Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: A Year With Aslan

A Year With Aslan:  Daily Reflections From The Chronicles Of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis I wanted to like this book more than I actually did.  Perhaps if I had read this book over the course of a year rather than … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Magician’s Book

The Magician’s Book:  A Skeptic’s Adventures In Narnia, by Laura Miller I liked this book better than I feared I would like it but not as much as I would have preferred to like it.  To be sure, I knew … Continue reading

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Book Review: Further Up & Further In

Further Up & Further In:  Understanding C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, by Bruce Edwards As far as textual criticism goes, this book is an enjoyable and brief example.  Yet this book, although it is short, presents some … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes:  Cultural Studies In The Gospels, by Kenneth E. Bailey Although I feel it necessary to say at the outset that I do not agree with all of the author’s comments and I have a different … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dining With Al-Qaeda

Dining With Al-Qaeda:  Three Decades Exploring The Many Worlds Of The Middle East, by Hugh Pope I must admit that the more I read about this book the more unlikeable I found the author and his perspective.  The fact that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tail Wags The Dog

The Tail Wags The Dog:  International Politics And The Middle East, by Efraim Karsh Not everyone is going to like this book, but I loved this book.  The author, himself a scholar of international relations with an Israeli background and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Enemies At Home

Enemies At Home (A Flavia Albia Mystery #2), by Lindsey Davis If the Flavia Albia mystery series is inaugurated with a novel that reflects on the role of gender in dealing with Roman society and its occasional benefits in solving … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ides Of April

The Ides Of April (A Flavia Albia Mystery #1), by Lindsey Davis Because I decided to take up a challenge in Goodreads that involved reading mystery novels, I thought I would try to find some historical mystery novels that I … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Prehistoric Serial Killer And Other Stories

The First Prehistoric Serial Killer And Other Stories, by Teresa Solana One of the thrills of reading good mystery novels (and, as in this case, good short story compilations) is the way that they demonstrate the author’s awareness of a … Continue reading

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Book Review: If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler, by Italo Calvino I might never have read anything by this author had I not seen a blurb for this book in a collection of great books I read over a decade ago.  … Continue reading

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