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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
Fallen Dragon - Peter F. Hamilton Of the Peter F. Hamilton novels I've read (which is a large majority of them), this is my favourite. It avoids most of the problems I have come to associate with him and has one great merit absent from them: it is about something! As usual it is a fast-paced thriller but it stands alone, not linked to any other works in a series and the main protagonists total only two, rather than the dozen or more appearing in the bloated sagas Hamilton is renowned for. This allows one to actually start to care what happens to them without always distractingly wondering what is going on elsewhere.... The discussion of the purpose and merits or otherwise of interstellar colonisation is interesting and unexpected from a writer more associated with pure space-opera and who-dunnits. It reminded me of the last volume of the Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons which has a similar theme and conclusion.