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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It’s the end of the world. Do you choose the Dark Man or Mother Abigail?

Scott and I discuss that classic tale of good versus evil, The Stand by Stephen King, at A Good Story is Hard to Find. [Read more…]

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Why We Get Fat

Seven or eight years ago, my doctor told me I need to lose a whole lot of weight. She put me on a low carb diet, and I lost 70 pounds. I kept it off for a while, but eventually I got tired of dieting, and over the last three years I’d put 40 of [Read More…]

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Odd Apocalypse

Odd Apocalypse is the latest Odd Thomas novel by Dean Koontz. For those unfamiliar with this series I would recommend Julie’s nice introductory post to this interesting  character and what marks this as distinctive from most of Koontz’s books.  Dean Koontz has said in the past that he gets more mail about this character than [Read More…]

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In which Oleron investigates the unnatural happenings.

The finale of The Beckoning Fair One at Forgotten Classics. [Read more…]

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Walking with God: A Bible Study I Heartily Recommend

I picked up a copy of Walking with God: A Journey through the Bible, by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins, for a couple of reasons. First, someone raved about it on national radio. Second, I’ve been feeling this tug to study Scripture in more depth, but time and time and time seem to be the big challenges [Read More…]

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The Far West

Over the last week I read the family Patricia C. Wrede’s latest, The Far West, which is the third (and, apparently, final) volume in the series that began with The Thirteenth Child and Across the Great Barrier; and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. I read the last fifth of book on Saturday evening, and my voice was beginning to [Read More…]

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The Directed Reader

One excellent thing about the social networking experience regarding books is that my reading queue is being filled with a wider range of books along with being a higher quality. This was certainly not true for most of my life.  Since my father was a SF fan along with other varied interests it was his [Read More…]

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Free Jack Vance ebook!

Jack Vance is not only a great sf writer, but a great American writer. He started out writing fairly standard pulp adventure sf (albeit very clever and well-written pulp), but over the years, his eccentric writing style, biting view of human nature, humor, and skill at building strange new worlds became more and more important, [Read More…]

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Joss Whedon and Much Ado About Nothing

Including Nathan Fillion …. finally, Shakespeare I can’t wait to see! (Yes, Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion are what it takes to make that happen. So sue me.) It’s debuting at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Tor.com has photos. [Read more…]

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