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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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V for Vendetta
David Lloyd, Alan Moore
Progress: 28/296 pages
Broken Angels
Richard K. Morgan
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Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
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Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
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Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
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A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
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Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 166/1102 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: 164/448 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
Three Novels - Raymond Chandler Varied in quality, with a steady improvement from earliest to latest of the three novels presented in this volume. Reading several Chandler novels in a shortish space of time reveals the technique he uses to disguise what is going on in his plots, weakening the reader's experience.

Marlowe is revealed as a more interesting character as Chandler's skill as a writer improves, but the inevitable comparison between Chandler and Hammett favours the latter simply because Hammett created a wider range of mood and character in his novels.

The Long Goodbye stands as not only the best in this volume but the best of Chandler's novels and should be the one chosen by those who only have time for one encounter with Philip Marlowe.