Marion Zimmer Bradley: Monster

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Do you refuse to read Orson Scott Card but not Marion Zimmer Bradley? Then you’re a damn hypocrite. And you have terrible taste in literature. Orson Scott Card is a very nice guy and a talented writer who has never hurt a fly. Unfortunately, he has an opinion you don’t like, you poor baby. Marion Zimmer [Read More...]

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Charles Dickens Solves a Mystery 145 Years After His Death

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This is the kind of discovery literary scholars dream of but never hope to find: a cache of notations in the handwriting of Charles Dickens that reveals lost works by major authors. Bookseller Jeremy Parrott ordered a bound collection of All the Year Round, a publication edited by Charles Dickens, from an online book dealer. [Read More...]

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Return to Blogging? I Think So!: A Bullet List of Random Thoughts and Pictures

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Thanks for you messages and well wishes. My health’s improving, and I’m hoping to get back to work slowly. What’s been happening since I’m gone? Did I miss anything important? Let’s see, what’s been going on in my life for the past few weeks… I was mostly vegetative on the couch or in bed for two [Read More...]

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The Best Novel You’ve Never Heard Of

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It’s a mystery where the mystery is 500 years old, and everyone already knows the solution. Or at least they think they do. The detective is stuck in a hospital bed for the entire novel. There is no action whatsoever. We never leave the hospital room. Only three characters have any kind of substantial roles, [Read More...]

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“Everything is diverted from its proper course”

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“In the past men were handsome and great (now they are children and dwarfs), but this is merely one of the many facts that demonstrate the disaster of an aging world. The young no longer want to study anything, learning is in decline, the whole world walks on its head, blind men lead others equally [Read More...]

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Pre-Order “The Joys and Challenges of Family Life” For $3

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Brandon McGinley’s book, The Joys and Challenges of Family Life: Catholic Husbands and Fathers Speak Out is due out next month, but you can order it now at a steep discount. Yr humble blogger contributed a chapter about tech and the family, while writers such as  Tod Worner, Daniel Bearman Stewart, and others address first-time fatherhood, infertility, [Read More...]

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Medieval People by Michael Prestwich (Book Review)

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Anyone who reads even casually about the Middle Ages encounters the many vivid personalities who emerge from the history books, from titanic figures like St. Thomas Aquinas and Eleanor of Aquitaine to lesser known people like Simon de Montfort (largely responsible for the horrors of the Albigensian Crusade) and the Countess Matilda of Tuscany (an ally of [Read More...]

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Dickens on Hope and Despair: “The Chimes”

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Charles Dickens’ deep Christian faith rings in all of his works, and especially so in his Christmas books. After the success of “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens published similar titles in the same format: novellas with supernatural elements and a clear Christian message. All of them were successes in their day, but none had the afterlife [Read More...]

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