Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Discovering Your Dream

A staff colleague recommended this book, subtitled “How Ignatian Spirituality Can Guide Your Life.” I had a four-week course on the Spiritual Exercises last summer. Jesuit Gerald Fagin’s book won’t take you that long to read–you’ll get a good summary and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Causal Angel

The final book of Hannu Rajaniemi’s science fiction trilogy was top of my bedside bookshelf for the past few weeks. Last Fall I read the first two books, which I reviewed here and here. The main character develops through this … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Coming Home

I returned to a familiar pair of characters in Jack McDevitt’s latest novel, Coming Home. There are six other books in this series that feature archeologist Alex Benedict and his faithful pilot and narrator Chase Kolpath. It’s somewhat rare to … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: My Real Children

What if? Many of us look back on our lives and wonder about a pivotal moment. What if we went to that school instead of this one, took this job instead of that one? Turned left instead of right? What … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Dark Eden

Lacking the support of modern infrastructure in a fully-developed society–this is a common theme in science fiction that a stranded colony will regress if abandoned by Earth or lost to them. The idea has been visited many times by many authors. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Psychohistorical Crisis

This seems to be a running theme in my leisure reading these days: dissatisfaction. That might mean I either could write my own novel, or I could give up on everything but Ignatian spirituality. Other good authors have tackled Isaac … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is not your usual science fiction author. Like others, she pops a big idea into her stories, then see where it leads the characters. In almost everything I’ve read from her, she looks deep within the person and explores … Continue reading

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