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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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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
The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells The "contains spoilers" box for this review was ticked (checked) but the biggest spoiler possible for this novel is the title. Because of it the reader is excluded from the mystery that the residents of Iping experience at the beginning of the novel, when a very strange stranger comes amongst them.

I was surprised to find that the first half of the novel is almost continually comical, even farcical at times, with the somewhat rustic denizens of the village of Iping made out largely as buffoons. The second half turns much more Tragic, when, in a fashion reminiscent of many Sherlock Holmes stories, The Invisible Man relates his tale to Dr. Kemp, a former acquaintance. A man of obsessive and ambitious genius is revealed, but one with a character flaw that in the end proves fatal. That flaw is no more complicated or rare than an uncontrolled violent temper, one which worsens to megalomaniacal, murderous rage as the life Invisible proves to be a curse rather than a boon. Temper is not the sole cause of Griffin's downfall, however; throughout he shows no moral misgivings about any crime he commits, even as those crimes become ever more desperate and serious and he seems driven by a belief that he is owed something (what is never really sepicified) as his due because of his immense scientific talent. It proved very unfortunate for him that he forgot the Golden Rule of Good Science: never experiment on yourself!

The novel is a fast paced yarn and easy to read but does not show the descriptive genius of The War of the Worlds, written the following year.