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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Artemis: A Novel
Andy Weir
Progress: 98/305 pages
Beyond compare: Art from Africa in the Bode Museum
Paola Ivanov, Julien Chapuis, Jonathan Fine
Progress: 16/216 pages
Top 10 Berin 2018
Jürgen Scheunemann
Progress: 153/192 pages
Summer Morning, Summer Night
Ray Bradbury
Progress: 25/176 pages
Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 249/792 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics)
Katharine Eisaman Maus
Progress: 110/464 pages
What Is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches
Erwin Schrödinger, Roger Penrose
Progress: 93/194 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Revolver - Marcus Sedgwick Given Sedgwick's skill with atmosphere in fiction, coming across a book by him that centres on a revolver and an isolated homestead in the Arctic circle was a moment of joy.

Unfortunately, this book is something of a failure; it should really be tense and atmospheric; pregnant with potential violence and full of mystery but somehow it fails to deliver any of that, or much atmosphere, until very near the end, which is at least quite good.

I am left wondering what Jack London would have made of the same inspirational premise, surely it would have been better than this and also more grim.