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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

The Delirium Brief
Charles Stross
Progress: 106/368 pages
Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 249/792 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Isaac Newton
James Gleick
Progress: 32/289 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: 468/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 242/1102 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
The Phantom Tollbooth (Essential Modern Classics) - Norton Juster Juster's famous novel is described in the introduction as being about the value of education - I certainly agree with that but I think it is also something a little more specific and personal to Juster; how to view the world. For example the chapters on not looking at one's environment and noise pollution are not really about what one learns in school.

I was recommended the book after I mentioned why I liked Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - wit, puns, word-play. There is much of that to be found here but not a hint of the moral ambiguity that appears in the later Snicket books.

A fun book, though largely preaching to the converted in my case.