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...]

Fathers and Sons and Rembrandt

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The Return of the Prodigal Son c. 1669 Oil on canvas, 262 x 206 cm The Hermitage, St. Petersburg via Web Gallery of Art This is a very long but moving passage from The Father’s Tale by Michael O’Brien. I quite liked it and think it gives a good representation of what I liked in [Read More...]

In which we learn about the Duke of Ch’in, after which Master Li and Number Ten Ox try to get rich quick.

Bridge of Birds is back in Episode 178 of Forgotten Classics. Get it while it’s hot! [Read more...]

Gil Chesterton, Herb Wells, and a Whole Lotta Steampunk: Reviewing “The Emperor of North America” by John McNichol

Since I posted the review of the first book in the series yesterday, I’m following up with this review of the second book, although I read it first. I recommend both! The Emperor of North America by John McNichol If Gilbert Chesterton and Herb Wells were best friends in a steampunk universe when they were [Read More...]

Martians Attack and Only Gil Chesterton Can Save Us! Reviewing “The Tripods Attack!” by John McNichol

The Tripods Attack! by John McNichol I read the second book of this series first because the initial book, The Tripods Attack!, was being reprinted at the time. However, I recently received Tripods where we are introduced to a steampunk world in which young Gilbert Chesterton, recently orphaned, went from his home in Minnesota and [Read More...]

More Best Book Lists

Sherry at Semicolon is opening up her comments as usual on a Saturday, except that today she’s inviting people to link to their 2011 Best Book Lists. Which I did, natch! AND she’s adding recommendations for the readers in the comments. Now that’s a blogger who understands community … and reading! Check it out at [Read More...]

What I’m Reading (and what you should read too): Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle My rating: 4 of 5 stars I could have sworn I’d read this before as I remember reading quite a few of L’Engle’s nonfiction books before. But it doesn’t ring a bell when I flip through it. Regardless, L’Engle has a beautifully reflective style [Read More...]

What I’m Reading: Permanent Californians

Permanent Californians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of California by Judi Culbertson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I think I remember reading this long ago from our library, which no longer has a copy. Maybe I’m the only one who ever read it. At any rate, I love the Permanent Parisians and Permanent [Read More...]

2011 Best Books List

Best to me, of course, not definitively “best,” which is impossible to say. This was the year I was not going to do a “best of” list. Not. going. to. Done and done. And then The Anchoress challenged me and put her own book list up. Plus she put Brandon Vogt’s 2011 book list link [Read More...]

In which Hans Christian Andersen’s soldier proves his mettle in various adventures.

Another Forgotten Tale from Joseph, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, is ready for your listening pleasure at Forgotten Classics! [Read more...]


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