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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Station Zero
Philip Reeve
Progress: 220/282 pages
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess
Progress: 749/997 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 8/160 pages
The Heptameron (Penguin Classics)
Marguerite de Navarre
Progress: 152/544 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 78/534 pages
Poems Selected
Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
Progress: 4/50 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 18/160 pages
The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
Mick Imlah, Robert Crawford
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Letter of Marque - Patrick O'Brian

In Vol.XI of Robert's Adventures in Napoleonic Naval Literature, the protagonist found himself wearied and despondant, wondering whether it was "worth it" to go on. He took a sojourn, read Testimonies, waited some more and finally started the journey again as an antidote to War and Peace- O'Brian doesn't wax philosophical/tedious about his history. In Vol XII Robert's journey is swift and pleasant for the first 3/4 as Aubrey, decked out in the finest prose, sails the seas as a ligitemised pirate. The final 1/4 sees Maturin in yet another episode of his on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again...snooze...whuuuh? What? Oh - on-again relationship with Diane. More interestingly, he finds a new drug to abuse whilst recovering from abuses of the usual one...

This volume restores my faith in the series to a large extent, but there are seven(!) more volumes to go - can O'Brian find enough innovations to keep me reading? Maybe I'll let you know sometime next year when Vol XIII of Robert's Adventures in Napoleonic Naval Literature is likely to be released.