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Dreams Underfoot (Newford, #1)
Charles de Lint seems to do what many New York Times Bestselling authors fail to do; he is able to tell simple (Note: I do not mean simplistic) stori...more
Jun 15, 2008
May 06, 2008
The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters (Tuttle Classics)
Kojiki, or “Records”, is one of the oldest existing documents, besides the Nihongi (Chronicles), which covers the very early history of Japan. It is...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jun 01, 2008
The Day of the Jackal
Guilty pleasures? Got them? Ok, here's mine. I love to read Spy,World War Two thrillers, and techno-thrillers. I especially like the World War Two and...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jul 12, 2008
The Last Ship
I have to admit that William Brinkley's 'The Last Ship' is hard to rate. I I were to have discretion, I would rate this hovering between three and fou...more
May 20, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
What can I say about ‘Tai-Pan’? Is it really a Historical novel? Is it a Alternative History? These are the two questions I keep asking myself while...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
David Brin is one of those hard Science Fiction writers who know the art of writing stories. He has characters that are flesh and blood; he gives goo...more
Mar 29, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
The beginning of this review must not be understated. What have I been missing all these years? Admittedly, this is a first read. And while chucking...more
Apr 19, 2008
Mar 30, 2008

Meshugah is a Yiddish word that can mean crazy, senseless, insane. And that is exactly the right title for this work by the late Issac Bashevis Sing...more
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Aug 21, 2011
All Star Batman And Robin: V. 1 (Booster Gold)
What would the legend of Batman and Robin be like if Quinten Terantino tackled the subject? Perhaps he will never pen a contribution to Bob Kane's fam...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945

Here is one of those unusual times when I'm not sure how to approach as subject, much less write a book review on. It's kind of like the times when i...more
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Aug 21, 2011
Alphabet Of Thorn
Working on the theme of “rich man, poor man”, I am dubbing this work, “rich book, poor book”. I say this with respect to one of the great fantasy/fai...more
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May 11, 2012
Zen Poems of China and Japan: The Crane's Bill
As a writer and student of poetry, I'm often interested in different forms and how they are applied. I have already been exposed to the poetic form o...more
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May 03, 2012
Five Great Catholic Ideas

When I go to my local library, I will get a slip of paper with all my check out information. Then I will double fold it several times and tear strips...more
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Feb 10, 2011
Kajira of Gor (Gor, #19)
The nineteenth installment of John Norman's Gor series can be summed up like the previous eighteen books. As science fiction, it makes it into my bid...more
Apr 06, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
Blind Waves

'Blind Waves', by Steven Gould is reminiscent of the golden age of Science Fiction, that is, rather than being futuristic, it is a work of speculatio...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
Christian Mystics: The Spiritual Heart of the Christian Tradition
Ursula King, professor and head of the department of theology and
religious studies at the University of Bristol in England has written
a a wonderful s...more
Oct 15, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue
Reverend Takayuki Ishii, a United Methodist minister, has written an excellent book on the life and tragic death of Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Sad...more
Aug 07, 2008
Aug 08, 2008
I hope to plan my Augusts in Japan, wherever I might be, to come to either Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or both, for the annual anniversary of the dropping of...more
Aug 05, 2008
Jul 19, 2008
Shinto the Kami Way
Professor Sokyo Ono's 'Shinto: The Way of the Kami' is an outstanding resource over the indigenous Japanese religion of Shintoism. It covers in brief...more
May 05, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
Korean War
Max Hastings book, ‘The Korean War’ is a book that surveys the Cold War conflict between the start of the Korean War on June 25th 1950 to the signing...more
Apr 15, 2008
Mar 20, 2008
The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus & the Truth of the Traditional Gospels
Luke Timothy Johnson, former Benedictine monk and priest, and now Biblical scholar, takes on a critical analysis of the assumptions and scholarship of...more
Apr 13, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
Fitzpatrick's War
I confess to be crazy for narrative technique and experimentation. One of my favorite books of all time is Vladimir Nabokov's 'Pale Fire'. Italio Cal...more
May 02, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
Let's start out by saying that the edition of this book with Michael Whelan's painting (the one I read), is far more appealing and more in line with t...more
May 10, 2008
Apr 20, 2008
Califia's Daughters
Leigh Richards (Pseudonym for Laurie R. King) has done a fairly good job of engaging the topics of gender role reversals and feminist views in this bo...more
Mar 09, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
Auschwitz: A New History
To say that something is made clearer in the attempt to illustrate something as devastating as the destruction of a whole race of people, together wi...more
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Aug 24, 2011
Code to Zero
I have to admit to some repetition on this review. It seems that the same types of issues I had with Steven Gould’s ‘Blind Waves’ I also have with Ke...more
Jun 18, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
Being Right Here: A Dzogchen Treasure Text Of Nuden Dorje Entitled The Mirror Of Clear Meaning
‘Being Right There’, a Dzogchen text with commentary by James Low, is a decent example of the Tibetan tradition. This work, like many other Tibetan s...more
Jun 2009
May 20, 2009
Romeo and Juliet
I must confess that I have not liked this play from the first time I came in contact with it at a performance while a Junior High School student at SC...more
May 17, 2008
May 06, 2008
A Brother's Price
I can't tell if Ms. Spencer's novel is a serious feminist treatment on gender, or simply adolescent fantasy. Perhaps delving too much into John Norman...more
Feb 28, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
The Mystery and Meaning of the Mass
The late Catholic priest, Father Joseph M. Champlin, former Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Syracuse, New York, wrote a great...more
May 18, 2009
May 20, 2009
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