Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone

Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone, by Dene Low, is a somewhat funny juvenile that reads like an odd cross between P.G. Wodehouse and Georgette Heyer. Petronella Arbuthnot, a young English lady of substance, is celebrating her sweet sixteenth in the opening years of the 20th century when her guardian, her Uncle Augustus, swallows a beetle from [Read More...]

Mercury Rests

Mercury Rests is the final volume of a trilogy of novels written by humorist Robert Kroese. These novels follow the adventure of Mercury an Angel who unintentionally gets wrapped up in a plan to prevent the Apocalypse from occurring earlier than scheduled.  Mercury is not a goody-two-shoes angel, but neither is he a cigarette smoking [Read More...]

Mercury Falls

Note: I am posting this previous review for archive sake since I am also posting a review for the final volume of this trilogy. Some time ago The Ironic Catholic recommended Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese. There are not too many books in the genre of hilarious novels involving the Apocalypse. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes [Read More...]

The Queen, corgies, books and … Joss Whedon (yes again).

We’re back with another episode of A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. In Episode #42, Julie and Scott discover reading. Turns out it’s kind of meaningful and fun. Who knew? The Queen didn’t, but does now according to The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. At the end of the podcast, Julie talks a [Read More...]

A College of Magics

Faris Nallaneen is young, gawky, not particularly well dressed, and the Duchess of Galazon, a small country somewhere in the vicinity of Ruritania. Her wicked uncle, her guardian until she comes of age, is running Galazon into the ground, and has shipped her to Greenlaw College to keep her out of the way. Greenlaw is [Read More...]

Teresa Tomeo Hits It Outta the Park

In other words, I love her book Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by the Christ Not Conformed to the Culture. Cowboy boots and comfy jeans optional. I’m not a big makeover kind of gal. I’ve had one or two pedicures, and while they’re fine, I’d just as soon invest that money in a half-hour on horseback [Read More...]

The Zombie Letters: Ora et Labora et Zombies

My Darling Ava, Where are you? I am sinking, from worry into fear. When my phone stopped working at noon on Friday,  I decided it was time to bring James  out to the Abbey … While his wife, Ava, is out of town, Dr. Thomas Schutten is off for a week to take care of [Read More...]

House of Shadows

Rachel Neumeier’s latest book is House of Shadows. I pre-ordered it at Amazon when I saw that it was forthcoming, as Rachel’s books have been consistently entertaining. It’s a fantasy novel, of course, and it concerns two sisters, two sisters of seven, in fact. As the book begins, their father, a successful stone merchant, has [Read More...]

Best used room in the house

From Dicken’s Bleak House: “Sit down, my dear,” said Mr Jarndyce. “This, you must know, is the growlery. When I am out of humour, I come and growl here.” “You must be here very seldom, sir,” said I. “O, you don’t know me!” he returned. “When I am deceived or disappointed in — the wind, [Read More...]

What I’m Reading: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bleak House by Charles Dickens My rating: 4 of 5 stars Bleak House is on my personal challenge list, meaning that I should be chiseling away at some book from that list or I’ll keep putting them off forever and never read one. Having been surprised by how much I loved A Tale of Two [Read More...]


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