Thursday, February 28, 2019

Up the Line

by Robert Silverberg

Last read in December of 2000.

on my shelf
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Monday, February 25, 2019

Cold Days

by Jim Butcher

Alas, I've reached the point where I need a scorecard for The Dresden Files. Cold Days picks up the story of Harry Dresden as he is recovering from being mostly dead. He is in the world of the faerie, in the court of the Winter Queen. He has taken on the mantle of the Queen's Winter Knight and the story follows his first assignment. Like the rest of the tales of the series, Harry brings a down-to-earth humor to his adventures in the exotic worlds of the supernatural. This book also refers to a number of those previous adventures, recalling old characters that I had frankly forgotten. Despite that handicap, Cold Days was an enjoyable read.

Waiting room material for a chilly day.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hallmarks of Lutheran Identity

by Alvin J. Schmidt

A friend gave me this book and I read it with a bit of trepidation. I've heard Dr. Schmidt speak on a few podcasts and have read some of his articles. We disagree on a few issues and have a bit of a clash in our personalities. I wasn't sure that reading one of his books would be a good idea. On the other hand, I was pretty sure that we could agree on being Lutheran. So...

Well, of course, I did read the book. Dr. Schmidt presents a number of "practices, doctrines, and beliefs" that make us Lutherans different from other Christian traditions. He laid it out pretty well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone who wanted to read up on Lutheranism. ... Okay, that's not entirely true. That personality clash reared its head a few times as I was reading. So I'd hesitate a little bit...

Still, check it out.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J. K. Rowling

First read in October of 2007.

It was interesting to read this book again after having finished the series. I could appreciate better how Ms. Rowling drew the characters together throughout the tale, and built the foundation for the rest of the series. However, I still don't see how Quidditch could be at all appealing and I still dislike the final banquet scene.

Check it out!
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Saturday, February 16, 2019


by Pete Abrams

The 15th collection of Sluggy Freelance strips is almost entirely the "Oceans Unmoving" storyline, a tale of Bun-Bun in the realm known as Timeless Space. I remember reading the original run online. It was quite a departure from the series--a story without the rest of the main characters. It wasn't exactly what I started reading the series for, but the concept of timeless space was intriguing and, hey, Pete Abrams is an amusing guy regardless of the tale he tells. In this collection, however, he tells the story straight through while moving the few filler and holiday strips to the end of the book. (And as I started laughing out loud again at the Christmas Ninjas, I realized that "Oceans Unmoving" was a departure from the series in a couple of ways.)

It's on my shelf.
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Sunday, February 03, 2019

2 Samuel

by Andrew Steinmann

Technically, Dr. Steinmann's commentary on 2nd Samuel is a standalone book. Practically, it's really a the second volume of a set. The introduction and all of the scholarly background information of the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel is contained in Dr. Steinmann's previous book, 1 Samuel. This one simply jumps right in to the text. Once again Dr. Steinmann offers his relatively brief comments on the text, examining the events and people of the stories and how they reflect and relate to us today. The connector, of course, is Christ, as is brought out on just about every page. (Well, not the index and bibliography...)

Of course it's on my shelf!
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