Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

I don’t often get outraged about religious coverage since it so often drives me to laughter over anger. There is such a disconnect of understanding that I feel more pity than anything else. It is like they have an editorial board meeting to decide just how wrong they can get a story. While the media’s [Read More...]

The Crimes of Galahad

The inimitable Dr. Boli has written his first novel, The Crimes of Galahad, the scandalous tale of one Galahad Newman Bousted, the self-proclaimed “wickedest man in the world.” Under the influence of a review of a book by the wicked French author the Conte de Baucher, he rejects the mawkish sentiments and morality of his [Read More...]

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is the latest book in Lois McMaster Bujold’s long-running Vorkosigan series of space operas. It takes place between Diplomatic Immunity and Cryoburn, and though Miles Vorkosigan makes a brief appearance this is a book solidly about Miles’ cousin Ivan Vorpatril. Long-time readers of the series will be familiar with Ivan, who’s been [Read More...]

The Complete Thinker

One of the things I found coming into the Catholic faith is that there had seemed to be a conspiracy against me.  Large swaths of history involving the Church were edited out of my education.  There was also a bit of self-censorship in the books I choose to read.  One of those “conspiracies” against me [Read More...]

The Golden Spiders

I’m not sure why I don’t read more mysteries than I do since when I do pick up one I generally enjoy them.   Unlike my normal book reading experience I encounter mystery authors more via television and movies causing me to go back to the source. Mrs. Marple, Lord Peter Wimsey, etc were long [Read More...]

Gormenghast

Over the last couple of years I had seen references to the Gormenghast  trilogy by Mervyn Peake — most recently by Stephen King.  So I finally dipped in to read the series  Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950), and Titus Alone (1959). This series is hard to categorize.  Most often it is labeled  as epic fantasy, but I don’t quite see that. [Read More...]

An Everlasting Feast by Tamar Adler

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler My rating: 3 of 5 stars I noticed this book popping up in various spots and have been waiting for the library to cycle through others who requested it before me. One thing I noticed that I thought was fantastic was that the readers [Read More...]

Elements of Faith Book Club – 2013 Reading List

I’ve gotta love a faith-based book club that includes Jane Eyre, Unholy Night, and The Hobbit on their reading list. And I want to point out that these were not all my idea. This is a Catholic women’s book club filled with wildly diverse readers so we get a sprinkling of all sorts of different [Read More...]

My Sisters the Saints

Recently I received a review copy of My Sisters the Saints, a “spiritual memoir” by Colleen Carroll Campbell, and I confess I stayed up late to finish it. In this book Campbell shares her life with us, both the good and the bad, and along the way she tells about particular saints who helped her [Read More...]

Tim Powers and other Pulpy Goodness

Right now Tim Powers’ latest book “Hide Me Among the Graves” is available on the Kindle for .99.  I read this book earlier this year and here is my Goodreads review. This is a sequel to the 1989 book “The Stress of Her Regard”, a title I so liked and one that really expressed the [Read More...]


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