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...]

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...]


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