Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson Mistborn is an original fantasy epic where certain people (called Allomancers) have the ability to ingest and then burn certain metals to give them superhuman abilities. Most people who have the power can only burn one sort of metal and gain one sort of power. Tin enhances the senses, brass soothes [Read More…]

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Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Benedict XVI

Before his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI finished a third volume of theological reflections on the life of Jesus. He describes this book as an “antechamber” (p. xi) to the other volumes. Here he looks chiefly at the first few chapters of Matthew and Luke, the birth and early childhood of Jesus. He considers the intent [Read More…]

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Book Review: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb et al.

Batman: The Long Halloween written by Jeph Loeb and art by Tim Sale Gotham City is plagued by organized crime, The biggest crime family is the Falcones, led by Carmine “The Roman” Falcone. His father had some relationship with Bruce Wayne’s father, so naturally Bruce is invited to the wedding of Carmine’s nephew Johnny Viti. Carmine [Read More…]

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Book Review: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale In this volume, the British officer supervising Nathan Hale’s execution demands a story where America doesn’t look so good. Hale tells a tale from the days of slavery, specifically about Harriet Tubman. She was one of the most successful abductors on the Underground Railroad, a [Read More…]

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Book Review: We’ll Never Tell Them by Fiorella de Maria

We’ll Never Tell Them by Fiorella de Maria This novel tells the stories of two women, Kristjana and Liljana. Liljana is the illegitimate daughter of a mostly crazy woman living on Malta at the end of 1800s. Liljana’s childhood is hard because of her unstable home life which makes complications in her school life. Her mother [Read More…]

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Book Review – The Apostasy That Wasn’t

There are some things when I run across them in a novel, movie, or even religious discussion immediately set off alarm bells for me. One of them is anything involving the Nephalem. It just never turns out well and most often very silly. Another is Constantine. Constantine gets blamed for a lot by a lot [Read More…]

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Book Review: Adler’s Philosophical Dictionary by Mortimer J. Adler

Adler’s Philosophical Dictionary: 125 Key Terms for the Philosopher’s Lexicon by Mortimer J. Adler Late in his career, Mortimer Adler produced this slim volume as a companion piece and summary of his previous works in philosophy. He defines 125 key philosophical terms, explaining how they are used correctly and the common errors people make about the [Read More…]

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Book Review: Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale

Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale American patriot and colonial spy Nathan Hale continues regaling his executioners with tales from future history (because he got sucked into a book or something in the first volume–just go with it). Here he gives the story of the first armored naval vessels in the 1860s. The two most famous [Read More…]

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Book Review: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Charles Nancy had a tough childhood. His dad was quite the joker and always pulling tricks on him. Like the time he told his son that children dress up for Presidents’ Day at school and get big bags of candy. Of course Charles was mercilessly mocked at school and got no sympathy from dad that [Read More…]

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Book Review – When the Church Was Young

When it comes to books on the Early Church Fathers there seems to be an increasing wealth of good books on the subject. One of my favorite books in this area is Rod Bennett’s “Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words”. The reason I so loved this book is that Rod Bennett is [Read More…]

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