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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Nonlinear Time Series Analysis
Thomas Schreiber, Holger Kantz
Progress: 29/320 pages
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters
Dana Lee Baker
Progress: 9/239 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 440/1100 pages
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 332/346 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: 359/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 110/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith
Progress: 76/448 pages
Mockingjay - Collins Suzanne In the final volume, Collins' rage against the Western Machine gives way to rage against human nature as Katniss goes to war. It's easily the best of the three books and brings everything to a satisfactory close - which is not to say that the ending is a giant ball of fluff. Indeed, Katniss goes through a few additional types of hell before all is done and gets a realistic, qualified, happily-ever-after.

There are still irritating flaws, even excluding carry-overs from the previous books but fewer of them. It's a shame that Collins did not take more time and care to ensure everything made logical sense in her world and to do some research on bows and hunting etc. as then this series would have been a towering achievement. As it is, it is the passionate anger driving the writing that makes these books worthwhile and everything wrong with them ultimately forgivable. Few novels are as compelling and few convey such ferocious anger. The Hunger Games trilogy tackles such a wide range of issues both contemporary and timeless in such a gripping and powerful way that I think it will still be read a long time from now, which is what any serious writer wants for his/her books, surely?