Category Archives: Reviews

So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum (A Review and 10-Minute Book Talk)

So Much Love is an exquisitely crafted book. It is the story of a twentysomething mature student, Catherine, a lover of books who finds her life patterned after the creative and tragic story of a local poet who was killed … Continue reading

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Nnedi Okorafor Deep Future Story for the Moment, Binti

What a discovery Binti has been for me! In Binti (2015), Home (2017), and The Night Masquerade (2018), Dr. Nnedi Okorafor has given us a living, vibrant, complex character in literary SF prose. Binti is the award-winning novella of a young African woman … Continue reading

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L.M. Montgomery’s The Watchman and Other Poems, a Review

The Watchman and Other Poems by L.M. Montgomery My rating: 3 of 5 stars I once heard a speech by Chad Walsh where he described C.S. Lewis as not a “great poet” but an “interesting poet.” I think this description … Continue reading

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House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg, a Review

House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I have blogged about before, L.M. Montgomery’s life lacked the fairy-tale endings of reward and romance that her characters (for the … Continue reading

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Octavia Butler’s “Fledgling”: A Review

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler My rating: 4 of 5 stars This generation has seen the reinterpretation of vampire fiction in significant ways as these punk figures went pop. Not since Anne Rice’s 1976 Interview with the Vampire, however, have … Continue reading

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The Faithful Imagination, a Review by Allison McBain Hudson

Ricke, Joe, and Ashley Chu, eds. The Faithful Imagination: Papers from the 2018 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends. Hamden, CT: Taylor University, 2019. The title of this volume refers to the theme of the eleventh Biennial … Continue reading

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Why Did Star Wars Stick? #MayThe4thBeWithYou #StarWarsDay

As much as we wonder about it, it’s a question that is not perfectly easy to answer. Cheesy lines, over-the-top acting, zippers up the back of the monster’s costume–how many films just like it have found their way into the … Continue reading

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5 C.S. Lewis Biographies for 5 Different Readings: A 10 Minute Book Talk by Brenton Dickieson

This video brings together two series, the 10 Minute Book Talk with Dr. Brenton Dickieson (i.e., me), on Youtube, and what I want to do as a 5 Books Series here on http://www.aPilgrimInNarnia.com. I have had this video done for … Continue reading

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A Canticle for Leibowitz: A 10 Minute Book Talk with Brenton Dickieson

Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a philosophically rich and intricately gorgeous book. What makes this philosophical SciFi novel so compelling is an endearing slate of characters. I wish I could read a whole other book about Brother Francis, … Continue reading

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Corey Olsen’s Exploring The Hobbit: A 10 Minute Book Talk

From my point of view, there are three (linked) things that make Corey Olsen’s Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit an effective companion to one of the most important pieces of literature in the 20th century: 1. A focussed close-reading of the text, … Continue reading

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