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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 249/792 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Isaac Newton
James Gleick
Progress: 32/289 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: 468/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 242/1102 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 Metatemporal Detective - Michael Moorcock This collection of short fictions consists of pastiches of several genres woven into the framework of Moorcock's gargantuan Eternal Champion "series". They are competent enough except that the detective story elements are not well done, being too predictable. The other problem is that the whole Law vs. Chaos/Eternal Champion/Cosmic Balance/Multiverse thing is now so overdone as to be boring. Unless you haven't read much Moorcock, of course.

Some of the earlier Eternal Champion sagas contained more or less cryptic satires of Britain and Europe and the USA. Here we have blatant Nazi and IRA bashing. Easy targets. The former may be part of the homage to the pulp fiction era where cartoon Nazis featured as bad guys, in a similar way to Inglourious Basterds' homage to a certain era of WWII adventure movies.

I get the feeling that Moorcock has been able to turn out material like this in his sleep for two or three decades...