The Telmaj

The Telmaj is a juvenile science fiction novel, aimed at 8-12 year-olds, just recently self-published by Catholic blogger Erin Manning. I’ve been reading Erin’s blog for years (though I comment only very occasionally), and I’ve got a novel in the works that I’m planning on self-publishing, and all things taken together I thought I should [Read More...]

Redshirts

Redshirts, by John Scalzi, is a hoot. Is there anyone on the web who doesn’t know what a redshirt is? Back in the day, when you didn’t need to suffix “Star Trek” with “The Original Series” to mean that ’60′s show with Kirk, Spock, and the gang, and our heroes sallied forth onto a planet’s [Read More...]

New Catholic Business Books for the Rest of Us

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Around 18 months ago, my husband asked me what Catholic business books there were. I found seven to recommend but I felt like there was something missing. The two books I’m sharing with you today fill that gap I felt before, but they do more than that: they apply to those of us who maybe don’t [Read More...]

Don’t judge a book by its title

Being part of the Amazon Vine program I eagerly scan through the books and other merchandise available for review when they send out their emails. Recently one book I saw was called Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves.  Seeing that title the thought that came to me was if there was one book that [Read More...]

Fire and Hemlock

Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones, is not the book I was looking for. What it is, pretty clearly, is a reworking of the legends of Thomas the Rhymer and Tam Lin in present day England (remembering always that the book was written in the mid-1980′s; “present day” has changed quite a lot since [Read More...]

World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago

Michael Flynn discusses the recent World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago.  Makes for some quite interesting reading concerning some of the panels such as “Faith in SF” and Br. Guy Consolmagno being involved. [Read more...]

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...]


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