Polaris by Jack McDevitt

Since we’ve been talking about Jack McDevitt’s books lately, with Will giving a great overview yesterday of the Academy series, let me toss in this review of a book from early in one of McDevitt’s different series. Polaris by Jack McDevitt My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having really enjoyed McDevitt’s Engines of God and [Read More...]

Forming Intentional Disciples

Lots of people are talking about Forming Intentional Disciples, by Sherry Weddell, and with good reason; here’s my somewhat personal take on it. Forming Intentional Disciples is a book the Church desperately needs today. It is first of all a description of the Church (and of Christianity in general) as it currently is—not as it was fifty [Read More...]

Jack McDevitt: The Academy Series

Julie posted her review of The Engines of God a day or so ago; and as I’ve recently read that book and three of its sequels, I thought I’d chime in. Priscilla Hutchins—”Hutch” to her friends—is a starship pilot for the Academy of Science and Technology, circa 2200 AD. It seems that faster-than-light space travel (“superluminal” [Read More...]

Silver Canyon

Recently I reviewed Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage. In the interests of equal time, I recently got Louis L’Amour’s Silver Canyon, and read that. And I have to say, the two books are both westerns, by which I mean they both have guns and horses and cattle and strong men and beautiful women, but beyond [Read More...]

The Name of the Wind

I saw The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One by Patrick Rothfuss referenced several times among my Goodreads friends with positive ratings.  The reviews at Amazon were also overwhelmingly positive.  The summary of the book seemed up my alley as Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. The riveting first-person narrative of a [Read More...]

The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt

The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt My rating: 3 of 5 stars My review which ran at SFFaudio. Climate change has Earth on the brink of disaster. The only viable solution is terraforming other planets to ensure survival. For a small group of archaeologists, however, terraforming is the worst possible solution. The only suitable [Read More...]

The Cure for the Family Summer Doldrums: Catholic Family Fun by Sarah Reinhard

Right now the wind may have gone out of your summer sails and family time together may be more about feudin’ and fightin’ than enjoying each others’ company. I’ve got the solution. How about trying: Unbirthday Party Mystery Food Night Backyard Circus Silly Story Hour Catholic Family Fun is a guide families can use for [Read More...]

A deserted town, outlaws after gold … just another day in the wild, wild, West with Louis L’Amour.

At Forgotten Classics, where we offer a sample of perfect vacation reading … Louis L’Amour! [Read more...]

Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin Series

I finally finished going through the 21 books of the Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. Rather a bittersweet moment in that it is nice to finally finish it and sad that this is it. The last book simply called 21 contained only three chapters as the author died writing the follow up to [Read More...]

Free or Cheap Classics “Classes” on the Internet

I must say that I have never been so interested in so many truly classic books as right now. My interest has been piqued by various bloggers and podcasters whose discussions are so interesting that I swim in the wake of their enthusiasm. These are all underway but it is easy to track back and [Read More...]


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