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...]

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

I Don’t Want to be a Hoo-er: Essays on Faith, Family and Foolishness by Elizabeth Scalia I enjoyed this little book and read it in one evening. It is a collection of Elizabeth Scalia’s favorite blog posts and columns from over the years. As such, it is a good representation of her writing, including some [Read More...]

A Song for Nagasaki by Paul Glynn

A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai: Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb by Paul Glynn My rating: 5 of 5 stars In 1928 young Takashi Nagai was a medical student at the top of his class. An atheist, he passionately believed that science held the key to the future of [Read More...]

My 2014 Reading Challenge

My 2013 book challenge was really rewarding, making me pick up books I would just keep skipping over in favor of lighter reading. I’m doing it again for the third year in a row. Some books are carried over from last year and some I dropped because … well, I’m not married to these lists. [Read More...]

My Favorite Books (audio) in 2013

My favorite audiobooks from 2013 with descriptions in 10 words or less. In the approximate order in which I heard them. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Classic mystery with unexpectedly hilarious characters. Read by B.J. Harrison at The Classic Tales Podcast, my review here. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Listening to this much-beloved book gave it [Read More...]