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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The Most Important Book of the Year is Only $5 For a Limited Time

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Paul Thigpen’s Manual for Spiritual Warfare is a must-have. I hate the phrase “instant classic,” partly because it’s an oxymoron, and partly because time is fickle, but I can see this one being read and handed down and treasured a hundred years from now. Thigpen’s book is a clear-headed and faith-filled look at the devil [Read More...]

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Tarzan: The Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Vol. One [Review]

You thought I was kidding?

If you want several hours of pure entertainment sandwiched between hard covers, the Tarzan comics of Russ Manning will do the trick. Manning is one of the great underrated artists of comics. Any short list of the masters of the dramatic strip would include Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon), and Milt Caniff [Read More...]

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