Jack McDevitt: The Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath Series

Julie recently reviewed Jack McDevitt’s Polaris; I’ve been working through that series as well, and here’s my take on it. The Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath series has a very different feel than the Academy series. It also concerns archaeology, but as it is set 9,000 years in our future, and other intelligent species are scarce, it pretty much [Read More...]

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Free Audiobooks: “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and “A Tale of Two Cities”

Every week SYNC gives away a contemporary book paired thematically somehow with a classic novel. This is directed at YA readers to get them to listen to a book if they won’t pick one up to actually read. What is SYNC? SYNC is the audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine’s commitment to introducing the listening experience [Read More...]

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The Woman in White

Having thoroughly enjoyed Wilkie Collin’s The Moonstone, I went out and got a copy of the same author’s The Woman in White. Short answer: it’s even better. The Moonstone‘s climax is marred by a plot point that seems completely implausible today, although it would have seemed more more reasonable when it was written, whereas The Woman in White has no [Read More...]

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Joe’s Back and This Time It’s Biblical: Reviewing “The King of Plagues” by Jonathan Maberry

… He paused. “Tell me again what Scofield said to you. About the river of blood.” I closed my eyes and found the words. “‘They said that if the rivers didn’t run red with blood, then the blood of my family would run like a river.’” “Yes. That troubles me.” “All of it troubles me. [Read More...]

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The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions

Oliver Onions (yes, his real name) writes a ghost story that creeps up on us just when we’re getting comfortable. Part 1 of The Beckoning Fair One is ready for your listening pleasure at Forgotten Classics podcast. [Read more...]

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The Quiet Man: “If there is such a thing as a chick flick for guys, this would be it.”

Scott and I discuss a classic movie that goes against type for John Wayne and director John Ford … The Quiet Man at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

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A Garden of Visible Prayer by Margaret Rose Realy

A beginner must think of herself as one setting out to make a garden in which her Beloved Lord is to take his delight … (St. Teresa of Avila) This book is a step-by-step approach to help guide you in creating a meaningful sacred space — a place you can step into, close at hand, [Read More...]

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Polaris by Jack McDevitt

Since we’ve been talking about Jack McDevitt’s books lately, with Will giving a great overview yesterday of the Academy series, let me toss in this review of a book from early in one of McDevitt’s different series. Polaris by Jack McDevitt My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having really enjoyed McDevitt’s Engines of God and [Read More...]

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Forming Intentional Disciples

Lots of people are talking about Forming Intentional Disciples, by Sherry Weddell, and with good reason; here’s my somewhat personal take on it. Forming Intentional Disciples is a book the Church desperately needs today. It is first of all a description of the Church (and of Christianity in general) as it currently is—not as it was fifty [Read More...]

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Jack McDevitt: The Academy Series

Julie posted her review of The Engines of God a day or so ago; and as I’ve recently read that book and three of its sequels, I thought I’d chime in. Priscilla Hutchins—”Hutch” to her friends—is a starship pilot for the Academy of Science and Technology, circa 2200 AD. It seems that faster-than-light space travel (“superluminal” [Read More...]

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