Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Wizard of Earthsea

by Ursula K. Leguin

First read in February 2008.

Check it out.
LibraryThing link


Sunday, February 21, 2016

A History of Christian Education

by James E. Reed and Ronnie Prevost

Usually I'm the one to bring history books into our home library, but this time my wife did the honors. Actually, now that I think about it, she's bought a couple of history books over the last few years. Guess I've been a good influence. Anyway, the title of the book describes it pretty well. Starting with the educational traditions that preceded and would influence Christian education, Dr. Provost and Rev. Reed look at how the church has taught her members through the years, highlighting the influential people and movements. It focuses on the Western church, as so many church history books do. It was a somewhat light, enjoyable read, though I did find the later chapters less enlightening. I don't know if it was because the focus shifted more towards individuals than overall movements or if there was just less of a historical perspective to give a comfortable narrative. Either way, it would be worth your time to check it out.

LibraryThing link


Saturday, February 20, 2016


by Jon Duckett

On the recommendation of my employer I've started to bone up on my meagre web design skills. I went about looking for books on HTML, Javascript and the like and, among others, found this volume. It's a basic introduction to web coding. The design is very clean and very visual, simply explaining and demonstrating each part of HTML and CSS. My first love is still Elizabeth Castro's HTML books, but I wouldn't fault anyone for preferring Mr. Duckett's work. A very good reference indeed.

Check it out.
LibraryThing link


Saturday, February 06, 2016

Beat to Quarters

by C. S. Forester

First read in January 2013

It was the first of times, it was the sixth of times... Hmmm, that doesn't sound all that clever now that I've typed it out. Anyway, in reading through the chronological order of the story of Horatio Hornblower, I have once again read the first novel written by Mr. Forester. Once again I was impressed by a story where the man of action does more than just beat the bad guys. Captain Hornblower has to deal with politics, with supplying his ship thousands of miles from his home port, and with the various people aboard his ship. (one more than the rest, if you know what I mean.)(Well, read the book and you will.) All in all, it makes an entire world in which to escape.

Keeping it on my shelf.
LibraryThing link

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