The Gargoyle Code & Other Fun – What to Read this Lent

I’m reminded that Lent is around the corner, and that means you want a book to read.  I put together this list in 2012, and looking back every one of these titles remains a top pick of mine.  I’ve added a few updates to my comments.  Good books just don’t get outdated.  They don’t.  Enjoy! [Read More...]

They Crept In: Latest Review Books On My “To Read” Stack

I have been trying hard to have a different attitude toward review books. Like any blogger who gets free books (free books! calloo callay!) it is easy to go overboard, commit to more reading time than there are hours in the day, and take everything offered whether or not you are suited to the style. [Read More...]

Stop what you’re reading. Get this book. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion My rating: 5 of 5 stars You know it’s an unusual book when your mother forces you to read it by threatening you with guilt at her deathbed if you don’t try it. (Ahem. Not that I’ve left any of my mother’s book suggestions lingering too long on my [Read More...]

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir My rating: 4 of 5 stars Astronaut Mark Watney is marooned on Mars after a freak dust storm literally blows him away from his crewmates. Thinking he’s dead, the mission is scrubbed and the rest of the crew head back to Earth. Mark hopes to survive until the next NASA [Read More...]

Papal Economics, Anyone?

Hey book reading public, I’m working through my review copy of Papal Economics, and I could really use a discussion group. Anyone interested? Here’s the scoop: 1. It’s a good book. As analyses of the intersection between history, economic theory, papal encyclicals, and political ideology go, it’s eminently readable. I’m a good ways in, and [Read More...]

With Design this good I almost don’t care about a story: S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

S. by J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst I can’t rate this book yet because I just got it home from the library and took a good look at it. That “good look” took me 15 delighted minutes. Why so long? Because this “1949″ book, perfectly designed in the style of the time, has a correspondence going [Read More...]

Answering Atheism

In the aftermath of the slew of books by the so-called new atheists there has been a wealth of material in book-form in reply. Of the several books I have read they have all provided good material in answering atheism. The main weakness of the majority of the books I have read regarding atheism in [Read More...]

I Don’t Want to be a Hoo-er!* by Elizabeth Scalia

Awkward social moments on the internet, Episode #397. You get a Christmas gift book in the mail, utterly unexpected.  From your editor.   It arrives just when you’ve made a cup of coffee and have ten minutes to do nothing at all.  You open to a random page, get sucked in, read a chapter.  Flip flip [Read More...]

The Bells of Nagasaki by Takashi Nagai

The Bells Of Nagasaki by Takashi Nagai My rating: 5 of 5 stars After reading A Song For Nagasaki about Takashi Nagai, I thought it would be good to at least try Nagai’s first and most famous book. It begins on the morning that the bomb is dropped on Nagasaki. I was interested to see [Read More...]

The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly

The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly My rating: 5 of 5 stars I saw this trilogy has been bundled for the Kindle and realized just how many years it had been since I’d read this book, which I used to reread all the time. It begins with a wonderful premise. What if you’ve [Read More...]