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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Book Review: Animal Crackers by Gene Luen Yang

This collection of stories are the very first published works by Gene Luen Yang, who I first discovered when reading his great work on the Avatar graphic novels (and he’s currently writing Superman for DC Comics). These stories are written and drawn by Yang in a clean, simple style. The first story is about Gordon Yamamoto, a not very [Read More…]

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Book Review: Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell

Betrand Russell is a philosopher and author who has the strange combination of a strict logical background (he wrote the seminal text on symbolic logic Principia Mathematica with A. N. Whitehead) and a breezy and familiar (i.e. not academic) writing style. He is both a strict thinker and an entertaining writer. So why would these [Read More…]

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Book Love: Dragons and the Napoleonic War — Naomi Novik

I’ve begun reading a series that I’d avoided until I saw Scott Sigler talk about it on GoodReads. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik is the first of the series. It takes the idea of “what if” there were dragons during the Napoleonic Wars. We follow a Naval lieutenant who is forced through unforeseen circumstances [Read More…]

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The City by Dean Koontz

The City by Dean Koontz That’s life. Always something, more good than bad, but always interesting if you’re paying attention. Recommended by my daughter, Rose, the voice in this book reminds me of Odd Thomas in its sweetness and innocence. However, this is narrated by a 10 year old instead of a grown man. The [Read More…]

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Saint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven and Faithful by Stephen J. Binz

One of this book’s subtitles is “Walking with Peter from Galilee to Rome.” It’s the perfect description of this book. When I’ve read about Peter in scripture I usually tend to relate it to myself. Am I acting like Peter or not? What lessons could I learn from his life? I’ve never stopped to ask [Read More…]

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Dickens and the Sandwich

Sandwiches and Dickens I was reading Barnaby Rudge and was startled by seeing a sandwich mentioned: He was not without some refreshment during the long lonely hours; generally carrying in his pocket a sandwich of bread and meat, and a small flask of wine. Now I know sandwiches were invented some time ago but I [Read More…]

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Arriving at Amen – Book Review

One book I have been meaning to get to is Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer by Leah Libresco since I was sure it would be interesting. So finally got around to buying it and totally enjoyed the whole book. Just stunningly good. For those unaware of Leah Libresco, she [Read More…]

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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Unemployed programmer Hiro Protagonist works as a pizza delivery guy in a not too distant future, but it is far enough that the world is a very different place. Big businesses have gotten really big, owning neighborhoods where people are quasi-citizens of the company. They run legitimate businesses like Uncle Enzo’s CosaNostra Pizza, Inc., where [Read More…]

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