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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 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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Book Review: Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino This is an odd book, but it’s an odd book in the best possible way.  Set in the past, specifically during the time of Marco Polo and his travels to the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan … Continue reading

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Book Review: Why Read The Classics?

Why Read The Classics?, by Italo Calvino As is often the case with writers, Italo Calvino was both the writer of classic works as well as a reader and a literary critic of them as well.  These three roles of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Night; Dawn; The Accident: A Trilogy

Night; Dawn; The Accident:  A Trilogy, by Elie Wiesel In reading some reviews to this book after I had finished reading it for myself, I noticed that many people had a hard time placing this particular trilogy in that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fall Of Gondolin

The Fall Of Gondolin, by J.R.R. Tolkien It is striking that such an important subject in the lore of the Silmarillion was only explored once.  For all of Tolkien’s voluminous writing, he only ended up inside the city of Gondolin … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fall Of Arthur

The Fall Of Arthur, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien I must admit that while I liked this book a great deal, reading this book made me ponder something about the way that the fragmentary writings of the dead … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tree And Leaf

Tree And Leaf, Including The Poem Mythopoeia, by J.R.R. Tolkien This book is one whose genre is difficult to tell.  To be sure, the writings in this book are all connected by a theme, namely fantasy as a genre and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lay Of Aotrou & Itroun

The Lay Of Aotrou & Itroun, by J.R.R. Tolkien I’m not sure how I feel about this book.  The poem at the heart of this book is compelling, to be sure, but it doesn’t really feel as if the poem … Continue reading

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