lost Heiress - Catherine Fisher Catherine Fisher really broke into the USA market with Incarceron and its sequel, Sapphique, which seems to have been her biggest hit in Britain, too. The USA publisher appears to have then trawled her back-catalogue for the most similar material and come up with this series. The obvious difference between these books and most of Fisher's output is that they fall more into the SF camp than the fantasy camp. They seem less old-fashioned than several of Fisher's fantasies do - mainly the ones that show the strongest Alan Garner influence.

This is the second volume of a quartet and is not quite as good as its predecessor. The plot is weaker; the protagonists hunt for the Lost Heiress but it is not really all that clear why she is important. Various intrigues involving the female protagonist whose background makes her selfish, misled and unpredictable are merely repetition of what happens in the first book, although change is forced on her by events before this volume closes. And of course the perennial problem of fantasy sequences rears its head; all the fun exciting world-building happens in volume one and subsequent volumes are rarely able to add much additional interest. This, combined with the weaker plotting, makes the book not exactly bad but certainly not in the top rank of Fisher's output.