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...]

The bells! — The bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells — the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!

In case you hadn’t guessed … The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe … a little lagniappe from Forgotten Classics. [Read more...]

The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang

The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is actually a short novella from Ted Chiang and the first of his work I ever experienced when JJ Campanella read it (brilliantly) for StarShipSofa podcast. I recently received a signed (!) copy from a friend who was clearing [Read More...]

Review of Assam and Darjeeling by T.M. Camp

Assam & Darjeeling By T.M. Camp; Read by T.M. Camp Podcast Download (iTunes and RSS Feeds can be found |Here| – Approx 23 hours – [UNABRIDGED] Publisher: T.M. Camp Published: 2008 A masterful and nuanced book, Assam & Darjeeling is the story of a quest straight into legendary, mythological landscape. Two children’s’ efforts to save [Read More...]

Reviewing “A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ”

A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales About the Christ by Michael G. Bishop My rating: 3 of 5 stars I picked this up dirt cheap after Scott Danielson told me that Jesse Willis brought it to his attention. Editor Michael Bishop is a Christian but is interested here in presenting stories by believers and [Read More...]

In which we visit the Cavern of Bells, meet a third handmaid, and hear from a Mouse.

Three more chapters of Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart is ready and waiting at Forgotten Classics. As well as a podcast highlight from over the sea! [Read more...]

Ripe: a pre-reading review

Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater My rating: 5 of 5 stars If the book just was published can I still call it a classic? If I just got it, can I really know it is 5 stars? Let’s just say that I have every confidence in Nigel Slater’s Ripe being just [Read More...]

Neighbor, how long has it been since you read Deus Caritas Est? Well, pardner, that’s too long.*

God Is Love–Deus Caritas Est: Encyclical Letter by Pope Benedict XVI My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was my third time through Pope Benedict’s brilliant first encyclical God Is Love. Our Catholic women’s book club read it for our May discussion. Just reading the opening paragraphs made me remember what a wonderful piece of [Read More...]

What I’ve Been Reading: Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira Grant My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m a bit tired of the zombie genre, however, this was of interest because of the large part that blogging plays in the story. In fact, blogging is the reason for the story, as it turns out. And that is the reason my friend pressed [Read More...]


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