The Nightingale by Hans Christen Andersen

In which a Chinese emperor learns the value of one of his humblest subjects. Now playing at Forgotten Classics and read for us by Joseph from Zombie Parent’s Guide. Thanks to Joseph and Will, it’s a regular smorgasbord of good listening over there! Don’t miss out! [Read more...]

This Week’s Book Notes – Mini Reviews and Jottings by Sarah

Is someone else other than just me proud of me for doing this a second week in a row? No? Well, I’m okay with that. Maybe I’ll even keep going with this. (Maybe not. I make no promises, as Destructoboy’s in the background doing…well, nevermind what he’s doing.) Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free, by Tullian Tchividjian [Read More...]

Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest

“I’m not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare–or, if not, it’s some equally brainy lad–who says that it’s always just when a chappie is feeling particularly top-hole, and more than usually braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of lead piping. There’s no [Read More...]

The Expanse

The Expanse is a recent science fiction series by James S.A. Corey. At present it consists of two novels (Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War), a short story I have not read, “The Butcher of Anderson Station,” and a novella, Gods of Risk. I thought I saw a notice on Amazon that a third novel is [Read More...]

This Week’s Book Notes – Mini Reviews and Jottings by Sarah

You know what I hate more than not having time to read? Not having time (or making time?) to write about what I read. I’ve been doing a fair job of keeping Goodreads updated with what I’m reading and what I’ve read, but I’m not always so great at putting in notes. Julie had told [Read More...]

Wool

Wool is a series of five science fiction novellas by Hugh Howey. The novellas follow directly one after the other, and though they follow different main characters form one continuous narrative. I don’t know if you can get Wool as a paper book; I got the whole thing in Kindle format as the Wool Omnibus [Read More...]

Moby Dick Big Read: an audio chapter a day

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville I swore I’d never read this book after hearing about how much time was spent on the technical aspects of whale species differentiation and whaling itself. However, the Moby Dick Big Read came along to change my mind enough to gingerly essay the first chapter, wonderfully read by Tilda Swinton. I’ll [Read More...]

Earth Unaware

When I first heard that Orson Scott Card was doing another series in the Ender universe that takes place before the events of Ender’s War I was not much enthused.  My first reaction to  the announcement of Earth Unaware (Formic Wars) is that he was really milking the success of the series by detailing the events of [Read More...]

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...]


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