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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: 129/320 pages
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters
Dana Lee Baker
Progress: 106/239 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
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: 302/638 pages
The Issue At Hand - William Atheling "William Atheling" is a pseudonym of James Blish.

He adopted it in order to write reviews of SF magazines in a fanzine. The reviews are technical in nature and brutal. They are also a useful lesson for beginner writers in What Not To Do. The harsh style is hilarious and it is notable that those who come in for the most severe criticism are not familiar names to the SF readers who came to the genre after the era of the pulp magazines. Readers of the column actually complained when Blish praised some material instead of simply dipping his pen in the vitriol bottle every time, but this further illustrates that no matter how acerbic the criticisms are, they are not indiscriminate.

The book is as easily read as any of Blish's fiction and as entertaining.