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...]

Poetry Tuesday: Genesis

I know. Poetry Tuesday isn’t a thing. At least not around here. But I did want to share something bookish people will enjoy. And Catholic bookish people will enjoy it even more. This poem is from the latest Dappled Things Catholic literary magazine which I got a few days ago. The magazine has original art, [Read More...]

Error 451

Tim Bray, a fan of [Ray] Bradbury’s writing, is recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which governs such choices, that when access to a website is denied for legal reasons the user is given the status code 451. … 451, Bray believes, would work nicely, as it would provide a tribute to Bradbury as [Read More...]

Bridge of Birds, chapters 27-28

In which we get to the bottom of something silver, something gold … literally. Episode 190 from Forgotten Classics podcast. [Read more...]

Music From 100 Years Ago: In Memorium – Ray Bradbury

A special podcast marking the death of scifi writer, Ray Bradburry. The show includes a radio performance of Bradbury’s story, The Veldt from 1951. [Read more...]

The Books of Summer: Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder

Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder My rating: 4 of 5 stars Joseph Finder’s books are fast reads, fun, and worth dropping my other books for. He introduced Nick Heller, a “private spy,” in Vanished (my review here) and this is a follow up novel. An old family friend, who also happens to be the richest [Read More...]


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