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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

Ted Hughes and the OCD of Complete Reading

Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being - Ted Hughes

I occasionally get OCD about completing lists. The worst case was when I was hiking all the 2,000ft summits of Wales and was leaving for the USA with half a dozen or so to go...I would have gone completely nuts having to wait three years to finish...but I also get like this about writers sometimes, when I've read most of their stuff - I need to track down that obscure book that no-one reads just to be able to say I've read everything.


Well, I'm at that stage with Ted Hughes - there's hardy anything he wrote for adults that I haven't read - but this monster of a book about Shakespeare's plays is one book still needing to be ticked off. I spotted it in a 2nd Hand store that focuses mainly on 1st Eds. and old eds. months ago but was repulsed by the price tag...


Recently I checked whether I could get a new copy: Fifty pounds for a print-on-demand. Back I went to the 2nd Hand store where I picked up this 1st Edition  with slightly damaged dust cover for 45 quid...