Believers in the Middle Ages

From Introduction to Christianity by Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) which is admittedly dense but is also simply terrific. One of the things that I love most about this book is the way that Benedict will casually admit a truth that many believers would like to ignore. He does it time and again and [Read More...]

The Good Cook Series

Soups by Time-Life Books My rating: 5 of 5 stars Every cook should have a set of The Gook Cook series which was published by Time Life between 1979 and 1983. They are organized by cooking subject (Fish, Soup, Cookies & Crackers, etc.). They were edited by the brilliant Richard Olney and written by many [Read More...]

Into the Dark Lands

Having enjoyed Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra (and yes, in the short time since writing that review I’ve read the remaining four books in the series, and enjoyed them), I decided to try one of her other books. She’s got several series, so I picked one somewhat arbitrarily and ended with Into the Dark Lands, [Read More...]

If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod

If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents by Conor Gallagher is a new book from TAN Books that I believe has been released today. This is kind of a cross between and introduction to Aristotle and a philosophy book for parents.  He purposely calls it not a parenting book as he says [Read More...]

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...]


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