Kingfishers Catch Fire

Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Rumer Godden, is another of the books by Godden that my wife got me from Paperback Swap. So, OK. I loved In This House of Brede. I loved Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy. I loved An Episode of Sparrows. I even liked Pippa Passes, even though I had some problems [Read More…]

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Inoculating yourself against the Spirit of Vatican II

The start of ”The Year of Faith” coincides purposely with the start of the Second Vatican Council 50 years ago.  Much has been said about the false “Spirit of Vatican II” which was a purposeful misdirection to the texts of Vatican II.  While I have read some of the documents and parts of others I haven’t [Read More…]

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The Casual Vacancy

As someone who enjoyed the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling like millions of others I was interested when her new novel was first announced.   Thankfully though I didn’t preorder it and waited for the reviews. Nancy C. Brown who wrote a book defending the Harry Potter novels from a Catholic prospective has an [Read More…]

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Legion

Legion is a new novella by Brandon  Sanderson who is best know for his epic fantasy novels. I’ve been quite impressed by his storytelling but usually his novels also have epic page counts.  So when I first saw this novella I wondered how he would perform in a medium where you don’t have hundreds of pages [Read More…]

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The Chronicles of Elantra

The Chronicles of Elantra is a fantasy series by Michelle Sagara, who also writes as Michelle West and Michelle Sagara West.  I’ve read the first four of the current eight, and expect I’ll go on to read the rest of them.  The series begins with Cast in Shadow; and as the books follow one directly [Read More…]

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Review: The Big Book of Ghost Stories, edited by Otto Penzler

The Big Book of Ghost Stories by Otto Penzler My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a treat for myself after getting a free lance writing job. I have been dipping in and out of these short stories and enjoying them a lot. There are classics (The Monkey’s Paw; Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come [Read More…]

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Review: A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy by Sarah Reinhard

So many of the crosses I have are made heavier by my approach to them. Instead of just walking along and dealing with them, I spend energy complaining, dreading, and trying to avoid them. Rather than offer them to God or–better yet–rather than asking him to help me, I try to do it just like [Read More…]

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Among Others

I recently read Among Others by Jo Walton which won the 2011 Nebula Award and 2012 Hugo award for best novel. This is the first book of hers that I have read.  First off I can certainly see why this book was so appealing to SF fans and the award committees. The novel tells the story [Read More…]

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The Count of Monte Cristo

I first read Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo about fifteen years ago, in the unabridged edition from Oxford University Press. Recently Amazon had this same edition on sale as a Kindle book for $2.99 or something of the sort, and I grabbed it. Then it sat; and then, eventually, it became my backup [Read More…]

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This Week’s Book Notes (or, Sarah still finds time to read)

It is possible to be insanely busy. I’m okay with that. It is also possible to be so busy that you have no time to read. I am NOT okay with that. This week, despite comparing myself more than once to a one-armed paper-hanger (isn’t that such a lovely expression?), I still managed to read [Read More…]

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