What I’m Reading: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara Normally, historical fiction about the Civil War is not my bag. Aside from Gone With the Wind, which I suppose technically is historical fiction though I have never thought of it as such until this very second as my fingers fly across the keyboard. (What an odd thought that [Read More…]

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E-Books for Africa

I missed the kick-off for this project and I hear tell they’ve already raised a lot of money. But that’s no reason not to join in. We’re all about reading around here and thinking of seminaries without reading materials just plain hurts, right? It is a month-long initiative being promoted by Brandon Vogt who is [Read More…]

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AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: The New Mother by Lucy Clifford

Over at SFFaudio, we discuss the strangely fascinating and yet horrible tale, The New Mother by Lucy Clifford. Which Heather Ordover (CraftLit) reads aloud first so we can all begin on the same page. Or is it horrible? Perhaps it is just intensely clever. That’s what Jesse, Heather and Tamahome think. Me? Listen and find [Read More…]

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My Book-a-licious Birthday

I received some wonderful non-book gifts (Wrath of Khan Director’s Cut DVD, come to mama! And the new crucifix that is now gracing our living room …) but for this crowd, I know that quite often the books are the thing. So let’s take a look … The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop [Read More…]

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Awesome: Marine Corps Professional Reading List

Yes. It exists. “Each Marine is required to read the Commandant’s choice “First to Fight” by LtGen (Ret) V. Krulak. Each Marine shall also read a minimum of one book per grade per year.” (ALMAR 027/11 effective 8 July 2011) With Ender’s Game on it. Or they did when my informant was required to read [Read More…]

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Kindle Fire vs. iPad UPDATED

My husband, Tom, has been given both. (I know. Lucky fella!) I asked him this morning which was better for reading. He said that he uses them interchangeably for nighttime reading. (Which is really the only time he reads for himself and not for work.) He said that his recommendation, for the price, would be [Read More…]

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Zombies and Star Trek: Reviewing Night of the Living Trekkies

Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I remember seeing this book when it came out and then it slipped my mind. Stephen’s review put it squarely back in the middle of my radar. To be fair, Stephen’s reviews are always good reading, but this one was [Read More…]

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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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