Danny Gospel

David Athey the author of “Danny Gospel” let me know that his book is free today on Amazon for Kindle/Kindle App users. This is a quite excellent first novel. My original review. His latest novel is Christopher, which I reviewed here. [Read more...]

Class Alert: Science Fiction, Part 1 – From Modern Beginnings through the Golden Age

I have been a fan of Amy H. Sturgis ever since hearing her talk about science fiction history at StarShipSofa podcast. I’m gonna say that, based on that experience alone, you’ll get a wonderful class if you are interested in the subject. But let’s let Ms. Sturgis tell you all about it. I’m thrilled to [Read More...]

An Old Classic Still Has Power to Surprise: Heidi by Joanna Spyri

Heidi by Johanna Spyri My rating: 5 of 5 stars I came across this when perusing Semicolon’s list of 55 Free Kindle Books Worth Reading. I don’t know why Heidi appealed to me at that moment but I remember loving the book when I was a child and reading it many times. I began reading [Read More...]

Whispers of the Heart

As a bibliphile I miss the almost total lack of fellow book lovers in the movies.  Sure books are sometimes part of the plot, but usually they are a means to an end to obtain some specific knowledge to move the plot.  The actual love of reading just doesn’t come through in the movies I [Read More...]

A Good Vacation: Six(ish) Books

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Hey y’all. Julie graciously gave me permission (and a login!) to post my bookish thoughts here. I’m usually over at Snoring Scholar (where I talk books, faith, and family, among other miscellany). The first week in July, I unplugged myself from the various blogs, social networks, and electronic doodads that fill my days and went [Read More...]

Riders of the Purple Sage

Another of the Oxford’s World Classics I picked up on sale is Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage, a title I’ve been familiar with just about forever. Note well: it’s not the book I’ve been familiar with, just the title. For some reason, people like to riff on it. There’s a country rock band, “New Riders [Read More...]

Converts and Kingdoms

Converts and Kingdoms: How the Church Converted the Pagan West and How We Can Do It Again is a new book by Diane Moczar being published by Catholic Answers. This book illustrates some of the major movements of conversion throughout history.  Starting with the time just before Constantine and dealing with the growth of Christianity [Read More...]

Review: The Art of Faith by Judith Couchman

The Art of Faith: A Guide to Understanding Christian Images by Judith Couchman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Judith Couchman wished she understood Christian images in art. She wound up with an art history degree, teaching classes at a local college. Later, wishing there was a simple, concise reference that could be carried into [Read More...]

Praying the Rosary for Intercession

“Praying the Rosary for Intercession” is a new book by Catherine M. Odell published by OSV. This book like so many that came before it has a standard format. A history of the Rosary followed by meditations for each mystery and lastly specific instructions on praying the Rosary along with guidelines for intentions. The reflections [Read More...]

The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives [Read More...]


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