Gene Wolfe Named 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Gene Wolfe will be the recipient of the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. SFWA President John Scalzi, on choosing Wolfe, “You’d have to search far and wide to find a contemporary fantasy writer who has not been directly influenced by Gene Wolfe.” [Read More...]

Catholic Spiritual Practices

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  I’ll be honest: I probably wouldn’t have picked up Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New, edited by Colleen M. Griffith and Thomas H. Groome, if not for the Patheos Book Club. That said, I’m glad it came my way. This book gave me some ideas for enhancing my own prayer life and [Read More...]

Good Books to Give for Christmas

I owe a longer review for most of these. However, I wanted to mention these in case anyone has been wondering whether they were good. Catholicism: Pure and Simple by Dwight Longenecker Here’s the blurb I have on Father Longenecker’s promo page. Easy to read, compelling, logical … this is a fantastic book. “I don’t [Read More...]

Rooted in Love

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I tend to have had, well, enough of all this “be a happy Catholic woman” stuff. Maybe I’m just still too jaded, maybe I’m overdue for confession (well, I certainly am), or maybe I am just unworthy, but it seems the market is saturated. So I appreciate someone who keeps it real. I tend to begin [Read More...]

Holding Jesus and A Mary Christmas

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If you’re like me, the fact that the Second Sunday of Advent has come and gone doesn’t mean you have your Advent figured out. (If you’re not like me, feel free to brew some coffee and smile.) This year, somehow, despite all the usual floundering, I’ve found myself with an odd sense of peace. I’m [Read More...]

Along the Way

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Have you read the story of Martha and Mary lately? It’s in Luke 10:38-42. So often, I relate with Martha. She’s juggling a thousand things, and, quite frankly, getting a little irritated with that sister of hers who has the nerve to just plop down and lounge. The other night, though, I caught myself being [Read More...]

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again … And Other Related Reading

Man oh man. I reread this for discussion in a couple of weeks at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. The Hobbit is the flavor of the month just at present thanks to the upcoming movie, so I’m sure I’m not the only one rereading and finding new insights. It was still really [Read More...]

Hide Me Among The Graves

As soon as I saw Jeff Miller’s mention of Tim Power’s latest, Hide Me Among The Graves, a sequel to his 1989 book The Stress of Her Regard, I went out (metaphorically) and snagged an e-copy. I’ve been a Powers fan since the ’80′s, and pick up anything new whenever I happen to run across [Read More...]

Walking Dickens London by Lee Jackson

I have the usual love-hate relationship with Dickens, felt by most of us who’d rather be reading Sherlock Holmes. But I’ve recently discovered a great little library book that I think will be of interest both for avid fans, and for reluctant readers in search of a useful resource for making sense of Dickens’ literary [Read More...]

Free Advent Audiobook: God is in the Manger by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christian Audio has a dilly of a deal for their free audiobook this month: God Is in the Manger is the Advent devotional written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the 20th century’s most admired and beloved Christians. This devotional includes daily selections for the four weeks of Advent and twelve daily selections for Christmas and [Read More...]


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