Review: A Canticle for Liebowitz

Author/Title: Walter Miller. A Canticle for Liebowitz. Format: Paperback. Rating (of 5): 2.8

I think I’ve outgrown the dystopia books to some extent and so it took me a while before I really cottoned on to this one. It shaped up though as a real struggle between moral relativism and grounded, religion-based (in this case a modified Catholic Christian) ethical systems. Played on a repeating stage of holocaust and redemption with an interleaving plot through [...]

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There and Back Again

Title: The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien Format: Audiobook (Unabridged). Rob Inglis, narrator. Rating: 3.9

As always, revisiting the classics brings a little something new to the table and this work with Tolkien’s precursor to the Lord of the Rings is no different. This go round I was especially stuck by the idyllic ideals to which the Hobbits are meant to fasten. Admittedly, Bilbo’s Tookish side drives much of his adventure, but I think the push to [...]

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The Infancy Narratives

Review: The Birth of the Messiah. Raymond E. Brown Format: Paperback. Doubleday, 1979. Rating (of 5): 3.8

Ever since my first religion class at the UNC, I have been interested in the works of Fr Brown. While I definitely do not agree with everything that he has to say, you cannot argue that his exegesis of the New Testament is dedicated, well-reasoned, and impeccably researched. Right now, I am working on a talk regarding the [...]

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On George Fox

Title: The Journal of George Fox. George Fox. Format: Audiobook, Unabridged. Rating (out of 5): 3.1

I’ve had this on my list to read ever since I read James Michener’s Chesapeake. I wanted to understand more about the Friends movement and how it has impacted the development of the nation. Certainly, this was covered in The Kingdom of God in America, but there’s a lot to be said by going to the source. Worth the [...]

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Job and the Tree of Life

Review: The Tree of Life. Terrence Malick. Format: Film. Viewing: Aircraft. UA963 (FRA->IAD). Thanks United. Rating (of 5): 3.0

This is my first Malick film and as I sit here typing this out, about half an hour after having watched it, I think it’s something that I’ll be thinking on for some time. That means it’s a good one. What bothers me, or maybe bothers is the wrong term, “worries” is better. What worries me [...]

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Midnights in Paris…

Review: Midnight in Paris. Woody Allen. Format: Film, 35mm. Rating (of 5): 4.0

First time I’ve reviewed a film in the new format of the blog. I guess this is some honor then. Especially since everyone who knows me would have expected me to do this for one of the Harry Potter films first. I guess while I loved those, I just didn’t feel like I had anything to say until this one. But then [...]

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On The Help

Review: The Help. Kathryn Stockett. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible. Rating (of 5): 4.2

I definitely liked the book. Yeah, I definitely liked it. I had hoped that when I sat down to plunk out the review of it that it would have left me with something profound to say, because I think it is a profound story — if one that comes a little late. But to be honest, I found myself remembering [...]

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Review: The Comedians

Review: The Comedians. Graham Greene. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible. Rating (of 5): 3.1

I have been reading much about the more recent history of Haiti in an effort to try and understand and perhaps even to aid this struggling neighbor. Greene us focused on a narrative during the Papa Doc years and spends much of the time skirting his protagonists around the edges of the Ton Ton Macoute. The story is ok, but [...]

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Review: The Canon of the New Testament

Review: The Canon of the New Testament>. Bruce Metzger. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible. Rating (of 5): 3.5

Metzger’s got a great piece of scholarship which accurately portrays the process (disjointed as it might seem) by which the canon as w have it has come into being. As an LDS member, I tend to add much more to the story in my suppositions, but this is of course not fair to the author and [...]

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