Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Daughter of Eden

Count me as an admirer of author Chris Beckett. The third in his Eden series has been on my bookshelf for some days. It’s a good conclusion to the good work begun in Dark Eden (reviewed here) and continued in … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Planet Factory

When I was a boy, I read of Peter van de Kamp‘s insistence on having discovered two planets in orbit around Barnard’s Star, a small red orb in our galactic neighborhood. The promise was that being so “close” to us–a … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Wall Of Storms

The second book of Ken Liu’s fantasy epic has alternated between my bookshelf and my hands for the past week. It came out fourteen months ago, but since this isn’t a book blog as such, readers get my literary reviews … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Moon And The Other

John Kessel has crafted an enjoyable, thought-provoking read here. The premise: thirteen decades into the future, the moon is peopled by a few dozen colonies. Two feature in this novel. One self-presents as a free Muslim society, but reads a … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Benedict Option IV

Gaining momentum, Rod Dreher devotes the last three chapters of his book to two favorite topics for everyone: sex and technology. With regard to the former, it’s all the arguments about sex outside of heterosexual marriage from the culturewar. No … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Benedict Option III

Rod Dreher’s middle chapters on liturgy and community make the most sense to me. Once he gets out of politics, his thinking and the writing that represents it gets clearer. Liam’s comment brings it together for me: When Rod steps … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Benedict Option II

I made it through the second fifty pages since my last post on this book. Chapter Three involves a visit to an Italian Benedictine monastery. I find it curious that Mr Dreher would choose to cross the Atlantic to detail … Continue reading

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