Darkship Thieves

After I reviewed Sarah Hoyt’s Heart of Light, a friend of mine sent me a copy of Hoyt’s first science fiction novel, Darkship Thieves, just to show me that she really does write good stuff. He was right. Darkship Thieves is a consciously Heinleinesque tale set in a future Solar System. Our heroine, Athena Hera [Read More...]

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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame My rating: 5 of 5 stars So you’ve begun to get really busy at work and you’re feeling stressed out. Then you watched The Sixth Sense (by yourself, after dark) so you can discuss it on a podcast. And finally, you just know you’re going to have [Read More...]

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Terrapin

Terrapin: A Mystery is a new novel by T.M. Doran put out by Ignatius Press.  I previously reviewed his first novel Toward the Gleam which I certainly enjoyed.  A year later the plot and ideas of that novel are still with me.  I thought the idea of the novel was a great idea that was executed fairly well, [Read More...]

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The Holy Family, Zombies, and Midrash: Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith

“Joseph? Mary? My name is Balthazar. This is Gaspar . . . this is Melchyor. We don’t want to hurt you . . . we’re just looking for a place to rest. But, Joseph? if you don’t put that pitchfork down, I’m going to take it from you and stab you to death in front [Read More...]

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Demon of Undoing

Maureen at “Aliens in this World” has been a long time favorite of mine.  Her book recommendations have time and again lead to books I really enjoyed that almost certainly I would have never read. Recently she posted about this book. Demon of Undoing by Andrea Alton isn’t a super-literary book. But it is super-fun sf [Read More...]

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The Knox Bible (Updated)

The Knox Bible by Msgr Ronald A. Knox It is unquestioned that for the past 300 years the Authorized Version has been the greatest single formative influence in English prose style. But that time is over …. When the Bible ceases, as it is ceasing, to be accepted as a sacred text, it will not [Read More...]

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Monster Hunter International

So a friend passed me a copy of Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia, and told me it was good fun; and it was. Our hero, one Owen Pitt, is a mild-mannered accountant until the day his boss turns into a werewolf and tries to have him for dinner. Unfortunately for the boss, Owen is [Read More...]

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Believers in the Middle Ages

From Introduction to Christianity by Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) which is admittedly dense but is also simply terrific. One of the things that I love most about this book is the way that Benedict will casually admit a truth that many believers would like to ignore. He does it time and again and [Read More...]

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The Good Cook Series

Soups by Time-Life Books My rating: 5 of 5 stars Every cook should have a set of The Gook Cook series which was published by Time Life between 1979 and 1983. They are organized by cooking subject (Fish, Soup, Cookies & Crackers, etc.). They were edited by the brilliant Richard Olney and written by many [Read More...]

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Into the Dark Lands

Having enjoyed Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra (and yes, in the short time since writing that review I’ve read the remaining four books in the series, and enjoyed them), I decided to try one of her other books. She’s got several series, so I picked one somewhat arbitrarily and ended with Into the Dark Lands, [Read More...]

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