Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 End of Year Book Survey

I thought I would jump in on the End of Year Book Survey over at The Perpetual Page-Turner. Looking at the pages linked there, it was a big year for fiction. My reading list is mostly non-fiction, but I have … Continue reading

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2013: A Year of Reading

Once again I managed to keep one of my New Year’s Resolutions. In January 2012, I resolved to read 50 books or articles related to my research and writing on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, and I hit #50 near … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” by John Milton

I am reading through John Milton’s Paradise Lost and stumbled upon his poem, “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” There are two parts, a 4 stanza “proem” followed by a 27 stanza hymn. They hymn is quite lovely, beginning: I … Continue reading

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Love Lessons from “Love Actually”

I did not grow up with the spiritual significance of Christmas in my home, so Christmas was about three things: food, toys, and Christmas movies. I am still a little traumatized by a stop-action drummer boy in my childhood memory, … Continue reading

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“What Have We Done?” A Review of The Desolation of Smaug (Hobbit Part 2)

These words are breathed in the dying moments of the second installation of The Hobbit adaptation, The Desolation of Smaug. Inevitably, this is the question that true Tolkien fans expect Peter Jackson’s adaptation team to be asking of themselves right … Continue reading

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The Youngest Reviewers Get it Right, or The Hobbit in the Hands of Young Men

Last year, when my son, Nicolas, was 8 years old, he wrote a review of The Hobbit for A Pilgrim in Narnia. This is what he wrote: My dad and I just finished reading The Hobbit and since he didn’t … Continue reading

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The Fated Classic: The Great Luck of the Hobbit

Hobbit fans around the world are already lining up to see part 2 of Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of The Hobbit, called The Desolation of Smaug. I have already talked about how important C.S. Lewis was to the publication and promotion … Continue reading

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Talking of Books

My grandmother used to read aloud bits of whatever she was reading to my grandfather. Most typically this was the newspaper. Grampie would be sitting on the sofa reading the Holstein Journal, while Grammie would sit in her well-worn arm … Continue reading

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A Just-For-Fun Quiz: Which Character in the Hobbit Are You?

TheOneRing.net tweeted out this quiz by the LOTR Project: Which Character in the Hobbit Are You? I think as we head to the release of The Desolation of Smaug, the second instillation of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, we could use a … Continue reading

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Virgin Books

I am reading C.S. Lewis’ A Preface to Paradise Lost for the first time. This is one of Lewis’ early works (1942), and comes out of his lecturing in English Literature. I was struck immediately on the first page by … Continue reading

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