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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 249/792 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Isaac Newton
James Gleick
Progress: 20/289 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: 454/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 232/1102 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
Flyte - Angie Sage, Mark Zug

The second volume in the Septimus Heap series picks up some of the loose threads obviously dangling from the end of Magyk. Most of your favourite characters are here but I was most distressed to discover that Petroc Trelawny does not feature.

More humourous adventures ensue, with a somewhat narrower focus on some of the children, who continue to be fallible, lucky, clever and talented in about equal measure. Again some events are predictable well in advance, but others are not. A slightly greater air of menace resides around the villain of the piece, which is something lacking in the first volume.

Another entertaining, fast read.