The Egg and I

Simcha Fisher back in May posted an article on LOL Books and mentioned this book. The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald.  One of my favorite memoirs.  A lovestruck newlywed follows her husband to the largely unspoiled wilderness of Washington State, where they carve out a homestead and raise chickens, with backbreaking labor from dawn [Read More...]

The Real

Being that I am constantly buying books I also always look for deals.  One site I follow keeps up on sales at the Amazon store and posts a large list of free books each day.  Obviously among these books there is a lot of chaff and sometimes hard to tell what is any good or [Read More...]

The Killer Angels

I am not a Civil War buff. I’m a history buff, but not a Civil War buff. I know the general outlines of the war, and how the Union generals in the East were a sorry bunch for much of the war, and like that; but I confess I haven’t studied it. Consequently, I’d never [Read More...]

Well, Howdy!

Julie introduced me a couple of posts back, but I thought I should say a few words. I’ve been reviewing books on the web since December of 1996, back when the competition was considerably less fierce.  The pond was really small. Once upon a time I had the #1 Alexandre Dumas page on the entire [Read More...]

The Dark Tower Series

Having just finished the Dark Tower series by Stephen King I wanted to jot down some of my thoughts about it while they are fresh in mind. First off I am glad I waited to read the series after the series ended. The main part of the series the first seven books were released over [Read More...]

Expanding our blogging base from coast to coast … please welcome Will Duquette.

Will Duquette blogs at The View From the Foothills where he can look out over Los Angeles from the idyllic spot he calls home. I have long enjoyed reading his reviews and am very happy to welcome him to the Bookshelf … where he can tell us if real men do read Jane Eyre (although [Read More...]

Books of Summer: Crater by Homer Hickam

Crater by Homer H. Hickam My rating: 4 of 5 stars Crater Trueblood is an orphan and helium 3 miner on the moon, 100 years in the future. This coming of age story features an annoying best friend, a pretty tomboy, and a sidekick—Crater’s gillie, a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime mold cells. [Read More...]

Bad Religion

I had noticed that TS of Video, meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor had been reading through Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat and quoting passages from it.  The title and subtitle intrigued me as does the author and so I added it to my wish list and finally got around to buying [Read More...]

Holiness for Everyone

Today being the Feast of St. Josemaria Escriva it is quite appropriate to post a review for Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva, the latest book from Eric Sammons. In the age of speciality where every profession gets narrower and narrower in scope it is easy to apply this to everything. [Read More...]

Georgette Heyer at Tor.com?

I know. Isn’t Tor about science fiction? Where there’s a will, there’s a way and writer Mari Ness points out that Heyer’s Regency world was really a carefully created fantasy world. I’m gonna say that’s a legit point. Read her introduction here and then let’s all go on to the discussion of The Black Moth. [Read More...]


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