Old Versus New: Middle Eastern Food

I have been reading Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon by Claudia Roden. It is fine as it goes with introductory pages for each country, sumptuous photography and exotic recipes. However, I was left cold as somehow I didn’t feel Ms. Roden’s personality shining through. If one wants a cookery manual, this is [Read More...]

Time Travel Made Easy (Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett)

JOHNNY AND THE BOMB (book 3 of the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy) by Terry Pratchett In my favorite of the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, Johnny crosses paths with Mrs. Tachyon, a bag lady who also is a time traveller. He and his friends travel back to WWII in their town with the predictable changing of time that [Read More...]

Days of the Dead (Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett)

JOHNNY AND THE DEAD by Terry Pratchett (book 2 of the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy) Twelve year old Johnny Maxwell is cutting through the cemetery one day with a friend when he knocks on the door of a tomb and the inhabitant answers the door. Johnny is the only one with the unique ability to wake [Read More...]

Space Aliens Unite (Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett)

ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND (Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, book 1) by Terry Pratchett The Johnny Maxwell books are not Terry Pratchett’s usual Discworld books. They are set in a very ordinary run down town in England, centering around Johnny Maxwell and his three friends. Johnny, whose parents are going through Trying Times, is playing his [Read More...]

Urban Fantasy of the Finest Kind: Reviewing “War for the Oaks” by Emma Bull

Eddi reminded herself that this was not the only bass player in Minneapolis. The ads hadn’t even appeared yet. “Ahhhh … listen,” she said at last. “I’m not sure you … that this is a good idea.” And he raised his eyes from his bass just enough to look at her. His eyes were more [Read More...]

Like a Marriage Retreat in a Book: Reviewing For Better, For Worse, For God

… becoming one flesh means more than a physical union. Genesis says that God created man and woman to become one body. The Hebrew word for body or “flesh,” refers to the physical body for sure, but it encompasses much more. Body includes the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. We’re called to be united [Read More...]

Audio Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, narrated by Jim Dale

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Everyone knows this story. I read this aloud to the girls, long ago, when it first came out. In fact, it was handy having the series coming out as it did. We read along with each book. Harry’s world got more complex as he grew older [Read More...]

Brief Review: Truth & Life New Testament audio Bible

I was fascinated by the fact that the Truth & Life New Testament has an imprimatur from the Vatican and wanted a way to listen to the Bible on the way to work in snippets, a chapter at a time. This was the perfect answer, as I discovered, and money well spent. I listened to [Read More...]

Mystery on an International Level: Reviewing Mystery at Geneva

I’m away from the blog, but the reviews carry on in my absence! Mystery at Geneva: An Improbable Tale of Singular Happenings by Macaulay, Rose, Dame Henry Beechtree, a newspaper correspondent for the British Bolshevist, is covering the latest otherwise sleepy session of the League of Nations in Geneva, when the newly elected President – [Read More...]

Reviewing The Father’s Tale by Michael O’Brien

He was losing all affection for Russia. It was a crazy country, full of crazy people. At any moment, crazy things came out of nowhere and ran over the unsuspecting traveler, shot him with an arrow or shook him like a pea in a tin can. Moreover, he realized that he had left behind at [Read More...]


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