Review: The Big Book of Ghost Stories, edited by Otto Penzler

The Big Book of Ghost Stories by Otto Penzler My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a treat for myself after getting a free lance writing job. I have been dipping in and out of these short stories and enjoying them a lot. There are classics (The Monkey’s Paw; Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come [Read More...]

Review: A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy by Sarah Reinhard

So many of the crosses I have are made heavier by my approach to them. Instead of just walking along and dealing with them, I spend energy complaining, dreading, and trying to avoid them. Rather than offer them to God or–better yet–rather than asking him to help me, I try to do it just like [Read More...]

Among Others

I recently read Among Others by Jo Walton which won the 2011 Nebula Award and 2012 Hugo award for best novel. This is the first book of hers that I have read.  First off I can certainly see why this book was so appealing to SF fans and the award committees. The novel tells the story [Read More...]

The Count of Monte Cristo

I first read Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo about fifteen years ago, in the unabridged edition from Oxford University Press. Recently Amazon had this same edition on sale as a Kindle book for $2.99 or something of the sort, and I grabbed it. Then it sat; and then, eventually, it became my backup [Read More...]

This Week’s Book Notes (or, Sarah still finds time to read)

It is possible to be insanely busy. I’m okay with that. It is also possible to be so busy that you have no time to read. I am NOT okay with that. This week, despite comparing myself more than once to a one-armed paper-hanger (isn’t that such a lovely expression?), I still managed to read [Read More...]

Why You Should Be Reading a Little Bit o’ Lovecraft This Weekend

Because Scott and I will be discussing four of his short stories next week at A Good Story is Hard to Find. And you know you want to find out why two good Catholics would love the lurking horror that is in these tales: Dagon The Statement of Randolph Carter The Colors Out of Space [Read More...]

Review: The Beauty of the Word by Anthony Esolen

The Beauty of the Word: A Running Commentary on the Roman Missal by Anthony Esolen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Guided by Anthony Esolen, a master translator and professor of literature, you’ll go deep into the meaning of each part of the liturgy. Esolen explains the importance of this new translation, and provides context, [Read More...]

Indepth Investigation of Christ’s Death: Reviewing “Who Moved the Stone” by Frank Morison

This review first saw the light of day way back in 2004. I was reminded of it when I saw a new book with a similar premise mentioned by someone on GoodReads. I was really pleased to see that it is now reprinted and easily available. It is a terrific read and I highly recommend [Read More...]

Classic Tales audiobook sale: buy one, get one free

For a limited time, buy one of our most popular titles priced at $9.99, and get another absolutely free! This includes not only favorites like She, A History of Adventure, Captain Blood and The Phantom of the Opera, but also many new titles like Hamlet, The 39 Steps and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This [Read More...]

Review – Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn by Clay Morgan

Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn by Clay Morgan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Clay Morgan uses our current fascination with zombies, vampires, and other undead figures to draw parallels with the need to come fully alive in our Christian spiritual life. He is engaging, interesting writer and Undead is an easy, fast read. I [Read More...]