Reviewing “Zone One” by Colson Whitehead

Zone One by Colson Whitehead My rating: 1 of 5 stars Well, well. Proof positive that a zombie novel can be made yawningly boring. Colson Whitehead has all the requisite apocalyptic-survivor-zombie elements but chooses to mash together flashbacks and current action with so much thinking and reflection that he manages to turn it all into [Read More...]

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Bloggers, Zombies, and Conspiracy … Again: Deadline by Mira Grant

Deadline by Mira Grant My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’d probably never have picked up this book. I was perfectly happy with how Feed ended and had no interest in a story being told by Shaun, instead of by George. Also, the mystery was so easy to solve in Feed that I didn’t hold [Read More...]

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I’ll Be Speaking at the International Bloggers’ Summit, August 31

The International Bloggers’ Summit is the last day of the 2012 Catholic New Media Conference. I got my proposal to speak in just before their deadline and … woohoo! … I’ll one of the seven spots they have. I’d say seven bloggers, but some of the talks feature more than one person. Be sure to [Read More...]

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Julie and Scott recorded this podcast… someday, maybe, Coraline and a nameless cat will come save them both.

In the meantime, we’ll discuss Neil Gaiman’s novella for children at A Good Story is Hard to Find. [Read more...]

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads via Awesome People Reading [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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