Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

This was pretty good.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

I read this to the boys. It was quite good.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mark 1-8 by Joel Marcus

So if you are a long-time reader of this blog, you may have noticed that about a year ago, things changed around here. The number of books I read was cut roughly in half and I pretty much only read fluff.

Well, there's a reason for that: I started working on a big project and so my leisure reading was drastically cut back (to, basically, a few minutes before bed, doctors' waiting rooms, swimming pools, etc.). That big project involves reading about two dozen commentaries on the Gospel of Mark. This is the first review that's going up for those commentaries and I know you are dying of anticipation for the other ones, but it will probably be a few years: you're only getting this one now because it's one of the rare two-volume ones.

So: Of the roughly two dozen commentaries that I am reading on Mark, this one is in the top three because of his careful attention to literary issues, particularly resonances from the Hebrew Bible. I do detest the Anchor Bible format (it's redundant and redundant), but the content makes up for it.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rereading Job by Michael Austin

There is something new under the sun! Michael Austin's reading of Job is faithful and critical, learned and accessible, serious and witty. And while his primary focus is on literary concerns, he doesn't neglect the historical development of the book. Austin has not only cracked open Job, but he has also set a new gold standard for Mormon writings about scripture by seamlessly blending serious biblical studies, the Western literary tradition, theological reflection, and personal insight into one remarkably well-written book.

Review copy provided by publisher.

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

Possibly the oddest book I have ever read. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Confessions of Frances Godwin by Robert Hellenga

Great premise here, lots of interesting ideas, but this just didn't come together.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

I liked this. Yes, I am a complete sucker for Jojo Moyes. You want British chick lit, she's your man!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

And we have another exception to my "no books about zombies" rule (the other is World War Z): this book was excellent. And like WWZ, it isn't really about zombies; it is about ethics. And the character development was fabulous. And it was suspenseful and unpredictable. Recommended.

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

I don't know why I keep reading this series. They are never that good.

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