Book Review: We’ll Never Tell Them by Fiorella de Maria

We’ll Never Tell Them by Fiorella de Maria This novel tells the stories of two women, Kristjana and Liljana. Liljana is the illegitimate daughter of a mostly crazy woman living on Malta at the end of 1800s. Liljana’s childhood is hard because of her unstable home life which makes complications in her school life. Her mother [Read More…]

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Book Review – The Apostasy That Wasn’t

There are some things when I run across them in a novel, movie, or even religious discussion immediately set off alarm bells for me. One of them is anything involving the Nephalem. It just never turns out well and most often very silly. Another is Constantine. Constantine gets blamed for a lot by a lot [Read More…]

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Book Review: Adler’s Philosophical Dictionary by Mortimer J. Adler

Adler’s Philosophical Dictionary: 125 Key Terms for the Philosopher’s Lexicon by Mortimer J. Adler Late in his career, Mortimer Adler produced this slim volume as a companion piece and summary of his previous works in philosophy. He defines 125 key philosophical terms, explaining how they are used correctly and the common errors people make about the [Read More…]

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Book Review: Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale

Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale American patriot and colonial spy Nathan Hale continues regaling his executioners with tales from future history (because he got sucked into a book or something in the first volume–just go with it). Here he gives the story of the first armored naval vessels in the 1860s. The two most famous [Read More…]

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Book Review: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Charles Nancy had a tough childhood. His dad was quite the joker and always pulling tricks on him. Like the time he told his son that children dress up for Presidents’ Day at school and get big bags of candy. Of course Charles was mercilessly mocked at school and got no sympathy from dad that [Read More…]

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Book Review – When the Church Was Young

When it comes to books on the Early Church Fathers there seems to be an increasing wealth of good books on the subject. One of my favorite books in this area is Rod Bennett’s “Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words”. The reason I so loved this book is that Rod Bennett is [Read More…]

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Book Review: Animal Crackers by Gene Luen Yang

This collection of stories are the very first published works by Gene Luen Yang, who I first discovered when reading his great work on the Avatar graphic novels (and he’s currently writing Superman for DC Comics). These stories are written and drawn by Yang in a clean, simple style. The first story is about Gordon Yamamoto, a not very [Read More…]

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Book Review: Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell

Betrand Russell is a philosopher and author who has the strange combination of a strict logical background (he wrote the seminal text on symbolic logic Principia Mathematica with A. N. Whitehead) and a breezy and familiar (i.e. not academic) writing style. He is both a strict thinker and an entertaining writer. So why would these [Read More…]

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Book Love: Dragons and the Napoleonic War — Naomi Novik

I’ve begun reading a series that I’d avoided until I saw Scott Sigler talk about it on GoodReads. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik is the first of the series. It takes the idea of “what if” there were dragons during the Napoleonic Wars. We follow a Naval lieutenant who is forced through unforeseen circumstances [Read More…]

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The City by Dean Koontz

The City by Dean Koontz That’s life. Always something, more good than bad, but always interesting if you’re paying attention. Recommended by my daughter, Rose, the voice in this book reminds me of Odd Thomas in its sweetness and innocence. However, this is narrated by a 10 year old instead of a grown man. The [Read More…]

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