Awesome: Marine Corps Professional Reading List

Yes. It exists. “Each Marine is required to read the Commandant’s choice “First to Fight” by LtGen (Ret) V. Krulak. Each Marine shall also read a minimum of one book per grade per year.” (ALMAR 027/11 effective 8 July 2011) With Ender’s Game on it. Or they did when my informant was required to read [Read More...]

Kindle Fire vs. iPad UPDATED

My husband, Tom, has been given both. (I know. Lucky fella!) I asked him this morning which was better for reading. He said that he uses them interchangeably for nighttime reading. (Which is really the only time he reads for himself and not for work.) He said that his recommendation, for the price, would be [Read More...]

Zombies and Star Trek: Reviewing Night of the Living Trekkies

Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I remember seeing this book when it came out and then it slipped my mind. Stephen’s review put it squarely back in the middle of my radar. To be fair, Stephen’s reviews are always good reading, but this one was [Read More...]

Reviewing “Zone One” by Colson Whitehead

Zone One by Colson Whitehead My rating: 1 of 5 stars Well, well. Proof positive that a zombie novel can be made yawningly boring. Colson Whitehead has all the requisite apocalyptic-survivor-zombie elements but chooses to mash together flashbacks and current action with so much thinking and reflection that he manages to turn it all into [Read More...]

Bloggers, Zombies, and Conspiracy … Again: Deadline by Mira Grant

Deadline by Mira Grant My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’d probably never have picked up this book. I was perfectly happy with how Feed ended and had no interest in a story being told by Shaun, instead of by George. Also, the mystery was so easy to solve in Feed that I didn’t hold [Read More...]

I’ll Be Speaking at the International Bloggers’ Summit, August 31

The International Bloggers’ Summit is the last day of the 2012 Catholic New Media Conference. I got my proposal to speak in just before their deadline and … woohoo! … I’ll one of the seven spots they have. I’d say seven bloggers, but some of the talks feature more than one person. Be sure to [Read More...]

Julie and Scott recorded this podcast… someday, maybe, Coraline and a nameless cat will come save them both.

In the meantime, we’ll discuss Neil Gaiman’s novella for children at A Good Story is Hard to Find. [Read more...]

Benedict Cumberbatch Reads

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads via Awesome People Reading [Read more...]

Great Opening Lines: Bleak House

Since Bleak House got brought up yesterday and I have just begun it myself, I thought I’d share this bit from Dickens’ preface, which cracked me up. Once I knew that there had only been two Chancery judges at a time for several hundred years (and that was still the state at the time of [Read More...]

Great Opening Lines – C. S. Lewis

The first lines to the preface of On Stories and Other Essays on Literature by C.S. Lewis. “You can’t get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suite me,” said C. S. Lewis. … He certainly meant what he said, for at that moment I was pouring his tea into [Read More...]


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