When the Game Stands Tall

Here's something else on the bookshelf that isn't a book but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to mention it in a lot of places. And, as I always say, we're all about stories no matter how they are told! Coach Bob Ladouceur: Winning a lot of football games is doable. Teaching kids there’s more to life? That’s hard. Most sports movies show us the underdog team fighting their way to the top by the end.When the Game Stands Tall, however, begins with an unusual premise.It pos … [Read More...]


Scott wants a semaphore tower and Julie never wants to hear of steam engine valves again.

We're discussing Pavane by Keith Roberts, an alternate history from the times when that genre was new — way back in 1966. With lots and lots of Catholic stuff to talk about! Join us at A Good Story is Hard to Find. … [Read More...]

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? – Guy Consolmagno, SJ, and Paul Mueller, SJ

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory by Guy Consolmagno My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is structured around a half dozen particular questions we've been asked time and again—questions that are interesting in themselves but that tend also to presuppose a conflict of some sort between religion and science. This intent leads to rich, interesting dialogues. I use the word dialogues intentionally because the b … [Read More...]


Movie Review: Calvary

We usually just discuss books around here but this movie was unusual enough that I wanted to share it also. Also, there is a brief H.P. Lovecraft inclusion. Is there anything that Lovecraft can't improve? I think not. ============ Not for the faint-of-heart. But simply astounding. A real masterpiece that provides food for thought for everyone from Catholics to atheists. ============"No point in killing a bad priest. I'm going to kill you because you're innocent." Father James … [Read More...]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin SloanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars “[...] We keep a record for every member, and for every customer who might yet become a member, in order to track their work." He paused, then added, "Some of them are working very hard indeed.""What are they doing?""My boy," he said, eyebrows raised. As if nothing could be more obvious: "They are reading.” Clay Jannon was lucky to find a job at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Times are hard and jobs are sca … [Read More...]

Children’s Books: Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister

Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllisterMy rating: 5 of 5 stars "Rescuing animals is only the start of it," said Mother Noah. She scooped up a handful of seeds and placed them carefully in her pocket. "If God wants to send a flood, it's very good of him to ask Noah to put the animals in a boat. But then what do you do with them?"[...]But however hard it [work] was, every day brought something good. On day ten the tigers realized that she was a friend and stopped trying to eat her. … [Read More...]


Great Summer Reads: The Book Thief

I read this book almost 18 months ago, and though I read it in the winter, it struck me then as a great summer read.My first reaction to it was something to the effect of: What a read! I LOVED IT!This book was wonderful, though in a “tough topics all around” sort of way. It’s set in Nazi Germany and has the most unexpected point-of-view: Death. Yes, the narrator is Death himself. But that makes it all the more interesting.It’s billed as YA, and I wouldn’t mind sharing it with the YA r … [Read More...]

Children’s Books: “The gospel according to… dog” by Peter D. Ward

The gospel according to... dog: 'the greatest story ever told'... by a dog by Peter D. WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars 'Come Lazarus!' I have never heard the Wisest One shout so loudly.'Come, Lazarus... come out to me!' again he shouted.The Great Ones [men] all looked at each other uneasily, the smell of fear coming off them as sharp as any skunk. But my ears were pinched back, and I heard what they could not hear: a wondrous thing, a little sigh as gentle as the breeze, and then a … [Read More...]

Review: Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith…

Elizabeth Ficocelli is a talented writer and one of her recent books is no exception. Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to LoveThese are three saints I knew a good amount about and so biography-wise I did not expect to learn much from this book. If this was all this book was about then it would have just been an nice introduction to these three saints. Where this book shines is where the author describes how she has … [Read More...]

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Caves of Steel by Isaac AsimovMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Like most people on the over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to help track down the killer. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the " R" stood for robot. I snagged a review audiobook … [Read More...]