Reviewing The Feasts by Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina

The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics by Donald Cardinal Wuerl My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Church’s calendar is an intricate, complex, and beautiful technology. It is the work of many human hands and human minds trained to deal with holy things. The seasons turn and the feasts interplay like [Read More...]

One Bright Star to Guide Them

This week John C. Wright released a novella called One Bright Star to Guide Them. First off, I can’t remember being so filled with a novella. I feel as if I read a 400-plus page fantasy novel. So much to unpack from it and think about and the story is really something I want to [Read More...]

Booktalk: Jane Austen and Me

NORTHANGER ABBEY. It began with Northanger Abbey. I’m considering reading this on my podcast so I reread it after having done so many years ago. (And then Jesse from SFFaudio asked if I wanted to discuss it in November. Hey, I can tell when a book is haunting me.) I know this was an early [Read More...]

When the Game Stands Tall

Here’s something else on the bookshelf that isn’t a book but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to mention it in a lot of places. And, as I always say, we’re all about stories no matter how they are told!   Coach Bob Ladouceur: Winning a lot of football games is doable. Teaching [Read More...]

Scott wants a semaphore tower and Julie never wants to hear of steam engine valves again.

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We’re discussing Pavane by Keith Roberts, an alternate history from the times when that genre was new — way back in 1966. With lots and lots of Catholic stuff to talk about! Join us at A Good Story is Hard to Find. [Read more...]

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? – Guy Consolmagno, SJ, and Paul Mueller, SJ

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory by Guy Consolmagno My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is structured around a half dozen particular questions we’ve been asked time and again—questions that are interesting in themselves but that tend also to presuppose [Read More...]

Movie Review: Calvary

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We usually just discuss books around here but this movie was unusual enough that I wanted to share it also. Also, there is a brief H.P. Lovecraft inclusion. Is there anything that Lovecraft can’t improve? I think not. ============ Not for the faint-of-heart. But simply astounding. A real masterpiece that provides food for thought for [Read More...]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan My rating: 3 of 5 stars “[...] We keep a record for every member, and for every customer who might yet become a member, in order to track their work.” He paused, then added, “Some of them are working very hard indeed.” “What are they doing?” “My boy,” [Read More...]

Children’s Books: Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister

Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Rescuing animals is only the start of it,” said Mother Noah. She scooped up a handful of seeds and placed them carefully in her pocket. “If God wants to send a flood, it’s very good of him to ask Noah to put [Read More...]

Great Summer Reads: The Book Thief

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I read this book almost 18 months ago, and though I read it in the winter, it struck me then as a great summer read. My first reaction to it was something to the effect of: What a read! I LOVED IT! This book was wonderful, though in a “tough topics all around” sort of way. [Read More...]


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