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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: 129/320 pages
The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future
Peter Moore
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: 357/638 pages

Empire of Light, Gary Gibson

Empire of Light - Gary Gibson

This third and final book in the Nova War sequence is a disappointment, mainly because, instead of improving further on the quality gains made in the second book, this one falls backward. Early on there is a major plot point that makes a horrendous continuity error and the book never really recovers. It also seems to lack any coherent message, unlike it's predecessors.


It's some time since I finished this book and I don't really have anything else to say about it. The fact is there are better writers of space opera amongst Gibson's contemporaries, even if all you want is an exciting thriller, and I would recommend you seek them out: Neal Asher, Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds are all much better on the average.