The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson   This final volume of the Mistborn Trilogy (see reviews of book one and book two) brings its world to the brink of Ruin. Ruin being the god-like conscious elemental force that Vin released from the Well of Ascension at the conclusion of the second book. Ruin, as [Read More…]

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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum with illustrations by Michael Hague   Providing Santa Claus with a back story seems a bit unnecessary. His breadth of cultural presence is so far reaching that people don’t think about where he came from. He’s been around since time immemorial. He has little [Read More…]

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Church of Spies

I was somewhat aware of the various controversies surrounding Pope Pius XII who was the Pope during WWII up to 1958. I remember the book “Hitler’s Pope” which I once saw for sale at a retreat center. Since that book came out their have been various books defending the Pope and setting the record straight [Read More…]

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson Picking up a year after the events of the first volume, this book shows what has become of the Final Empire. In the wake of the Lord Ruler’s death in book one, political scholar and aristocratic fop Elend Venture has become the king of Luthadel, [Read More…]

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson Mistborn is an original fantasy epic where certain people (called Allomancers) have the ability to ingest and then burn certain metals to give them superhuman abilities. Most people who have the power can only burn one sort of metal and gain one sort of power. Tin enhances the senses, brass soothes [Read More…]

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Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Benedict XVI

Before his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI finished a third volume of theological reflections on the life of Jesus. He describes this book as an “antechamber” (p. xi) to the other volumes. Here he looks chiefly at the first few chapters of Matthew and Luke, the birth and early childhood of Jesus. He considers the intent [Read More…]

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Book Review: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb et al.

Batman: The Long Halloween written by Jeph Loeb and art by Tim Sale Gotham City is plagued by organized crime, The biggest crime family is the Falcones, led by Carmine “The Roman” Falcone. His father had some relationship with Bruce Wayne’s father, so naturally Bruce is invited to the wedding of Carmine’s nephew Johnny Viti. Carmine [Read More…]

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Book Review: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale In this volume, the British officer supervising Nathan Hale’s execution demands a story where America doesn’t look so good. Hale tells a tale from the days of slavery, specifically about Harriet Tubman. She was one of the most successful abductors on the Underground Railroad, a [Read More…]

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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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