In which the reason for murder is revealed and Master Li tells a story.

We return to the hilarious Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart, a fantasy of ancient China that never was, at my podcast, Forgotten Classics. [Read more...]

When the Fine Art of Storytelling Goes to the Dogs: Reviewing “Hounded” by Kevin Hearne

Hounded by Kevin Hearne My rating: 1 of 5 stars This is my review from SFFaudio. Hounded is the first of a hugely popular YA series, highly recommended by a friend and, luckily for me, available as a review book from SFFaudio. Here’s the brief summary for those who, like me, hadn’t heard of this [Read More...]

Something I’m Reading: Hogfather

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This has long been a favorite of mine and I’m rereading it for the umpteenth time because we’ll discuss it in a couple of weeks on A Good Story is Hard to Find. UPDATE Perhaps it is because I’m nervous about Scott’s reception of this [Read More...]

Book Blogs Featuring General Fiction

We did a lot of talking about books as we hung around the house on Sunday and Rose (youngest daughter) asked if I read any blogs that discuss modern general fiction. She knows my taste is much more genre-oriented. I must admit that science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries do tend to dominate my choices. I [Read More...]

In My Ears: Dracula

Dracula by Bram Stoker My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have read this classic so many times, but mostly when I was younger. A few years ago I listened to the Librivox recording which I greatly enjoyed. Now Heather Ordover at CraftLit is going through the book. She’s recruited people to fill in with [Read More...]

Something I’m Reading Now: The Father’s Tale

Ongoing notes as I read … via Goodreads which is where I comment on these things, both for my memory before doing an actual review and also often just because I wanna. Even if I’m not formally reviewing a book, looking at these notes is interesting in tracking my feelings as I go sometimes. And [Read More...]

In which Joseph acts honorably and is tossed into the clink where everyone has a dream.

Yes, back to Genesis we go in the latest episode of Forgotten Classics. Plus I mention a couple of Christmas podcasts to try out. [Read more...]

Julie and Scott got out of the convenience store just in time! After calling an ambulance, they talked about Tokyo Godfathers …

… , a meaningful Christmas movie from an unlikely source. Hear it all at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

Hello Everyone … and Welcome to My Bookshelf

Here’s the thing. I read all the time. All. the. time. Some of it Catholic. Some of it not. And if that isn’t enough, I talk about what I read all the time. Yes. All. the. time. To everyone. And not all in one place. My big reviews tend to go up at Happy Catholic, [Read More...]

Awesome People Reading

Orlando Bloom tried to read, but he was too sleepy.

Awesome People Reading is just a photo blog on Tumblr but I enjoy the unlikely people who pop up reading books. I feel sure I found this blog via Margaret at ten thousand places. She is a constant source of great stuff to me. I find that I don’t really care about photos of people [Read More...]


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