This Week’s Book Notes – Mini Reviews and Jottings by Sarah

You know what I hate more than not having time to read? Not having time (or making time?) to write about what I read. I’ve been doing a fair job of keeping Goodreads updated with what I’m reading and what I’ve read, but I’m not always so great at putting in notes. Julie had told [Read More...]

Wool

Wool is a series of five science fiction novellas by Hugh Howey. The novellas follow directly one after the other, and though they follow different main characters form one continuous narrative. I don’t know if you can get Wool as a paper book; I got the whole thing in Kindle format as the Wool Omnibus [Read More...]

Moby Dick Big Read: an audio chapter a day

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville I swore I’d never read this book after hearing about how much time was spent on the technical aspects of whale species differentiation and whaling itself. However, the Moby Dick Big Read came along to change my mind enough to gingerly essay the first chapter, wonderfully read by Tilda Swinton. I’ll [Read More...]

Earth Unaware

When I first heard that Orson Scott Card was doing another series in the Ender universe that takes place before the events of Ender’s War I was not much enthused.  My first reaction to  the announcement of Earth Unaware (Formic Wars) is that he was really milking the success of the series by detailing the events of [Read More...]

The Telmaj

The Telmaj is a juvenile science fiction novel, aimed at 8-12 year-olds, just recently self-published by Catholic blogger Erin Manning. I’ve been reading Erin’s blog for years (though I comment only very occasionally), and I’ve got a novel in the works that I’m planning on self-publishing, and all things taken together I thought I should [Read More...]

Redshirts

Redshirts, by John Scalzi, is a hoot. Is there anyone on the web who doesn’t know what a redshirt is? Back in the day, when you didn’t need to suffix “Star Trek” with “The Original Series” to mean that ’60′s show with Kirk, Spock, and the gang, and our heroes sallied forth onto a planet’s [Read More...]

New Catholic Business Books for the Rest of Us

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Around 18 months ago, my husband asked me what Catholic business books there were. I found seven to recommend but I felt like there was something missing. The two books I’m sharing with you today fill that gap I felt before, but they do more than that: they apply to those of us who maybe don’t [Read More...]

Don’t judge a book by its title

Being part of the Amazon Vine program I eagerly scan through the books and other merchandise available for review when they send out their emails. Recently one book I saw was called Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves.  Seeing that title the thought that came to me was if there was one book that [Read More...]

Fire and Hemlock

Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones, is not the book I was looking for. What it is, pretty clearly, is a reworking of the legends of Thomas the Rhymer and Tam Lin in present day England (remembering always that the book was written in the mid-1980′s; “present day” has changed quite a lot since [Read More...]

World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago

Michael Flynn discusses the recent World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago.  Makes for some quite interesting reading concerning some of the panels such as “Faith in SF” and Br. Guy Consolmagno being involved. [Read more...]


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