The Book J.R.R. Tolkien Read to His Children: Snergs

Pssst! All fans of The Hobbit! And lovers of fantasy, in general… My latest offering for “Project Kaitlyn” (stories for my niece) is an unabridged reading of The Marvellous Land of Snergs (1927) by E.A. Wyke-Smith, which J.R.R. Tolkien read to his children and acknowledged as a sourcebook for his The Hobbit. This is a [Read More…]

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4 Things Science Fiction Needs to Bring Back

Beginning with optimism. A great list from Cracked.com. Keep in mind that this is Cracked and they will use offensive language. Count on it. Still, it is a great list and perhaps the reason why I still enjoy listening to old science fiction from LibriVox. It’s usually got those four things. [Read more…]

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The Thrawn Trilogy

When Scott Danielson over at SFFAudio.com reviewed the 20th Anniversary Edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn I made it my next pick from Audible. With Scott I was quite impressed with Marc Thompson narration and the book was more like a radio dramatization then the regular run of audiobooks. The [Read More…]

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Requiescat in Pace Harry Harrison

Sad news this morning as we mourn the passing of one of the greats of science fiction, Harry Harrison. Harrison, 87, was best known as the author of Make Room! Make Room! (the basis for the film Soylent Green), for the Deathworld novels, and for his twelve novels about Slippery Jim DeGriz, the Stainless Steel [Read More…]

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Book Giveaway! “The Right to Be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion in America”

… Ask either faction whether it believes religious liberty is a human right and you’ll get a passionate, tub-thumping — mostly hypocritical — speech in favor of the idea. That’s because religious freedom is so familiar, so American a concept that nobody can really admit to opposing it. That would be like opposing apple pie. [Read More…]

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Recent Reads, Twitter Style

I did this a while ago at my place, and since my to-do list is longer than my arm and I’ve taken to referring to myself as a one-armed paper-hanger, I thought I’d use it here, too. The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard by Andreas Widmer [Read More…]

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The Apocalypse Codex

A couple of weeks ago I read Charles Stross’ latest, The Apocalypse Codex, and I’ve kind of been sitting on it every since. It’s the next book in the Bob Howard/Laundry Files series that began with The Atrocity Archive, a series that is an delightful mash-up of Lovecraftian horror, computer science geekery, and classic espionage. I’ve thoroughly [Read More…]

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Review: Holiness for Everyone by Eric Sammons

Friendship has a powerful impact on people’s behavior. Parents often worry that their children will succumb to “peer pressure,” implicitly acknowledging the power that friends can have on someone’s life. Children aren’t the only ones influenced in this way — adults, too, allow their personalities and choices to be shaped by the company they keep. [Read More…]

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The Stand and The Dark Tower

As is always the case there was a nice discussion on the “A good story is hard to find” podcast with Julie and Scott.  For those unaware of this wonderful podcast they discuss:  about books, movies and traces of “the One Reality” they find there. I always get a lot out of their discussions and [Read More…]

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Win a Catholic book!

This falls under “shameless self-promotion,” but as Julie gave me her blessing, I’m sharing it here anyway. Over at my place, I’ve started a weekly giveaway that has two good-looking Catholic books in it this week. One of them is a book I read on vacation and reviewed in brief right here at the HC Bookshelf, The [Read More…]

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