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Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut
This is an Amazon Vine book.

What a mish-mash.

I read to page 130 before this book solidified my thinking about bloggers who write books. They usually n...more
not set
May 03, 2012
Reading this for my book club.


If there is a genre I hate, it is that of addicts telling their life stories ... yes, even when they come out Chri...more
Dec 11, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas, #5)
I love the Odd Thomas books overall. However, what this book showed me above all is that I love the first trilogy of the Odd Thomas books. (Odd Thomas...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
I'm rereading this for an upcoming discussion on SFFaudio. The audiobook which is simply excellent. And it's been simply terrific the second time arou...more
May 16, 2013
May 17, 2013
Code Zero (Joe Ledger, #6)

This is the worthy sequel to Patient Zero.

At one point, Rudy Sanchez says that "this has done something fundamental to the American...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
What becomes very noticeable to me at this point, listening as opposed to reading, is the juxtaposition of the two kings and their hobbit observers. O...more
Feb 08, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It
I can think of an awful lot of people who I'd give this book to:

Christians trying to understand atheists (like a pal of mine who said,...more
May 10, 2014
May 08, 2014
Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm, #1)
Imagine that your world has real elves, dragons, wizards, and all those items necessary for a good fantasy tale. Then imagine that an enterprising per...more
May 30, 2011
May 03, 2011
Little Dorrit (Modern Library Classics)
Casting around for something to listen to but in a weird frame of mind ... I began trying out books read by some of my favorite LibriVox readers, as w...more
Oct 2013
Dec 26, 2012
Countdown City (The Last Policeman, #2)
I liked the audio for the first book in this trilogy so much (The Last Policeman) that upon finishing it I went and picked up this audio for rereading...more
May 26, 2013
May 20, 2013
Cruel Beauty
I was raised to marry a monster.
How's that for a first line?

From that moment we are immersed in a world which has been ripped out of time, suffering a...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
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...more
Apr 16, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
This will be my fourth time reading WWZ, though I think it will probably be more like a high-level skimming since I just finished listening to the aud...more
Jan 02, 2011
Mar 07, 2010
The Martian
I’m pretty much f**ked.

That’s my considered opinion.


Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nig
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
I discovered that Father Robert Barron narrated the audiobook version of Catholicism ... and was able to snag a copy. Having watched the DVDs of the C...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Extinction Machine (Joe Ledger #5)
“So, basically if we keep trying to save the country and maybe the world from a bunch of murderous assholes with outer space weapons, then we're the b
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
Lumen Fidei: Enciclica sulla Fede
Thank you Internet!.

Simply brilliant and sheds light (ha!) on the faith. It might be a good read for those who wonder about the faithful. It explains...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
The Shambling Guide to New York City
We're on chapter 4 as the audiobook comes out week by week on iTunes as a podcast. If you want to hear this audiobook don't wait to download it. Mur L...more
Jul 25, 2013
May 17, 2013
King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
his is going on my 2013 Best list.

A native Ghanan, Peggy was working at the Ghanan embassy in Washington D.C. when she got the call that her uncle, t...more
Feb 2013
Dec 29, 2012
Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Scott Danielson's and my discussion of this book may be found at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast.

My full review is below.

I am a fan of Fa...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
The Wind in the Willows
So you've begun to get really busy at work and you're feeling stressed out.

Then you watched The Sixth Sense (by yourself, after dark) so you can discu...more
Oct 24, 2012
Jul 07, 2010
Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
I can't tell you how many times I've had people ask me, "How can you be a Happy Catholic?" They then go on to cite the problems currently in the Churc...more
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
The Great Movies
I miss Roger Ebert. Even when I disagreed with his online personal journal entries, which happened fairly frequently, I still loved reading him.

Most i...more
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
4:50 from Paddington
I picked this up on Kindle's daily deal sale not long ago. It is just what I needed and I forgot just how easy it is to sink into an Agatha Christie m...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
The Haunting of Hill House
This will be my umpteenth time reading this classic ghost story. Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite authors and this is my choice for October's dis...more
Oct 24, 2013
Mar 08, 2010
A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai: Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb
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 futur...more
Jan 2014
Dec 16, 2013
The Big Book of Adventure Stories
I loved The Big Book of Ghost Stories and when I finished that, Hannah and I traded books (I'd given her this one for Christmas or her birthday, can't...more
Apr 11, 2014
Apr 30, 2013
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)
Rereading this for our discussion at A Good Story is Hard to Find. Also, because I just love it so much. Got the audio version which is good but not s...more
Feb 02, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy #3)
As with the other two books in C.S. Lewis's "space trilogy" I found this one difficult to get into and, yet, once I got past the indefinable point whe...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy #1)
The library had the audio for this and recalling how audio has helped me through other books which left me cold in print (Jonathan Strange & Mr. N...more
Dec 31, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
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