Busy, frustration, just venting…

Excuses …

I know it’s been a long time since I wrote. And yes, it’s because of procrastination pure and simple. I keep a list of the entries I need to get to and as it grows, my reluctance to catch up on them grows right along with it. I doubt this is surprising to anyone … but I thought it best to just get that said first. I’m tempted to leap ahead, but I [...]

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Folding Time Along the Path

Review: Pathfinder. Orson Scott Card. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible Rating (of 5): 3.4

On the book:

Card’s got another interesting series brewing in Pathfinder. His departure from the normal take on time travel creates a baffling, but enrapturing tale. It’s hard to say just what the toughest piece of the puzzle is to sort out, but suffice it to say that you’ll find yourself thinking and rethinking passages to get it all sorted [...]

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Eustace and the Dragon

Review: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. C.S. Lewis Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (of 5): 4.5

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of my favorite Narnia stories. The redemptive power of the Savior as seen through the changes of Eustace Scrubb (so named because he “almost deserved it”) is perhaps the best illustration of how we change for the better through the power of the Atonement I can think of. The book is too perfectly [...]

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Meet Reepicheep!

Review: Prince Caspian. C. S. Lewis Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (out of 5): 3.5

I like Prince Caspian of course, but for me it really sets up the more advanced understanding of the Gospel: repentance, salvation, and faith in cooperation with the works your faith drives you to. I think it teaches a lot about tolerance, and quite frankly I am baffled as to why loads of folks see Lewis as a marginalizer and biggot, [...]

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Dogs and Racing

Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain. Garth Stein. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible. Rating (out of 5): 3.7

I can’t say that I liked the storyline a whole lot, and car racing is only academically interesting to me, so the thread of Denny’s life didn’t hold me as tight as it might some others, but the idea of writing from the dog’s point-of-view is a good one. Unique perspective on what is [...]

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Evangelists and the Christmas Story

Title: An Adult Christ at Christmas: Essays on the Three Biblical Christmas Stories, Matthew 2 and Luke 2. Fr Raymond E. Brown. Format: Paperback Rating (of 5): 4.0

I am currently working on a presentation on our Savior, Jesus Christ, for the Christmas season. While Fr Brown is not LDS, his insight into the New Testament is second to none. I appreciate his understanding of the cross-references and symbolism employed by the evangelists, and has [...]

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Q & A

Review: Slumdog Millionaire (Q&A). Vikas Swarup. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible. Rating (of 5): 3.9

I have not seen the film inspired by the book, so I have nothing to compare it with. However, since this is a review of the book anyway, it’s not entirely relevant anyway. I really enjoyed this one, and the interaction of what amounts to 13 short stories with intertwining plots is unique and well-done. The pace is not [...]

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Nantucket’s former glory

Review: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. Nathaniel Philbrick. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible. Rating (of 5): 3.5

I attended a lecture several weeks back at UMW as a part of their Great Lives series. Mr. Philbrick was presenting on Custer and Sitting Bull. While the lecture was mildly interesting I was much more intrigued by his background as a yachting and sailing writer and in his National [...]

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Blowin’ but definitely not gone…

Review: Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible. Rating (of 5): 4.0

I guess my rating system for books I read on audio is the amount of extra distance I add to a trip to finish a chapter, or the number of miles-per-hour below the speed limit I drive to ensure I finish the end of a chapter. As I found myself miles past my neighborhood and wandering to the [...]

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