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Smith of Wootton Major
The most underappreciated of Tolkien's works and by my estimation his best. If you take to heart "On Fairy Stories" it could be argued that this small ...more
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May 26, 2009
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
Entertaining & a fun glimpse into something we don't see much these days -- boy's culture. Any male who has been permitted in this time of fear an ...more
Jul 11, 2009
Jun 11, 2009
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
Berkleyan meditations on the relationship of perception to reality. Some may wonder whether Dick was on drugs when writing much of his fiction -- no n ...more
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Jun 11, 2009
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Excellent. The primary shortcoming is that Postman is looking for the integration of knowledge that only religion can provide, but because of the prej ...more
Jun 17, 2010
May 29, 2010
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Best book on media ecology. Shows us why we know so little, but with such confidence! Someone needs to get a grant to study what we already know -- th ...more
Jun 03, 2010
May 29, 2010
A Place on Earth
A book about loss and consolation. Berry's vision is profoundly Christian -- here is a man who longs for the redemption of creation. He's deeply disap ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
2010 ABNA Quarterfinalist 11
A nice review from one of the judges of the competition. Morty didn't win, but he made it to the quarter-finals.
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Sep 04, 2010
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
For those with eyes to see -- an excellent corrective to the excesses and absurdities of the Harry Potter thing.
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Jul 12, 2010
The Rage against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith
Interesting -- Christopher's brother. I hope his reasoning is better than Christopher's, otherwise it won't help.
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May 19, 2010
Nightshade City (Nightshade Chronicles, #1)
Hi Hilary,

Here are the thoughts of my daughter Hannah on Nightshade City. (She's eleven)

"I love Nightshade City (as my dad has already told you). I l
Aug 18, 2010
May 06, 2010
In Tune With The World
Marvelous--would that Pieper were better appreciated here in the US and elsewhere.
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
What's Wrong with the World
Marvelous -- right up there with Christopher Lasch's, Haven in a Heartless World and Huxley's, Brave New World. Obviously very different in many repec ...more
Oct 23, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)
The pronouns: "he" and "she" are nice. Would have been nice to see them more often.
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Sep 06, 2009
Ahhh, the French wit -- biting, urbane, and utterly committed to himself.
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May 24, 2009
The Essential Russell Kirk: Selected Essays
Just finished the essay on the "Moral Imagination". Enjoying it.
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Aug 05, 2010
The Art of Worldly Wisdom
Subtle, profound, wise to the point of being unnerving.
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Jan 02, 2011
The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate
Excellent treatment of Genesis One -- some things I knew, I learned some too. Too bad the problem with Creationists is that they don't know how to rea ...more
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May 02, 2011
Brave New World
We live in this world.
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Jan 10, 2011
100 Cupboards  (100 Cupboards, #1)
On chapter 4 and enjoying the story.
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
Undone By Easter: Keeping Preaching Fresh
About a third of the way. Excellent read, as usual with Willimon. @ 90% I agree with.
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Feb 16, 2010
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
Enjoyable read if you like mental bubble-gum (I do). I've never thought of the series as aspiring to more. But that's fine. Candy is part of a wellrou ...more
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May 14, 2009
Really well done, learned, fairminded, insightful.
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Mar 29, 2010
Status Anxiety
Nice overview, insightful. The only shortcoming is the latitudinarian and subjectivist gloss. Clearly Botton is a secularist -- but if the realities h ...more
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Apr 21, 2010
Jayber Crow
A book to weep over. A man's book that any woman could enjoy.
Jul 07, 2010
Jun 12, 2010
The Architecture of Happiness
Four and a half stars. Beautiful prose in many places. Particularly insightful in deliniating the connections between what we value and how it is expr ...more
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Oct 03, 2009
The Wind in the Willows
Wonderfully evocative stuff. transports me to a time when people saw beneath the surface of things. Already in the person of Toad we see the ridiculou ...more
Dec 28, 2009
Dec 20, 2009
The Court of the Air (Jackelian, #1)
Sorry, Stephen, couldn't finish.
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Nov 17, 2009
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
Marvelous and ambitious. Technically quite good. Why not 5 stars? There's something missing I can't put my finger on. I'm going to read the sequel -- ...more
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Sep 03, 2010
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
The influences of Montaigne and Schopenhauer become clearer with each reading of Alain de Botton. Enjoyable prose, just on the verge of too snide for ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
The Vermont Monster Guide
Got this book at the New England Independent Booksellers Association convention signed by Stephen Bissette (the illustrator). Lots of fun.
Dec 20, 2009
Oct 09, 2009
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