Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: First Light: Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time

Another astronomy book, another female scientist author. What’s the significance of this tome? Emma Chapman ponders the very first stars in the universe, before the sun first shone, and long before every star we see came into existence. First Light … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land

A book about books. A short book. I’ll recommend it. Several years ago, I had a few posts on this author. Her novels about time travelling historians are great, though I think Blackout/All Clear would have benefitted from tight editing. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Fall of Gondolin

The forthcoming series on the Amazon behemoth has caught my attention. I would have been excited beyond attention in my high school days, when I read the published J.R.R. Tolkien books a few times. These days, maybe I feel a … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Science Fiction Big and Small

In home quarantine, I’ve had a chance to catch up on some reading. I had seen some good reviews of Chris Paolini’s To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. It’s an enormously long read, a unique blend of military science fiction … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Bird King

Readers here know that I perk up with the mention, and especially the practice of religion in the fiction I read. How do authors and their characters approach God? How does it affect the narrative of the story?  The Bird … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Raven Tower

I think one or two of the readers here might be interested in this book. As it progresses, it answers many questions. I can think of three important to me: who or what are the pagan gods that inhabit this … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Beatles 100

Since the pandemic, I’m getting most of my library books online–libby or kindle app. It’s not an optimal reading experience, but I’m finding I don’t always have time for that library trip. I’m also finding the shelves at the libraries … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Death

When this volume shipped in over twenty years ago, a parishioner commented, “What kind of book is that?” Gone are the days of spiral binding from this series, alas. The “traditional” bookbinding they print these days doesn’t hold up as … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Binti

For at least a month, this novella has been on my tag list for online borrowing. It finally popped up “available” a few days ago. According to my app, it took me fifty minutes to read it. I sent it … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Women In Astronomy

Books by women astronomers haven’t exactly been on a bookshelf in my home–I’ve been reading them on my phone. It’s not a withdrawal from a pandemic world as much as the delightfully wide access my e-card gives me to libraries … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The author’s premise is not new. Bill Murray explored it with a groundhog in Pennsylvania. That flick was inspired by Ken Grimwood’s Replay, a novel I would recommend for the personal examination of living a life over and over. Catherine … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Piranesi

Well, that was a fabulous read: Piranesi. One review cited the Stockholm Syndrome when discussing this book. I didn’t get that misreading of this novel. The reader joins a childlike first person narrator in a fantastical world that consists of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Overstory

I can’t remember who recommended this Richard Powers’ novel, but I’m glad for the opportunity to read it. Nine main characters are introduced in the first third of the book in brief biographies and a few family histories. Their connection … Continue reading

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First Books

I have no memory of what must have been my first childhood books. I do remember my mother subscribing to a book club, and I found the Dr Seuss tomes and other volumes a bit too childish for my six- … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Ten Thousand Doors Of January

Isn’t it a marvel to roll the dice on a first-time novelist and read something great? The title character (a young woman, not a month) surfaces in circa 1900 America with an ability to notice doors to other universes. What … Continue reading

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