Terrapin: A Novel I Enjoyed Muchly

(Yes, muchly is a word. At least when you are as delighted by a book as I was by Terrapin.) You know what I love more than almost anything? A good story. When that story is packaged between two covers and called a book, even better. (Yeah, it’s okay on my Kindle too. I’ll give you [Read More…]

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The Crimes of Galahad by H. Albertus Boli, LL.D.

The Crimes of Galahad by H. Albertus Boli Ll.D. My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve long been a fan of Dr. Boli’s Celebrated Magazine. I was mildly interested when The Crimes of Galahad was published and then read a review from two reviewers I trust who both enjoyed it and also declined to describe [Read More…]

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Reviewing “Cool for Cats” by Andrew Ordover

The release of the audiobook, read by author Andrew Ordover, prompted me to update my review. The price can’t be beat – $5! For why you want to hear it, read on! And I didn’t want to rely on Internet archives. First of all, our local paper is crap, and it keeps crap archives online. [Read More…]

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Galactic Pot Healer by Philip K. Dick

Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Glimmung wants Joe Fernwright. Fernwright is a pot-healer – a repairer of ceramics – in a drably utilitarian future where such skills have little value. The Glimmung is a being that looks something like a gyroscope, something like a teenaged girl, and [Read More…]

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Julie’s 2013 Personal Reading Challenge

My 2012 book challenge was so rewarding, making me pick up books I would just keep skipping over in favor of lighter reading. I’m doing it again this year. Some books are carried over from last year and some I dropped because they just didn’t look interesting to me right now. But you can see [Read More…]

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Miskatonic School for Girls

So we were given this game for Christmas: Miskatonic School for Girls. The basic notion is that you are a student in an elite girl’s school in Arkham Massachusetts, and the kicker is that all of the faculty members, from the headmaster on down, are Lovecraftian horrors bent on driving you insane. Your goal is [Read More…]

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A Season of Mystery by Paula Huston [UPDATED]

A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life by Paula Huston My rating: 4 of 5 stars Transcending the endless cycle of want-satisfaction also gets us ready for death and what follows. My friend Betty, age eighty-five, sums it up like this: “Getting old is about preparing for [Read More…]

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A Season of Mystery

A few months ago, my mother-in-law asked me to write her a book. She’s facing issues now as a “mature mom” that, frankly, she could use some support with. I’m not exaggerating: I found the request impossible. I’m well outside my experience, for one thing! Thankfully, one of my favorite writers tackled the topic and [Read More…]

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FINAL-2012 Personal Reading Challenge

FINAL results on books I’ve read (or dropped) thus far. Originally written in December 2011. One Sunday, when we’d gone to the Vigil Mass on Saturday to avoid getting embroiled in a local marathon that shuts down all the streets around our church (don’t ask … Tom has been enraged before to the point of [Read More…]

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Julie’s Favorite Books of 2012

Top books I read in 2012 with descriptions in 10 words or less. In no particular order. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins A great book. Too bad she didn’t stop at that one. Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) by Mary Healey Very accessible while still being scholarly. (my review here) Coraline by [Read More…]

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