A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron My rating: 4 of 5 stars IN THE BEGINNING A bit of birthday book-a-liciousness that I had no idea what to think of. As a kid I reread Beautiful Joe and Black Beauty with no problems, though as an adult I cringe from revisiting those tough stories. As [Read More...]

Heart of Light

Heart of Light, by Sarah A. Hoyt, is the first of three books to take place in a “Magical British Empire.” No, really, that’s the name of the series. Seems a little too generic, given the number of books I’ve seen that take place in an alternate British Empire with, well, magic. Be that as [Read More...]

Leviathan Wakes

Will Duquette introduced me to the Expanse series via his review here.  It sounded right up my alley and turned out to be so. So I picked up the first novel Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) on the cheap at $1.99 for the Kindle version.. So take the character of the divorced cop Detective Miller who is [Read More...]

Review of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn My rating: 3 of 5 stars I was captivated by the book’s beginning in which Kathleen Flinn tells about becoming interested in a woman and daughter grocery shopping. Fascinated by the prepackaged and “mix” [Read More...]

Review of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

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This review first appeared at SFFaudio. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell By Susanna Clarke; Read by Simon Prebble 32 Hours – [UNABRIDGED] Publisher: Macmillan Audio Published: 2004 Themes: / Fantasy / Magic / England / Mr. Norrell is a fusty but ambitious scholar from the Yorkshire countryside. He is also the first practical magician in [Read More...]

Tolkien’s Diction

John C. Wright links to a fabulous post on how J.R.R. Tolkien uses diction to convey mood and character in The Lord of the Rings. Along the way, the author shows how literary criticism really ought to be done. Here’s one quotable bit out of many: As these critics lose the ability to understand a [Read More...]

Kingfishers Catch Fire

Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Rumer Godden, is another of the books by Godden that my wife got me from Paperback Swap. So, OK. I loved In This House of Brede. I loved Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy. I loved An Episode of Sparrows. I even liked Pippa Passes, even though I had some problems [Read More...]

Inoculating yourself against the Spirit of Vatican II

The start of ”The Year of Faith” coincides purposely with the start of the Second Vatican Council 50 years ago.  Much has been said about the false “Spirit of Vatican II” which was a purposeful misdirection to the texts of Vatican II.  While I have read some of the documents and parts of others I haven’t [Read More...]

The Casual Vacancy

As someone who enjoyed the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling like millions of others I was interested when her new novel was first announced.   Thankfully though I didn’t preorder it and waited for the reviews. Nancy C. Brown who wrote a book defending the Harry Potter novels from a Catholic prospective has an [Read More...]

Legion

Legion is a new novella by Brandon  Sanderson who is best know for his epic fantasy novels. I’ve been quite impressed by his storytelling but usually his novels also have epic page counts.  So when I first saw this novella I wondered how he would perform in a medium where you don’t have hundreds of pages [Read More...]


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