Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Jesuit Saturdays

I’ve spent the last few weeks paging through a collection of essays in William Byron’s slim volume subtitled Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Friends and Colleagues. With widespread fascination (or consternation) with Pope Francis, this book might have some valuable … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun

A few years ago I read Paul McAuley’s The Quiet War and enjoyed it. I didn’t realize that a sequel had come out. A few of them, actually. The immediate follow-up is Gardens of the Sun, which I read earlier … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: On The Razor’s Edge

The first two-thirds of this novel plods along. I didn’t mind because the series started out great and moved along so well. Then, suddenly, pow! A couple of betrayals, and things start really moving fast. Literary whiplash it was, and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Forming Intentional Disciples

Sherry Weddell’s book is making the rounds in a lot of Catholic circles: in parishes (including mine), on Catholic blogs, and among people concerned about evangelization. It’s a good thing that it is. Ms Weddell lays it down hard in … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: In Good Company

I mentioned yesterday that our parish library found itself with an extra copy of James Martin’s first memoir, In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. I see there’s a tenth anniversary edition … Continue reading

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Spiritual Over Speculative

In the second week of the online Ignatian retreat, we are advised to probe more deeply into our stories of faith. It has been a rich experience thus far, unearthing old episodes in my life and looking a bit more … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Strange Gods

Most often, I meet authors through their books, and them amble over to their web sites or blogs. More rarely do I read a book by someone I’ve known first as a blogger. Elizabeth Scalia’s Strange Gods is featured in … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Fractal Prince

Hannu Rajaniemi’s second novel, The Fractal Prince, was an enjoyable a read as his first novel, which I finished up last month. Like that first book, the author disdains giving you those helpings of information that assist you in knowing … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Benediction

I read Kent Haruf’s award-winning Eventide a number of years ago, and wanting to take a break from science non-fiction and fiction, I was drawn into the author’s fictional town of Holt, Colorado. My take on this book is that it’s … Continue reading

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How Does Science Fiction Age?

The week before last, I found Isaac Asimov’s fourth Foundation novel in the university’s library. A good find, as Foundation’s Edge is missing from the public library. One can read the Foundation stories (the five short stories and four novellas … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Parting The Cosmic Veil

Kenneth Lang’s book blends astronomy, art, and history. It’s a unique volume to my experience, and mostly an enjoyable read. Professor Lang looks at five major topics, in five large chapters: Cosmic Vision, War, and Technology Brave New Worlds Motion, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Five Ages of the Universe

I recently reread one of my favorite science books of all time, The Five Ages of the Universe. It confirmed my regard for the writers, Fred Adams and Professor Gregory P Laughlin, and their exploration of the “physics of eternity.” … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Quantum Thief

Hannu Rajaniemi’s 2010 debut novel is not conventional science fiction. He drops the reader into a strange future and he gives only sparing directions on what’s going on. Well, not quite. In the first two chapters, a Weird Idea is … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Neptune’s Brood

The last two sf novels I read were from Scottish authors. This seems to be a pattern. This one was too. Well, Leeds in origin, but Scotland now in residency. There’s a sub-genre of military science fiction that draws and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Night Sessions

The premise behind Ken MacLeod’s award-winning (British Science Fiction Award for Best 2008 Novel) science fiction/mystery is twofold. First, robots have self-awareness and maybe souls. The prologue cites their possible interest in religion and returns to it by the end of … Continue reading

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