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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
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds Veering off on a tangent from Reveleation Space, Wales' best ever SF writer (please point out other serious contenders for this title, if you know of any) takes us on a tour of the nano-plague infested Chasm City, as seen through the eyes of Tanner Mirabel. Or does he? In fact, the 1st person narrator is a completely sick, psychopathic mass-murderer who thinks he's a totally a-moral weapons dealing murderer who thinks he's an a-moral mercenary with a sense of honour who thinks he's infected with a virus that causes him to worship the person he actually is.

This ends up being a bit bewildering by the time it's all revealed, not only for the protagonist but for the reader. It also stopped me feeling greatly sympathetic to the character, although he seems to become steadily more likeable as the story progresses - until he finally knows who he is and ends the novel determined to make atonement for his sins or search for redemption. He starts this project by setting up a business that requires hiring assassins...

It's a fun read and first time round, surprising.

PS. Did I mention that there's a nutso, sadistic dolphin, too? At least he knows who he is, though.