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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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On My Bookshelf: Math in 100 Key Breakthroughs

Richard Elwes’ book is my new favorite … of 2014. Math in 100 Key Breakthroughs is something of a coffee table book–I almost missed it because it was stashed at the bottom of the new book shelf at the public … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Simple Dreams

I confess an indulgence for musician biographies. Especially rock artists. So I think I enjoyed Linda Ronstadt’s “musical memoir,” Simple Dreams, well enough. The writing early on caught me as highly thoughtful, and revealing of a deep intelligence and discerning heart. … Continue reading

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Kindling the Greatship

I was surprised to find a published collection of Robert Reed’s older Greatship stories. I’ve blogged about this fine author before: his decent novels and his superior shorter fiction, like here. I saw the Kindle edition greatly discounted, so I … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Five Billion Years of Solitude

Lee Billings has written a very worthy first book, one of the best science volumes I have ever read. This young science journalist manages to describe the search for life in the universe with intelligence–but unburdened by technical details. One … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Ignatian Humanism

I’ve just finished this inspirational book by theologian Ronald Modras. It’s taken me about six weeks, but don’t let that guide your possible opinion of the work. This is a book that has accompanied me during my online experience of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Milky Way

William Waller’s book is subtitled “An Insider’s Guide.” One might think that from inside a galaxy we know quite a bit about our own. And we do. Much of it has come in the fairly recent past. But inside doesn’t … Continue reading

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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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