Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Close to the Heart

Margaret Silf, the English author and spiritual director, has a loyal following among those steeped in Ignatian spirituality. And no surprise: she is in demand as a retreat director and workshop speaker. From what I’ve read of her prose, I’ve … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Republic of Thieves

I’ve waited seven years to continue reading Scott Lynch and his series begun here and continued here. After an author’s long hiatus The Republic of Thieves emerges as the third book in a seven-book series. Like installments one and two, it is engrossing. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Burning Paradise

Robert Charles Wilson was one of my favorite authors about twenty years ago. I’ve found his more recent books less edifying than those from his early career. Those nominating him for awards don’t seem to differentiate. He exploded into top-shelf science … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Dreams of Other Worlds

This is a good tome if you are looking for well-written astronomy books that are comprehensible to the average intelligent reader. (I’m thinking people who are or were comfortable with high school-level science.) Each chapter is devoted to one space mission, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: V-S Day

When I was a kid, I didn’t think the space program was going fast enough, so I invented my own. Crewed missions, observatories, planetary exploration–most everything I thought was missing. Because of all that, I feel quite sympathetic to an … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Old Man’s War

My readers here may be surprised with this dip into military science fiction. John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is neither a walk in the park nor a mindless kowtow to the gods of war. It’s a well-regarded book, especially by fans, nearly … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Naked, And You Clothed Me

I’m on the fence about books of homilies. A confession: I wrote for a homily service for several years back in the 90’s. I was given three assignments each quarter, and I tried my best with them. But toward the … Continue reading

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