Modern Hagiography: Andrew M. Seddon’s Celtic Paths

A new volume in Andrew Seddon’s Saints Alive! series makes the stories of a dozen Celtic saints come alive.Continue readingModern Hagiography: Andrew M. Seddon’s Celtic Paths

Ruminating on The Father’s Tale

Good readers know that books often need time to be digested before we can derive the greatest pleasure from them. The Father’s Tale, by Michael D. O’Brien may be one of these.Continue readingRuminating on The Father’s Tale

Review: Ad Limina, by Cyril Jones-Kellett

Cyril Jones-Kellett’s Catholic science fiction novel, Ad Limina, shows us where our own world might be headed and raises questions about cultural trends of our own day.Continue readingReview: Ad Limina, by Cyril Jones-Kellett

Review: Andrew Seddon’s Saints Alive!

Andrew Seddon’s short stories bring alive saints of the early Church, many of whom have faded from our collective memory. Recommended: Saints Alive! New Stories of Old Saints, by Andrew M. Seddon.Continue readingReview: Andrew Seddon’s Saints Alive!

The Hunger Games Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth

After enjoying the first Hunger Games movie, I tried the original book trilogy and found them to be uninspiring and unrelentingly dreary.Continue readingThe Hunger Games Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth

An Odd and Endearing Protagonist

Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas character is unusual not only for his paranormal gifts but for his sense of responsibility toward his fellow man — even the dead ones.Continue readingAn Odd and Endearing Protagonist

The Fellowship of the Book

T. M. Doran’s new novel, Toward the Gleam, is both an homage to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and a gripping tale in its own right. No Tolkien or Inklings fan should fail to read this book. Continue readingThe Fellowship of the Book

Review: Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Début

Catholic Philosopher Chick asks the question: can a woman be feminine and respected for her intelligence, too?Continue readingReview: Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Début

Apocalypse and Alternate History

In 1907, popular Catholic novelist Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson looked forward to a dystopia much like our own day, in Lord of All. His later book, Dawn of All, presents a dream of what the world might be if it abandoned modernist ideology and submitted to the Church.Continue readingApocalypse and Alternate History

Mysteries of Ancient Rome: A Bumbling Medic

Another murder mystery series set in the ancient Roman world: Ruth Downie’s light-hearted Medicus stories show the contrast between the Latin and the Celtic cultures.Continue readingMysteries of Ancient Rome: A Bumbling Medic

If Books Were Snow-Cones

Even devotees of “great literature” sometimes indulge in tasty but less nutritious fare. The novels of Martha Grimes and Clive Cussler make a fun “amuse bouche” in between helpings of more substantial fare.Continue readingIf Books Were Snow-Cones

More Recent Reading: Madeleine L’Engle’s “Dragons in the Waters”

I enjoy the way Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult stories create a sensation of metaphysical mystery in which we are all caught up.Continue readingMore Recent Reading: Madeleine L’Engle’s “Dragons in the Waters”