Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber



This was definitely strange. A little sci-fi, a little theology, a little apocalypse, a little romance. Overall, I liked it quite a bit, but the ending was a smidge disappointing.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert



On the one hand, this was flabby and sprawling. But on the other hand, parts of it were great.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult



Started out strong but then got kind of lame.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hearing the Whole Story: The Politics of Plot in Mark's Gospel by Richard Horsley



I think liberationist and economic readings of Mark are very important, but this book just was not very good. Read Ched Myers instead.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect ed. by Iverson and Skinner



This book is a reception history and exploratory extension of Mark as Story, which is one of the most important--and accessible--introductions to the modern study of Mark. So this book is pretty "inside baseball," and, while interesting, is definitely not a substitute for Mark as Story.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg



OK, so this isn't great literature, but it was charming, quirky, and touching. Recommended.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman



I read this to the boys. It was pretty good. The pictures are fascinating.

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