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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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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: 454/700 pages
Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights
Melanie Windridge
Progress: 100/320 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 158/1102 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: 159/448 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: 368/638 pages
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Progress: 651/1220 pages

Boy in Darkness, Mervyn Peake

Boy in Darkness and Other Stories - Mervyn Peake, Joanne Harris, Maeve Gilmore

On the blurb and in the Introduction, it's stated that the title story is about Titus Groan, though he is never named. Well, he's called "Titus" twice and the setting so closely resembles the Castle of the Groans that there is no doubt at all, as far as I can tell. It's a good, weird, story, too - worth the tiny second-hand price I paid on its own.


The other stories are varied in quality but never bad. The one about the mysterious dancing clothes is particularly good. I'd read a couple of them elsewhere but they turned out not to be the best ones, strangely.


If you are a fan of Peake, I strongly recommend this collection.