Best Books: The Harper Hall Trilogy

Dragonsinger coverThe next work on my list of books everyone should read is the Harper Hall trilogy by Anne McCaffrey, which consists of Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums. Continue reading


Best Books: Foundation

The next work on my list of books everyone should read is Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

As you may recall, the two criteria I use in evaluating whether a (fiction) book belongs on my list—whether everyone ought to read it, rather than (say) only “die-hard fans” of the genre—are its ability to “teach and delight.” To use Chaucer’s terms, whether it contains “sentence and solace.” To make the list, a book should be very enjoyable to read purely as a story. But it should also be “weighty,” helping a careful—or, better yet, even a casual—reader to grapple with the enduring issues of the time and of all time. Continue reading

Poetry Book progress report

As you may know, I’ve been working on plans for a collection of my poetry for some time. Today I’d like to give a brief update on the status of that project, since it’s a bit big for the monthly “writing status update” I have planned for Monday. Continue reading

A review of “recent” books

Last August, I wrote a “review of ‘recent’ books,” briefly talking about four books I’d read earlier that year. In today’s post I’d like to write about several more “recent” (to me) books. Continue reading

Collected thoughts on Peter’s Angel

Peter's Angel coverOver the past couple of years, I’ve gotten to know the young author writing under the name Aubrey Hansen. I reviewed her debut novella, Red Rain, last July, and in September I promoted her latest, Peter’s Angel, sight-unseen on the day of its release. Now, five months later, having read it, reflected on it, and gone over much of it in some detail, it’s long past time for my review. Continue reading