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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 Mouse And His Child - Russell Hoban This is another book in my desultory campaign to re-read books that I liked in childhood and see if they stand up to adult scrutiny.

This one has some light-hearted satire on avant-garde theatre and useless philosophising that I very much doubt I picked up on in primary school that seems to be there purely to give an adult reading it to a child something to laugh at. It's a well written story mixing the "toys are really alive when you're not looking" and "talking animals" genres. It doesn't have the excitement or feeling of adventure of my real favourites from back then, such as the Earthsea books or the Dark is Rising sequence which is probably why it hasn't been a constant with me.

I think this campaign may now be over as I can't think of any more books that stand out in my memory from back then and it did not turn up anything that I thought was great. Good, yes; great, no.