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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Station Zero
Philip Reeve
Progress: 220/282 pages
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess
Progress: 749/997 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 8/160 pages
The Heptameron (Penguin Classics)
Marguerite de Navarre
Progress: 152/544 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 78/534 pages
Poems Selected
Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
Progress: 4/50 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 18/160 pages
The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
Mick Imlah, Robert Crawford
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
Fever Crumb (Mortal Engines Quartet Prequel, #1) - Philip Reeve ...my first review for some time...

Fever Crumb is an orphan of mysterious origins...heard that before? Terrible cliche, right? But it doesn't matter because the writing is lovely and the story rapidly becomes intriguing.

Readers of the Mortal Engines quartet will soon figure out that this is a kind of origin story and be pleased to learn all it tells about history before the age of Traction Cities yet still centuries after the departure of the Ancients. People coming to it fresh...well I'm not sure that it is the place to start, actually - the characters are not as strong as those in Mortal Engines and the imagined world not quite so startlingly original because that world hasn't come into existence yet. Nevertheless, if one insisted on starting here, an exciting story with better than average writing awaits, along with Noodle Poodle and Paper Boys as you've never conceived them....

Made me want to re-read the original four!