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Title: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Francisco Suárez on December 26, 2012, 10:48:56 PM
I'm still getting through The Last Superstition by Edward Feser.

You?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lyubov on December 27, 2012, 02:00:34 AM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bonaventure on December 27, 2012, 02:12:50 AM
Lyubov, I once read on a conspiracy theory/tin foiler website that the Memoirs are a hoax.

In any case, I'm glad to see you are into Russia!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lyubov on December 27, 2012, 02:16:09 AM
Lyubov, I once read on a conspiracy theory/tin foiler website that the Memoirs are a hoax.

Haha! I hadn't heard that theory.

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In any case, I'm glad to see you are into Russia!

I guess you could say that!  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kaesekopf on December 27, 2012, 02:39:53 AM
I'm working on a more concerted effort to read all the books I own, so I'm going back to "The Mass" printed by Angelus Press and written by Fr Joseph Dunney.

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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Francisco Suárez on January 06, 2013, 11:32:15 PM
Aquinas by Dr. Edward Feser and Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War by Peter H. Wilson.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Der Kaiser on January 07, 2013, 06:01:45 AM
The Mass-Adrian Fortescu  this is the second time I have read it.
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Post by: tx2step on January 07, 2013, 09:31:55 AM
Abandonment to Divine Providence
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kaesekopf on January 07, 2013, 05:00:21 PM
Bounced to reread Brideshead Revisited
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pæniteo on January 07, 2013, 05:34:39 PM
Lyubov, I once read on a conspiracy theory/tin foiler website that the Memoirs are a hoax.

In any case, I'm glad to see you are into Russia!

In Soviet Russia, memoirs write you.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: EcceQuamBonum on January 07, 2013, 08:20:53 PM
Vision and Resonance:  Two Senses of Poetic Form, John Hollander
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: MilesChristi on January 08, 2013, 12:35:45 AM
Aquinas by Dr. Edward Feser and Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War by Peter H. Wilson.

A coincidence. I'm also getting through Aquinas, and Copleston's History of Philosophy
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Francisco Suárez on January 31, 2013, 10:55:21 AM
Just finished The Truth of Papal Claims by Cardinal Raphael Merry Del Val. It was a very enjoyable and informative read. The Cardinal had a brilliant sense of humour! He ripped to shreds Dr. Oxenham's objections to Papal infallibility and supremacy wielding the utmost charity. An excerpt from the Cardinal's conclusion in the book which I found particularly inspiring:

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May Dr. Oxenham reach the same conclusion [as John Henry Newman], as he reads the works of the Fathers, and let him rest assured that, if this grace is bestowed upon him, he will have no truer friend than the author of these pages.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ben on January 31, 2013, 11:04:39 AM
The Genius of Christianity by Chateaubriand.
Title: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Archer on February 01, 2013, 01:35:41 AM
Self-explanatory.  I'm actually surprised we don't have this thread yet. 

I'm currently reading...

The Cure D'Ars: St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney, by Abbe Francois Trochu

Lord of Chaos: Book 6 of the Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Quo Vadis on February 01, 2013, 01:57:51 AM
bear hunting with the politburo (spelled it wrong, then I spelled it right)
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Kaesekopf on February 01, 2013, 02:06:03 AM
To the Other Towns, a bio on Bl. Peter Favre, SJ.
Quadragesimo Anno (?)
Living the Little Office
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Gottmitunsalex on February 01, 2013, 02:06:23 AM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: dust on February 01, 2013, 09:16:59 PM
Running through the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'brien again. Needed a break from detailing the Break with Tradition. I find myself getting depressed sometimes.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ancilla Domini on February 01, 2013, 11:23:16 PM
The Genius of Christianity by Chateaubriand.

Nice!  :)

Though you'll miss the beauty of his prose reading it in translation. :(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Quo Vadis on February 02, 2013, 12:13:48 AM
Archer started the same thread in arts & leisure.  I wonder if they can be combined, maybe in arts & leisure.

Arts and Leisure / Re: What are you reading right now? http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?board=13.0 (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?board=13.0)

Anyways, Bear Hunting with the Politburo.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kaesekopf on February 02, 2013, 03:21:46 AM
Merged!

Like a boss.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Archer on February 02, 2013, 11:20:09 AM
Merged!

Like a boss.


You da man.  I looked but I must've missed it. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ascetik on February 02, 2013, 12:58:29 PM
The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bernadette on February 03, 2013, 06:45:34 AM
Just finished Great Expectations. Again. I think it was even better than usual, this time.  ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pheo on February 03, 2013, 12:34:54 PM
I'm just a few chapters into The Silmarillion, but it may already be my favourite book by Tolkien.

Just finished Great Expectations. Again. I think it was even better than usual, this time.  ;)

Good choice!  I'll have to read that again sometime soon.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: phnuggle on February 03, 2013, 01:11:12 PM
http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/allitfrm.htm (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/allitfrm.htm)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Quo Vadis on February 03, 2013, 11:22:31 PM
Just finished Great Expectations. Again. I think it was even better than usual, this time.  ;)
Glad to hear it. I also really like that book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: PatrickG on February 08, 2013, 03:06:26 PM
Apologia pro Marcel Lefebvre
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FaithByProxy on February 08, 2013, 06:19:01 PM
The Incorruptibles.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bonaventure on February 08, 2013, 08:32:35 PM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pon de Replay on February 15, 2013, 10:38:34 PM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kaesekopf on February 15, 2013, 11:00:02 PM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: maryslittlegarden on February 16, 2013, 09:01:12 PM
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The unabridged version. Yippee.  :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: tmw89 on February 23, 2013, 08:04:13 PM
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle, and Julia Child.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mithrandylan on February 23, 2013, 08:08:50 PM
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The unabridged version. Yippee.  :)

I think you're supposed to put a comma after "Cristo"

Unless you were trying to say something else

I kill me
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bonaventure on February 24, 2013, 03:20:44 AM
Light and Peace, by Quadrupani.

Before that, Eight Men Out, History of the Franks, and the Analects.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pon de Replay on March 18, 2013, 08:15:12 PM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vetus Ordo on March 20, 2013, 04:55:55 AM
I've just finished reading Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vetus Ordo on March 20, 2013, 05:12:04 AM
And although I'm not that into economics, I've recently bought Milton and Rose Friedman's Free To Choose. I've read a few chapters already. It's quite interesting.

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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Elliott on March 20, 2013, 07:03:43 AM
Destroying Angel by Michael Wallace. It's the fifth book in the Righteous series.
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Post by: Cesar_Augustus on March 20, 2013, 10:22:37 AM
Textos I - Nicolás Gómez Dávila
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: maryslittlegarden on March 20, 2013, 10:30:16 AM
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How did you like it? 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pon de Replay on March 20, 2013, 03:29:59 PM
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How did you like it?

Very much.  I've always liked Forster's essays, but when I finally read A Passage To India I found it dull and preachy, and decided that his skills as novelist weren't as great as I thought they might be.  Fortunately, I picked up Howards End at a used book sale and decided to give it a go.  I'm glad I did.  Rather than being preachy, it's a terrific novel of ideas, ranging all over the Anglo-Saxon character and the modern way of life.  Forster hated the quickening of the contemporary pulse and the overall cheapening of things, and that sentiment is at the fore in Howards End.  I'd have to recommend it very cautiously on this forum, though, as his attitudes are very pessimistic in regards to capitalism and industrialism, which I imagine most people here are in favor of.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: PatrickG on March 20, 2013, 03:32:05 PM
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I'd have to recommend it very cautiously on this forum, though, as his attitudes are very pessimistic in regards to capitalism and industrialism, which I imagine most people here are in favor of.
Really? I loathe both and would have thought any traditionalist Catholic would - Rerum Novarum comes to mind.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pon de Replay on March 20, 2013, 03:35:18 PM
I've just finished reading Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

How did you like it, Vetus?  Kundera has a calm and brooding resignation about things; I'm sure he read his E.M. Cioran with relish.  It gets very philosophical and even animal-rights-tinged towards the end.  Have you seen the movie?  And is Lena Olin one of the most beautiful actresses ever to grace the silver screen?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pon de Replay on March 20, 2013, 03:42:22 PM
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I'd have to recommend it very cautiously on this forum, though, as his attitudes are very pessimistic in regards to capitalism and industrialism, which I imagine most people here are in favor of.
Really? I loathe both and would have thought any traditionalist Catholic would - Rerum Novarum comes to mind.

Good point.

I wonder, though, whether or not you live in the United States, where (at least in my experience) traditional Catholicism is typically bound up very firmly with either the politics of the Republican party or with economic libertarianism.  On this forum, in particular, a rejection of industrialized (and secular) society is frequently ridiculed as "Amish," or made out to be the province of frumpy-looking Little House on the Prairieists.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: PatrickG on March 20, 2013, 04:59:40 PM
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I'd have to recommend it very cautiously on this forum, though, as his attitudes are very pessimistic in regards to capitalism and industrialism, which I imagine most people here are in favor of.
Really? I loathe both and would have thought any traditionalist Catholic would - Rerum Novarum comes to mind.

Good point.

I wonder, though, whether or not you live in the United States, where (at least in my experience) traditional Catholicism is typically bound up very firmly with either the politics of the Republican party or with economic libertarianism.  On this forum, in particular, a rejection of industrialized (and secular) society is frequently ridiculed as "Amish," or made out to be the province of frumpy-looking Little House on the Prairieists.
No - I'm English. I don't know a great deal about present politics (I treat Westminster with complete disgust, while I don't trust and won't read any newspaper) outside a very local level, relating to farming and country life.

Is there a particular party associated with traditional Catholicism in this country? We have no 'Action Francaise' nor even any party, like the Republicans, who are manifestly better than the alternative. I am a distributist of sorts, perhaps a High Tory* (in Canada a Red Tory), I refuse to vote, but I expect most traditionalists voted Tory and will now vote UKIP. To my mind, much good may it do them! I will spoil my ballot at the next election - each one of the parties is as much a band of brigands as the rest.

As for industrialism, I see it as something every party supports (along with abortion, fornication, Modernism, mass immigration - the list goes on) - Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberals, UKIP all support monopolies (whether it be the People's Soviet or the Rothschilds), the banking system and the despoiling of the countryside.

I should have thought that a traditional Catholic had a duty to reject secular society, if by that you mean popular culture - it's rotten right through, modern men are rotten right through with Kant and Hegle and all that nonsense.

Sorry, I'm going on! I don't know if that helps at all.
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Tory
More closely akin to the point, I'm reading 'Parade's End' by Ford Madox Ford.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pon de Replay on March 20, 2013, 08:07:06 PM
As for industrialism, I see it as something every party supports (along with abortion, fornication, Modernism, mass immigration - the list goes on) - Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberals, UKIP all support monopolies (whether it be the People's Soviet or the Rothschilds), the banking system and the despoiling of the countryside.

That's as true here as it is there.  The "despoiling of the countryside," as you so aptly put it, does not seem to register much outrage on the anger-meters of traditional Catholics.  That's generally considered a "greenie liberal hippie" issue, the province only of longhairs and treehuggers, and so the onward march of suburbia continues: an endless expanse of shopping centers, parking lots, and ugly houses.  This is mainly considered fine since it creates jobs.

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I should have thought that a traditional Catholic had a duty to reject secular society, if by that you mean popular culture - it's rotten right through, modern men are rotten right through with Kant and Hegle and all that nonsense.

I don't know how many threads you peruse here, but I think it's a fair assessment to say that popular culture is not exactly roundly rejected on this forum.  Correct me if I am wrong.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vetus Ordo on March 20, 2013, 08:59:24 PM
I've just finished reading Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

How did you like it, Vetus?  Kundera has a calm and brooding resignation about things; I'm sure he read his E.M. Cioran with relish.  It gets very philosophical and even animal-rights-tinged towards the end.  Have you seen the movie?  And is Lena Olin one of the most beautiful actresses ever to grace the silver screen?

No, I've never seen Kaufman's adaptation to the silver screen but I'm aware of Miss Olin's beauty.

The book itself was given to me in my birthday. After reading it, it struck me as a sort of nihilistic manifesto more than a proper novel. The stories of the four main characters are more of an excuse for Kundera to explain his philosophy of life. At a certain point the book is a bit preachy, like the animal rigths thing in the end.

Nevertheless, it had its interesting insights. I found Sabina's hatred for kitsch amusing and even insightful. "When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object. In the realm of kitsch, the dictatorship of the heart reigns supreme."
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: PatrickG on March 21, 2013, 02:47:39 AM
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I should have thought that a traditional Catholic had a duty to reject secular society, if by that you mean popular culture - it's rotten right through, modern men are rotten right through with Kant and Hegle and all that nonsense.
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I don't know how many threads you peruse here, but I think it's a fair assessment to say that popular culture is not exactly roundly rejected on this forum.  Correct me if I am wrong.

True enough - but I'm a die-hard follower of Bishop Williamson (a 'rad trad' is you like!)  and follow his judgement on it - rock music, for instance - it's the jungle drums, it really is.
Quote from: Fr. (now Bp.) Richard Williamson, September 1985
  THE EXPERIENCE of being with fourteen thousand teenagers to see the Beatles is unbelievable and frightening and, believe me, it is not at all funny, as I first thought when I accepted this assignment. The hysteria and loss of control go far beyond the impact of the music. Many of those present became frantic, hostile, uncontrolled, screaming unrecognizable beings. If this is possible - and it is - parents and adults have a lot to account for to allow this to go on.

"This is not simply a release, as I first thought it would be, but a very destructive process in which adults allowed the children to be involved - allowing the children a mad, erotic world of their own without the reassuring safeguards of protection from themselves. The externals are terrifying. Normally recognizable girls behaved as if possessed by some demonic urge, defying in emotional ecstasy the restraints which authorities try to place on them. The hysteria is from the girls and when you ask them what it is all about, all they can say is, 'I love them.'

"There are a lot of things you can say about why the Beatles attract the teenage crowd. The music is loud, primitive, insistent, strongly rhythmic, and releases in a disguised way (can it be called sublimation?) the all too tenuously controlled, new-acquired physical impulses of the teenager. Mix this up with the phenomena of mass hypnosis, contagious hysteria and the blissful feeling of being mixed up in an all-embracing orgiastic experience and every kid can become "Lord of the Flies," or the Beatles.

"Why do kids scream, faint, gyrate, and in general, look like a primeval, protoplasmic upheaval and go into ecstatic convulsions when certain identifiable and expected trademarks come forth, such as "Oh, yeah!" a twist of the hips or the thrusting out of an electric guitar?

"Regardless of the causes or reasons for the behavior of these youngsters, it had the impact of an unholy bedlam, the like of which I have never seen. It caused me to feel that such should not be allowed again, if only for the good of the youngsters. It was an orgy for teenagers."
In full:
http://www.cathinfo.com/catholic.php/Rock-and-Roll-A-deadly-Revolution

Of course, the good Bishop is scathing (and rightly so) of modern innovation in classical music, modern 'art' (which is wicked in itself to my mind). It makes perfect sense that the effluvia of modern society, which is so very evil and almost certainly deliberately so (Jews, Freemasons) is itself evil - the Beatles, rock and roll, jazz and so on lead or greatly helped the appalling sexual license today. Modern fashions, any traditionalist woman could tell you, are deliberately shameful and immodest. Yes, I sound like a conspiracy nut, I am a conspiracy nut (the good Bishop again!) but the Archbishop said we must 'resist them to their face' - resist it all, the Council, the New Mass, New Theology and I would say by practical extension 'New Music', 'New Art' and 'New Society'.

It's practically impossible not to come into some contact with the 'modern world' but at least we can react against, let us say, rock and popular music by refusing to listen to it, popular culture (and the undeniably corrupt Hollywood) by refusing to allow a television across our door-steps, bad modern books by reading good old ones, slovenly modern dress by dressing like men, effeminacy by behaving like men, the prevailing atheist humanism and liberalism by sending our sons and daughters to really Catholic schools (read: SSPX schools) and remembering (to borrow a revolting phrase) that to be a traditionalist Catholic is 'counter-cutural', it runs headlong to the massed scholarship and opinion of the age, yet we know it to be right. Nothing is more contemptible than a rallié.

PS:
Unfinished Tales by JRR Tolkien.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pon de Replay on March 21, 2013, 02:20:47 PM
Patrick, I think most of the active posters here are very supportive of Bishop Williamson.  When he speaks on topics such as the Jews or Vatican II, he is considered a maestro non pareil.  But let him turn his attention to women wearing pants or rock n' roll music, and many will have a bit of chuckle and be forced to conclude that, well, the old boy isn't perfect, and he can sure come up with some dotty musings when he sets his mind to it.  So I think they're kind of selective in that regard.

There is a Hip Hop Thread (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=1672.0) on this forum, and there is another one entitled To what are you currently listening? (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=2.0) which (and correct me if I am wrong) is not exactly filled with Penderecki and Mozart.  I submit these threads without comment.  I am only, to use a popular phrase, "just sayin'."

I know this isn't a movie thread, but I was watching a movie called Fish Tank the other night and it featured a hip-hop song by someone called Nas.  The chorus went:

Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we get high
'Cos you never know
when you're gonna go, so
Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we puff lye.


I don't know, I found it pretty catchy.  "Jungle drums," indeed.  "But what thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity—like yours—the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar. Ugly. Yes, it was ugly enough; but if you were man enough you would admit to yourself that there was in you just the faintest trace of a response to the terrible frankness of that noise, a dim suspicion of there being a meaning in it which you—you so remote from the night of first ages—could comprehend. And why not? The mind of man is capable of anything—because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future," said Joseph Conrad.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LouisIX on March 21, 2013, 02:31:29 PM
Patrick, I think most of the active posters here are very supportive of Bishop Williamson.  When he speaks on topics such as the Jews or Vatican II, he is considered a maestro non pareil.  But let him turn his attention to women wearing pants or rock n' roll music, and many will have a bit of chuckle and be forced to conclude that, well, the old boy isn't perfect, and he can sure come up with some dotty musings when he sets his mind to it.  So I think they're kind of selective in that regard.

There is a Hip Hop Thread (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=1672.0) on this forum, and there is another one entitled To what are you currently listening? (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=2.0) which (and correct me if I am wrong) is not exactly filled with Penderecki and Mozart.  I submit these threads without comment.  I am only, to use a popular phrase, "just sayin'."

I know this isn't a movie thread, but I was watching a movie called Fish Tank the other night and it featured a hip-hop song by someone called Nas.  The chorus went:

Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we get high
'Cos you never know
when you're gonna go, so
Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we puff lye.


I don't know, I found it pretty catchy.  "Jungle drums," indeed.  "But what thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity—like yours—the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar. Ugly. Yes, it was ugly enough; but if you were man enough you would admit to yourself that there was in you just the faintest trace of a response to the terrible frankness of that noise, a dim suspicion of there being a meaning in it which you—you so remote from the night of first ages—could comprehend. And why not? The mind of man is capable of anything—because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future," said Joseph Conrad.

You're coming awfully close to trashing the forum here. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pon de Replay on March 21, 2013, 04:01:04 PM
You're coming awfully close to trashing the forum here.

I apologize.  That was not my intent.  As I said to Patrick, I submit the facts without judgment.  I admitted to liking a hip-hop song, and I've posted rock music selections in the music thread.  I think popular culture is very alluring, although at heart I think Bp. Williamson makes an excellent point.  Correct me if I am wrong, but I think most people are selective in what they choose to take from His Excellency, are they not?  I doubt most of us would agree with him on The Sound of Music.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Archer on March 21, 2013, 05:53:37 PM
Patrick, I think most of the active posters here are very supportive of Bishop Williamson.  When he speaks on topics such as the Jews or Vatican II, he is considered a maestro non pareil.  But let him turn his attention to women wearing pants or rock n' roll music, and many will have a bit of chuckle and be forced to conclude that, well, the old boy isn't perfect, and he can sure come up with some dotty musings when he sets his mind to it.  So I think they're kind of selective in that regard.

There is a Hip Hop Thread (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=1672.0) on this forum, and there is another one entitled To what are you currently listening? (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=2.0) which (and correct me if I am wrong) is not exactly filled with Penderecki and Mozart.  I submit these threads without comment.  I am only, to use a popular phrase, "just sayin'."

I know this isn't a movie thread, but I was watching a movie called Fish Tank the other night and it featured a hip-hop song by someone called Nas.  The chorus went:

Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we get high
'Cos you never know
when you're gonna go, so
Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we puff lye.


I don't know, I found it pretty catchy.  "Jungle drums," indeed.  "But what thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity—like yours—the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar. Ugly. Yes, it was ugly enough; but if you were man enough you would admit to yourself that there was in you just the faintest trace of a response to the terrible frankness of that noise, a dim suspicion of there being a meaning in it which you—you so remote from the night of first ages—could comprehend. And why not? The mind of man is capable of anything—because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future," said Joseph Conrad.

You're coming awfully close to trashing the forum here.

I thought it was a fair response.  There are many Williamson supporters on the forum but not everyone is.  In fact there's even a divide among his supporters regarding certain issues.  I see nothing wrong with the way Brock critiqued Patrick's post, especially considering his narrow minded views which he presents as truths. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LouisIX on March 21, 2013, 09:44:12 PM
You're coming awfully close to trashing the forum here.

I apologize.  That was not my intent.  As I said to Patrick, I submit the facts without judgment.  I admitted to liking a hip-hop song, and I've posted rock music selections in the music thread.  I think popular culture is very alluring, although at heart I think Bp. Williamson makes an excellent point.  Correct me if I am wrong, but I think most people are selective in what they choose to take from His Excellency, are they not?  I doubt most of us would agree with him on The Sound of Music.

Fiar enough.  Perhaps I misread your post.  It seemed as though you were saying that there was a lack in holiness on the forum due to the fact that there is a Hip Hop thread or a lack of Mozart or Penderecki on the music thread.

If you hold that opinion that is perfectly fine, but I'd invite you to speak about it in a more concrete sense.  Help to change people's minds in a charitable way.  Again, maybe this isn't what you meant at all.

But, Penderecki?  He's a far stretch from Mozart, no?  One is reflective of the grandeur, beauty, and orderliness of God while the other is reflective of the chaotic ugliness of Satan.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on March 21, 2013, 11:16:39 PM
Fiar enough.  Perhaps I misread your post.  It seemed as though you were saying that there was a lack in holiness on the forum due to the fact that there is a Hip Hop thread or a lack of Mozart or Penderecki on the music thread.

You're not misreading me, but I wouldn't go so far as to accuse anyone of lacking holiness simply because they listen to rock or hip-hop.  I'm as guilty of that as the next person.  I do have a hunch, though, that Patrick and Bp. Williamson are probably right on this issue.  I just think it's something to keep in mind.  As my posting history probably indicates, I'm very wary of worldliness.

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But, Penderecki?  He's a far stretch from Mozart, no?  One is reflective of the grandeur, beauty, and orderliness of God while the other is reflective of the chaotic ugliness of Satan.

Poor Penderecki.  He was certainly composing in the modern vein, but I wouldn't call his stylings Satanic.  Some of his pieces frequently make their way into horror movies (yikes!), but he does have some sacred music to his credit (maybe not to everyone's tastes, of course).  And then there's his Requiem Mass, which he altered after the death of John Paul II to memorialize him.  Okay, you're right.  Maybe Penderecki wouldn't be a good choice for a trad forum after all ...

 :toth:
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Post by: LouisIX on March 21, 2013, 11:24:08 PM
Fiar enough.  Perhaps I misread your post.  It seemed as though you were saying that there was a lack in holiness on the forum due to the fact that there is a Hip Hop thread or a lack of Mozart or Penderecki on the music thread.

You're not misreading me, but I wouldn't go so far as to accuse anyone of lacking holiness simply because they listen to rock or hip-hop.  I'm as guilty of that as the next person.  I do have a hunch, though, that Patrick and Bp. Williamson are probably right on this issue.  I just think it's something to keep in mind.  As my posting history probably indicates, I'm very wary of worldliness.

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But, Penderecki?  He's a far stretch from Mozart, no?  One is reflective of the grandeur, beauty, and orderliness of God while the other is reflective of the chaotic ugliness of Satan.

Poor Penderecki.  He was certainly composing in the modern vein, but I wouldn't call his stylings Satanic.  Some of his pieces frequently make their way into horror movies (yikes!), but he does have some sacred music to his credit (maybe not to everyone's tastes, of course).  And then there's his Requiem Mass, which he altered after the death of John Paul II to memorialize him.  Okay, you're right.  Maybe Penderecki wouldn't be a good choice for a trad forum after all ...

 :toth:

Believe it or not, I share a lot of your concerns with worldliness.  Holiness is really a balance between apathy/heathenism/liberalism and scrupulosity/over-sacrilizing/jansenism.  It's important that we carefully consider and pray about how to find this balance in our life and not just reject something because it seems crazy.  The truth seems absolutely bizarre in this society.

But Penderecki...  He's worse than a lot of secular music.  His stuff is like a soundtrack to hell.  I think it can be utilized well (if I was a director I'd use his music to give a backdrop to sin and evil), but man, just turning on some Penderecki while cleaning out the garage...

 
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on March 23, 2013, 08:44:46 PM
The Eternal Woman by Gertrude Von Le Fort.  Excellent so far. 
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Post by: BierKaiser on March 23, 2013, 11:57:59 PM
Summa Theologica
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Post by: Eliza on March 24, 2013, 12:14:34 AM
The Eternal Woman by Gertrude Von Le Fort.  Excellent so far.

Yeah, it's a great book.

If you like that one, you'd probably like "the privilege of being a woman" by Alice Von Hildebrand. I have read bits and pieces of it, but I intend to read it in its entirety soon.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on March 24, 2013, 05:19:00 PM
The Eternal Woman by Gertrude Von Le Fort.  Excellent so far.

Yeah, it's a great book.

If you like that one, you'd probably like "the privilege of being a woman" by Alice Von Hildebrand. I have read bits and pieces of it, but I intend to read it in its entirety soon.

I've read the book by Alice Von Hildebrand, too.  Very, very good. 
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Post by: Graham on March 24, 2013, 05:38:44 PM
I know this isn't a movie thread, but I was watching a movie called Fish Tank the other night and it featured a hip-hop song by someone called Nas.  The chorus went:

Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we get high
'Cos you never know
when you're gonna go, so
Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we puff lye.


It's a little known fact that Nas' next album featured a Traditional Catholic remix.

Life's a bitch and then ya die
That's why we remain in the state of grace
'Cos you know know when you're gonna go


According to Puff Daddy, the flow was awkward, but the theology was impeccable.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on March 24, 2013, 11:57:01 PM
 :lol:

Graham, I commend you!
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Post by: Graham on March 31, 2013, 06:26:45 PM
Mr. Brocklehurst, who are your favorite cynical/misanthropic/curmudgeonly authors?
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Post by: Coastal GA Trad on April 04, 2013, 06:15:46 PM
"They Have Uncrowned Him" by His Grace Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on April 04, 2013, 06:26:33 PM
Mr. Brocklehurst, who are your favorite cynical/misanthropic/curmudgeonly authors?

Vladimir Nabokov would have to top that list.  He's one of the rare authors to whom cynicism & misanthropy seem to come naturally; so many others are simply trying too hard to affect a pose.  Have you read any of his books, Graham?

Nietzsche rates pretty highly on that meter as well.  Very incisive.  Some of his lines are just hilarious.  He was horribly anti-Christian, of course, but somehow one feels for him anyway.  He was introverted and weird, and I like to think he was tilting against the bourgeois & saccharine Christianity of his day.  He wrote, famously, that "the last Christian died on the cross," indicative perhaps of how high he considered the bar set and how lazy the disciples of Christ were in imitating Him.  Nietzsche had an aversion to pity which I find strange.  Yet his last act before his family had him committed was to run out into the street to console a horse being mercilessly whipped by its master.  He was an enigmatic guy.  And a great writer.
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Post by: tmw89 on April 04, 2013, 11:50:02 PM
[Nietzsche's] last act before his family had him committed was to run out into the street to console a horse being mercilessly whipped by its master.

Don't suppose you've seen the Bela Tarr film named after the incident?



Also, re-reading Monsignor Fenton's The Concept of Sacred Theology.
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Post by: Bonaventure on April 04, 2013, 11:56:25 PM
Madman's Diary - Lu Xun


Commie crap.
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Post by: Dom Passerini on April 05, 2013, 02:25:14 AM
Leaving a Trace, by Alexandra Johnson.

I informally keep several journals and was surprised to come across this book on my bookshelf that's all about journaling.  It's something my wife picked up before we even knew each other and I've seen this book on the shelf for seven years, but we have so many books that I never actually even looked at it.  I finally just grabbed it the other day to see what it was all about, and lo and behold, it's about something I already do and have an interest in.  It's pleasant but so far (first 30 pages) are more of a ferverino about journaling than anything else.

"Journal keeping is that rare activity centered in the present, contemplating the past, yet aimed for a future self."

And it's true.  I always enjoy going back and rereading things I wrote or jotted into the margin of class notes in college etc.

I also started rereading The Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Ring, and the Return of the King...simultaneously.

I also do a fair bit of regular reading out of my 1950 copy of The Reader's Encyclopedia by William Benet.
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Post by: Archer on April 05, 2013, 06:08:17 AM
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Post by: Pon de Replay on April 05, 2013, 05:47:45 PM
[Nietzsche's] last act before his family had him committed was to run out into the street to console a horse being mercilessly whipped by its master.

Don't suppose you've seen the Bela Tarr film named after the incident?

I haven't.  Not yet.  Bela Tarr makes some of the most difficult films in the world.  He makes Guy Maddin look like Michael Bay.  I have to be in the right mood for that sort of thing, and that mood may never strike again for as long as I live.  But if it does, I'll watch it. 

Do you like Bela Tarr films?
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Post by: ts aquinas on April 07, 2013, 05:07:06 PM
Life of Saint Benedict by St. Gregory the Great
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Post by: tmw89 on April 07, 2013, 05:10:59 PM
Do you like Bela Tarr films?

Like?  Well... my opinion varies from film to film.  When his movies work, they're magnificent... when they don't...  :trainwreck:
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Post by: kayla_veronica on April 07, 2013, 06:23:37 PM
Acts of the Apostles with commentary (Haydock).
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Post by: Bonaventure on April 18, 2013, 10:38:52 PM
Power and the Holy in the Age of the Investiture Conflict
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Post by: PatrickG on April 23, 2013, 12:55:30 PM
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Probably (to my mind) one of the greatest scholars of his day and one of the greatest authors ever to live. The Silmarillion is majestic as well. By the by, a devout Catholic.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 23, 2013, 01:06:39 PM
(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9fke6S0jF1qdkuns.jpg)
Probably (to my mind) one of the greatest scholars of his day and one of the greatest authors ever to live. The Silmarillion is majestic as well. By the by, a devout Catholic.

That looks good. I'm slowly working my way through the Silmarillion.  I think I'll have to reread LOTR after I finish.
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Post by: Dom Passerini on April 24, 2013, 06:43:38 AM
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Probably (to my mind) one of the greatest scholars of his day and one of the greatest authors ever to live. The Silmarillion is majestic as well. By the by, a devout Catholic.

That looks good. I'm slowly working my way through the Silmarillion.  I think I'll have to reread LOTR after I finish.

Ooh, I haven't done much reading outside the Hobbit, LOTR, and the Silmarillion in years.  I think I have to get back to it!

Maryslittlegarden, how do you find the Silmarillion?  I think most people just quit but it really is fantastic.  Yeah, a lot of history and names, but he was such a gifted storyteller and the tales are so great.  What an imagination!

"Yet the making of things is in my heart from my own making by thee; and the child of little understanding that makes a play of the deeds of his father may do so without thought of mockery, but because he is the son of his father." (ch. 2)

and

"She spoke no word; but being filled with love Elwë came to her and took her hand, and straightway a spell was laid on him, so that they stood thus while long years were measured by the wheeling stars above them; and the trees of Nan Elmoth grew tall and dark before they spoke any word." (ch. 4)
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 25, 2013, 07:25:13 PM
I started the Sillmarin a few years back and loved it.  I got too busy reading other stuff (I was in  the process of becoming Catholic at the time.)  I've started it up again and still think it's fantastic. 
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Post by: Der Kaiser on April 26, 2013, 04:57:30 PM
The Lobby Kevin B McDonald  its about the Jewish lobbiests that control our government.
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Post by: stitchmom on April 26, 2013, 05:00:36 PM
I borrowed Fabiola for my son but I might read it.
I checked out Pimsleur Spanish too.
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Post by: Bonaventure on April 26, 2013, 05:11:11 PM
I checked out Pimsleur Spanish too.

Is it helping you?
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Post by: stitchmom on April 26, 2013, 05:17:23 PM
I checked out Pimsleur Spanish too.

Is it helping you?

I haven't used it yet. I did use the Dutch ones before and for conversation it's an excellent program.  I recommend it 100%. I found it more interesting than Rosetta Stone. It's so easy just play them in your car or when you exercise.
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Post by: stitchmom on April 26, 2013, 05:25:53 PM
http://www.cfnews.org/Mercier-Modernism.htm  I read that the other night thanks to Gottmitunsalex  :)
It's a great read!!!!
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Post by: tmw89 on May 01, 2013, 05:25:10 PM
Partly in honor of what happened today in 1776, I've started reading the Abbe Barruel's Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism.
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Post by: Mithrandylan on May 01, 2013, 06:28:03 PM
Partly in honor of what happened today in 1776, I've started reading the Abbe Barruel's Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism.

Ah, it's Weishaupt day, isn't it?
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Post by: tmw89 on May 01, 2013, 06:29:06 PM
Partly in honor of what happened today in 1776, I've started reading the Abbe Barruel's Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism.

Ah, it's Weishaupt day, isn't it?

 ;D
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Post by: peanut on May 01, 2013, 06:35:49 PM
I checked out Pimsleur Spanish too.

Is it helping you?

I started doing that but it became complicated after lesson 10 so I gave up. :(
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Post by: Archer on May 01, 2013, 09:04:59 PM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0671047345.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
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Post by: piabee on August 19, 2013, 12:35:15 AM
The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling.
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Post by: Archer on August 19, 2013, 01:50:17 AM
The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling.

How is it?
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Post by: red solo cup on August 20, 2013, 07:21:38 PM
"Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse" James Rawles
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Post by: Larry on August 21, 2013, 09:00:01 PM
The Order of Melchisidech by Michael Davies.
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Post by: moneil on August 22, 2013, 01:19:50 AM
Across God's Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920 by Anne Butler http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080783565X/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1470826852&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0899EKANH2QZT72VYB4W (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080783565X/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1470826852&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0899EKANH2QZT72VYB4W)

Just finished listening to the Audible audio version www.audible.com (http://www.audible.com) today.

It is a fascinating history, and as I live in the northwest there were many familiar refernces:  The Sisters Of St Joseph Of Carondelet, who taught me (or tried to ...  ;D ) from 2nd. through 9th grade at St. Patrick's School in Pasco, WA. The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary:  I have a great aunt (my paternal grandmother's sister), and my mother has a cousin who were SNJM.  My mother,  a paternal aunt, and two cousins are alumni of the Holy Names Academy boarding school in Spokane, WA. (now merged with Gonzaga Prep, operated the the Oregon Provence of the Society of Jesus), and another aunt (mum's sister) was at The Immaculate in Seattle.  There are many references to Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence (Mother Joseph is one of the two personas WA selected that each state is allowed in Statuary Hall in the old House chamber of the U.S. Capital, our other being Marcus Whitman, a Presbyterian medical missionary) http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-buildings/national-statuary-hall (http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-buildings/national-statuary-hall); I was born at Providence Hospital in Seattle on June 28, 1951).  There are references to St. Francis Xavier Cabrini of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, who personally purchased the land that the now extinct Cabrini Hospital in Seattle (where I had two surgeries) was located (her relics are in the Altar of St. James Cathedral, just 2-3 blocks away).  There is an entire chapter on Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-1955, canonized in 2002).

As I've already mentioned, it is a fascinating history of the spread of Catholicism in the western U.S. territories during their settelment time, the Church's care for Her European immigrant members, the Church's charitable and evangelical outreach (certainly entwined IMHO) to those not united to Her Bosom, the Church's care for God's children regardless of their persuasion at a given point in time.

One thing that struck me after this "reading" (a listen in audio book format) was that the decline in professed women (and men) Religious has had as significant an effect on the Church's mission as the decline in priestly vocations.
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Post by: Bonaventure on September 03, 2013, 12:19:30 AM
How to be happy, how to be holy
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Post by: per_passionem_eius on September 03, 2013, 12:24:15 AM
'The Whole Truth about Fatima'.  What a treasure. 
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Post by: Archer on September 03, 2013, 01:57:31 AM
I recently finished Our Lady Of Fatima by William Thomas Walsh. 


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Post by: MilesChristi on September 03, 2013, 09:33:15 AM
finally finished Charachters of the INquisiion a couple days ago,
now Im on the third or fourth chapter of Work of human Hands
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Post by: erin is nice on September 03, 2013, 10:29:20 AM
Serious book: The Book of Confidence by Father Thomas de Saint-Laurent

Fun book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  :-[
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Post by: Pheo on September 05, 2013, 01:26:29 AM
The Book of Lost Tales 2 by Tolkien.  Still working my way through Jacob's epic Tolkien reading list.
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Post by: Bonaventure on September 05, 2013, 01:38:28 AM
An easy way to become a saint
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Post by: Der Kaiser on September 05, 2013, 02:35:36 AM
Charlemagne-A biography
For class Feminist voices 1900-1960 ::) ( I have put off taking the Womyns and Gender studies class until the end of my college years.
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Post by: Bonaventure on September 05, 2013, 03:37:21 AM
I suggest you get Two Lives of Charlemagne. They are both primary sources, and you will enjoy them.
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Post by: red solo cup on September 05, 2013, 09:41:14 AM
"William Wallace" Andrew Fisher
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Post by: Larry on September 05, 2013, 07:19:09 PM
I'm about to read The Gunpowder Plot by Hugh Ross Williamson.
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Post by: MilesChristi on September 05, 2013, 08:09:38 PM
Dante's Inferno for class
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Post by: Der Kaiser on September 05, 2013, 10:43:18 PM
I suggest you get Two Lives of Charlemagne. They are both primary sources, and you will enjoy them.

Does that have his bio that was written by the Monk Einhard? If that is the one I read that way back. It is VERY good. I'll have to pick that up again.
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Post by: Der Kaiser on September 05, 2013, 10:44:21 PM
The Cuckoo's Calling,

I think that is the subtitle for the feminism book I have to read for class. 8)
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Post by: Bonaventure on September 05, 2013, 11:19:39 PM
Einhard and Notker.
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Post by: Roland Deschain on September 06, 2013, 09:35:56 AM
The Sources of Catholic Dogma

Jesus, Peter and the Keys
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Post by: Kaesekopf on September 07, 2013, 12:00:14 AM
The Cuckoo's Calling,

I think that is the subtitle for the feminism book I have to read for class. 8)

*snort*

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Haha.  Oh my.  I'm laughing too hard at this one.
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Post by: LouisIX on September 08, 2013, 12:54:39 AM
Garrigou-Lagrange's The One God.
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Post by: zork on September 08, 2013, 01:49:43 AM
I'm currently reading The Law of Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code. I'm about to begin reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.
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Post by: piabee on September 08, 2013, 03:46:56 AM
The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling.

How is it?

The story was just starting to pick up when I posted this. She took some time to establish the characters and plot. Maybe I was prejudiced, but it is so her style, although written for adults, that I don't know how anyone wouldn't be able to guess. It's gotten a little bogged down in detail since then but we'll see how it turns out.
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Post by: Larry on October 07, 2013, 10:47:34 AM
The Rise and Fall of Triumph: The History of a Radical Roman Catholic Magazine, 1966-1976 by Mark D. Popowksi. An excellent book so far, here's the link on Amazon(get it from the library if you can because it's a little pricey).

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rise-Fall-Triumph-1966-1976/dp/0739169815/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381157073&sr=8-2&keywords=rise+and+fall+of+triumph


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Post by: AnneTce on October 08, 2013, 02:45:40 PM
Is anyone on   GoodReads  ?
 :)
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Post by: Penelope on October 08, 2013, 04:03:19 PM
9th graders' essay outlines. Fascinating stuff.

Actually, I'm not reading them right now. I'm putting off reading them.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 08, 2013, 04:27:28 PM
St Bonaventure's biography of St Francis
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Post by: Ancilla Domini on October 10, 2013, 02:41:34 PM
I've been reading a lot of James A. Michener's historical novels. I read Mexico and Caribbean and have just started Texas. They're not great works from a literary standpoint, but for me they are a much more accessible way to study history, and in that respect they are very interesting and very well written in my opinion.
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Post by: MilesChristi on October 10, 2013, 02:50:44 PM
By the way, I'm writing a Paper regarding THomistic Philosophy in the Inferno, does anyone have any recommendations for sources?

Besides the Summa and the Inferno?
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 10, 2013, 04:39:35 PM
I've been reading a lot of James A. Michener's historical novels. I read Mexico and Caribbean and have just started Texas. They're not great works from a literary standpoint, but for me they are a much more accessible way to study history, and in that respect they are very interesting and very well written in my opinion.

Centennial is one of my favorites.
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Post by: Larry on October 11, 2013, 11:15:08 AM
Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration by Gregory Mank. 3rd time I've read it, it's an outstanding book if you're interested in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
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Post by: tmw89 on October 14, 2013, 12:25:38 PM
Re-reading Mons. Fenton's The Concept of Sacred Theology.
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Post by: zork on October 17, 2013, 12:31:15 PM
A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor. (1955 short story collection)
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Post by: FaithByProxy on October 17, 2013, 12:45:37 PM
This is The Faith by Canon Francis Ripley

An Easy Way to Become a Saint by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan

The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Kheriaty

I'm about halfway through all of them. It's hard for me to focus on one book at once, there's so much to learn about the Catholic faith and so little time to read.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on October 17, 2013, 01:23:27 PM
This is The Faith by Canon Francis Ripley

An Easy Way to Become a Saint by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan

The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Kheriaty

I'm about halfway through all of them. It's hard for me to focus on one book at once, there's so much to learn about the Catholic faith and so little time to read.

The bolded is a very good book.  I enjoyed it immensely, and learned a lot. 
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Post by: GloriaPatri on October 17, 2013, 03:09:16 PM
Unfortunately, most of my free time is spent reading textbooks  :( But now that fall break from Uni is approaching I'll hopefully have some time to read whatever book I happen to find unread. I have at least 20 books that I haven't gone through yet. 
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 17, 2013, 04:39:07 PM
This is The Faith by Canon Francis Ripley

An Easy Way to Become a Saint by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan

The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Kheriaty

I'm about halfway through all of them. It's hard for me to focus on one book at once, there's so much to learn about the Catholic faith and so little time to read.

The bolded is a very good book.  I enjoyed it immensely, and learned a lot.

This is The Faith is on my perpetual read list.  Along with The Story of a Soul.
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Post by: Bonaventure on October 18, 2013, 01:29:36 AM
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Post by: Bernadette on October 19, 2013, 09:59:52 AM
The Presence of the Present: Topics of the Day in the Victorian Novel, by Richard Altick. I'd been wanting to read this for a long time, and finally treated myself for my birthday. I'm still in chapter 1, but it's already interesting and informative.  :)
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Post by: per_passionem_eius on October 19, 2013, 10:06:45 AM
The Presence of the Present: Topics of the Day in the Victorian Novel, by Richard Altick. I'd been wanting to read this for a long time, and finally treated myself for my birthday. I'm still in chapter 1, but it's already interesting and informative.  :)

Happy Birthday!!!  ;D

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Post by: Bernadette on October 19, 2013, 10:09:46 AM
Awww, thanks!  :) It was last month- I got the book late.
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Post by: zork on October 19, 2013, 04:31:40 PM
I'm re-reading Stephen King's Night Shift for the first time in 11 years. And I'm reading Poirot Investigates.
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Post by: red solo cup on October 27, 2013, 11:34:14 AM
Just finished "Puritan's Empire" by Charles Coulombe. This was excellent. From 1492 up to Vatican II.
This was a real eye opener. I had no idea how much FDR changed the way government works.
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Post by: JoyfulMother on October 27, 2013, 04:31:56 PM
Just finished "Puritan's Empire" by Charles Coulombe. This was excellent. From 1492 up to Vatican II.
This was a real eye opener. I had no idea how much FDR changed the way government works.

I read this earlier this year.  Awesome book!  Amazing the puritan influence in America, it goes so deep, and I love how Coulombe shows the ways it affected the Catholic Church here in America.  The roots of Americanism.

He made one comment in the book that blew me away - that most European Catholics see the Baltimore Catechism as too soft and skirting heresy!  I wonder what catechism Coulombe would recommend?  I would love to ask him.
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Post by: Der Kaiser on October 30, 2013, 07:21:34 AM
"Deep book" Julius Evola Revolt against the Modern World. "Fun Book" Dracula Bram Stoker "School Book" Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Usually I just read two a "deep" and a "fun" one but, now I have a school book
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 30, 2013, 10:09:06 AM
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Post by: erin is nice on October 30, 2013, 11:08:20 AM
Just finished "Puritan's Empire" by Charles Coulombe. This was excellent. From 1492 up to Vatican II.
This was a real eye opener. I had no idea how much FDR changed the way government works.

I read this earlier this year.  Awesome book!  Amazing the puritan influence in America, it goes so deep, and I love how Coulombe shows the ways it affected the Catholic Church here in America.  The roots of Americanism.

He made one comment in the book that blew me away - that most European Catholics see the Baltimore Catechism as too soft and skirting heresy!  I wonder what catechism Coulombe would recommend?  I would love to ask him.

Coulombe doesn't believe in Baptism of desire, so of course he will take issue with the Baltimore. I can find out for you what catechism he thinks people should use.
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Post by: Larry on October 30, 2013, 11:54:26 AM
Just finished "Puritan's Empire" by Charles Coulombe. This was excellent. From 1492 up to Vatican II.
This was a real eye opener. I had no idea how much FDR changed the way government works.

I read this earlier this year.  Awesome book!  Amazing the puritan influence in America, it goes so deep, and I love how Coulombe shows the ways it affected the Catholic Church here in America.  The roots of Americanism.

He made one comment in the book that blew me away - that most European Catholics see the Baltimore Catechism as too soft and skirting heresy!  I wonder what catechism Coulombe would recommend?  I would love to ask him.

Coulombe doesn't believe in Baptism of desire, so of course he will take issue with the Baltimore. I can find out for you what catechism he thinks people should use.

It's probably the Catechism of St. John Neumann. That's the one that the St. Benedict Center recommends.
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Post by: Othmar on October 30, 2013, 11:57:57 AM
I've been reading from Carl Sagan's Cosmos every now and then. Whenever he mentions historical stuff, it's really annoying. It's as if historiography never moved beyond Gibbon for him.
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Post by: piabee on October 30, 2013, 08:10:00 PM
Someday, Someday, Maybe, by Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fame.

I'm also getting my hair chemically straightened right now and I think the stylist forgot about me.
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Post by: Parresia on October 30, 2013, 08:15:44 PM
I'm working my way through the Navarre Study Bible series, and also reading Christ, the Ideal of the Monk, by Blessed Columba Marimon, OSB. 
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Post by: dueSicilie on October 31, 2013, 09:29:19 AM
"The Conquest of New Spain" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one of the Conquistadores  that conquered Mexico.
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Post by: ConverteNosDeus on October 31, 2013, 03:21:53 PM
I just finished reading The Scarlet Letter for my English class and I really enjoyed it.
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Post by: Clare on October 31, 2013, 06:28:23 PM
I've just finished The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr Arminjon, and raved about by St Therese of Lisieux.

Lined up next is Archbishop Lefebvre's Pastoral Letters.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 31, 2013, 09:50:12 PM
I've just finished The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr Arminjon, and raved about by St Therese of Lisieux.

Lined up next is Archbishop Lefebvre's Pastoral Letters.

I've been thinking of reading the Fr Arminjon book- did you like it?



I just finished reading The Scarlet Letter for my English class and I really enjoyed it.

Hmmm- I should dig out that book and reread it.  It's been awhile.  Did you know that one of Nathaniel Hawthorne's daughters was a Catholic convert who started a religious community (the Hawthorne Dominicans)?
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Post by: JoyfulMother on October 31, 2013, 10:04:35 PM
We really need a book swap...  Some of these books I don't have access to or the money to buy.

I would like to red Abp. Lefevbre's "They Have Uncrowned Him".
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Post by: Clare on November 01, 2013, 05:48:13 AM
I've just finished The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr Arminjon, and raved about by St Therese of Lisieux.

Lined up next is Archbishop Lefebvre's Pastoral Letters.

I've been thinking of reading the Fr Arminjon book- did you like it?
Yes, it had some good insights. It doesn't seem to have an imprimatur, unless you count St Therese's endorsement.
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Post by: Elizabeth on November 01, 2013, 08:43:12 AM
I just finished reading The Scarlet Letter for my English class and I really enjoyed it.

You DID????  Please share why!  My student is doing it for home school and it's killing me.  What am I missing?
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Post by: Basilios on November 01, 2013, 11:42:12 AM
Reading three books on the go at the moment (not because I'm a super brain; more likely because I have a super active brain that gets bored quickly).


Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
I've never read any of his works but on recommendation I've just started reading it.

The Story of English by David Crystal
I've always had an interest in the history of the English language and out of all the books I've read this one is the absolute best!


Byzantium by some-or-other PhD
I like Byzantine history.
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Post by: LouisIX on November 01, 2013, 03:51:15 PM
I've just finished The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr Arminjon, and raved about by St Therese of Lisieux.

I've been reading this as well.
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Post by: Clare on November 01, 2013, 04:16:47 PM
I've just finished The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr Arminjon, and raved about by St Therese of Lisieux.

I've been reading this as well.
What do you think of it?
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Post by: Der Kaiser on November 01, 2013, 08:03:44 PM
I just finished reading The Scarlet Letter for my English class and I really enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed this as well
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Post by: LouisIX on November 01, 2013, 09:49:50 PM
I've just finished The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr Arminjon, and raved about by St Therese of Lisieux.

I've been reading this as well.
What do you think of it?

I think it's very good.  He helps to bring out a Catholic view of the End Times, but it's also a spiritual consideration.  It's not as systematic as a DuPont work on the subject, but it's very good for what it is.
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Post by: Clare on November 02, 2013, 03:30:21 PM
I've just finished The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr Arminjon, and raved about by St Therese of Lisieux.

I've been reading this as well.
What do you think of it?

I think it's very good.  He helps to bring out a Catholic view of the End Times, but it's also a spiritual consideration.  It's not as systematic as a DuPont work on the subject, but it's very good for what it is.

I wonder if you can help me, LouisIX. I finished the book a few days ago, and I never learn! Whenever I read books, I see interesting snippets, and I think, "I'll be able to find that again when I've finished." I never can!! I really ought to write notes in margins.

Anyhow, Fr Arminjon wrote surprisingly nice things about the fate of the unbaptised, and I can't find it now. I thought it would be near the end of the section on Hell, but it's not where I thought it was. If you know where it is, please give me the page number!

Thanks!
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Post by: Clare on November 02, 2013, 03:59:58 PM
I wonder if you can help me, LouisIX. I finished the book a few days ago, and I never learn! Whenever I read books, I see interesting snippets, and I think, "I'll be able to find that again when I've finished." I never can!! I really ought to write notes in margins.

Anyhow, Fr Arminjon wrote surprisingly nice things about the fate of the unbaptised, and I can't find it now. I thought it would be near the end of the section on Hell, but it's not where I thought it was. If you know where it is, please give me the page number!
Don't worry. I've found the text online (http://archive.org/stream/TheEndOfThisPresentWorldAndTheMysteriesOfTheLifeToCome/EndOfThisPresentWorldAndMysteriesOfTheLifeToCome-FatherCharlesArminjon_djvu.txt) and searched for the word "unbaptized", and I found it.

(This was what I was after: "These children who have died unbaptized will not be separated from God completely: they will be united to Him in the sense that they will attain their natural end, and will see God, as far as it is possible to see Him, through the medium of eternal beings, to the extent that He manifests Himself in the marvels and harmonies of creation.")

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Post by: LouisIX on November 02, 2013, 04:23:31 PM
Oh, now that is an interesting quotation.  I'm wondering if the context gives more clarity to the phrase "through the medium of eternal beings, to the extent that He manifests Himself in the marvels and harmonies of creation."
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Post by: Clare on November 02, 2013, 05:18:28 PM
Oh, now that is an interesting quotation.  I'm wondering if the context gives more clarity to the phrase "through the medium of eternal beings, to the extent that He manifests Himself in the marvels and harmonies of creation."
I think I'll start a thread about it!
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Post by: Cesar_Augustus on November 09, 2013, 08:46:14 PM
Iota Unum by Romano Amerio.

Various drawing books.
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Post by: red solo cup on November 13, 2013, 10:01:21 AM
Just finished Warren Carroll's "The Last Crusade" about the Spanish Civil War. This was excellent reading. Well researched and he backed up statements with footnotes.
Almost every page was the martyrdom of laity, priests and even bishops by the Reds. In many cases he listed their names and circumstances surrounding their deaths.
I only had one complaint. 7/8ths of the book was devoted to 1936. '37 through '39 were rushed through in one chapter at the end. It would have been much better had
he spent the same amount of time on the last three years of the war as he did on the first imo.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on November 13, 2013, 12:06:52 PM
Ivanhoe and heading to the library today to get some more books. :) :) :)
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Post by: MilesChristi on November 13, 2013, 01:19:38 PM
Just finished Warren Carroll's "The Last Crusade" about the Spanish Civil War. This was excellent reading. Well researched and he backed up statements with footnotes.
Almost every page was the martyrdom of laity, priests and even bishops by the Reds. In many cases he listed their names and circumstances surrounding their deaths.
I only had one complaint. 7/8ths of the book was devoted to 1936. '37 through '39 were rushed through in one chapter at the end. It would have been much better had
he spent the same amount of time on the last three years of the war as he did on the first imo.

I think the book is titled The Last Crusade:1936
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Post by: Bonaventure on November 14, 2013, 01:07:41 PM
Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope
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Post by: Pheo on November 14, 2013, 08:39:41 PM
Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope

Nice.  What did you think of The Warden?
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Post by: Clare on November 15, 2013, 04:29:15 PM
Archbishop Lefebvre's Pastoral Letters.
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Post by: Bonaventure on November 17, 2013, 12:00:31 AM
Trinity - Leon Uris
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Post by: Bernadette on November 18, 2013, 05:40:58 PM
Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters, by Daniel Poole. I've read his earlier book, too, What Charles Dickens Ate and Jane Austen Knew. Both bery good. :)
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Post by: Pheo on November 18, 2013, 09:21:39 PM
The Father's Tale by Michael O'Brien (author of Father Elijah).  It's pretty hefty at just over 1,000 pages, but it's really good so far.  This man has a way of bringing characters to life.  It's hard to describe the story just part of the way through, but it's touching on fatherhood (a given), poetry, Russian history...and it's turning into a bit of an adventure/retelling of the prodigal son.  It probably sounds a bit eclectic, but it works.
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Post by: Larry on November 18, 2013, 09:36:29 PM
The latest issue of the New Oxford Review.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on November 19, 2013, 09:45:08 AM
The Father's Tale by Michael O'Brien (author of Father Elijah).  It's pretty hefty at just over 1,000 pages, but it's really good so far.  This man has a way of bringing characters to life.  It's hard to describe the story just part of the way through, but it's touching on fatherhood (a given), poetry, Russian history...and it's turning into a bit of an adventure/retelling of the prodigal son.  It probably sounds a bit eclectic, but it works.

Really, really good book.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bernadette on November 25, 2013, 11:36:41 AM
I just finished The Christmas Hirelings, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Sweet, but predictable.
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Post by: Basilios on November 25, 2013, 11:42:42 AM
About 3/5 of the way through Crime and Punishment now.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I am. It's really, really gripping. Awesome book. I wanted to read it just to be cultured (as one does!) but I thought I'd hate it because so many hipsters these days are all like, "So like Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy are totally like my favourite authors because they're like totally deep". But actually it's very good.

Raskolnikov has just gone to Sonya's apartment and she's reading about Lazarus.
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Post by: Bernadette on November 25, 2013, 02:13:46 PM
I read Crime and Punishment in college, and found it incredibly depressing. I just read The Brothers Karamazov last year, for the same reason that you read C&P, and while I enjoyed it more than C&P, mainly because of Alyosha, elements of it really disgusted me and made me wish that I hadn't read it.
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Post by: Basilios on November 25, 2013, 02:16:21 PM
I read Crime and Punishment in college, and found it incredibly depressing. I just read The Brothers Karamazov last year, for the same reason that you read C&P, and while I enjoyed it more than C&P, mainly because of Alyosha, elements of it really disgusted me and made me wish that I hadn't read it.

You're right, it's depressing, but in a weird way. I don't feel "down" reading it... I just feel kind of sucked into the mindset of Raskolnikov. The writing makes you really understand his frame of mind which is where it feels depressing, but at the same time you don't feel sympathy with him or anything. It's very weird and I was also disgusted at various times with Raskolnikov and his thoughts.
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Post by: Lynne on November 25, 2013, 03:34:32 PM
I wonder if you can help me, LouisIX. I finished the book a few days ago, and I never learn! Whenever I read books, I see interesting snippets, and I think, "I'll be able to find that again when I've finished." I never can!! I really ought to write notes in margins.

Anyhow, Fr Arminjon wrote surprisingly nice things about the fate of the unbaptised, and I can't find it now. I thought it would be near the end of the section on Hell, but it's not where I thought it was. If you know where it is, please give me the page number!

Thanks!

This is one of the reasons why I love Kindles. If you make a highlight of some text in a Kindle book, you can then go to www.kindle.amazon.com (http://kindle.amazon.com) and once you log in, you'll see your highlights from all your books.

It's helpful because you can then, just cut and paste the text that you highlighted if you need to quote it somewhere... (I'm lazy, I don't like to type/transcribe the text)
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Post by: red solo cup on December 02, 2013, 10:22:27 AM
Just finished "Betrayed: An American Catholic Priest Speaks Out"  Raymond Kevane.
Reading this made me feel schizophrenic. He's a good solid Traditionalist pointing out the usual heresies. Modernism. Americanism. CITH etc.
But then he turns around and says that Vat.II is the best thing the Church has done in a long time.   :shrug:
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Post by: Clare on December 02, 2013, 12:52:08 PM
Motherhood and Family, which is a compilation of various Integrity articles.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on December 02, 2013, 01:04:06 PM
Rereading this one:

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Post by: Bonaventure on December 10, 2013, 09:28:20 PM
I am Charlotte Simmons - Tom Wolfe.
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Post by: Hohenstaufen on December 11, 2013, 11:14:18 AM
Rereading Robert Fagles' (http://www.amazon.com/Iliad-Penguin-Classics-Homer-ebook/dp/B002WE46X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386778517&sr=8-1&keywords=fagles+iliad) glorious translation of the Iliad.

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Post by: Arun on December 13, 2013, 07:37:49 PM
elephant song by wilbur smith. not as good so far as some of his other stuff i've read though
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Post by: Ancilla Domini on December 13, 2013, 08:04:04 PM
Rereading Robert Fagles' (http://www.amazon.com/Iliad-Penguin-Classics-Homer-ebook/dp/B002WE46X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386778517&sr=8-1&keywords=fagles+iliad) glorious translation of the Iliad.

My favorite book of all time!  :)
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Post by: zork on December 13, 2013, 08:55:51 PM
Rereading Robert Fagles' (http://www.amazon.com/Iliad-Penguin-Classics-Homer-ebook/dp/B002WE46X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386778517&sr=8-1&keywords=fagles+iliad) glorious translation of the Iliad.

My favorite book of all time!  :)

Get out! It's also my favori-- Wait...sorry, that would be Through the Looking Glass.
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Post by: drummerboy on December 14, 2013, 01:56:31 PM
On Killing The psychological cost of learning to kill in war and society

by lt.col dave grossman

Its an interesting read, even if I've been reading it in little bits because of school.
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Post by: Bernadette on December 14, 2013, 02:34:10 PM
Still Don Quixote, alternating with The Relations of St. Teresa of Avila (from Librivox).
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Post by: red solo cup on December 21, 2013, 12:41:55 PM
AA- 1025 by Marie Carre.
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Post by: ReadyJoan on December 25, 2013, 05:21:27 AM
The Brothers Karamazov and The Secret of the Rosary.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on December 25, 2013, 12:18:50 PM
"Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought"; Reginald Garrigou-LaGrange. It has been a lot easier read than I anticipated. A couple of sections were difficult, especially when explaining the concept of "Person" as it applies to the three divine Persons in the Blessed Trinity. I would describe this book as a dummed-down resume of the Summa. Its not beyond the reach of an ordinary Catholic who doesn't have any formal training in philosophy (like me). I'm right now page 352; where the concept of "merit" is being explained. You should read this with a pen or pencil in hand to take notes for future reference.


"The Spiritual Doctrine of Fr. Louis Lallemant of The Company of Jesus" translated by Fr. Faber. A nice book on spirituality by the 17th Century Jesuit. Mostly aimed at the persons in the religious state; one can take some of the spiritual counsels and apply them to a person living in the secular state. An easy book to read for the average Catholic.
Fr. Antoni Royo Marin O.P. in his book "Teologia de la Perfeccion Cristiana";pg. 17;  describes this book in the following manner:
"A precious book, one of the best produced from this school (the Jesuit) of spirituality."


Finally: "Les Fins derniers de l'homme et du Monde"; "Le Peche". By Fr. Auguste-Alexis Goupil. S.J. Its in French; and out of print; I purchased my copy from "Abe books"; two studies in one book; one on the four last things and the end of the world; the second on Sin. Another good spritual book that is easy to read and understood by the average Catholic (if you read French, that is). Fr. tells us in the book that he will only explain what the Church holds on these subjects, and he will not advance any personal theory or introduce any speculation on these matters. So far (pg. 47) its very solid.
 
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Post by: Maximilian on December 26, 2013, 11:34:01 PM

"The Spiritual Doctrine of Fr. Louis Lallemant of The Company of Jesus" translated by Fr. Faber. A nice book on spirituality by the 17th Century Jesuit. Mostly aimed at the persons in the religious state; one can take some of the spiritual counsels and apply them to a person living in the secular state. An easy book to read for the average Catholic.


I'm reading that also (on-line)! Fr. Lallemant's "Novena to St. Joseph" is life changing. And it is especially awesome that it was brought to us by Fr. Faber, one of my all-time favorites.
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Post by: Spooky on December 27, 2013, 12:34:29 AM
This biography of Heinrich Himmler.
http://www.amazon.com/Heinrich-Himmler-Peter-Longerich/dp/0199651744

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Post by: Michael Wilson on December 27, 2013, 11:23:19 AM

"The Spiritual Doctrine of Fr. Louis Lallemant of The Company of Jesus" translated by Fr. Faber. A nice book on spirituality by the 17th Century Jesuit. Mostly aimed at the persons in the religious state; one can take some of the spiritual counsels and apply them to a person living in the secular state. An easy book to read for the average Catholic.


I'm reading that also (on-line)! Fr. Lallemant's "Novena to St. Joseph" is life changing. And it is especially awesome that it was brought to us by Fr. Faber, one of my all-time favorites.
Yes, I have never read anything by Fr. Faber, but I am very definitely going to have to add one of his books to my reading list; any recommendations, Max? (Hopefully nothing to do with Scotsmens wearing kilts, Har!).
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Post by: Pheo on December 29, 2013, 06:31:56 PM
Just finished Huxley's Brave New World.  What a depressing read (especially the ending).
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Post by: Michael Wilson on December 29, 2013, 07:15:03 PM
Just finished Huxley's Brave New World.  What a depressing read (especially the ending).
Yes, very depressing. I also hated how Christianity is portrayed ei. Some small flagelant sect.
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Post by: Pheo on December 29, 2013, 07:30:28 PM
Just finished Huxley's Brave New World.  What a depressing read (especially the ending).

Yes, very depressing. I also hated how Christianity is portrayed ei. Some small flagelant sect.

I thought it was vindicated in the end (the long quote from Cardinal Newman was neat), but the part that bothered me most was how Christianity only ended up existing in a syncretist form.  Although to be fair, we find out about those independent islands at the end, so who knows what happens on them.

I liked John (the Savage) for most of his appearance.  He displayed self-mastery, virtue, and intelligence...until that strange ending.  It really seemed out of character.
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Post by: Bonaventure on December 29, 2013, 08:47:03 PM
Just finished Huxley's Brave New World.  What a depressing read (especially the ending).

Was this your first read?
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Post by: Maximilian on December 29, 2013, 09:40:54 PM

Yes, I have never read anything by Fr. Faber, but I am very definitely going to have to add one of his books to my reading list; any recommendations, Max? (Hopefully nothing to do with Scotsmens wearing kilts, Har!).

Drop whatever you're doing, stop wasting your time reading speculative theology, and pick up Fr. Faber's "Growth in Holiness." It is the ideal thing for someone like yourself. You can read it on-line for free, but it's worth the investment to buy a paper copy. I bought a used hardback ex-seminary some years back on Ebay or Amazon (or maybe Abe Books), and it's the best money I've ever spent.

Based on his experience being a spiritual director, Fr. Faber knows exactly why you and I are not progressing in the spiritual life, and what we should do about it. He has mastered all the medieval spiritual manuals and condensed them into a single, readable volume that is very accessible to the modern man. He is so personable that you feel that you know him as a good friend after reading some of his writing.

As traditional Catholics today, one of the problems we face is the lack of spiritual direction. Priests are simply too worn out with their excessively demanding schedules. And at no time in history were the majority of priests ever suited or qualified for spiritual direction, and today is probably the worst time in history, with so few priests to start from.

Fr. Faber's "Growth in Holiness" can fill this lacuna in your soul. He can be your spiritual director (up to a point of course). He will get you past many of the hurdles that we would never be able to figure out on our own.

Also good is Fr. Faber's "Spiritual Conferences." However, as the name implies, the work is not a unified whole, but rather a collection. An excellent collection that is well worth your time and investment to read. But "Growth in Holiness" has the superior virtue of being a finished work, with a beginning, a middle and an end, and it has a telos -- to get the reader to take their spiritual life seriously and to succeed where others have failed.

And after reading it, you will finally come to understand the brilliant profundity of the "no true scotsman" fallacy." (lol - No, that's asking too much, even of Fr. Faber.)
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Post by: Pheo on December 29, 2013, 10:18:11 PM
Just finished Huxley's Brave New World.  What a depressing read (especially the ending).

Was this your first read?

Yep.  Somehow I avoided it till now.  I suppose as a warning it was interesting, and he had some prophetic insight into the dangers of rampant materialism and consumerism, but John's final act of despair seemed really out of character.

Edit: I'd say it's more applicable to our situation - at least in the West - than something like 1984 is, but I found it difficult to get around a few far-fetched aspects of the plot.  And it's probably not fair to look at it in contrast to my favourites by Orwell and Benson.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on December 29, 2013, 10:38:34 PM
Max,
Thank you so much! I will indeed buy a copy of Fr. Faber's book and read it. I don't like to read things online (except for post on discussion forums of course! Ha!); I like to make notes in the back of my book on different ideas in the book that strike me as important.
I might even have a copy of Fr.'s book in my book shelves.
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And after reading it, you will finally come to understand the brilliant profundity of the "no true scotsman" fallacy." (lol - No, that's asking too much, even of Fr. Faber.)
Har!
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Post by: Michael Wilson on December 29, 2013, 11:04:19 PM
Pheo stated:
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I thought it was vindicated in the end (the long quote from Cardinal Newman was neat), but the part that bothered me most was how Christianity only ended up existing in a syncretist form.  Although to be fair, we find out about those independent islands at the end, so who knows what happens on them.

I liked John (the Savage) for most of his appearance.  He displayed self-mastery, virtue, and intelligence...until that strange ending.  It really seemed out of character.
I now remember little about the book, as I read it in High School (40 yrs ago). It made a bad impression on me at the time. I remember that it didn't offer any hope to the reader of a real alternative to the corrupt system of society in place.
The other horrible books that we had to read at our nominally Catholic High School were: "Catcher on the Rye" (horrible). "1984" (ditto). "Lord of the Flies"; this last one was a little better, but still none of them could be classified as "Catholic literature", or really appropriate for High School students.
Some of the literature books that we had to read, and that I did like were: "Fahrenheit 451". Arthur Clarke (an atheist) a future distopia, where the fire department burns books!!. "Anthem" by. Ayn Rand (another atheist). on individual freedom vs. a future colectivist/egalitarian distopia. " Alas Babylon". (a nuclear war survivors novel; very entertaining).   
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Post by: Arun on December 30, 2013, 02:51:45 AM
Daughters of Juarez by Teresa Rodriguez
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Post by: Clare on December 30, 2013, 03:32:03 AM

Yes, I have never read anything by Fr. Faber, but I am very definitely going to have to add one of his books to my reading list; any recommendations, Max? (Hopefully nothing to do with Scotsmens wearing kilts, Har!).

Drop whatever you're doing, stop wasting your time reading speculative theology, and pick up Fr. Faber's "Growth in Holiness." It is the ideal thing for someone like yourself. You can read it on-line for free, but it's worth the investment to buy a paper copy. I bought a used hardback ex-seminary some years back on Ebay or Amazon (or maybe Abe Books), and it's the best money I've ever spent....
I'll have to get that too.

I read All For Jesus in Lent. That was very good. Kindness was great too, but I should have got the Spiritual Conferences which includes it.
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Post by: Bernadette on December 30, 2013, 08:04:16 AM
All For Jesus WAS good! I read it so long ago that it's probably time to read it again. I have Growth in Holiness, too, and it's probably time to revisit that as well. The Blessed Sacrament is also excellent. :)
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Post by: Kaesekopf on December 30, 2013, 12:42:30 PM
How is "Rulers of Russia" by Fr ...  Fahey?
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Post by: Maximilian on December 30, 2013, 01:35:18 PM
I have Growth in Holiness, too, and it's probably time to revisit that as well.

Reflecting more about "Growth in Holiness," I think one reason why it is so good and so useful for us modern people is that the central heart of the book is the section where he deals with "Understanding the Human Spirit," and then "Overcoming the Human Spirit." Previous spiritual writers, no matter how wonderful and holy and inspiring they were, did not have the experience to deal with this primary obstacle to progress in the spiritual life the way that Fr. Faber did because they did not experience this in the same way due to the progress of history.

It's true that the Human Spirit has been present ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, but during the 500 years since the Renaissance, it has grown unimaginably larger and more powerful than it was during the Middle Ages, for example. And so a man like Fr. Faber living in England in the 1850's is a witness to these new modern phenomena, and was able to address them in his spiritual direction, whereas the men coming for spiritual direction to St. Bernard or the women under the spiritual direction of St. Theresa of Avila were very different creatures in their psychological makeup.

Fr. Faber was living in the time and the place (London) that were on the cutting edge of these developments in his day. He was, for example, appalled by what he read in the "Life of Charlotte Bronte," metaphorically exclaiming, "O brave new world which has such people in it," and which inspired him to revise a few sections in the second edition of "Growth in Holiness" to account for this new modern spirit.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on December 30, 2013, 01:54:50 PM
Max,
thanks for your additional comments on Fr. Faber's book. I just ordered it from Amazon. If you don't mind, would you keep posting more comments on Fr.'s book?
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Post by: GeorgeT on December 31, 2013, 12:47:30 AM
I just started reading Catholic Home Schooling by Mary Kay Clark, just in case. I just finished the first volume of The Fatima Code (who's title has changed, yet again).
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Post by: tradne4163 on December 31, 2013, 01:03:05 AM
I will be starting a book that is actually two books in one: The Dogma of Hell by Father F.X. Schouppe, S.J., and How To Avoid Hell by Thomas A. Nelson. I'm already somewhat familiar with the first one, but never heard of the second one.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on December 31, 2013, 01:22:46 AM
Dogma of Hell made me want to go to confession after turning every page.
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Post by: Bernadette on December 31, 2013, 01:51:00 AM
Dogma of Hell made me want to go to confession after turning every page.

This is why I don't read it. What was that someone said about how reading certain things being like pouring acid on an open wound?  :o :hide: So scary...
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Post by: Bonaventure on December 31, 2013, 02:00:01 AM
Dogma of Hell made me want to go to confession after turning every page.

This is why I don't read it. What was that someone said about how reading certain things being like pouring acid on an open wound?

That's what a trad priest once told me after I told him my scruples went crazy.

It's weird. I have a big mouth but I'm scrupulous.
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Post by: tradne4163 on December 31, 2013, 02:58:12 AM
Dogma of Hell made me want to go to confession after turning every page.

This is why I don't read it. What was that someone said about how reading certain things being like pouring acid on an open wound?

That's what a trad priest once told me after I told him my scruples went crazy.

It's weird. I have a big mouth but I'm scrupulous.
I just figured I'd give it a read. It's been gathering dust for quite a while. There are one or two others I was wanting to read soon, but I figured I'd save them for Lent.
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Post by: red solo cup on January 07, 2014, 03:09:29 PM
Queen Isabella by William Walsh.
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Post by: zork on January 07, 2014, 03:36:49 PM
Wheel of Time 1: Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
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Post by: Maximilian on January 07, 2014, 07:56:54 PM
Wheel of Time 1: Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Oh no, there goes the next few months as you try to plow through 10,000 pages of Rand saving the world. lol Among the various LOtR knock-offs, I found these rather entertaining.

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Post by: zork on January 07, 2014, 08:06:13 PM
Wheel of Time 1: Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Oh no, there goes the next few months as you try to plow through 10,000 pages of Rand saving the world. lol Among the various LOtR knock-offs, I found these rather entertaining.

Nah, it will take me years to plow through this series. It took 2 years to get through combined series of The Belgariad and The Mallorean. Plus, I plan to read other books in between WoT, including Brandon Sanderson's works.
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Post by: Bernadette on January 08, 2014, 09:23:58 AM
I'm really enjoying Volume 1 of The Collected Letters of St. Teresa of Avila. Her turns of phrase are really witty.  :D I find her letters of spiritual direction to be particularly interesting and helpful. She even wrote to men who asked her for advice in prayer and spiritual matters! And I love how convenient the footnotes are, using the Kindle: you can click on the citation and the footnote pops up for you to read, without even leaving your current page!  :D
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Post by: Lynne on January 08, 2014, 09:26:28 AM
I'm really enjoying Volume 1 of The Collected Letters of St. Teresa of Avila. Her turns of phrase are really witty.  :D I find her letters of spiritual direction to be particularly interesting and helpful. She even wrote to men who asked her for advice in prayer and spiritual matters! And I love how convenient the footnotes are, using the Kindle: you can click on the citation and the footnote pops up for you to read, without even leaving your current page!  :D

Link to purchase please?!  :)
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Post by: Bernadette on January 08, 2014, 09:33:32 AM
I'm really enjoying Volume 1 of The Collected Letters of St. Teresa of Avila. Her turns of phrase are really witty.  :D I find her letters of spiritual direction to be particularly interesting and helpful. She even wrote to men who asked her for advice in prayer and spiritual matters! And I love how convenient the footnotes are, using the Kindle: you can click on the citation and the footnote pops up for you to read, without even leaving your current page!  :D

Link to purchase please?!  :)

Here are both volumes:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=The+collected+letters+of+st.+teresa+of+avila

What a shame that The Letters of St. Therese of Lisieux aren't available for Kindle! I'd be willing to buy them again in order to have those gloriously convenient footnotes!
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Post by: Lynne on January 08, 2014, 09:50:22 AM
I'm really enjoying Volume 1 of The Collected Letters of St. Teresa of Avila. Her turns of phrase are really witty.  :D I find her letters of spiritual direction to be particularly interesting and helpful. She even wrote to men who asked her for advice in prayer and spiritual matters! And I love how convenient the footnotes are, using the Kindle: you can click on the citation and the footnote pops up for you to read, without even leaving your current page!  :D

Link to purchase please?!  :)

Here are both volumes:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=The+collected+letters+of+st.+teresa+of+avila

What a shame that The Letters of St. Therese of Lisieux aren't available for Kindle! I'd be willing to buy them again in order to have those gloriously convenient footnotes!

Thank you! I got the sample of Volume 1 just to be sure... (Kindle samples are like crack)
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on January 08, 2014, 02:31:43 PM
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Post by: Pheo on January 10, 2014, 09:46:21 PM
Finally reading Brideshead Revisited.  I hope it redeems itself after this drawn out, effete, gossipy soliloquy by Anthony.
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Post by: Clare on January 12, 2014, 02:36:30 PM
Just starting The Pilgrim's Regress by C.S. Lewis.
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Post by: Larry on January 12, 2014, 04:01:08 PM
I've been in the habit of reading books about the Shroud of Turin lately. Right now I'm reading Verdict on the Shroud by Kenneth Stevenson and Gary Habermas, a book I've read several times in the past(but it's been awhile). I also ordered a bunch of Shroud books used from Amazon for like a penny apiece(all I pay is the shipping), including some that attack the Shroud's authenticity. I already know the answers to their arguments(and I had read at least one of them in an earlier edition in the past), but I still want to read them anyway. The Shroud is a subject that has never ceased to fascinate me ever since a nun in the 6th grade showed me a holy card of the Holy Face. To me, there's no question that the Shroud is the real thing.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on January 18, 2014, 12:26:52 PM
I'm not currently reading this book, I read it last year; its very well written and entertaining; the plot line is  realistic and if anyone is looking for an gripping fiction book, they will like this one; here is what amazon has posted on its  site:

One Second After Mass Market Paperback
by William R. Forstchen
http://www.amazon.com/One-Second-After-William-Forstchen/dp/0765356864/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390065640&sr=1-1&keywords=one+second
In a Norman Rockwell town in North Carolina, where residents rarely lock homes, retired army colonel John Matherson teaches college, raises two daughters, and grieves the loss of his wife to cancer. When phones die and cars inexplicably stall, Grandma’s pre-computerized Edsel takes readers to a stunning scene on the car-littered interstate, on which 500 stranded strangers, some with guns, awaken John’s New Jersey street-smart instincts to get the family home and load the shotgun. Next morning, some townspeople realize that an electromagnetic pulse weapon has destroyed America’s power grid, and they proceed to set survival priorities. John’s list includes insulin for his type-one diabetic 12-year-old, candy bars, and sacks of ice. Deaths start with heart attacks and eventually escalate alarmingly. Food becomes scarce, and societal breakdown proceeds with inevitable violence; towns burn, and ex-servicemen recall “Korea in ’51” as military action by unlikely people becomes the norm in Forstchen’s sad, riveting cautionary tale, the premise of which Newt Gingrich’s foreword says is completely possible. --Whitney Scott
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Post by: Clare on January 19, 2014, 05:58:53 AM
St Francis of Assisi, by G K Chesterton
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Post by: Bernadette on January 19, 2014, 07:09:18 AM
Lots of Kindle samples, trying to decide which book to buy next.  :tongue:
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Post by: Lynne on January 19, 2014, 07:59:13 AM
Lots of Kindle samples, trying to decide which book to buy next.  :tongue:

Kindle samples = crack
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Post by: red solo cup on January 19, 2014, 08:27:29 AM
Amchurch Comes Out  by Paul Likoudis. Horrifying.
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Post by: Bernadette on January 19, 2014, 12:41:58 PM
Lots of Kindle samples, trying to decide which book to buy next.  :tongue:

Kindle samples = crack

But free. Even better!  ;D
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Post by: Lynne on January 19, 2014, 02:01:19 PM
Lots of Kindle samples, trying to decide which book to buy next.  :tongue:

Kindle samples = crack

But free. Even better!  ;D

 :rofl:
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Post by: Machaut1377 on January 19, 2014, 04:23:19 PM
The Acts of the Apostles.

Understanding the NEC, Residential Wiring.
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Post by: Daniel on January 19, 2014, 05:36:47 PM
I'm currently reading:
Know Your Mass by Fr. Demetrius Manousos
Prophecy of Daniel by God through Daniel (Douay-Rheims translation)
Aquinas's Shorter Summa by St. Thomas Aquinas (translation of the Compendium Theologiae)
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Post by: JoyfulMother on January 19, 2014, 05:41:55 PM
Archbishop Lefebvre & the Vatican.  Found on-line here:  http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/Archbishop-Lefebvre/Archbishop_Lefebvre_and_the_Vatican/prologue.htm
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on January 19, 2014, 06:46:57 PM
Lots of Kindle samples, trying to decide which book to buy next.  :tongue:

Kindle samples = crack

But free. Even better!  ;D

Web Archive has become my crack addiction.
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Post by: Lynne on January 19, 2014, 07:28:10 PM

Web Archive has become my crack addiction.

That too! There's lots of good old embroidery books too...

Sent from my KFTT using Tapatalk 2

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Post by: Bernadette on January 19, 2014, 09:17:15 PM

Web Archive has become my crack addiction.

That too! There's lots of good old embroidery books too...

Sent from my KFTT using Tapatalk 2

Ooooh, yes! I've lost count of how many books I've downloaded from that site!
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Post by: Ascetik on January 19, 2014, 10:30:37 PM
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 20, 2014, 08:51:54 AM
Archbishop Lefebvre & the Vatican.  Found on-line here:  http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/Archbishop-Lefebvre/Archbishop_Lefebvre_and_the_Vatican/prologue.htm

This is really good, as you already know.

I'd encourage you, if you want to learn more about the SSPX, Rome, etc, read "Pro Apologia" as well.

Do you have an e-reader?  I seriously need to post the "ebook" I made out of the files from SSPX Asia.
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Post by: Pius Papa Decimus on January 20, 2014, 08:55:40 AM
 Brothers Karamazov
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Post by: JoyfulMother on January 20, 2014, 10:24:15 AM
Archbishop Lefebvre & the Vatican.  Found on-line here:  http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/Archbishop-Lefebvre/Archbishop_Lefebvre_and_the_Vatican/prologue.htm

This is really good, as you already know.

I'd encourage you, if you want to learn more about the SSPX, Rome, etc, read "Pro Apologia" as well.

Do you have an e-reader?  I seriously need to post the "ebook" I made out of the files from SSPX Asia.

I wish I had an e-reader.   Reading on-line is a pain.

I am also reading "Pro Apologia" as well.   Great book.  Makes me wish I had had the chance to meet the Abp. in person.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on January 20, 2014, 10:33:08 AM
Archbishop Lefebvre & the Vatican.  Found on-line here:  http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/Archbishop-Lefebvre/Archbishop_Lefebvre_and_the_Vatican/prologue.htm

This is really good, as you already know.

I'd encourage you, if you want to learn more about the SSPX, Rome, etc, read "Pro Apologia" as well.

Do you have an e-reader?  I seriously need to post the "ebook" I made out of the files from SSPX Asia.

Let us know if you do, I'd love to read those on my kindle.
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Post by: Bernadette on January 21, 2014, 12:19:49 PM
The Count of Monte Cristo, again. (Librivox)

https://librivox.org/the-count-of-monte-cristo-version-3-by-alexandre-dumas/
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Post by: Pon de Replay on January 25, 2014, 07:54:13 PM
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Post by: Arun on January 25, 2014, 11:53:52 PM
Mr Brocklehurst, that looks like one weird-ass book my man... whats it about?
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on January 26, 2014, 11:51:40 AM
The Count of Monte Cristo, again. (Librivox)

https://librivox.org/the-count-of-monte-cristo-version-3-by-alexandre-dumas/


 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

One of my favorite books.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on January 26, 2014, 08:04:48 PM
Mr Brocklehurst, that looks like one weird-ass book my man... whats it about?

So far, not much.  But I only just started it.  I assume a plot will take shape eventually.  The book jacket is vague and unhelpful concerning plot points.  It tells me instead that "THE MAGUS is a maze, a dark door.  Once through that door, however, the reader is drawn on by the story, by its strangeness, by its fascination, by its intricately woven web of suspense until he has followed the labyrinth to its center and to its compelling climax."
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Post by: Der Kaiser on January 27, 2014, 07:27:17 PM
For "serious" reading Revolt against the Modern World by Julius Evola
For "Fun" Die Nibelungenlied
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Post by: Angelorum on January 28, 2014, 04:25:01 PM
Goethe's Faust
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Post by: Clare on January 29, 2014, 06:21:08 AM
Out of the Silent Planet (Cosmic Trilogy), C S Lewis.
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Post by: ChristConquers on January 29, 2014, 10:56:40 PM
For "serious" reading Revolt against the Modern World by Julius Evola
For "Fun" Die Nibelungenlied

I've read Revolt three times and still can't figure out what tradition really is. Jokes aside, wonderful book and I am glad to see others interested in Evola.
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Post by: Clare on January 30, 2014, 01:27:10 PM
Just about to start Perelandra now.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on January 30, 2014, 03:14:22 PM
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Post by: Michael Wilson on January 30, 2014, 06:00:11 PM
Just about to start Perelandra now.
I read the C.S. Lewis trilogy a long time ago. I mostly remember "That Hideous Strenght", of the three.
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Post by: Clare on January 31, 2014, 03:02:08 AM
Just about to start Perelandra now.
I read the C.S. Lewis trilogy a long time ago. I mostly remember "That Hideous Strenght", of the three.
I'm looking forward to tackling that one after Perelandra. I've heard interesting things about it. I can't remember what, exactly, but I know it sounded good! It seems to be longer than the first two books combined.
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Post by: red solo cup on February 03, 2014, 07:00:25 AM
Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation by Robert Wilson
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Post by: Spooky on February 03, 2014, 12:28:37 PM
Just finished Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (http://www.amazon.com/Thunderstruck-Erik-Larson/dp/1400080673) and now reading The Devil in the White City by the same author (http://www.amazon.com/The-Devil-White-City-Madness/dp/0375725601/ref=pd_sim_b_3)
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Post by: drummerboy on February 03, 2014, 02:11:41 PM
Warren Carroll's The Last Crusade, about the Spanish Civil War
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Post by: Michael Wilson on February 04, 2014, 11:06:27 AM
Warren Carroll's The Last Crusade, about the Spanish Civil War
Great book.  It has a pro-Carlist bias; and therefore somewhat anti-Franco; but its the best book in English on the Spanish Civil War or at least on the small part that it covers of that war.
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Post by: Clare on February 10, 2014, 03:52:00 AM
That Hideous Strength
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Post by: Maximilian on February 10, 2014, 05:29:29 PM
That Hideous Strength

Be sure to let us know your reaction.
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Post by: Clare on February 11, 2014, 06:58:22 AM
That Hideous Strength

Be sure to let us know your reaction.
Will do. It was you who piqued my interest in this book in the first place, Max! :D
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Post by: Angelorum on February 12, 2014, 08:54:24 PM
Drink the Tea by Thomas Kaufman
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Post by: Der Kaiser on February 13, 2014, 05:42:53 AM
WWII and the fall of the West.
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Post by: red solo cup on February 17, 2014, 07:28:00 AM
Intellectuals by Paul Johnson. A scathing critique that covers them all. Rousseau.Marx.Brecht. Mailer. Loved it.
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Post by: Clare on February 26, 2014, 10:26:35 AM
That Hideous Strength

Be sure to let us know your reaction.
Will do. It was you who piqued my interest in this book in the first place, Max! :D
Well, I've finished it now. What a remarkable book! I think I was a little disadvantaged by not knowing a great deal about King Arthur's story.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on February 26, 2014, 11:07:32 AM
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Shelby Foote's The Civil War - got all three volumes from the library
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Post by: Pius Papa Decimus on February 26, 2014, 01:40:55 PM
Christ, the life of the soul by Blessed Columba Marmion.
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Post by: Lynne on February 26, 2014, 01:59:23 PM
Christ, the life of the soul by Blessed Columba Marmion.

Ooo I've heard wonderful things about that...

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Post by: Pius Papa Decimus on February 26, 2014, 07:25:06 PM
It's pretty great so far, Lynne. I bought it for $10.00, so worth it.
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Post by: Maximilian on February 26, 2014, 10:49:17 PM
That Hideous Strength

Be sure to let us know your reaction.
Will do. It was you who piqued my interest in this book in the first place, Max! :D
Well, I've finished it now. What a remarkable book! I think I was a little disadvantaged by not knowing a great deal about King Arthur's story.

To tell the truth, I kind of faded out when it got to the Merlin part at the end. It was the earlier parts of the story that I found insightful. Lewis tried to tack on a happy ending. I'm afraid the real life analogue of the story does not have a positive outcome.
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Post by: Bonaventure on March 02, 2014, 04:17:16 AM
The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580

by Eamon Duffy
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Post by: Kaesekopf on March 02, 2014, 02:03:00 PM
The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580

by Eamon Duffy

How is it,?  I have it and have been meaning to get to it...

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Post by: red solo cup on March 02, 2014, 03:51:42 PM
The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on March 02, 2014, 06:38:38 PM
The Elusive Pimpernel via Librivox
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Post by: Bonaventure on March 02, 2014, 06:40:08 PM
The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580

by Eamon Duffy

How is it,?  I have it and have been meaning to get to it...

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For a history, it's outstanding. Well written and not dry, excellently sourced, sufficiently thorough.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on March 02, 2014, 07:06:20 PM
Sweet.  That is exciting.

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Post by: Lynne on March 02, 2014, 08:23:57 PM
The Elusive Pimpernel via Librivox

Is that different than The Scarlet Pimpernel (which I liked)?

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Post by: maryslittlegarden on March 03, 2014, 07:38:22 AM
The Elusive Pimpernel via Librivox

Is that different than The Scarlet Pimpernel (which I liked)?

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Yes - there is a whole series of Pimpernel books.  Librivox has a lot of them, web archive might have a print version of them. I think most of the sequels have been out of print for awhile. 
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Post by: Lynne on March 03, 2014, 09:16:14 AM
Oh boy!

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Post by: maryslittlegarden on March 03, 2014, 09:29:53 AM
Oh boy!

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Yeah, I love the Pimpernal stories.  (Monarchist that I am :) :) :) )

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Post by: Michael Wilson on March 07, 2014, 10:02:21 AM
I just finished reading "A Family of Brigands" by: Marie de Sainte-Hermine.  This is the story of two sisters who lived in the Vendee during the period of the uprising against the Revolutionary government in Paris.  The story is chronicled by Marie, the youngest, as the family goes from a tranquil existence of a noble family in the province; to the uprising of the Vendee, and the struggles that lead to the loss of much of that happy life.  Through it all, the faith of these noble people, both peasants and aristocrats shines through.  I highly recommend it to anybody who would like to read a rousing and gripping  Catholic adventure story; I and several of my family who have read it, have really been edified by the tale of these Crusaders and Martyrs for the faith.  Five Stars. 
Ps. This is a true story.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on March 07, 2014, 10:13:02 AM
A Commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew; St. Thomas Aquinas; trans. By Fr. Paul Kimball.
I'm currently reading this excellent commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew by St. Thomas; it is very interesting to read the depth of meaning that so many verses of the Gospel have, and which St. Thomas brings to light by his weaving together the commentaries of so many of the Church Fathers.  If you want to increase in your knowledge of the faith and of the Gospels, then I would highly recommend this book.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on March 07, 2014, 10:23:55 AM
On the recommendation of my friend Maximilian, who advised me to buy anything written by Fr. Faber. I decided to follow his advice;  Fr. Frederick Faber, is the well known English spiritual writer of the 19th C. and the book I'm reading is  "Growth in Holiness".  I have only advanced to the third chapter, but I had to write that what Fr. Faber has been saying in the first two chapters is worth the price of the whole book.  His chapters on "Kindness" and "Kind Thoughts", are a must read for any Catholic who is serious about making progress in the spiritual life.  There is enough material in those two chapters to keep me busy in examining and  reforming my own exterior and interior behavior for the rest of my life.  Five stars.
Ps. This will not be the last Fr. Faber book I will purchase.
Pp. Ss. Thanks Max!
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Post by: Lynne on March 07, 2014, 10:30:26 AM
On the recommendation of my friend Maximilian, who advised me to buy anything written by Fr. Faber. I decided to follow his advice;  Fr. Frederick Faber, is the well known English spiritual writer of the 19th C. and the book I'm reading is  "Growth in Holiness".  I have only advanced to the third chapter, but I had to write that what Fr. Faber has been saying in the first two chapters is worth the price of the whole book.  His chapters on "Kindness" and "Kind Thoughts", are a must read for any Catholic who is serious about making progress in the spiritual life.  There is enough material in those two chapters to keep me busy in examining and  reforming my own exterior and interior behavior for the rest of my life.  Five stars.
Ps. This will not be the last Fr. Faber book I will purchase.
Pp. Ss. Thanks Max!

I'm reading this for Lent. I agree, it's very good...
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Post by: Larry on March 07, 2014, 10:37:20 AM
I'm reading the New Testament, and The Mystical City of God by Venerable Mary of Agreda for Lent.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on March 07, 2014, 11:05:43 AM
I'm reading the New Testament, and The Mystical City of God by Venerable Mary of Agreda for Lent.
I've read the M.C.G. Several times, and it is very good.
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Post by: Larry on March 07, 2014, 11:14:09 AM
I'm reading the New Testament, and The Mystical City of God by Venerable Mary of Agreda for Lent.
I've read the M.C.G. Several times, and it is very good.

I got it for Kindle, and so far it's excellent.
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Post by: Maximilian on March 07, 2014, 11:32:22 AM
I just finished reading "A Family of Brigands" by: Marie de Sainte-Hermine.  This is the story of two sisters who lived in the Vendee during the period of the uprising against the Revolutionary government in Paris.  The story is chronicled by Marie, the youngest, as the family goes from a tranquil existence of a noble family in the province; to the uprising of the Vendee, and the struggles that lead to the loss of much of that happy life.  Through it all, the faith of these noble people, both peasants and aristocrats shines through.  I highly recommend it to anybody who would like to read a rousing and gripping  Catholic adventure story; I and several of my family who have read it, have really been edified by the tale of these Crusaders and Martyrs for the faith.  Five Stars. 
Ps. This is a true story.

Thanks for this recommendation. It sounds great, but I can't find it available anywhere. Amazon has never heard of it. Did you read it in French?
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Post by: Maximilian on March 07, 2014, 11:33:49 AM
On the recommendation of my friend Maximilian, who advised me to buy anything written by Fr. Faber. I decided to follow his advice;  Fr. Frederick Faber, is the well known English spiritual writer of the 19th C. and the book I'm reading is  "Growth in Holiness".  I have only advanced to the third chapter, but I had to write that what Fr. Faber has been saying in the first two chapters is worth the price of the whole book.  His chapters on "Kindness" and "Kind Thoughts", are a must read for any Catholic who is serious about making progress in the spiritual life.  There is enough material in those two chapters to keep me busy in examining and  reforming my own exterior and interior behavior for the rest of my life.  Five stars.
Ps. This will not be the last Fr. Faber book I will purchase.
Pp. Ss. Thanks Max!

You're welcome. However, "Kindness" and "Kind Thoughts" are not in "Growth in Holiness," but in "Spiritual Conferences." Both are great books to read for Lent.
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Post by: Lynne on March 07, 2014, 12:09:40 PM
I just finished reading "A Family of Brigands" by: Marie de Sainte-Hermine.  This is the story of two sisters who lived in the Vendee during the period of the uprising against the Revolutionary government in Paris.  The story is chronicled by Marie, the youngest, as the family goes from a tranquil existence of a noble family in the province; to the uprising of the Vendee, and the struggles that lead to the loss of much of that happy life.  Through it all, the faith of these noble people, both peasants and aristocrats shines through.  I highly recommend it to anybody who would like to read a rousing and gripping  Catholic adventure story; I and several of my family who have read it, have really been edified by the tale of these Crusaders and Martyrs for the faith.  Five Stars. 
Ps. This is a true story.

Thanks for this recommendation. It sounds great, but I can't find it available anywhere. Amazon has never heard of it. Did you read it in French?

It only seems to be for sale at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary...

http://stas.org/en/media/books/family-brigands-1793-2709 (http://stas.org/en/media/books/family-brigands-1793-2709)
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Post by: Maximilian on March 07, 2014, 12:23:10 PM
I just finished reading "A Family of Brigands" by: Marie de Sainte-Hermine.  This is the story of two sisters who lived in the Vendee during the period of the uprising against the Revolutionary government in Paris.  The story is chronicled by Marie, the youngest, as the family goes from a tranquil existence of a noble family in the province; to the uprising of the Vendee, and the struggles that lead to the loss of much of that happy life.  Through it all, the faith of these noble people, both peasants and aristocrats shines through.  I highly recommend it to anybody who would like to read a rousing and gripping  Catholic adventure story; I and several of my family who have read it, have really been edified by the tale of these Crusaders and Martyrs for the faith.  Five Stars. 
Ps. This is a true story.

Thanks for this recommendation. It sounds great, but I can't find it available anywhere. Amazon has never heard of it. Did you read it in French?

It only seems to be for sale at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary...

http://stas.org/en/media/books/family-brigands-1793-2709 (http://stas.org/en/media/books/family-brigands-1793-2709)

Thank you. I bookmarked that link.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on March 07, 2014, 02:13:25 PM
On the recommendation of my friend Maximilian, who advised me to buy anything written by Fr. Faber. I decided to follow his advice;  Fr. Frederick Faber, is the well known English spiritual writer of the 19th C. and the book I'm reading is  "Growth in Holiness".  I have only advanced to the third chapter, but I had to write that what Fr. Faber has been saying in the first two chapters is worth the price of the whole book.  His chapters on "Kindness" and "Kind Thoughts", are a must read for any Catholic who is serious about making progress in the spiritual life.  There is enough material in those two chapters to keep me busy in examining and  reforming my own exterior and interior behavior for the rest of my life.  Five stars.
Ps. This will not be the last Fr. Faber book I will purchase.
Pp. Ss. Thanks Max!
Ooops! Sorry about that; I left the book at work and I didn't have it in front of me when I wrote the post.

You're welcome. However, "Kindness" and "Kind Thoughts" are not in "Growth in Holiness," but in "Spiritual Conferences." Both are great books to read for Lent.
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Post by: Archer on March 07, 2014, 04:10:32 PM
My Lenten reading. 

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Post by: Larry on March 07, 2014, 05:32:21 PM
Horn of the Unicorn is a great book.
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Post by: kempff on March 07, 2014, 06:32:56 PM
https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/Easy-Way-To-Become-A-Saint
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Post by: Archer on March 08, 2014, 09:53:43 AM
Horn of the Unicorn is a great book.

Agreed.  David Allen White's writing style is fantastic and the book doubles as a history book.  I'm truly enjoying reading it. 
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Post by: Clare on March 14, 2014, 04:21:05 PM
On the recommendation of my friend Maximilian, who advised me to buy anything written by Fr. Faber. I decided to follow his advice;  Fr. Frederick Faber, is the well known English spiritual writer of the 19th C. and the book I'm reading is  "Growth in Holiness"...
I got that for my birthday, and I've just started it (having finished Surprised by Joy by CSL).

I'm also reading a little CTS pamphlet, Words of Encouragement, by Fr Daniel Considine, SJ.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on March 14, 2014, 05:59:24 PM
Horn of the Unicorn is a great book.

Agreed.  David Allen White's writing style is fantastic and the book doubles as a history book.  I'm truly enjoying reading it.
Fantastic book; Bishop De Castro Mayer demonstrated to all the other bishops of the world, that it was possible to keep the TLM and faith alive in their diocese if they had had the guts.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on March 27, 2014, 05:41:28 PM
A Wrinkle in Time
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Post by: Bonaventure on April 01, 2014, 10:19:04 PM
The man who saw through Heaven, Wilbur Daniel Steele.
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Post by: zork on April 02, 2014, 12:46:10 AM
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
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Post by: red solo cup on April 02, 2014, 07:37:07 AM
The Pope and Mussolini by David Kertzer
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Post by: Francisco Suárez on April 06, 2014, 12:11:27 PM
Right and Reason by Fr. Austin Fagothey S.J.
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Post by: Bernadette on April 06, 2014, 12:35:52 PM
I've just finished My Prison Life by Jabez Spencer Balfour, about his time in prison from 1896-1906 for some kind of investment fraud. I find Victorian/Edwardian social hostory fascinating. 

Oh, and The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley. Never read it before.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on April 09, 2014, 05:22:03 PM
I am slowly working on two books, Getting Things Done by David Allen and The Three Greatest Prayers, a summary of sorts of Aquinas's sermons of the Apostle's Creed, Our Father, and Hail Mary (as the Ave existed back then).
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Post by: Lynne on April 09, 2014, 07:07:10 PM
I just finished "The Man Who Knew Too Much" by G.C. Chesterton (on Librivox).

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Post by: red solo cup on April 24, 2014, 11:04:40 AM
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
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Post by: Clare on April 27, 2014, 03:21:53 PM
The Great Divorce, CS Lewis.
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Post by: zork on April 27, 2014, 03:25:18 PM
Just finished Dr. Sleep by Stephen King. Now reading The Wheel of Time book 2: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
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Post by: Pheo on April 27, 2014, 08:09:10 PM
Now reading The Wheel of Time book 2: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

Think this series is worth reading?  It's quite the time investment...but it sounds interesting.

I'm just starting The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson so long books don't put me off at all.
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Post by: verenaerin on April 27, 2014, 08:15:57 PM
A biography on St. Lydwine. Great book, as soon as I am finished I will post a short write up on it.
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Post by: zork on April 27, 2014, 08:57:53 PM
Now reading The Wheel of Time book 2: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

Think this series is worth reading?  It's quite the time investment...but it sounds interesting.

I'm just starting The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson so long books don't put me off at all.

Well, I had read that books 1-5 were great, 6-8 not so much, 9-11 were ok, and the last 3 (by Sanderson) were great. Book 1 was a page-turner, so I read it quickly in spite of being a slow reader.

So, I'd say yes, it's worth reading.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on April 27, 2014, 11:12:36 PM
Now reading The Wheel of Time book 2: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

Think this series is worth reading?  It's quite the time investment...but it sounds interesting.

I'm just starting The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson so long books don't put me off at all.

Well, I had read that books 1-5 were great, 6-8 not so much, 9-11 were ok, and the last 3 (by Sanderson) were great. Book 1 was a page-turner, so I read it quickly in spite of being a slow reader.

So, I'd say yes, it's worth reading.
I agree with your assesment. I liked the series, there is a lot of character development and a multitude of characters and plot lines (I kept a page marker with the names of the people and notes of who they were, as I would lose track and many of the names sounded alike). I hated the ending.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 28, 2014, 08:01:11 AM
Lord of the World
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Post by: Pheo on April 28, 2014, 08:06:07 PM
Thanks, gents.  I'll throw them on the list.
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Post by: Clare on May 03, 2014, 04:36:24 AM
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on May 03, 2014, 12:32:17 PM
I just finished "!0 Little Indians" by Agatha Cristie; I have read two other of her books, this one I didn't like the ending, and after thinking about it, I thought the whole premise and the story was impossible.  She deliberately misleads her reader, and everything happens too tidy and works out too perfectly.  Thumbs down on this one.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on May 03, 2014, 12:38:51 PM
I also read a Y.A. Series entitled "Divergent"; it takes place in the U.S. in the future after a war; Chicago survives as a lone city governed by the 'factions', here is the description from Amazon:
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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
The first book was very good, the heroine was believable and so was the plot and story; the second one was also very good; but I have head so many complaints from the kids at the High School about the third and final book, nobody liked it;  that I'm not going to read it.
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Post by: Archer on May 03, 2014, 12:48:18 PM
I just finished "!0 Little Indians" by Agatha Cristie; I have read two other of her books, this one I didn't like the ending, and after thinking about it, I thought the whole premise and the story was impossible.  She deliberately misleads her reader, and everything happens too tidy and works out too perfectly.  Thumbs down on this one.

If I recall correctly the name was later changed to "And then there were none?" If so I read it and didn't like the ending either.  It was too neat and rather morbid. 
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Post by: Hector, Tamer of Horses on May 03, 2014, 03:05:28 PM
Yes, Ten Little Indians isn't one of Dame Agatha's best.  Far too contrived.  Although, when I was little, I was supposed to be in a play version, but all the deaths frightened me too much and I bowed out, so I guess it's somewhat effective.  It made me quite paranoid for a while.  Same thing with Sherlock Holmes stories.  I would lie awake at night waiting for a snake to crawl through the air grate.  Ah, childhood...

I'm reading The Stripping of the Altars and Philip II by William Thomas Walsh.  Both are good, but I have a thing for biography, especially of royalty, so the latter is absorbing most of my interest.  A very worthwhile read.
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Post by: Bernadette on May 03, 2014, 08:54:17 PM
I'm reading The Stripping of the Altars and Philip II by William Thomas Walsh.  Both are good, but I have a thing for biography, especially of royalty, so the latter is absorbing most of my interest.  A very worthwhile read.

Have you read his biography of Queen Isabella? I have his biography of St. Teresa of Avila and it's really good.
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Post by: Hector, Tamer of Horses on May 04, 2014, 12:03:42 AM
I'm reading The Stripping of the Altars and Philip II by William Thomas Walsh.  Both are good, but I have a thing for biography, especially of royalty, so the latter is absorbing most of my interest.  A very worthwhile read.

Have you read his biography of Queen Isabella? I have his biography of St. Teresa of Avila and it's really good.

No, I haven't, when I found this book I'd actually never heard of him.  If his other books are anything like this one then I'm sure they're great.  It's very readable and very Catholic.
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Post by: Arun on May 04, 2014, 12:18:25 AM
I also read a Y.A. Series entitled "Divergent"; it takes place in the U.S. in the future after a war; Chicago survives as a lone city governed by the 'factions', here is the description from Amazon:
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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
The first book was very good, the heroine was believable and so was the plot and story; the second one was also very good; but I have head so many complaints from the kids at the High School about the third and final book, nobody liked it;  that I'm not going to read it.

i think the missus saw this at the movies the other week...?
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Post by: AugustineA on May 04, 2014, 12:34:22 AM
Father Elijah by Michael O'Brien

I just finished chapter two, and I'm hooked. A sweet traditional girl from the US recommended it to me, and so far it doesn't disappoint. The plot is built around the end of ages and persecution of the Church from within and out, and a Carmelite monk who has to save as many souls as he can.  :D
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Post by: Bonaventure on May 04, 2014, 02:39:43 AM
(http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/is-bin/intershop.static/WFS/TWL-B2C-Site/TWL-B2C/en_NZ/product/large/6d/5f/9781468594324_l.jpg)

I read it while kids take exams. 128 pages in. It's excellent.
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Post by: Bernadette on May 04, 2014, 07:28:45 AM
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I read it while kids take exams. 128 pages in. It's excellent.

Wow. Did you have to put a book cover on it?  :huh:
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Post by: Michael Wilson on May 04, 2014, 10:27:06 AM
Yes, Ten Little Indians isn't one of Dame Agatha's best.  Far too contrived.  Although, when I was little, I was supposed to be in a play version, but all the deaths frightened me too much and I bowed out, so I guess it's somewhat effective.  It made me quite paranoid for a while.  Same thing with Sherlock Holmes stories.  I would lie awake at night waiting for a snake to crawl through the air grate.  Ah, childhood...I'm reading The Stripping of the Altars and Philip II by William Thomas Walsh.  Both are good, but I have a thing for biography, especially of royalty, so the latter is absorbing most of my interest.  A very worthwhile read.

I read the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as an adult; I loved the character, he is so pompous and cock-sure of himself that he is actually likeable; poor Mr. Watson; I especially like the scene where Mr. Watson visits Holmes who he hasn't seen in a while; Holmes is bored and needs some stimulation; somebody has left their cane as a calling card, and Holmes asks Watson what can he surmise of the owner by examining the cane.  Watson proceeds to examine it, and then gives his profile of the owner to Holmes.  Holmes reaction is Holmes at his pompous obnoxious best; he tells Watson something to the effect: "your bumbling incompetence somehow acts as a mysterious stimulant that helps my powers of analysis." He then goes on to give the true profile of the owner by pointing out all the clues that the cane gives.  A real Holmesian tour de force. 

I read his "Isabella The Catholic", and his St. Teresa of Avila; both were excellent. I've been meaning to read "Phillip II" for a long time.
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Post by: piabee on May 06, 2014, 03:13:32 AM
Picked it up at Sea-Tac airport and then it just so happened to be set in Seattle.

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Post by: Hector, Tamer of Horses on May 06, 2014, 09:53:47 PM
The library at school has a free book table where all the old slightly ratty books that are no longer wanted are placed and anyone can take them, and today I picked up a nice copy of That Hideous Strength from 1960.  It's not even in very bad shape.  And luckily it's the book in the "Space Trilogy" that I haven't read yet.
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Post by: MilesChristi on May 06, 2014, 10:44:11 PM
True Devotion to Mary, by St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. I love it. It gives me more desire to do the Total Consecration.
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Post by: Bernadette on May 06, 2014, 11:47:13 PM
My copy of Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine arrived today. It turns out that this edition includes both volumes, which means that I'll have an extra copy of Volume II. I get a feeling of sadness reading it, though: the author probably never imagined what would happen to the Church in just a generation after his book's publication.  :'(
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Post by: Clare on May 07, 2014, 03:51:30 AM
The library at school has a free book table where all the old slightly ratty books that are no longer wanted are placed and anyone can take them, and today I picked up a nice copy of That Hideous Strength from 1960.  It's not even in very bad shape.  And luckily it's the book in the "Space Trilogy" that I haven't read yet.
I read that a couple of months ago. Very good!
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Post by: Jacob on May 07, 2014, 10:18:30 AM
I'm reading the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian this summer.

Right now I'm in the third book, H.M.S. Surprise.
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Post by: red solo cup on May 12, 2014, 11:08:03 AM
Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood by Joachim Fest. The author was a schoolboy when Hitler came to power. His father was one of the founders of Reichsbanner, a
group of conservative Catholics set up to be an alternative to Nazis or Communists.
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Post by: Heinrich on May 14, 2014, 10:06:33 PM
Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood by Joachim Fest. The author was a schoolboy when Hitler came to power. His father was one of the founders of Reichsbanner, a
group of conservative Catholics set up to be an alternative to Nazis or Communists.

The Wiki entry on this group mentions not this fact.
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Post by: Bonaventure on May 15, 2014, 02:35:27 AM
Probably the best work I've ever read for those suffering from scruples. Will post more soon.
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Post by: MilesChristi on May 15, 2014, 05:46:49 PM
Open Letter to Confused Catholics.

Eye-opening
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Post by: Hector, Tamer of Horses on May 15, 2014, 06:21:40 PM
Re-reading The Splendid Century by W.H. Lewis.  Such a great book.  People sure were characters in the seventeenth century...
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Post by: Archer on May 15, 2014, 06:44:19 PM
Open Letter to Confused Catholics.

Eye-opening

Isn't it? It's enlightening to read about the crisis from his perspective too. 
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Post by: Clare on June 09, 2014, 04:51:50 AM
The Screwtape Letters
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Post by: Hector, Tamer of Horses on June 09, 2014, 07:29:46 PM
A Nervous Splendour: Vienna 1888/1889 by Frederic Morton.  Very interesting.

Also picked up at the library Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt by John Manchip White.  The Egyptians are so much fun to read about.  Though really the Ptolemies a bit later on are my favourites.  They have the best family tree in human history.  ;D
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on June 10, 2014, 07:49:41 AM
Just finished reading The Hunt for Red October
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Post by: Daniel on June 10, 2014, 12:41:06 PM
Geocentrism 101
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Post by: red solo cup on June 11, 2014, 07:02:22 AM
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson. Very accurate for something written in 1907.
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Post by: Clare on June 11, 2014, 11:34:14 AM
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson. Very accurate for something written in 1907.
The Dawn of All (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/11626/pg11626.html) is worth reading too.

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IN a former book, called Lord of the World, I attempted to sketch the kind of developments a hundred years hence which, I thought, might reasonably be expected if the present lines of what is called "modern thought" were only prolonged far enough; and I was informed repeatedly that the effect of the book was exceedingly depressing and discouraging to optimistic Christians. In the present book I am attempting—also in parable form—not in the least to withdraw anything that I said in the former, but to follow up the other lines instead, and to sketch—again in parable—the kind of developments, about sixty years hence which, I think, may reasonably be expected should the opposite process begin, and ancient thought (which has stood the test of centuries, and is, in a very remarkable manner, being "rediscovered" by persons even more modern than modernists) be prolonged instead. We are told occasionally by moralists that we live in very critical times, by which they mean that they are not sure whether their own side will win or not. In that sense no times can ever be critical to Catholics, since Catholics are never in any kind of doubt as to whether or no their side will win. But from another point of view every period is a critical period, since every period has within itself the conflict of two irreconcilable forces. It has been for the sake of tracing out the kind of effects that, it seemed to me, each side would experience in turn, should the other, at any rate for a while, become dominant, that I have written these two books.
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Post by: Pheo on June 11, 2014, 11:49:24 AM
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson. Very accurate for something written in 1907.
The Dawn of All (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/11626/pg11626.html) is worth reading too.

Yep, both are great.
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Post by: GeorgeT on June 12, 2014, 05:50:13 AM
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson. Very accurate for something written in 1907.
The Dawn of All (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/11626/pg11626.html) is worth reading too.

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IN a former book, called Lord of the World, I attempted to sketch the kind of developments a hundred years hence which, I thought, might reasonably be expected if the present lines of what is called "modern thought" were only prolonged far enough; and I was informed repeatedly that the effect of the book was exceedingly depressing and discouraging to optimistic Christians. In the present book I am attempting—also in parable form—not in the least to withdraw anything that I said in the former, but to follow up the other lines instead, and to sketch—again in parable—the kind of developments, about sixty years hence which, I think, may reasonably be expected should the opposite process begin, and ancient thought (which has stood the test of centuries, and is, in a very remarkable manner, being "rediscovered" by persons even more modern than modernists) be prolonged instead. We are told occasionally by moralists that we live in very critical times, by which they mean that they are not sure whether their own side will win or not. In that sense no times can ever be critical to Catholics, since Catholics are never in any kind of doubt as to whether or no their side will win. But from another point of view every period is a critical period, since every period has within itself the conflict of two irreconcilable forces. It has been for the sake of tracing out the kind of effects that, it seemed to me, each side would experience in turn, should the other, at any rate for a while, become dominant, that I have written these two books.

I read a few pages of that one. I love how his writing flows. Very smooth.

Right now, I'm reading Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffighan. Funny light reading. The pacing threw me off because I was reading it as If I was listening to his routine, but my eyes are faster than his delivery. Not the writer's fault. I got over it, though.
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Post by: Hector, Tamer of Horses on June 13, 2014, 11:52:33 PM
The Day the World Discovered the Sun: An Extraordinary Story of Scientific Adventure and the Race to Track the Transit of Venus by Mark Anderson.  Eighteenth-century history AND space?  Count me in!

Picked it up at the Calico Cat Bookshop, if anyone knows Ventura.
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Post by: Jacob on June 14, 2014, 09:17:18 AM
The Fortune of War, book six of Aubrey-Maturin.
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Post by: kayla_veronica on June 16, 2014, 04:29:54 PM
Sword of Honor by Evelyn Waugh.
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Post by: Maximilian on June 16, 2014, 05:11:00 PM
Sword of Honor by Evelyn Waugh.


Great book. Starts slowly, but builds as it goes along.
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Post by: Pheo on June 16, 2014, 05:24:21 PM
Just about done the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
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Post by: zork on June 16, 2014, 11:27:46 PM
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
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Post by: Gardener on June 17, 2014, 01:25:14 AM
"Jesus Christ, Before He Became a Superstar" - James K. Fitzpatrick, published by Roman Catholic Books

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Post by: Larry on June 17, 2014, 04:00:29 PM
The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce

and, for fun, The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski
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Post by: Roland Deschain2 on June 19, 2014, 07:39:08 AM
TCP/IP: Principles, Protocols and Architectures by Douglas Comer
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 19, 2014, 09:45:58 AM
Just about done the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
Pheo,
how is this series?
I liked how Brandon was able to get the "Wheel of Time" series back on track and finish it.
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Post by: BigMelvin on June 21, 2014, 10:21:19 AM
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson. Very accurate for something written in 1907.
The Dawn of All (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/11626/pg11626.html) is worth reading too.

Quote
IN a former book, called Lord of the World, I attempted to sketch the kind of developments a hundred years hence which, I thought, might reasonably be expected if the present lines of what is called "modern thought" were only prolonged far enough; and I was informed repeatedly that the effect of the book was exceedingly depressing and discouraging to optimistic Christians. In the present book I am attempting—also in parable form—not in the least to withdraw anything that I said in the former, but to follow up the other lines instead, and to sketch—again in parable—the kind of developments, about sixty years hence which, I think, may reasonably be expected should the opposite process begin, and ancient thought (which has stood the test of centuries, and is, in a very remarkable manner, being "rediscovered" by persons even more modern than modernists) be prolonged instead. We are told occasionally by moralists that we live in very critical times, by which they mean that they are not sure whether their own side will win or not. In that sense no times can ever be critical to Catholics, since Catholics are never in any kind of doubt as to whether or no their side will win. But from another point of view every period is a critical period, since every period has within itself the conflict of two irreconcilable forces. It has been for the sake of tracing out the kind of effects that, it seemed to me, each side would experience in turn, should the other, at any rate for a while, become dominant, that I have written these two books.

are these intended to be read in sequence?
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Post by: Pheo on June 21, 2014, 11:34:22 AM
Just about done the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
Pheo,
how is this series?
I liked how Brandon was able to get the "Wheel of Time" series back on track and finish it.

I have to come down on the side of most of its reviews - it's great.  I haven't read a ton of fantasy so I'm not sure how you'd classify it, but so far I prefer more poetic books along the lines of The Silmarillion.  The reason I mention that is because at times the tone was a little more on the teen fiction side than I would have liked, but that really didn't take away from the series very much.

What boggles my mind is how quickly he comes out with new books.  And these don't feel rushed...the man is really creative.  I found out he's Mormon, so part of that may be because he's regularly exposed to a lot of crazy fantasy (i.e. The Book of Mormon). I can see where his worldview might have influenced certain elements in the series...but certainly not in a dangerous way.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 21, 2014, 01:41:16 PM
Thanks Pheo!
 Robert Jordan was also a Mormon, and I wonder if the theory behind his series "The Wheel of Time" i.e. Endlessly recurring cycles of history repeating themselves has something to do with Mormon theology?
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Post by: Maximilian on June 21, 2014, 03:20:11 PM

 Robert Jordan was also a Mormon,


Interesting, I didn't know that.
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Post by: Jacob on June 21, 2014, 10:07:44 PM
The Surgeon's Mate by O'Brian.
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Post by: zork on June 21, 2014, 10:11:22 PM
The Dragon Reborn (1991) by Robert Jordan.
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Post by: Maximilian on June 21, 2014, 10:56:24 PM

 Robert Jordan was also a Mormon,


Interesting, I didn't know that.

Actually, after further research on google, there is no evidence that Robert Jordan was a mormon. Perhaps you are confusing him with Brandon Sanderson who concluded the series after Robert Jordan died?
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Post by: Clare on June 22, 2014, 05:55:37 AM
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson. Very accurate for something written in 1907.
The Dawn of All (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/11626/pg11626.html) is worth reading too.

Quote
IN a former book, called Lord of the World, I attempted to sketch the kind of developments a hundred years hence which, I thought, might reasonably be expected if the present lines of what is called "modern thought" were only prolonged far enough; and I was informed repeatedly that the effect of the book was exceedingly depressing and discouraging to optimistic Christians. In the present book I am attempting—also in parable form—not in the least to withdraw anything that I said in the former, but to follow up the other lines instead, and to sketch—again in parable—the kind of developments, about sixty years hence which, I think, may reasonably be expected should the opposite process begin, and ancient thought (which has stood the test of centuries, and is, in a very remarkable manner, being "rediscovered" by persons even more modern than modernists) be prolonged instead. We are told occasionally by moralists that we live in very critical times, by which they mean that they are not sure whether their own side will win or not. In that sense no times can ever be critical to Catholics, since Catholics are never in any kind of doubt as to whether or no their side will win. But from another point of view every period is a critical period, since every period has within itself the conflict of two irreconcilable forces. It has been for the sake of tracing out the kind of effects that, it seemed to me, each side would experience in turn, should the other, at any rate for a while, become dominant, that I have written these two books.

are these intended to be read in sequence?
I'm not sure. Several years went between my readings of them. It might be interesting to read them one after the other though.
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Post by: Pheo on June 22, 2014, 10:46:33 AM
They do make an interesting contrast, but they don't have to be read in sequence.
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Post by: Older Salt on June 22, 2014, 11:09:13 AM
"Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 22, 2014, 12:58:17 PM

 Robert Jordan was also a Mormon,


Interesting, I didn't know that.



Actually, after further research on google, there is no evidence that Robert Jordan was a mormon. Perhaps you are confusing him with Brandon Sanderson who concluded the series after Robert Jordan died?
My bad!  I wikied up his name and it states that he described himself a "High Church Episcopalian"  and also a Freemanson.
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He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian[6] and received communion more than once a week.[7] He lived with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor) in a house built in 1797.[8] Responding to queries on the similarity of some of the concepts in his Wheel of Time books with Freemasonry concepts, Jordan admitted that he was a Freemason. However, "like his father and grandfather," he preferred not to advertise, possibly because of the negative propaganda against Freemasonry. In his own words, "no man in this country should feel in danger because of his beliefs."[9]
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Post by: Larry on June 22, 2014, 03:51:07 PM
"Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor.

Great book!
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Post by: Kaesekopf on June 22, 2014, 03:59:42 PM
"Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor.

Great book!

I have this book.  Still working through it.

What makes it so great?
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Post by: Larry on June 22, 2014, 05:40:11 PM
"Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor.

Great book!

I have this book.  Still working through it.

What makes it so great?

It's a good story, well written, with interesting characters. I read the whole thing in one afternoon. It is bizarre though(as most of Flannery's stuff is), so it's not for all tastes.
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Post by: Older Salt on June 22, 2014, 08:48:47 PM
"Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor.

Great book!

I have this book.  Still working through it.

What makes it so great?
The dialogue between characters and the protagonist arrival at a realization of his nothingness without Grace.

Also it helps if you live in the American south to see the works poignancy, and sense of irony.
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Post by: Older Salt on June 22, 2014, 08:51:10 PM
"Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor.

Great book!

I have this book.  Still working through it.

What makes it so great?

It's a good story, well written, with interesting characters. I read the whole thing in one afternoon. It is bizarre though(as most of Flannery's stuff is), so it's not for all tastes.
It is bizarre, but not alien to reality.

I live in the South and have seen people like "Haze" quite often.

For my money the best American short story writer ever.
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Post by: Gardener on June 22, 2014, 09:33:06 PM
I've not read much of Flannery O'Connor's work, but what I have read I have enjoyed. I do agree one is better off with having familiarity with the South.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 22, 2014, 11:17:43 PM
I don't like her work; we read some of her short stories when I was in High School (40+ years ago); but the supposed Catholic message is so well hidden as to be imperceptible to the average dumb reader like myself.  In other words I don't see what "the big whoop" on F.O'C is all about.
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Post by: tmw89 on June 22, 2014, 11:42:15 PM
The Homogeneous Evolution of Catholic Dogma by Fr. Marin-Sola.  Have been reading it for a while (thanks to The Catholic Archive), it's a fascinating book.  I still wonder if it might have played a role in the deliberations for the later definition and declaration of the dogma of our Lady's Assumption...
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 23, 2014, 12:10:22 AM
The Homogeneous Evolution of Catholic Dogma by Fr. Marin-Sola.  Have been reading it for a while (thanks to The Catholic Archive), it's a fascinating book.  I still wonder if it might have played a role in the deliberations for the later definition and declaration of the dogma of our Lady's Assumption...
I have that book; I have had a real problem getting through it; its very heavy to lift, to read and especially to grasp everything that Fr. Sola is saying.
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Post by: Clare on June 23, 2014, 04:40:16 AM
The Four Men, Hilaire Belloc.
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Post by: Daniel on June 23, 2014, 07:44:12 AM
I was reading The Concise History of the Crusades (as part of my research for a paper that was due two weeks ago that I haven't yet written).  I think I'm going to stop reading that book because there's no way I'm going to be able to finish it by the end of the semester (although the Crusades are interesting so maybe I'll resume reading that book at a later time).

I'm currently reading the Book of Job (Douay-Rheims Challoner translation) and I'm also reading St. Thomas Aquinas's Expositio super Iob ad litteram (Brian Mulladay translation) in order to help me to better understand the literal meaning of the Book of Job.
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Post by: The Dumb Ostrich on June 23, 2014, 08:47:35 AM
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser.
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Post by: red solo cup on June 23, 2014, 11:05:10 AM
Locked On by Tom Clancy. Not bad.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on June 23, 2014, 12:46:41 PM
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser.

I want to get that.
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Post by: Heinrich on June 23, 2014, 03:40:08 PM
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser.

I want to get that.

Sounds fascinating. Our priest used metaphysical explanations in regards to Corpus Christi yesterday.
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Post by: LouisIX on June 23, 2014, 03:43:11 PM
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser.

I want to get that.

Sounds fascinating. Our priest used metaphysical explanations in regards to Corpus Christi yesterday.

What did he say?
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Post by: Heinrich on June 23, 2014, 03:48:41 PM
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser.

I want to get that.

Sounds fascinating. Our priest used metaphysical explanations in regards to Corpus Christi yesterday.

What did he say?

 The miracle of Transubstantiation: The body and blood of Christ while retaining the accidents of bread wine.
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Post by: LouisIX on June 23, 2014, 04:10:29 PM
Priests should just start reading from the Summa every other week.

I'm mostly kidding.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on June 23, 2014, 05:23:35 PM
Priests should just start reading from the Summa every other week.

I'm mostly kidding.

It would be infinite improvement over the NO's happy-feeling storytime priests usually tell.
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Post by: Bernadette on June 24, 2014, 08:18:49 AM
Priests should just start reading from the Summa every other week.

I'm mostly kidding.

It would be infinite improvement over the NO's happy-feeling storytime priests usually tell.

Tell me about it. I hid in the bathroom last Sunday during the homily because I couldn't take it.  :-[
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Post by: Lynne on June 24, 2014, 02:58:18 PM
Priests should just start reading from the Summa every other week.

I'm mostly kidding.

It would be infinite improvement over the NO's happy-feeling storytime priests usually tell.

Tell me about it. I hid in the bathroom last Sunday during the homily because I couldn't take it.  :-[

That's a great idea! (although I'm very sorry you have to do it.)
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Post by: tmw89 on June 24, 2014, 04:59:36 PM
The Homogeneous Evolution of Catholic Dogma by Fr. Marin-Sola.  Have been reading it for a while (thanks to The Catholic Archive), it's a fascinating book.  I still wonder if it might have played a role in the deliberations for the later definition and declaration of the dogma of our Lady's Assumption...
I have that book; I have had a real problem getting through it; its very heavy to lift, to read and especially to grasp everything that Fr. Sola is saying.

Mr. Wilson, would you mind my asking where you found your copy?  I subscribed to The Catholic Archive chiefly because they'd added that title to their download collection, as I was unable to locate a copy outside of three different libraries (Harvard, I think Oxford, and the National Library of the Philippines).
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Post by: BigMelvin on June 24, 2014, 05:50:42 PM
They do make an interesting contrast, but they don't have to be read in sequence.

Thanks, and to Clare as well. I am thundering through Lord of the World at the moment. Very good, and very touching in some parts as well.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 24, 2014, 09:46:12 PM
The Homogeneous Evolution of Catholic Dogma by Fr. Marin-Sola.  Have been reading it for a while (thanks to The Catholic Archive), it's a fascinating book.  I still wonder if it might have played a role in the deliberations for the later definition and declaration of the dogma of our Lady's Assumption...
I have that book; I have had a real problem getting through it; its very heavy to lift, to read and especially to grasp everything that Fr. Sola is saying.

Mr. Wilson, would you mind my asking where you found your copy?  I subscribed to The Catholic Archive chiefly because they'd added that title to their download collection, as I was unable to locate a copy outside of three different libraries (Harvard, I think Oxford, and the National Library of the Philippines).
My copy is in Spanish, and I found it on abe books; I believe it is also available in French.  John Lane had/has a thread somewhere on his forum about finding this book in English. You could pop over there and inquire.
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Post by: Pheo on June 25, 2014, 12:00:46 AM
I don't think I mentioned this one yet...read it a couple months back, and it was just awesome.  Catholic Sci-Fi, and not cheesy at all (imagine that).  I won't go into it too much, but the book took a bit of a jaw-dropping turn near the end.

(http://i57.tinypic.com/2npnw8.jpg)
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Post by: The Dumb Ostrich on June 25, 2014, 07:26:54 AM
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser.

I want to get that.

Sounds fascinating. Our priest used metaphysical explanations in regards to Corpus Christi yesterday.

What did he say?

 The miracle of Transubstantiation: The body and blood of Christ while retaining the accidents of bread wine.
SO far the book is good. It's not just a book on intro to Metaphysics. He spends the first part of the book refuting Scientism than goes into Thomism basically start with Act and Potency. Than into further sub division to show further distinctions. He also shows other scholastic thinks like Scotus. I'm only half way through chapter one because I'm also reading Life of Christ by Sheen. Very good book. very beatiful. 
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Post by: Kaesekopf on June 25, 2014, 09:20:07 AM
Do you have theological training, ostrich?

Sounds really good.
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Post by: red solo cup on June 25, 2014, 10:11:44 AM
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser.

I want to get that.

Sounds fascinating. Our priest used metaphysical explanations in regards to Corpus Christi yesterday.

What did he say?

 The miracle of Transubstantiation: The body and blood of Christ while retaining the accidents of bread wine.
SO far the book is good. It's not just a book on intro to Metaphysics. He spends the first part of the book refuting Scientism than goes into Thomism basically start with Act and Potency. Than into further sub division to show further distinctions. He also shows other scholastic thinks like Scotus. I'm only half way through chapter one because I'm also reading Life of Christ by Sheen. Very good book. very beatiful.
Sheen's book is one of the best I've ever read.
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Post by: The Dumb Ostrich on June 25, 2014, 05:26:01 PM
Do you have theological training, ostrich?

Sounds really good.
I don't think so, granted to be honest I don't know what it means to be theologically trained. I read a lot books/ fesers blogs on various topics that pertain to Thomism. I've read Thomas's shorten Summa, summa contra gentiles vol 1 and half of two. I've read parts of the the actual summa. My understanding of Aristotelian logic is OK. I'll always see myself as a beginner, but I'd think we'd all say that because we had to consistently reread everything.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on June 25, 2014, 05:27:01 PM
Do you have theological training, ostrich?

Sounds really good.
I don't think so, granted to be honest I don't know what it means to be theologically trained. I read a lot books/ fesers blogs on various topics that pertain to Thomism. I've read Thomas's shorten Summa, summa contra gentiles vol 1 and half of two. I've read parts of the the actual summa. My understanding of Aristotelian logic is OK. I'll always see myself as a beginner, but I'd think we'd all say that because we had to consistently reread everything.

By theological training, I mean formal schooling/education, etc.
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Post by: The Dumb Ostrich on June 25, 2014, 05:27:54 PM
Sheen's book is really amazing to read. It's so profound and simpler style of G.K. ish.  Scripture use is great too. Brings both natures of human and divine together so well in understanding the Apostles and Jesus.
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Post by: The Dumb Ostrich on June 25, 2014, 05:28:46 PM
Do you have theological training, ostrich?

Sounds really good.
I don't think so, granted to be honest I don't know what it means to be theologically trained. I read a lot books/ fesers blogs on various topics that pertain to Thomism. I've read Thomas's shorten Summa, summa contra gentiles vol 1 and half of two. I've read parts of the the actual summa. My understanding of Aristotelian logic is OK. I'll always see myself as a beginner, but I'd think we'd all say that because we had to consistently reread everything.

By theological training, I mean formal schooling/education, etc.
No, the closest thing to that is Louis and I reading and discussion Thomism.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on June 25, 2014, 05:29:58 PM
No, the closest thing to that is Louis and I reading and discussion Thomism.

OK.  Cool! 
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Post by: Bernadette on June 30, 2014, 09:05:57 AM
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic,  by Jennifer Niven. Not bad, but not worth keeping/rereading. Back onto PBS it goes.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 30, 2014, 10:14:43 AM
Thanks to the discussion I had on the "Baptism of Desire" thread, I started reading "The Theological Virtues I. Faith" By Rev. Reginald Garigou Lagrange.  A commentary on St. Thomas' Theological Summa Ia IIae qq. 62, 65, 68; IIa IIae, qq. 1-16;
Here is the first paragraph of the Preface:
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Four editions of the author's previous work, "De Revelatione," on "Revelation as proposed by the Catholic Church, " serve as an important milestone in fundamental apologetics,  The volume now presented is to acquaint religious minded readers with the manner of spiritual life demanded by the mysteries revealed. It must be a life of Christian faith, hope, and Charity, kept ardent and unctuous by the gifts of the Holy Ghost.....
I'm not the smartest guy around (to say the least), but I find that Fr. Lagrange makes the most complicated subjects easier to understand for the average layman.  He is a great teacher and an author whose orthodoxy and fidelity to the Church's perennial magisterium, make him a sure guide for any Catholic seeking to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith.
Any book with Fr. Lagrange as its author is a good book.
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Post by: Stu Cool on June 30, 2014, 02:31:22 PM
The Reform of the Roman Liturgy by Msgr. Klaus Gamber.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on June 30, 2014, 02:35:23 PM
The Reform of the Roman Liturgy by Msgr. Klaus Gamber.
Such a wonderful book.

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Post by: moneil on July 04, 2014, 01:57:43 PM
I don't remember if I mentioned it but I am finishing up St. Augustine's Confessions.  It is excellent (and interestingly relevant to some personal circumstances).  It defiently will be read again, and again.

The new "lighter" read is The Undertaking: Life Studes From the Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/undertaking-thomas-lynch/1100871708?ean=9780393334876 (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/undertaking-thomas-lynch/1100871708?ean=9780393334876)

Mr. Lynch is a second generation Irish Catholic funeral director who grew up in a family of 9.  Today he and several of his siblings, children, neices and nephews operate seven funeral homes in Michigan. http://www.lynchfuneraldirectors.com/Default.aspx (http://www.lynchfuneraldirectors.com/Default.aspx)
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 05, 2014, 12:17:37 AM
Life of Christ-by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen
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Post by: Bernadette on July 05, 2014, 09:12:52 AM
Life of Christ-by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen

This is SO good! I read it practically every year.  :)
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 05, 2014, 09:13:36 AM
Second attempt has been very succesful, I love it.

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Post by: zork on July 05, 2014, 06:46:06 PM
Skeleton Crew (1985) by Stephen King
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Post by: Revixit on July 05, 2014, 10:48:50 PM
I don't like her work; we read some of her short stories when I was in High School (40+ years ago); but the supposed Catholic message is so well hidden as to be imperceptible to the average dumb reader like myself.  In other words I don't see what "the big whoop" on F.O'C is all about.

Correction: you did not like Flannery O'Connor's short stories when given them as a reading assignment in high school, more than forty years ago.  Surely you have changed somewhat over more than four decades so the possibility that you could like O'Connor today certainly exists.  The world has gone through a lengthy period of rapid and mind-boggling change during our lifetimes and we've all changed along with it, to some degree.  Certainly, we have learned things as we matured.

As a high school sophomore, I found my Latin II homework incredibly boring when, night after night, I had to translate long passages from the Latin original of Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. I love Latin and aced my Latin classes, but I didn't enjoy what I read of Caesar's words.  Scholars, though, still consider the work, comprised of several books, a classic, and I assume they know better than I do.  I also know that if I were to read Caesar again, in English, I might enjoy it.

We read books and articles explaining our Catholic Faith, the works of Early Church Fathers, the Bible, Thomism, anything we find difficult to understand.  I'm sure you could find articles online explaining the symbolism in Flannery O'Connor's work, if you wanted to.  Or you might just try reading one of her short stories now, which I'm sure you can also find online.  You'll never know if you understand and/or enjoy her work now that you're older unless you try reading her again.  I'm considering giving Julius Caesar another try.  Aut Caesar aut nihil is still a catchy motto.
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Post by: Older Salt on July 06, 2014, 10:48:17 AM
Just finished Flannery O'Connors's, "A good Man is Hard to find"

They were all killed except.....
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 06, 2014, 10:50:31 AM
Revixit,
 I recently re-read: "The Misfit" and I have the same opinion of it as I did when I was in High School; the story is shocking and pointless.  Then I read Miss O'Connor's explanation of the story; where she states that the moment that the grandmother touched the misfit, it was like his moment of grace, and that maybe down the road he might have even converted.
At that very "moment of grace", the misfit recoils back and lets granny "have it".  There is no way to see this "moment of grace"; all you see is a pathological killer cold-bloodedly killing an innocent person.  Miss O'Connor's message is lost to the average reader (like myself).
There was another O'Connor story I also found repulsive and meaningless: a traveling salesman arrives at a farmhouse, where a girl with a prosthetic leg lives; she is an unpleasant character.  The salesman pretends to be romantically interested in her; tricks her into climbing into the hayloft and then tricks her again into taking off her prosthesis.  Then he takes the leg and leaves her.
The moral of the story?  Again,  unless Miss O'Connor tells us, the only one I can think of is that there are some unpleasant people in this world, and they deserve to be taken advantage of by con-men. 
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Post by: Bernadette on July 06, 2014, 01:42:01 PM
There was another O'Connor story I also found repulsive and meaningless: a traveling salesman arrives at a farmhouse, where a girl with a prosthetic leg lives; she is an unpleasant character.  The salesman pretends to be romantically interested in her; tricks her into climbing into the hayloft and then tricks her again into taking off her prosthesis.  Then he takes the leg and leaves her.
The moral of the story?  Again,  unless Miss O'Connor tells us, the only one I can think of is that there are some unpleasant people in this world, and they deserve to be taken advantage of by con-men.

I remember that one. *shudder* I'm with you: I don't enjoy Flannery O'Connor's short stories either (last reading approx. 8 years ago). Thankfully for me, I get to make my own reading choices now, and can't think of a single circumstance in which I will have to read a work of fiction that I don't enjoy.  :)
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Post by: Revixit on July 06, 2014, 10:13:30 PM
Revixit,
 I recently re-read: "The Misfit" and I have the same opinion of it as I did when I was in High School; the story is shocking and pointless.  Then I read Miss O'Connor's explanation of the story; where she states that the moment that the grandmother touched the misfit, it was like his moment of grace, and that maybe down the road he might have even converted.
At that very "moment of grace", the misfit recoils back and lets granny "have it".  There is no way to see this "moment of grace"; all you see is a pathological killer cold-bloodedly killing an innocent person.  Miss O'Connor's message is lost to the average reader (like myself).
There was another O'Connor story I also found repulsive and meaningless: a traveling salesman arrives at a farmhouse, where a girl with a prosthetic leg lives; she is an unpleasant character.  The salesman pretends to be romantically interested in her; tricks her into climbing into the hayloft and then tricks her again into taking off her prosthesis.  Then he takes the leg and leaves her.
The moral of the story?  Again,  unless Miss O'Connor tells us, the only one I can think of is that there are some unpleasant people in this world, and they deserve to be taken advantage of by con-men.

I'm very glad to know that you have tried reading Flannery O'Connor again.  Of course we don't have to read what our English teachers or professors of literature told us was good or what critics say is good but I think we should challenge some of our old dislikes, just in case we're missing out on something we'd like now that we've had more experience with life.  Short stories often tend toward the bizarre and Flannery's work is definitely no exception.  Do you read short stories often?
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Post by: Maximilian on July 06, 2014, 10:52:15 PM

Do you read short stories often?

I'm afraid I must agree with the negative judgment of the other readers here re Flannery O'Connor. I tried to like her, but I just couldn't do it.

However, there is another O'Connor, the true master of the short story -- Frank O'Connor. Every one of his stories is a delight. And they are all infused with a true Catholic sensibility, not a gothic horror version.

I highly recommend his works to everyone.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1981/oct/08/oconnors-crab-apple-jelly/?pagination=false

"The stories of Frank O’Connor refresh and delight long after they are first read. They pass into our experience like incidents we have ourselves known or almost known. Generous in spirit, acute in perception, they sum up a provincial culture in terms that are less provincial, but never cosmopolitan. Detachment from his own country was not one of Frank O’Connor’s aims. Nobody was more aware than he of the mules, crows, foxes, who with dogs, horses, gazelles, and doves populated in human form his island home, and nobody was more unwilling to give up the local fauna. His stories preserve in ink like amber his perceptive, amused, and sometimes tender observations of the fabric of Irish customs, pieties, superstitions, loves, and hates. He wrote at the moment when that fabric was being slowly torn by modern conditions. “Crab-apple jelly” was his own description of the sweet and tart mixture thus compounded. His best stories stir those facial muscles which, we are told, are the same for both laughing and weeping."

Recently I posted here his story, "First Confession."

http://www.ireland-information.com/firstconfession.htm

"My Oedipus Complex" by Frank O'Connor

http://www.cyc-net.org/cyc-online/cycol-0201-oconnor.html (http://www.cyc-net.org/cyc-online/cycol-0201-oconnor.html)
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 06, 2014, 11:38:56 PM
Revixit,
 thanks for your thoughts on F.O'C. I also know people who absolutely love her writings, including my 10th grade English teacher (Mrs. Gautier); its great that we do have a variety to chose from.
I don't read short stories anymore, except when I'm working in School and I read those that are included in the English readers.  I like them, but I don't know where to fit them in to the short time I have for reading.  But if you want to suggest something, I will certainly give it a try.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 06, 2014, 11:41:00 PM
Thanks Max for the information on Frank O'Connor, I might have to give him a try one of these days.
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Post by: Older Salt on July 07, 2014, 06:06:02 PM
I think F O'connor is brilliant.

She very blatantly mocks fallen nature primarily in the person or persons of Prots.

I know a very old priest from Georgia that knew her in the late 50's, and he has told me this about her.

They could find the truth through actual grace and natural law, but O'Connor makes it perfectly plain that many southern prots refuse to act like civil humans and in fact live like sub animals.

She was laughing all the while she wrote.

I see this same mindset [or lack of] living in the rural American south.

FOC is simply brilliant.
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Post by: Older Salt on July 07, 2014, 06:12:40 PM
No idea why there is lines through the above post.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 07, 2014, 08:23:13 PM
No idea why there is lines through the above post.

I'm not sure why, either.  However, I quoted the post and noticed that there's a lower-case s in brackets before the lines start (after "person," and before "of Prots").  Maybe the bracketed S is code for a strike-through font.

Old Salt: try modifying the post and remove that S-in-brackets.  I think it'll work.  Here's my quote of it with the S removed.

I think F O'connor is brilliant.

She very blatantly mocks fallen nature primarily in the person of Prots.

I know a very old priest from Georgia that knew her in the late 50's, and he has told me this about her.

They could find the truth through actual grace and natural law, but O'Connor makes it perfectly plain that many southern prots refuse to act like civil humans and in fact live like sub animals.

She was laughing all the while she wrote.

I see this same mindset [or lack of] living in the rural American south.

FOC is simply brilliant.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 07, 2014, 08:27:34 PM
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Post by: JubilateDeo on July 07, 2014, 10:28:17 PM
(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/091/Wood-of-the-Cradle-Wood-of-the-Cross-Houselander-Caryll-9780918477323.jpg)
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Post by: Older Salt on July 08, 2014, 09:20:54 AM
No idea why there is lines through the above post.

I'm not sure why, either.  However, I quoted the post and noticed that there's a lower-case s in brackets before the lines start (after "person," and before "of Prots").  Maybe the bracketed S is code for a strike-through font.

Old Salt: try modifying the post and remove that S-in-brackets.  I think it'll work.  Here's my quote of it with the S removed.

I think F O'connor is brilliant.

She very blatantly mocks fallen nature primarily in the person of Prots.

I know a very old priest from Georgia that knew her in the late 50's, and he has told me this about her.

They could find the truth through actual grace and natural law, but O'Connor makes it perfectly plain that many southern prots refuse to act like civil humans and in fact live like sub animals.

She was laughing all the while she wrote.

I see this same mindset [or lack of] living in the rural American south.

FOC is simply brilliant.
It worked Pon!

You are a true gentleman FOC would find nothing to write about.
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Post by: Jacob on July 08, 2014, 11:36:29 AM
I think F O'connor is brilliant.

She very blatantly mocks fallen nature primarily in the person or persons of Prots.

I know a very old priest from Georgia that knew her in the late 50's, and he has told me this about her.

They could find the truth through actual grace and natural law, but O'Connor makes it perfectly plain that many southern prots refuse to act like civil humans and in fact live like sub animals.

She was laughing all the while she wrote.

I see this same mindset [or lack of] living in the rural American south.

FOC is simply brilliant.

I think you just showed very well why so many don't get FOC.  You have described her work as a massive in-joke no one familiar with Southern prots are likely to get.
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Post by: Pheo on July 10, 2014, 05:21:22 PM
Just finished this one:

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I enjoyed it, although I'm not sure I understand the huge majority of rave reviews.  I think it was kept on the short side to maintain a certain level of tension, and the author did that well.  It's basically Cast Away on Mars, although admittedlty that's a bit of a guess since I've never seen Cast Away...can't stand Tom Hanks.
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Post by: piabee on July 10, 2014, 07:40:07 PM
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Post by: Jacob on July 11, 2014, 12:19:28 PM
I started Treason's Harbour by Patrick O'Brian the other day.  Jack and Stephen are in Malta enjoying the Mediterranean sun.

Just finished this one: [The Martian]

I enjoyed it, although I'm not sure I understand the huge majority of rave reviews.  I think it was kept on the short side to maintain a certain level of tension, and the author did that well.  It's basically Cast Away on Mars, although admittedlty that's a bit of a guess since I've never seen Cast Away...can't stand Tom Hanks.

My brother got this book this spring and I skimmed through it (skipped a lot of the science).  I enjoyed most the stuff back on Earth.  The book did go pretty fast and that was a bit disappointing.  I was hoping for an actual extended stay on Mars with it all being gamed out, a real look at humans surviving on Mars indefinitely.  But it was still a cool book and I think deserves the praise it received.  It certainly is Hard Sci-fi and that's always worth reading.
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Post by: Older Salt on July 11, 2014, 12:59:02 PM
Just finished "The River" by Flannery O'Connor.

Wow!
Can she write!

About a five year old prot boy who's parent's are always drunk.

A neighbor lady takes him to a revival "healing" service down in the river, and the preacher man actually baptizes him.

And says to him  [truthfully], "Now you count".

The 5 year old loves being baptized and in a almost infant way wants to see the Kingdom of Christ and thinks jumping into the current of the river will bring him there.

It is implied that he drowns doing this, but goes straight to Heaven.

Amazing story.

Flannery scorns and laughs at the hee- haw parents and takes the child somewhere else.
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Post by: zork on July 11, 2014, 01:08:20 PM
She was a superb writer. I finished her 1955 short story collection a couple months ago, but had to pace myself because her career was all too brief. Don't want to burn through her whole canon too quickly.
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Post by: Bernadette on July 11, 2014, 01:15:26 PM
The Uncommercial Traveller, by Dickens. Thoroughly enjoyable- I particularly enjoyed "Captain Murderer."  :lol:
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Post by: LouisIX on July 11, 2014, 04:36:53 PM
Flannery has some fantastic short stories, but one always has to be careful with her.  She was a great fan of Tielhard de Chardin.
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Post by: Revixit on July 11, 2014, 08:32:27 PM
Flannery has some fantastic short stories, but one always has to be careful with her.  She was a great fan of Tielhard de Chardin.

We're supposed to judge whether short stories are good based on the author's reading of certain theologians? 
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Post by: Akavit on July 11, 2014, 10:05:30 PM
Which one should I choose?

Read Free Books Online (http://www.readbookonline.net/titles-a.htm)
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Post by: Maximilian on July 12, 2014, 01:14:52 AM
Flannery has some fantastic short stories, but one always has to be careful with her.  She was a great fan of Tielhard de Chardin.

We're supposed to judge whether short stories are good based on the author's reading of certain theologians?

Yes, when the author is being promoted because she is supposed to be a "Catholic" author. In that case it's a legitimate question whether or not she is really Catholic, or whether we are being sold a bill of goods.

Especially when so many people have the experience of reading her stories, finding them too grotesque for them to stomach and lacking the transcendental meaning which they were told to expect, but then they are told they have an obligation to like her because she is a Catholic.

The experience of reading a 20th-century "Catholic" author like Flannery O'Connor reminds me very much of the experience of reading 20th-century "Catholic" philosophers like Jacques Maritain and "Love and Responsibility." You are told that this stuff is awesome and that you are obliged to love it, even though your actual instincts as you read it find it revolting.

At first you try to convince yourself that it is really wonderful, like some gourmet food that makes you want to throw up even though other people try to convince you what a great delicacy it is, like monkey brains or something. Eventually you stop trying to fool yourself and simply admit that it makes you sick, you don't care whether it is "Catholic" or not.
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Post by: Clare on July 12, 2014, 04:33:04 AM
Doesn't Dr David Allen White like her work?

Would Brits "get" her?
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Post by: Habitual_Ritual on July 12, 2014, 07:30:41 AM
Anti-Catholicism in America: The Last Acceptable Prejudice by Mark S. Massa S.J.


interesting book. It reads like a Ken Burns documentary so far. I was expecting something very dry, but history is rarely that.

Caveat - I am only a couple of chapters in, but amazon reviews indicate that the authors solutions may not the Catholic ones. I will update.

' People who despise Catholicism and appreciate a well written and well referenced book arguing that Catholicism itself is the root of its problems will enjoy this book. The author genuinely seems to want anti-Catholicism to end. However he considers the substance of Catholicism to blame and believes that the solution is Catholicism reinventing itself so that its structure and beliefs enable it to blend better with popular secular culture.'

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Post by: Habitual_Ritual on July 12, 2014, 07:47:40 AM
There is another book on this subject, The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice, by Philip Jenkins, that is a better read by all accounts.
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Post by: Older Salt on July 12, 2014, 08:48:40 AM
FOC is not a Catholic "theologian" through her works.

She is  just a great American writer who is Catholic.

The only Catholicism I see in her works is her hatred of Protestantism.

I really enjoy the "grotesqueries" she writes of as I enjoy Poe's morbidity.

Always have.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 12, 2014, 09:46:24 AM
Doesn't Dr David Allen White like her work?

Would Brits "get" her?
I don't 'get' her; and I'm not a Brit.  However you could try reading a couple of her short stories, and see if you like her.
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Post by: Older Salt on July 12, 2014, 09:53:17 AM
Doesn't Dr David Allen White like her work?

Would Brits "get" her?
I don't 'get' her; and I'm not a Brit.  However you could try reading a couple of her short stories, and see if you like her.
What is there to "get"?

She is a very talented writer who paints an amazingly accurate and humorous picture of life in the rural American South in the middle of last century.

What you see is what you get.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 12, 2014, 12:41:53 PM
Doesn't Dr David Allen White like her work?

Would Brits "get" her?
I don't 'get' her; and I'm not a Brit.  However you could try reading a couple of her short stories, and see if you like her.
What is there to "get"?

She is a very talented writer who paints an amazingly accurate and humorous picture of life in the rural American South in the middle of last century.

What you see is what you get.
What I don't 'get' is the supposedly inherent Catholicism of her stories; if it is there, it is buried so deeply as to be imperceptible.  As Max pointed out; if I would read F.O'C.  Not as a Catholic writer but as a Southern regional writer;  I can see that she is a talented story teller; and she has a great ear for the authentic culture and dialect of the South.  But her stories are strange, and I simply don't enjoy reading them.
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Post by: Older Salt on July 12, 2014, 02:14:01 PM
Doesn't Dr David Allen White like her work?

Would Brits "get" her?
I don't 'get' her; and I'm not a Brit.  However you could try reading a couple of her short stories, and see if you like her.
What is there to "get"?

She is a very talented writer who paints an amazingly accurate and humorous picture of life in the rural American South in the middle of last century.

What you see is what you get.
What I don't 'get' is the supposedly inherent Catholicism of her stories; if it is there, it is buried so deeply as to be imperceptible.  As Max pointed out; if I would read F.O'C.  Not as a Catholic writer but as a Southern regional writer;  I can see that she is a talented story teller; and she has a great ear for the authentic culture and dialect of the South.  But her stories are strange, and I simply don't enjoy reading them.
I personally do not believe there is any covert or overt Catholicism intended by FOC in any of her work.

Accidentally it might be there.

Since I was a little boy I always enjoyed "strange " stories.

It is a refreshing break from the mundane.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 12, 2014, 02:23:03 PM
O.S.
I understand that essentially its: "different strokes for different folks".   I can see how some people like F.O.C.  Because she is a good writer, and a Southern regional writer.  What I don't at all see, is those who want to advance Miss O'Connor as a writer of Catholic stories; or stories that have some inherent Catholic message that we are supposed to read and be either enlightened by or edified by.
 
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Post by: Older Salt on July 12, 2014, 03:15:40 PM
O.S.
I understand that essentially its: "different strokes for different folks".   I can see how some people like F.O.C.  Because she is a good writer, and a Southern regional writer.  What I don't at all see, is those who want to advance Miss O'Connor as a writer of Catholic stories; or stories that have some inherent Catholic message that we are supposed to read and be either enlightened by or edified by.
Michael

I agree.  There is nothing especially Catholic about F.O.C's writing even though many say there is.

I see barely anything.

People like to think that since she went to Mass very often and was big into Thomism, included "Jesus" in a lot of her work and stayed single her whole life she must be some sort of monastic Catholic writing recluse.

I just think she was a spectacular writer of tongue in cheek black humour.
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Post by: Revixit on July 12, 2014, 08:48:51 PM
O.S.
I understand that essentially its: "different strokes for different folks".   I can see how some people like F.O.C.  Because she is a good writer, and a Southern regional writer.  What I don't at all see, is those who want to advance Miss O'Connor as a writer of Catholic stories; or stories that have some inherent Catholic message that we are supposed to read and be either enlightened by or edified by.
Michael

I agree.  There is nothing especially Catholic about F.O.C's writing even though many say there is.

I see barely anything.

People like to think that since she went to Mass very often and was big into Thomism, included "Jesus" in a lot of her work and stayed single her whole life she must be some sort of monastic Catholic writing recluse.

I just think she was a spectacular writer of tongue in cheek black humour.


She might have married if she hadn't developed lupus, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus.  I don't think medical science had yet discovered prednisone as treatment for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases when Flannery was living.  Lupus is what caused her early death, probably from kidney failure.  Lupus can affect every system in the body and it usually hits young women, sometimes at puberty.  Oddly, her father also died of lupus.  It doesn't usually "run" in a family like that.  The life expectancy for people after a lupus diagnosis was not long in the 1950s, about two years, I think.  How she was able to write on a manual typewriter puzzles me.  I guess her hands weren't too badly affected by lupus.

By the way, she and her mother kept peacocks on their farm and those beautiful birds make awful noises.  They lived near Milledgeville, where the Georgia state insane asylum was at the time.  Peacocks and psychotics probably influenced Flannery.
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Post by: Bernadette on July 12, 2014, 09:41:48 PM
My priest went on a retreat to the monastery where Flannery O'Connor's peacocks went to live after her death. He and his fellow retreatants were woken up the middle of the night by their bloodcurdling shrieks.  :lol:
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Post by: Lydia Purpuraria on July 12, 2014, 09:51:23 PM
My priest went on a retreat to the monastery where Flannery O'Connor's peacocks went to live after her death. He and his fellow retreatants were woken up the middle of the night by their bloodcurdling shrieks.  :lol:

LOL -- what are the chances!?
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 13, 2014, 01:31:19 AM
Doesn't Dr David Allen White like her work?

Would Brits "get" her?
I don't 'get' her; and I'm not a Brit.  However you could try reading a couple of her short stories, and see if you like her.
What is there to "get"?

She is a very talented writer who paints an amazingly accurate and humorous picture of life in the rural American South in the middle of last century.

What you see is what you get.
What I don't 'get' is the supposedly inherent Catholicism of her stories; if it is there, it is buried so deeply as to be imperceptible.  As Max pointed out; if I would read F.O'C.  Not as a Catholic writer but as a Southern regional writer;  I can see that she is a talented story teller; and she has a great ear for the authentic culture and dialect of the South.  But her stories are strange, and I simply don't enjoy reading them.
I personally do not believe there is any covert or overt Catholicism intended by FOC in any of her work.

Accidentally it might be there.

Since I was a little boy I always enjoyed "strange " stories.

It is a refreshing break from the mundane.
O.S.  That is great; I'm glad you enjoy her writings.
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Post by: red solo cup on July 14, 2014, 07:17:29 AM
"Russians: The People Behind the Power" by Gregory Feifer. The author's mother was a Russian who married an American and emigrated
to the US. He was NPR's Moscow reporter where  he lived for years and traveled extensively in the country. He raised some of the following
points.
That Putin's relationship with Russia is less that of a president of a country and more like the Don of a mafia family.
That Putin skillfully uses PR to maintain his image. Oligarchs are allowed to amass wealth as long as they kowtow to him. People who
cross him get a visit from the dreaded Tax Police.
Although the government doesn't keep accurate records the author feels that the rate of alcoholism has tripled since the fall of the Soviet
Union.
That profits from oil and gas are going into the pockets of a few and very little is being  spent on infrastructure.
That although Russia produces good military hardware, their consumer goods don't compare well to those produced by other countries.
In spite of a lot of problems the author feels that Russia still produces world class art and literature and because they suffer, Russians
consider themselves morally superior to the West.

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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 14, 2014, 09:35:29 AM
That sounds like a very interesting book.
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Post by: Heinrich on July 14, 2014, 01:54:21 PM
RSC: Anything mentioned on rates of abortion?
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Post by: red solo cup on July 14, 2014, 02:08:01 PM
Not offhand no. He did say that places like insane asylums and orphanages were often appalling.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 14, 2014, 02:37:18 PM
I read in "30 Days" maazine, (during the late '90s-early 2000's) an account by two Catholic missionaries in the Russian far East; they stated,  that officially the average Russian woman has eight abortions; But they also said that in their opinion,  the real number was much higher.
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Post by: Heinrich on July 14, 2014, 06:32:36 PM
I read in "30 Days" maazine, (during the late '90s-early 2000's) an account by two Catholic missionaries in the Russian far East; they stated,  that officially the average Russian woman has eight abortions; But they also said that in their opinion,  the real number was much higher.

How is that possible? Their is no way a woman can't come out of that unscathed? Horror.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on July 14, 2014, 10:18:53 PM
I read in "30 Days" maazine, (during the late '90s-early 2000's) an account by two Catholic missionaries in the Russian far East; they stated,  that officially the average Russian woman has eight abortions; But they also said that in their opinion,  the real number was much higher.

How is that possible? Their is no way a woman can't come out of that unscathed? Horror.
Indeed, the two missionaries said that they couldn't even convince any women to carry their babies to term, and give them up for adoption; the spiritual damage wreaked by Communism in Russia, is very profound.
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Post by: LouisIX on July 15, 2014, 01:10:02 PM
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Post by: Jacob on July 16, 2014, 11:23:54 AM
The Far Side of the World by O'Brian.  Half way through the series!
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Post by: Heinrich on July 16, 2014, 02:42:56 PM
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HA! Druids ====> Christians ====> Toughest (mortal) dude to ever live: Richard II ======> illegal possession of France ======> Henry VIII ======> Empire =======> throne of NWO(City of London).

Good book.
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Post by: LouisIX on July 16, 2014, 03:29:56 PM
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HA! Druids ====> Christians ====> Toughest (mortal) dude to ever live: Richard II ======> illegal possession of France ======> Henry VIII ======> Empire =======> throne of NWO(City of London).

Good book.

Haha.  You've read it?  I'm happy with it so far, though I've only just begun.
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Post by: Heinrich on July 16, 2014, 03:34:11 PM
I have not read it. Just providing a study guide. I am sure it is fascinating. Please edify us with some HK-esque observations that are not well known, but devastatingly "A HA!"/"HMMMM!" factoids.
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Post by: Arun on July 22, 2014, 06:16:32 AM
I read in "30 Days" maazine, (during the late '90s-early 2000's) an account by two Catholic missionaries in the Russian far East; they stated,  that officially the average Russian woman has eight abortions; But they also said that in their opinion,  the real number was much higher.

How is that possible? Their is no way a woman can't come out of that unscathed? Horror.
Indeed, the two missionaries said that they couldn't even convince any women to carry their babies to term, and give them up for adoption; the spiritual damage wreaked by Communism in Russia, is very profound.

Russia is such a messed up country that people choose to use croc even though they know what it will do to them. thats harsh.

currently reading Black Belt Blueprint by Nic Gregoriades, Stretching Scientifically by Thomas Kurz and weighing up my options to factor in some spiritual reading again at long last. plus i'd like some recreational reading too, might have to go find me some more Chris Ryan books pretty sure there is still a couple i never read yet.
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Post by: Clare on July 24, 2014, 09:34:27 AM
The Hobbit.

And, no, I've not read it before!  :-[
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Post by: Bernadette on July 24, 2014, 12:36:51 PM
The Hobbit.

And, no, I've not read it before!  :-[

I've never been able to read that. I'm "reading" Librivox's latest Wilkie Collins book, The Queen of Hearts. Fun Victorian creepy stories loosely tied together by a romance.
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Post by: Maximilian on July 24, 2014, 12:49:49 PM
The Hobbit.

And, no, I've not read it before!  :-[

How fun to be able to read it for the first time.
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Post by: Clare on July 24, 2014, 01:30:32 PM
The Hobbit.

And, no, I've not read it before!  :-[

How fun to be able to read it for the first time.
Yes, I'm liking it so far.  :)
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Post by: AugustineA on July 24, 2014, 04:32:21 PM
The Mystery of St. Joseph
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on July 24, 2014, 05:40:50 PM
Jane Eyre (rereading)
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Post by: Pheo on July 24, 2014, 06:01:13 PM
Finished The Way of Kings, now onto Words of Radiance.  One of the things I like most about Sanderson so far is the restraint he shows in his storylines.  He really lets the stories unfold naturally, but he gives you more than enough to make them page turners.  At least that's been my experience so far.

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Post by: Jacob on July 24, 2014, 07:59:18 PM
The Reverse of the Medal, by O'Brian.  I am getting into unfamiliar territory again.  I have read FSW many times, but not the next one in the series and I've been waiting to see the continuation of events from FSW.
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Post by: Daniel on July 28, 2014, 12:00:32 PM
I'm just finishing up reading the Apocalypse (in the original 1582 Rheims New Testament).  Does anyone know of a good traditional commentary on it?
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Post by: Chestertonian on July 28, 2014, 12:56:19 PM
The Mystery of St. Joseph
hpw js b
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Post by: Older Salt on July 28, 2014, 02:34:59 PM
Not reading it yet, but I just ordered "The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde".
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on July 30, 2014, 04:42:10 PM
Rereading the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Gandolf rocks and Frodo Lives!
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Post by: Dom Passerini on July 30, 2014, 05:10:23 PM
Rereading the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Gandolf rocks and Frodo Lives!

Samwise lives!

Love that story and have read it many, many times.  I was always more enthusiastic about Sam than Frodo to begin with, and then the movies cemented that position even more.  Am not a fan of the Elijah Wood Frodo.

Have you ever read the Silmarillion?
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Post by: Pheo on July 30, 2014, 10:09:51 PM
Have you ever read the Silmarillion?

Gotta jump in here and say that this is probably my favourite Tolkien book.
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Post by: Dom Passerini on July 30, 2014, 10:21:02 PM
Have you ever read the Silmarillion?

Gotta jump in here and say that this is probably my favourite Tolkien book.

I really really really like it, too.  Not sure if I can definitively say I like it better than lotr, but between the hobbit and the silmarillion, no contest.  It has a biblical feel to it.
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Post by: Chestertonian on July 30, 2014, 11:17:49 PM
Have you ever read the Silmarillion?

Gotta jump in here and say that this is probably my favourite Tolkien book.

I really really really like it, too.  Not sure if I can definitively say I like it better than lotr, but between the hobbit and the silmarillion, no contest.  It has a biblical feel to it.
+1
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on July 31, 2014, 02:32:30 PM
Rereading the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Gandolf rocks and Frodo Lives!

Samwise lives!

Love that story and have read it many, many times.  I was always more enthusiastic about Sam than Frodo to begin with, and then the movies cemented that position even more.  Am not a fan of the Elijah Wood Frodo.

Have you ever read the Silmarillion?

Yeah, I'm more of a Samwise fan than Frodo.  I'm slowly working my way the Silmarillion - I like it very much.
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Post by: Bernadette on July 31, 2014, 07:27:04 PM
I should reread The Lord of the Rings I read it exactly six years ago, so it's been long enough. I thought that it was powerful, but I wasn't enthralled by it.
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Post by: Daniel on July 31, 2014, 08:08:46 PM
I've gotta read some Tolkien.  I haven't read any of it yet.
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Post by: Jacob on August 01, 2014, 11:18:03 AM
The Letter of Marque by O'Brian.
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Post by: red solo cup on August 03, 2014, 09:50:45 AM
Blood Royal by Eric Jager
In the fall of 1407, Louis I of Orleans brother of King Charles VI, was hacked to death by unknown assailants. This book follows Guillaume
de Tigonville the provost of Paris as he tracks and identifies the murderers. And there are lots of suspects who would want Louis dead.
Louis himself was a notorious womanizer. He was even rumored to have dallied with Queen Isabeau. There were also Charles's
fractious nobles who were competing for power among themselves and with Louis. Also in the mix is the kings intermittent insanity and
threats of war with the English. Very much a medieval who dunnit. An excellent read.
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Post by: Sbyvl36 on August 03, 2014, 03:55:29 PM
The Fall of Eagles by G.L. Sulzberger.  It documents the collapse of the Habsburg, Romanov, and Hohenzollern dynasties.  Some of you may be familiar with the BBC series of the same name.
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Post by: Chestertonian on August 03, 2014, 06:01:58 PM
The Fall of Eagles by G.L. Sulzberger.  It documents the collapse of the Habsburg, Romanov, and Hohenzollern dynasties.  Some of you may be familiar with the BBC series of the same name.
sounds fascinating.

I will have to see if there is an eBook or audio version
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Post by: tmw89 on August 03, 2014, 11:45:25 PM
On an "on and off" basis, a biography of Otto von Bismarck.
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Post by: Basilios on August 05, 2014, 01:30:15 AM
The Count of Monte Cristo.

I like revenge stories.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on August 09, 2014, 02:20:22 PM
I'm just finishing up reading the Apocalypse (in the original 1582 Rheims New Testament).  Does anyone know of a good traditional commentary on it?
http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=4079.0
"The Book of Destiny" Rev. Bernard Kramer

The Apocalypse of St. John; Rev. Elwood Sylvester Berry S.J.
http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/books/Berry--Apocalypse.pdf

commentary on the Apocalypse from the Church Fathers.
http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0712.htm
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Post by: Bernadette on August 09, 2014, 02:54:12 PM
The Count of Monte Cristo.

I like revenge stories.

I love this book. :) I wish there were more like it. Have you read it before?
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Post by: Basilios on August 10, 2014, 04:00:26 AM
The Count of Monte Cristo.

I like revenge stories.

I love this book. :) I wish there were more like it. Have you read it before?

No first time reading it. It's a great book. Simple enough story but it does have everything. I'm nearing the end so planning on my next book. I might go for more Dumas and read the Muskateers.
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Post by: Bernadette on August 10, 2014, 06:52:17 AM
The Count of Monte Cristo.

I like revenge stories.

I love this book. :) I wish there were more like it. Have you read it before?

No first time reading it. It's a great book. Simple enough story but it does have everything. I'm nearing the end so planning on my next book. I might go for more Dumas and read the Muskateers.

It's so exciting. And the whole redemption thing- my favorite theme in books. I couldn't get into The Three Musketeers, though. Have you read Les Miserables? It's really good, way better than any of the adaptations.
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Post by: Maximilian on August 10, 2014, 05:34:08 PM
I'm just finishing up reading the Apocalypse (in the original 1582 Rheims New Testament).  Does anyone know of a good traditional commentary on it?
http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=4079.0
"The Book of Destiny" Rev. Bernard Kramer

The Apocalypse of St. John; Rev. Elwood Sylvester Berry S.J.
http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/books/Berry--Apocalypse.pdf

commentary on the Apocalypse from the Church Fathers.
http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0712.htm

After reading so much about the Book of the Apocalypse, what conclusions have you come to?
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Post by: Michael Wilson on August 11, 2014, 09:38:34 AM
Max,
 I have both the Fr. Kramer and Fr. Berry books, but I have never read them.  Also, I just found the link to the "Commentary" while searching the web.  I have read the Apocalypse several times, and some of the commentary in the Haydock New Testament; I get a lot of spiritual consolation reading it, because it foretells the final triumph of Our Lord and the defeat of His enemies.  As well as foretelling the happiness of those who are saved.
I believe that we are living in the time of the "great apostasy" as predicted by St. Paul in his Second letter to the Thessalonicans 2. 3-5:

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[3] Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, [4] Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God. [5] Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
comment:
[3] A revolt: This revolt, or falling off, is generally understood, by the ancient fathers, of a revolt from the Roman empire, which was first to be destroyed, before the coming of Antichrist. It may, perhaps, be understood also of a revolt of many nations from the Catholic Church; which has, in part, happened already, by means of Mahomet, Luther, &c., and it may be supposed, will be more general in the days of the Antichrist.

[3] The man of sin: Here must be meant some particular man, as is evident from the frequent repetition of the Greek article: 'the man of sin, 'the son of perdition, 'the adversary or opposer. It agrees to the wicked and great Antichrist, who will come before the end of the world.

[4] In the temple: Either that of Jerusalem which some think he will rebuild; or in some Christian church, which he will pervert to his own worship: as Mahomet has done by the churches of the east.
How Fatima the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the conversion of Russia, along with the appearance of the anti-Christ, all fit together; I haven't a clue.
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Post by: LongfellowDeeds on August 11, 2014, 09:51:42 AM
The New Faithful by Colleen Carroll Campbell
You Did It For Me by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MICM
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
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Post by: Jacob on August 11, 2014, 10:55:25 AM
I finished The Thirteen Gun Salute the day before yesterday.  Now I'm waiting for The Nutmeg of Consolation and Clarissa Oakes/The Truelove to be checked back into my library so I can get them.  It's been a great ride with Jack and Stephen so far.  Seven more books and the final published fragment to go!
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on August 13, 2014, 01:39:53 PM
The Count of Monte Cristo.

I like revenge stories.

Just about my favorite book of all time. Really brilliant.

I've gotta read some Tolkien.  I haven't read any of it yet.

 :eek:
 Never, ever, ever?
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Post by: Bernadette on August 13, 2014, 01:43:49 PM
The Count of Monte Cristo.

I like revenge stories.

Just about my favorite book of all time. Really brilliant.

Have you read any of the "sequels?" I haven't been able to stomach the idea, even though I've been able to accept the fact that Dumas is thought to have made use of a ghostwriter.  :-\
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Post by: red solo cup on August 16, 2014, 09:24:13 AM
The Trip to Echo Springs: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing.
 The English author covers six prominent American writers; John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams,
John Berryman and F. Scott Fitzgerald. She traveled America visiting the boyhood homes of these authors or places where they did he
bulk of their writing. She shows how all six endured difficult childhoods and used those experiences in their writing. How drink affected
their relationships and contributed to their deaths. The exception being John Cheever who was able to successfully quit drinking.
 The title is from the play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The character Buck used it to mean a trip to the liquor cabinet. Echo Springs is a Kentucky
bourbon still available today though some consider it rather bottom shelf.
A fascinating read.
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Post by: Archer on August 16, 2014, 02:15:31 PM
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Post by: Sbyvl36 on August 16, 2014, 02:28:41 PM
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How is it?
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on August 16, 2014, 10:33:58 PM
The Count of Monte Cristo.

I like revenge stories.

Just about my favorite book of all time. Really brilliant.

Have you read any of the "sequels?" I haven't been able to stomach the idea, even though I've been able to accept the fact that Dumas is thought to have made use of a ghostwriter.  :-\

No.... Monte Cristo is about the only one I really like of what Dumas "wrote."  The Three Musketeers is OK (haven't read it since I became Catholic though so that might change my thoughts on it.)
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Post by: Basilios on August 17, 2014, 05:54:21 AM
I finished Count of Monte Cristo now looking for my next fictional book. I am also looking for my next non-fictional book (preferably history).

I was thinking the Dark Tower series for fiction. Non-fiction does anyone have any good Catholic history books to recommend?
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Post by: zork on August 17, 2014, 03:21:50 PM
The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings (1991)
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Post by: Lynne on August 17, 2014, 04:09:45 PM
Dark Debts by Karen Hall.
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Post by: Heinrich on August 17, 2014, 04:40:51 PM
Philip II by William Thomas Walsh
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Post by: Gardener on August 18, 2014, 01:25:36 PM
I finished Count of Monte Cristo now looking for my next fictional book. I am also looking for my next non-fictional book (preferably history).

I was thinking the Dark Tower series for fiction. Non-fiction does anyone have any good Catholic history books to recommend?

Not a Catholic history book, but a darn fine read and great writing: http://books.google.com/books?id=G70OAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Bird
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Post by: Stu Cool on August 18, 2014, 02:02:25 PM
Life of Christ by Bishop Sheen on the basis of recommendations in this forum.  It is very good.
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Post by: piabee on August 18, 2014, 02:57:32 PM
One More Thing

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Post by: Maximilian on August 22, 2014, 04:48:09 PM
The Awakening of Miss Prim: A Novel
by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

http://www.amazon.com/The-Awakening-Miss-Prim-Novel/dp/1476734240/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408739679&sr=8-1&keywords=awakening+of+miss+prim

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Very good book. Definitely written by a traditional Catholic. It might be a good model for other aspiring writers who would like to work traditional Catholic themes into their writing without being too heavy-handed and didactic.

You might also consider it as an option to offer to secular relations/acquaintances to give them a feel for traditional Catholic values without hitting them over the head with something like sedevacantism on the first go-around.
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Post by: Cesar_Augustus on August 23, 2014, 05:44:10 PM
I have that one on the waiting list.
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Post by: Basilios on August 23, 2014, 05:52:41 PM
First book of the Farseer series, Assasins apprentice. 
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Post by: red solo cup on August 24, 2014, 07:01:14 AM
One More Thing

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Isn't he the fellow from The Office?
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Post by: Archer on August 24, 2014, 10:30:19 AM
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How is it?

Excellent.  So far they've done an excellent job in dissecting the neo-Catholic vs. Traditionalist arguments. 
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Post by: Maximilian on August 24, 2014, 03:18:50 PM

I have that one on the waiting list.

Written originally in Spanish.
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Post by: Cesar_Augustus on August 24, 2014, 04:03:30 PM

I have that one on the waiting list.

Written originally in Spanish.

Yes.

How did you found about it?
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Post by: piabee on August 25, 2014, 03:48:30 AM
Isn't he the fellow from The Office?

Yes. He wrote a book of short stories that's actually pretty good.
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Post by: Arun on August 25, 2014, 06:03:15 AM
The Way of A Pilgrim, reading it under instruction lol...
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Post by: Maximilian on August 25, 2014, 07:24:36 AM

I have that one on the waiting list.

Written originally in Spanish.

Yes.

How did you found about it?

I don't remember. Maybe someone mentioned it here on SD.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on August 25, 2014, 07:36:44 AM
I just started this one, hopefully it is as good as everyone who recommends it says

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Post by: Miriam_M on August 25, 2014, 12:27:41 PM
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How is it?

Excellent.  So far they've done an excellent job in dissecting the neo-Catholic vs. Traditionalist arguments.

In that regard -- with admission I have not read the book yet! -- here is a critique of it on the negative side, topic by topic:

http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/The_Great_Apostasy.php

(I often like to read various reviews of a single book before I purchase it, just because I have seen in the past that titles can be deceptive.  Sometimes even a negative review motivates me more to buy or borrow the book if it looks as if the critic himself has an agenda and is just a destroyer.)

If you get around to it, do you agree or disagree with any of the arguments made in the link above?
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Post by: zork on August 25, 2014, 01:07:57 PM
Now reading The Sapphire Rose, Book 3 of the Elenium trilogy by David Eddings (1991).
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Post by: Chestertonian on August 26, 2014, 01:23:37 AM
Consoling Thoughts of St. Francis de Sales

https://librivox.org/the-consoling-thoughts-of-saint-francis-de-sales-by-jean-joseph-huguet/
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Post by: Bernadette on August 26, 2014, 06:29:10 AM
The One I Knew Best of All, Frances Hodgson Burnett's autobiography.
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Post by: Sbyvl36 on August 26, 2014, 08:00:11 PM
Freemasonry and Judaism: The Secret Powers behind Revolution
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Post by: GopherBroke on August 26, 2014, 11:08:52 PM
Coriolanus, William Shakespeare.
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Post by: Bernadette on August 27, 2014, 12:14:30 PM
Just started The Glories of Mary last night. Haven't read it for about six years, and I'm really enjoying it.
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Post by: dymphna17 on August 27, 2014, 11:02:52 PM
Since lightening took out our TV, internet, and telephone for a few days, I got some reading done.  Have any of you ever read "The Anatomy of Revolution", by Crane Brinton.  It was written in 1938.  It takes and dissects the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the English Revolution,  and the American Revolution and finds their commonalities.  I can see how Vatican II was plotted, this stupidity with Ukraine and Russia, and how the ME is coming to power after reading this book.  I'm 2/3 the way through and would be interested to hear others thoughts about it.
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Post by: GeorgeT on August 28, 2014, 12:05:12 AM
In the Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Goldmann. A great read. The obvious work of Providence in this man's life was amazing.
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Post by: red solo cup on August 28, 2014, 03:26:21 PM
Eleanor of Aquitaine by Amy Kelly
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Post by: Sbyvl36 on August 28, 2014, 06:36:59 PM
Since lightening took out our TV, internet, and telephone for a few days, I got some reading done.  Have any of you ever read "The Anatomy of Revolution", by Crane Brinton.  It was written in 1938.  It takes and dissects the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the English Revolution,  and the American Revolution and finds their commonalities.  I can see how Vatican II was plotted, this stupidity with Ukraine and Russia, and how the ME is coming to power after reading this book.  I'm 2/3 the way through and would be interested to hear others thoughts about it.

Who are the ME?
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Post by: dymphna17 on August 28, 2014, 07:00:51 PM
Since lightening took out our TV, internet, and telephone for a few days, I got some reading done.  Have any of you ever read "The Anatomy of Revolution", by Crane Brinton.  It was written in 1938.  It takes and dissects the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the English Revolution,  and the American Revolution and finds their commonalities.  I can see how Vatican II was plotted, this stupidity with Ukraine and Russia, and how the ME is coming to power after reading this book.  I'm 2/3 the way through and would be interested to hear others thoughts about it.

Who are the ME?

The Middle East.
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Post by: Sbyvl36 on August 28, 2014, 07:02:15 PM
Since lightening took out our TV, internet, and telephone for a few days, I got some reading done.  Have any of you ever read "The Anatomy of Revolution", by Crane Brinton.  It was written in 1938.  It takes and dissects the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the English Revolution,  and the American Revolution and finds their commonalities.  I can see how Vatican II was plotted, this stupidity with Ukraine and Russia, and how the ME is coming to power after reading this book.  I'm 2/3 the way through and would be interested to hear others thoughts about it.

Who are the ME?

The Middle East.

Ah, for a second I though you were referring to the MeMes.
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Post by: dymphna17 on August 28, 2014, 09:52:10 PM
Since lightening took out our TV, internet, and telephone for a few days, I got some reading done.  Have any of you ever read "The Anatomy of Revolution", by Crane Brinton.  It was written in 1938.  It takes and dissects the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the English Revolution,  and the American Revolution and finds their commonalities.  I can see how Vatican II was plotted, this stupidity with Ukraine and Russia, and how the ME is coming to power after reading this book.  I'm 2/3 the way through and would be interested to hear others thoughts about it.

Who are the ME?

The Middle East.

Ah, for a second I though you were referring to the MeMes.

Yeah, their revolution was something else!   :lol:
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Post by: Heinrich on August 30, 2014, 10:27:33 AM
Selous Scouts: Top Secret War.

http://www.amazon.com/Selous-Scouts-Top-Secret-War/dp/0620066741/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409408787&sr=1-1&keywords=selous+scouts+top+secret+war

Glad my copy is a loner.
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Post by: Gardener on August 30, 2014, 03:18:41 PM
Selous Scouts: Top Secret War.

http://www.amazon.com/Selous-Scouts-Top-Secret-War/dp/0620066741/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409408787&sr=1-1&keywords=selous+scouts+top+secret+war

Glad my copy is a loner.

Those were hard men.
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Post by: Angelorum on August 31, 2014, 06:47:51 PM
I'm reading this for a Medieval political theory class - it's pretty interesting.

(http://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.net/book_images/cvr9780684836416_9780684836416_lg.jpg)
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on September 02, 2014, 01:32:14 AM
I'm reading this for a Medieval political theory class - it's pretty interesting.

(http://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.net/book_images/cvr9780684836416_9780684836416_lg.jpg)

How far into are you? Can you give us a brief synopsis of his political thoughts?
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Post by: Rose on September 02, 2014, 01:35:43 PM
In the Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Goldmann. A great read. The obvious work of Providence in this man's life was amazing.

That's an amazing book! If it's the same one I'm thinking of. It's about a seminarian in the SS?
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Post by: Angelorum on September 02, 2014, 03:43:49 PM
I'm reading this for a Medieval political theory class - it's pretty interesting.

(http://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.net/book_images/cvr9780684836416_9780684836416_lg.jpg)

How far into are you? Can you give us a brief synopsis of his political thoughts?

I haven't entirely finished it, but here a few nuggets of wisdom:
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Post by: Daniel on September 02, 2014, 04:06:41 PM
I'm reading St. Michael and the Angels because it's September now.
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Post by: AngloFalcon on September 05, 2014, 02:25:57 PM
Radio Replies by Fathers Rumble and Carty. The three books are excellent and work as incredibly useful refreshers for Catechism. My less dignified reading includes The Wind in the Willows. It's becoming a bit of an annual tradition  ::).
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Post by: Chestertonian on September 05, 2014, 02:52:58 PM
(http://contentcafe2.btol.com/ContentCafe/Jacket.aspx?&userID=NYPL49807&password=CC68707&Value=0670878553&content=M&Return=1&Type=M)
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Post by: Bernadette on September 05, 2014, 03:10:54 PM
Going to start The Sign of Jonas soon.
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Post by: Rose on September 05, 2014, 04:36:57 PM
My less dignified reading includes The Wind in the Willows. It's becoming a bit of an annual tradition  ::).

Ahem! Do you mean "I'm reading the substantial Dickens novel that's on my set reading list before uni starts again"? 'Cos I'm sure that's what you are doing, right?

Just wondering  ;)
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Post by: Sbyvl36 on September 05, 2014, 06:08:19 PM
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Post by: Pon de Replay on September 05, 2014, 08:20:45 PM
(http://timeentertainment.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/t100_novels_french-lieutenants-woman.jpg?w=260)
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Post by: GeorgeT on September 05, 2014, 10:47:36 PM
In the Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Goldmann. A great read. The obvious work of Providence in this man's life was amazing.

That's an amazing book! If it's the same one I'm thinking of. It's about a seminarian in the SS?

Yes that's the one. I'll probably make some of the stories into comics sometime soon.
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Post by: AngloFalcon on September 06, 2014, 01:29:32 PM
My less dignified reading includes The Wind in the Willows. It's becoming a bit of an annual tradition  ::).

Ahem! Do you mean "I'm reading the substantial Dickens novel that's on my set reading list before uni starts again"? 'Cos I'm sure that's what you are doing, right?

Just wondering  ;)
My less dignified reading includes The Wind in the Willows. It's becoming a bit of an annual tradition  ::).

Ahem! Do you mean "I'm reading the substantial Dickens novel that's on my set reading list before uni starts again"? 'Cos I'm sure that's what you are doing, right?

Just wondering  ;)
Must have been a typo.
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Post by: Bernadette on September 06, 2014, 01:35:08 PM
I love The Wind in the Willows!  :) That's about how often I read it, too. Which Dickens novel? I could probably find you a free, public domain audiobook link, if you'd like.
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Post by: Basilios on September 06, 2014, 03:50:55 PM
Just finished Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb. The sequels are at my mothers so I have to wait to get them, so in the meantime I have started the Dark Tower series with The Gunslinger.
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Post by: AngloFalcon on September 07, 2014, 07:18:20 AM
I love The Wind in the Willows!  :) That's about how often I read it, too.
;D
 
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Which Dickens novel? I could probably find you a free, public domain audiobook link, if you'd like.
Thanks so much for the offer. Sadly my Uni specified the edition I needed to purchase (paperback penguin edition) so I just received it Friday.  :(
Hard Times; to answer your question. I've never read that one before and don't actually know the story. Do you like Dickens? I quite enjoyed Great Expectations.

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Post by: Bernadette on September 08, 2014, 06:21:47 AM
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Which Dickens novel? I could probably find you a free, public domain audiobook link, if you'd like.
Thanks so much for the offer. Sadly my Uni specified the edition I needed to purchase (paperback penguin edition) so I just received it Friday.  :(
Hard Times; to answer your question. I've never read that one before and don't actually know the story. Do you like Dickens? I quite enjoyed Great Expectations.

I love Dickens. He's my favorite author.
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Post by: red solo cup on September 11, 2014, 07:13:06 AM
On the recommendation of a fellow Sierra Dog I've just finished Robert Bellarmine: Saint and Scholar by James Broderick SJ.
Good read. Two factoids I learned; Bellarmine believed Christ was crucified with 4 nails. And he also had a publication on the Vatican's
Index of Forbidden Books.
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Post by: Spera In Deo on September 11, 2014, 04:27:35 PM
Just finished Open Letter to Confused Catholics.  Also reading They Have Uncrowned HIm and Removing the Blindfold by John Rao.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on September 11, 2014, 04:50:31 PM
How is removing the blindfold?

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Post by: Spera In Deo on September 11, 2014, 06:11:53 PM
Just beginning this one.  Will update more later
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Post by: GeorgeT on September 12, 2014, 08:47:09 AM
I just finished Yes God! By Susie Lloyd. It's a parenting book about families that raised children with vocations. Many of the families were far from perfect. It was pretty interesting. It had some nice comments about how terrible the 1970s were in the church.
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Post by: Chestertonian on September 12, 2014, 11:27:54 AM
I just finished Yes God! By Susie Lloyd. It's a parenting book about families that raised children with vocations. Many of the families were far from perfect. It was pretty interesting. It had some nice comments about how terrible the 1970s were in the church.

sounds interesting
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Post by: Lynne on September 12, 2014, 11:41:42 AM
I just finished Yes God! By Susie Lloyd. It's a parenting book about families that raised children with vocations. Many of the families were far from perfect. It was pretty interesting. It had some nice comments about how terrible the 1970s were in the church.

sounds interesting

It has a Kindle version...   :)
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Post by: piabee on September 16, 2014, 01:15:44 AM
The Machine Stops, a sci-fi novella by E. M. Forster. Metaphorically heavy-handed but some interesting Christian elements so far.
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Post by: JubilateDeo on September 16, 2014, 01:40:57 AM
The Desolate City: Revolution in the Catholic Church by Anne Muggeridge
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on September 16, 2014, 02:29:33 AM
Iota Unum

While I do not have a philosophical or theological background that I envision is necessary to fully understand what this book is saying, it is still remarkable and gives amazing insight into what the Council has done. I'm only about 150 pages in, but hearing about how vehemently the Bishops opposed Humanae Vitae is disgusting.
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Post by: Rose on September 21, 2014, 05:33:39 PM
You're all reading such brainy books!

I'm reading The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude...1930s classic British whodunit  :whistling:
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Post by: Bernadette on September 21, 2014, 09:42:51 PM
Just about to start Dante's Purgatorio. I'm looking forward to it, since I've never read it before.
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Post by: Daniel on September 21, 2014, 11:35:48 PM
I'm reading The Lamb's Supper.  It's about the connection between John's Apocalypse and the Mass.  The book itself is Novus Ordo but I think it's based on traditional sources and I've learned a few things from it.

Just about to start Dante's Purgatorio. I'm looking forward to it, since I've never read it before.
I haven't read that either (or the other two).  Maybe I'll check them out.  Are they each stand-alone books or does they really only make sense when they're all read together?
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Post by: red solo cup on September 25, 2014, 09:46:50 AM
The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century by William Rosen.
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Post by: Clare on September 25, 2014, 11:16:00 AM
The Divine Pity, Gerald Vann OP
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Post by: Elizabeth on September 25, 2014, 05:09:38 PM
Radio Replies by Fathers Rumble and Carty. The three books are excellent and work as incredibly useful refreshers for Catechism. My less dignified reading includes The Wind in the Willows. It's becoming a bit of an annual tradition  ::).

I wouldn't describe The Wind in the Willows as anything less than brilliant.
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Post by: Maximilian on September 25, 2014, 05:37:56 PM
Radio Replies by Fathers Rumble and Carty. The three books are excellent and work as incredibly useful refreshers for Catechism. My less dignified reading includes The Wind in the Willows. It's becoming a bit of an annual tradition  ::).

I wouldn't describe The Wind in the Willows as anything less than brilliant.

Hmm. Hate to be a killjoy. And some parts of it are hilariously funny. Other parts, however, like "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" are openly pagan and pan-theistic in a typical early 20th-century way.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bf/Frontispiece_to_The_Wind_in_the_Willows.png/220px-Frontispiece_to_The_Wind_in_the_Willows.png)
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Post by: Arun on September 25, 2014, 07:30:35 PM
i thought Piper at the Gates of Dawn was a Pink Floyd album...
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Post by: Clare on September 26, 2014, 02:50:36 AM
i thought Piper at the Gates of Dawn was a Pink Floyd album...
So did I!
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Post by: LouisIX on September 26, 2014, 12:42:56 PM
Well, it is that too.
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Post by: Daniel on September 27, 2014, 03:06:22 PM
Hmm. Hate to be a killjoy. And some parts of it are hilariously funny. Other parts, however, like "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" are openly pagan and pan-theistic in a typical early 20th-century way.
offtopic - What's "pan-theism"?  I think I've heard that term before and just assumed it was another way of saying "pantheism".  But you're using it as if it has something to do with the pagan god Pan?
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Post by: Maximilian on September 27, 2014, 05:29:48 PM
Hmm. Hate to be a killjoy. And some parts of it are hilariously funny. Other parts, however, like "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" are openly pagan and pan-theistic in a typical early 20th-century way.
offtopic - What's "pan-theism"?  I think I've heard that term before and just assumed it was another way of saying "pantheism".  But you're using it as if it has something to do with the pagan god Pan?

No, just a random extra hyphen. But in this particular case it does have to do with Pan. But I wasn't intending to make a pun.
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Post by: Melanie_T on October 09, 2014, 08:18:57 AM
I am trying to read "The Last Illusion"by Porochista Khakpour....which is a reworking of a Persian myth/ legend.  I can't settle with it, having discovered I hate modern writers, all who have university qualifications and trying to be clever imho.

I am also reading "The knight in the panther's skin", a medieval tale from Georgia...the one by the Back Sea, not America. Georgia has a fascinating history straddling the West and the East.
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Post by: Melanie_T on October 09, 2014, 08:21:06 AM
Has anyone read " Three men in a boat" by Jerome Jerome?
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Post by: Arun on October 09, 2014, 04:11:35 PM
I am trying to read "The Last Illusion"by Porochista Khakpour....which is a reworking of a Persian myth/ legend.  I can't settle with it, having discovered I hate modern writers, all who have university qualifications and trying to be clever imho.

I am also reading "The knight in the panther's skin", a medieval tale from Georgia...the one by the Back Sea, not America. Georgia has a fascinating history straddling the West and the East.

Georgia has some beautiful histories and traditions. it was one of the oldest Christian nations in the world.
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Post by: red solo cup on October 13, 2014, 11:01:04 AM
The Station by Robert Byron.  The author visited the famous Mt Athos of Greece in 1927 with an archaeologist friend to record the frescos and mosaics of the various
Orthodox monasteries. Athos is famous for banning women from the entire peninsula including  female domestic animals and even laying hens.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 13, 2014, 11:51:02 AM
St Pius X catechism
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Post by: Daniel on October 13, 2014, 04:06:48 PM
I'm now reading If the World Only Knew by Noël DEROSE.  It's a brief biography of Fernand Crombette (a Catholic cosmologist and Egyptologist) and an overview/summary of Crombette's writings.  But at first glance, some of Crombette's stuff seems heretical, so I'm not sure what to think of it at this point.

(http://www.kolbecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/IfTheWorldOnlyKnew.jpg)

(the image on the cover is actually a side view of what Crombette believed Pangaea looked like:
(http://ceshe-usa.org/_borders/Pangea.JPG))
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Post by: JubilateDeo on October 13, 2014, 11:20:30 PM
(http://mama.ie/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/no_cry_sleep_solution.jpg)
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Post by: sprungli on October 18, 2014, 11:36:15 AM
re-reading the lion, the witch and the wardrobe and pippi longstocking for a literature essay.

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Post by: Melanie_T on October 19, 2014, 08:12:54 PM
Still having my love affair with Georgia, as Arun says it is one of the oldest Christian nations although schismatic orthodox. There are many beautiful monasteries and churches. It is thought the Garden of Eden was around there!

The medieval period is lovely, and the national love of polyphonic music. It is with sadness I know I will never travel there.....
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Post by: Melanie_T on October 19, 2014, 08:14:09 PM
Currently listening to "The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle. Boys own adventure stuff.
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Post by: Jacob on October 20, 2014, 08:30:56 PM
Working through The Wine-Dark Sea by O'Brian.

Really interesting look at Peru in the early 19th century.  Stephen is ashore visiting a Benedictine monastery.  O'Brian's use of the setting and his details here and there paint a very cool portrait of the life of the Church at that time.
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Post by: GeorgeT on October 24, 2014, 10:29:40 AM
Just finished UnderAngelWings by Sr Maria Antonia. It's about a nun who saw her guardian angel since she was a young girl. It was very anecdotal, which always sits well with me.
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Post by: Rose on October 24, 2014, 12:43:59 PM
Just finished UnderAngelWings by Sr Maria Antonia. It's about a nun who saw her guardian angel since she was a young girl. It was very anecdotal, which always sits well with me.

That was a wonderful book :) IIRC, there was an incident when a rogue had tried to drag her off at a party (or was it to a circus?) and the guardian angel thumped him!
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Post by: GeorgeT on October 26, 2014, 02:43:57 PM
Just finished UnderAngelWings by Sr Maria Antonia. It's about a nun who saw her guardian angel since she was a young girl. It was very anecdotal, which always sits well with me.

That was a wonderful book :) IIRC, there was an incident when a rogue had tried to drag her off at a party (or was it to a circus?) and the guardian angel thumped him!
Yeah. Some situations were funny. She would go to a movie with her father and her angel would censor almost the entire movie by standing in front of her. Later, when her father tried to discuss the film with her, she would not know what he was talking about. He thought she had some intellectual deficit because of this.
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Post by: Rose on October 26, 2014, 08:14:46 PM
Just finished UnderAngelWings by Sr Maria Antonia. It's about a nun who saw her guardian angel since she was a young girl. It was very anecdotal, which always sits well with me.

That was a wonderful book :) IIRC, there was an incident when a rogue had tried to drag her off at a party (or was it to a circus?) and the guardian angel thumped him!
Yeah. Some situations were funny. She would go to a movie with her father and her angel would censor almost the entire movie by standing in front of her. Later, when her father tried to discuss the film with her, she would not know what he was talking about. He thought she had some intellectual deficit because of this.

How great would it be if all our Guardian Angels censored media for us?  :)
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Post by: Jacob on October 27, 2014, 10:55:44 AM
Finished Wine Dark Sea.  Stephen and Jack are homeward bound. :)

Now just need to get The Commodore from the library.
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Post by: red solo cup on October 27, 2014, 11:29:14 AM
Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family by Veronica Chater.
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Post by: Archer on October 27, 2014, 12:10:22 PM
Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family by Veronica Chater.

I've heard mixed reviews about that one.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on October 27, 2014, 01:06:52 PM
Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family by Veronica Chater.

I've heard mixed reviews about that one.
After having seen the weeks long argument on FE however long ago, I want to read it.

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Post by: piabee on November 05, 2014, 03:24:22 PM
Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. As an English major (plus a few post-grad writing courses), I'm ashamed to admit I have never read it before.
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Post by: red solo cup on November 11, 2014, 07:00:25 AM
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre. This tells the story of the notorious British traitor Kim Philby and his close friend Nicholas Elliot, a high ranking
intelligence officer in MI6. Included in the cast of interesting characters are Flora Solomon the daughter of a Russian gold baron whom Philby tried to
recruit for the KGB. She was reputed to have had an affair with Aleksander Kerensky, the Russian prime mimister deposed by Lenin. Her son Peter Beneson went on to found Amnesty International. Jona von Ustinov a German journalist who supplied info to the British. His mother was half Ethiopian half Jewish
and whose son was the famous actor Peter Ustinov. Miles Copeland a CIA agent and former jazz musician whose son Stewart was the drummer for the band Police. Even Kim's father, St John Philby was a real character. On the last day of his life he got drunk at lunch, made a pass a another man's wife
and dropped dead. His last words were "God I'm bored".
 There's even a six page postscript by John LeCarre who interviewed Elliot later in life. Elliot said that when the writer Graham Greene, one of Phiby's
deputies, published Our Man in Havana , MI5 considered prosecuting him under the Official Secrets Act for revealing inside information.
 All in all a fascinating read.
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Post by: Archer on November 11, 2014, 09:43:33 AM
Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family by Veronica Chater.

I've heard mixed reviews about that one.
After having seen the weeks long argument on FE however long ago, I want to read it.

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Right?
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Post by: Chestertonian on November 11, 2014, 09:47:46 AM
Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. As an English major (plus a few post-grad writing courses), I'm ashamed to admit I have never read it before.

!
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Post by: piabee on November 11, 2014, 03:47:51 PM
!

Strunk wholeheartedly advocates the Oxford (or serial) comma.
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Post by: Prayerful on November 11, 2014, 05:57:18 PM
Through the Eye of the Needle, Peter Brown; Sacred Violence, Shaw; Capital in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty, Abp Marcel Lebefvre, Open Letter to Confused Catholics...etc.

Kindle has spoiled me. I cannot concentrate on one book.
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Post by: GeorgeT on November 11, 2014, 06:02:37 PM
Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family by Veronica Chater.

I've heard mixed reviews about that one.
After having seen the weeks long argument on FE however long ago, I want to read it.

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I remember that one. It sounds really sad. Listening to the story of a woman who lost her faith through the acts of an impractical but well meaning father. It sounds like a hatchet job and a book length violation of the fourth commandment, but if I saw it in a book store, I might flip through it. I always like a good survival story. And it is always good to know what your potential enemies are doing.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on November 11, 2014, 06:26:35 PM
I remember that one. It sounds really sad. Listening to the story of a woman who lost her faith through the acts of an impractical but well meaning father. It sounds like a hatchet job and a book length violation of the fourth commandment, but if I saw it in a book store, I might flip through it. I always like a good survival story. And it is always good to know what your potential enemies are doing.

Also sounds like a good guide book of what NOT to do.

How many young trad men do we see pontificate on Internet about how to do things, etc? 
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Post by: red solo cup on November 11, 2014, 07:44:42 PM
The parents meant well. They were good traddies. But the father just quit his job and they all moved to Portugal, sight unseen,
looking for a Traditional Mass uncorrupted by Vatican II.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on November 12, 2014, 08:25:56 AM
The parents meant well. They were good traddies. But the father just quit his job and they all moved to Portugal, sight unseen,
looking for a Traditional Mass uncorrupted by Vatican II.

Stupid trad, you mean.

He shunned his vocation and state in life without knowing a thing.  He had an obligation to raise his children in the Faith, not chase after private revelation.

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Post by: Archer on November 12, 2014, 09:32:13 AM
The parents meant well. They were good traddies. But the father just quit his job and they all moved to Portugal, sight unseen,
looking for a Traditional Mass uncorrupted by Vatican II.

Stupid trad, you mean.

He shunned his vocation and state in life without knowing a thing.  He had an obligation to raise his children in the Faith, not chase after private revelation.

I haven't read the book so I can't say for certain, but maybe he thought he was doing his duty.  People love a good soap opera so the book sounds like a way for the woman to make money    Maybe her childhood was nuts.  Maybe her Dad was a bit cookoo. But there is always a second side to every story. Who knows what combination of circumstances drove him to do what he did? But to me this sounds like an easy way for her to make a few bucks, make her problems everyone else's, and throw her family under the bus in the process. 
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Post by: red solo cup on November 12, 2014, 10:00:53 AM
In the father's favor he did have a wealthy backer that was supposed to provide work in Portugal. First he was weeks late then months late in showing up. And
then the plans fell through. The father was too trusting a soul.
 The behavior of the parents would be considered normal on fora such as SD, but to someone "mainstream" would appear nutty. I don't think the publishers
would have accepted the book if it didn't show the Church in a bad light.
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Post by: Johnny Midnight on November 17, 2014, 08:59:53 PM
i just started reading the secret of the rosary by de montfort.  i like but i wish i was better at praying the rosary.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on November 17, 2014, 11:22:00 PM
i just started reading the secret of the rosary by de montfort.  i like but i wish i was better at praying the rosary.

Great book.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on November 18, 2014, 07:06:53 AM
i just started reading the secret of the rosary by de montfort.  i like but i wish i was better at praying the rosary.

Great book.

Anything by the good Saint is a great book  8)
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Post by: Prayerful on November 18, 2014, 07:18:24 AM
I have made a little start on De Montfort's Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. It took repeated readings for Frank Duff to understand it, so I don't have too many expectations.
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Post by: Rose on November 18, 2014, 08:37:57 AM
There's a brilliant book by Fr Helmut Libietis which draws together all of the reading recommended by St. Louis for the Consecration to Our Lady. Very comprehensive and very readable.

This morning on the bus I was reading Villette by one of the Brontes- not that great so far.
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Post by: Maximilian on November 18, 2014, 09:57:41 AM

There's a brilliant book by Fr Helmut Libietis which draws together all of the reading recommended by St. Louis for the Consecration to Our Lady. Very comprehensive and very readable.

Yes, that's a great book. The type that can change your life.
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Post by: red solo cup on November 24, 2014, 06:57:58 PM
Radical Son by David Horowitz.
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Post by: Rose on November 25, 2014, 01:10:57 PM
Radical Son by David Horowitz.

Did he write the Alex Rider series?
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Post by: red solo cup on November 25, 2014, 01:56:01 PM
Radical Son by David Horowitz.

Did he write the Alex Rider series?
I think that's Anthony Horowitz.
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Post by: Rose on November 25, 2014, 02:02:47 PM
Oh yes! You're right. What's the book you're reading about?

I'm reading Radio Replies ATM for spiritual reading and love the Q&A style- keeps things bite-size for my little brain  :coffee:
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on November 26, 2014, 05:25:49 AM
I'm reading Heliotropium by Fr. Jeremias Drexelius...an excellent book on the Will of God and conforming to it.
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Post by: Rose on November 27, 2014, 02:48:06 AM
What was the other one you mentioned a while back, Laus? The Heresy of Forlorness I think it was called?
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Post by: Arun on November 27, 2014, 02:54:16 AM
skimming through some Shulgin again
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Post by: Rose on November 27, 2014, 07:15:22 AM
skimming through some Shulgin again

 A whole new topic for debate  :whistling:
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Post by: zork on November 27, 2014, 02:34:21 PM
Unfinished Tales by JRR Tolkien. Published posthumously in 1980.
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Post by: Rose on November 27, 2014, 02:59:17 PM
Unfinished Tales by JRR Tolkien. Published posthumously in 1980.

Have you read The Book of Lost Tales and The Children of Hurin?
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Post by: zork on November 27, 2014, 03:09:26 PM
Unfinished Tales by JRR Tolkien. Published posthumously in 1980.

Have you read The Book of Lost Tales and The Children of Hurin?

Well, I haven't read those ones yet, but I intend to read Book of Lost Tales I right after Unfinished.

I also purchased Tales Before Tolkien, a book of short stories including works Tolkien referred to and fantasy published during his younger years.
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Post by: red solo cup on November 27, 2014, 03:47:17 PM
skimming through some Shulgin again
If your into that sort of thing you might like The Doors of Perception: Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley.
Another one I enjoyed was Flesh of the Gods: The Ritual Use of Hallucinogens. Edited by Peter Furst
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Post by: Kaesekopf on November 30, 2014, 11:01:52 AM
What was the other one you mentioned a while back, Laus? The Heresy of Forlorness I think it was called?

Formlessness,  by Martin Mosebach.

Good book.

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Post by: Gardener on November 30, 2014, 12:16:26 PM
What was the other one you mentioned a while back, Laus? The Heresy of Forlorness I think it was called?

Formlessness,  by Martin Mosebach.

Good book.

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I just got this off the parish free table. Wasn't sure if good but knew was free -- is free ever bad!?
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Post by: Kaesekopf on November 30, 2014, 01:35:19 PM
It's good.  It's an artsy case for the tlm.

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Post by: Machaut1377 on November 30, 2014, 09:11:08 PM
The Heliand: The Saxon Gospel
A translation and commentary by G. Ronald Murphy, S.J.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on November 30, 2014, 09:56:47 PM
What was the other one you mentioned a while back, Laus? The Heresy of Forlorness I think it was called?

Formlessness,  by Martin Mosebach.

Good book.

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I just got this off the parish free table. Wasn't sure if good but knew was free -- is free ever bad!?

What the Chief said. It's an excellent book (although I read it like 6 years ago) and argues quite convincingly for the TLM without using theology really...he's a playwright so he argues, like KK mentioned ,from the artsy side. It convinced me of the superiority of the TLM beyond just the smells and bells
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Post by: Clare on December 07, 2014, 05:19:39 PM
The Whole Christ, by E Mersch SJ.
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Post by: red solo cup on December 12, 2014, 04:28:41 PM
Just finished From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple. The author retraces the footsteps of John Moschos a Byzantine monk who in 587 AD visited
various holy site and monasteries of Eastern Christendom. Moschos wrote a book about his experiences called The Spiritual Meadow. Among the places
visited by Dalrymple were the Fishponds of Abraham in Edessa Turkey. These are ancient and were considered sacred first by pagans then Jews. Then Christians and finally Moslems. The lore of these ponds says that when Abraham smashed the idols, King Nemrut (Nimrod) had a large bonfire kindled and
had Abraham tossed in. But God took pity and turned the fire into water and the wood into fish.
Another spot was the Convent of Seidnay , north of Damascus. Here the Syrian Church has an icon of Notre Dame that muslims believe can cure childlessness. Women who want children sleep on the floor in front of the icon and even eat the burnt wicks of the candles lit there. Who would have thought.
 Another place was the Greek Orthodox monastery of Mar Saba north of the Dead Sea. Here, with the exception of two weeks in 614 AD when all but a few of
the monks were slaughtered by Persian raiders, Divine Office has been sung every morning for 1,380 years.
All in all this was an excellent read
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Post by: Jacob on December 13, 2014, 11:20:20 AM
Previously I got through The Yellow Admiral and now I'm working through The Hundred Days.  Then just two more and I'm done with Jack and Stephen!  It will be a sad day when i finish 21 though.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on December 22, 2014, 01:19:43 AM
More Catholic Than the Pope: A Critique of Extreme Traditionalism by Patrick Madrid...because, yenno, I felt I needed more mortification in me life (it's the shittiest critique ever...but that's not too hard to imagine when you're trying to critique Catholicism)

and


The $100 Startup...because to hell to working for The Man.
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Post by: Lynne on December 22, 2014, 06:03:58 AM
More Catholic Than the Pope: A Critique of Extreme Traditionalism by Patrick Madrid...because, yenno, I felt I needed more mortification in me life (it's the shittiest critique ever...but that's not too hard to imagine when you're trying to critique Catholicism)

and


The $100 Startup...because to hell to working for The Man.

"Extreme Traditionalism" - attending the TLM?  ::)
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Post by: Jacob on December 22, 2014, 06:39:36 PM
All the President's Men by Woodward and Bernstein.  I really got sucked in last night and stayed up until after 1am.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on December 22, 2014, 09:50:46 PM
More Catholic Than the Pope: A Critique of Extreme Traditionalism by Patrick Madrid...because, yenno, I felt I needed more mortification in me life (it's the shittiest critique ever...but that's not too hard to imagine when you're trying to critique Catholicism)

and


The $100 Startup...because to hell to working for The Man.

"Extreme Traditionalism" - attending the TLM?  ::)

Tell me about it. The book is childish, illogical and as unacademic as they come. If they're right than being a Catholic pre 1960 is extremism
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Post by: Kaesekopf on December 22, 2014, 10:02:46 PM
More Catholic Than the Pope: A Critique of Extreme Traditionalism by Patrick Madrid...because, yenno, I felt I needed more mortification in me life (it's the shittiest critique ever...but that's not too hard to imagine when you're trying to critique Catholicism)

and


The $100 Startup...because to hell to working for The Man.

"Extreme Traditionalism" - attending the TLM?  ::)

Tell me about it. The book is childish, illogical and as unacademic as they come. If they're right than being a Catholic pre 1960 is extremism

I paged through it at a store in my FSSP days...

Even then it seemed silly!  :lol:
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on December 23, 2014, 10:25:44 AM
I read it a few years ago.... meh. 
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Post by: AngloFalcon on December 25, 2014, 05:01:21 PM
The Scorch Trials (sequel to the Maze Runner). It's relatively entertaining but probably not especially well written. Easy read.
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Post by: Jacob on December 28, 2014, 10:36:15 AM
Before Christmas, my library book was All the President's Men.  Still got that on the table.

At Christmas, I got two Calvin and Hobbes books and another book about a reporter looking for a lost expedition into the Amazon.  I read one of the C&H books.  Very interesting how Watterson talks about his work and why he wouldn't compromise on licensing.
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Post by: red solo cup on December 28, 2014, 01:26:11 PM
The book about the lost expedition. Was that the Lost City of Z?
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Post by: Bernadette on December 28, 2014, 01:28:24 PM
I just finished The Help, by Katherine Stockett (again).
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Post by: Chestertonian on December 28, 2014, 02:09:53 PM
Before Christmas, my library book was All the President's Men.  Still got that on the table.

At Christmas, I got two Calvin and Hobbes books and another book about a reporter looking for a lost expedition into the Amazon.  I read one of the C&H books.  Very interesting how Watterson talks about his work and why he wouldn't compromise on licensing.

i love calvin and hobbes my son has a stuffed hobbes we got him when he q was a baby
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Post by: Chestertonian on December 28, 2014, 02:10:49 PM
More Catholic Than the Pope: A Critique of Extreme Traditionalism by Patrick Madrid...because, yenno, I felt I needed more mortification in me life (it's the shittiest critique ever...but that's not too hard to imagine when you're trying to critique Catholicism)

and


The $100 Startup...because to hell to working for The Man.

"Extreme Traditionalism" - attending the TLM?  ::)

Tell me about it. The book is childish, illogical and as unacademic as they come. If they're right than being a Catholic pre 1960 is extremism

I paged through it at a store in my FSSP days...

Even then it seemed silly!  :lol:
you were a seminarian?
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Post by: Kaesekopf on December 28, 2014, 02:17:37 PM
Lol no, just when I attended only FSSP masses.

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Post by: Daniel on December 28, 2014, 03:49:34 PM
I was reading parts of second volume of The Mystical City of God during Advent, and today I read part of the chapter on the massacre of the Innocents (because today is the commemoration of the Holy Innocents).

I'm also currently reading The One-Minute Aquinas.
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Post by: Jacob on December 28, 2014, 04:43:45 PM
The book about the lost expedition. Was that the Lost City of Z?

Yes, that's the one.  It had been on my wishlist for five years and I had completely forgotten it was there.  So when my brother got a book about the Franklin Expedition (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin%27s_lost_expedition), we thought at first it was a book he was looking to pick up as well. ;)

i love calvin and hobbes my son has a stuffed hobbes we got him when he q was a baby

I read the strip intermittently when Watterson was still doing it (when visiting my grandparents who subscribed to a daily paper).  I always enjoyed it when I was a kid and I wrote some kind of essay about my interpretation of the final strip (http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1995/12/31) for an English class in high school.
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Post by: zork on January 03, 2015, 06:31:04 PM
Revival by Stephen King
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Post by: red solo cup on January 04, 2015, 09:36:00 AM
Sacred Sea: a Journey to Lake Baikal by Peter Thomson.
This was really two stories in one. One about Lake Baikal which is the deepest body of water in the world with exceptionally clear water
due to tiny native shrimp the filter out all the impurities and the only population in the world of freshwater seals. The other story is the
journey itself from San Francisco by freighter  to S. Korea. Then by ferry to Japan and then to Vladivostok. From there he took the famous
Trans-Siberian Express to the lake. The six day trip consisted mostly of Russians getting roaring drunk and inviting the author to join them
and getting belligerent when he declined.
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Post by: Jacob on January 04, 2015, 11:13:50 AM
Blue at the Mizzen, O'Brian's last completed and published novel.
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Post by: Chestertonian on January 04, 2015, 09:34:51 PM
Sacred Sea: a Journey to Lake Baikal by Peter Thomson.
This was really two stories in one. One about Lake Baikal which is the deepest body of water in the world with exceptionally clear water
due to tiny native shrimp the filter out all the impurities and the only population in the world of freshwater seals. The other story is the
journey itself from San Francisco by freighter  to S. Korea. Then by ferry to Japan and then to Vladivostok. From there he took the famous
Trans-Siberian Express to the lake. The six day trip consisted mostly of Russians getting roaring drunk and inviting the author to join them
and getting belligerent when he declined.
sounds intriguing
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on January 05, 2015, 09:50:30 AM
Pride and Prejudice.  Started it yesterday afternoon.   

Also, per the request of my husband, 'Masculinity: The Gentle Man', by Fr. Fox.  The tone is a bit.....haughty, but it has some good stuff in there, regarding man's authentic role in marriage.  It covers the wife's role, too, but more briefly. 
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 05, 2015, 09:58:05 AM
Is that a book, mcm?  Didn't find it google.

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Post by: MundaCorMeum on January 05, 2015, 11:16:55 AM
Is that a book, mcm?  Didn't find it google.

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Really?!  That's crazy....'Pride and Prejudice' has got to be one of the most widely known books of all time.  I find it hard to believe Google didn't turn anything up. 
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 05, 2015, 11:18:22 AM
No no no, lol, the fr fox one!

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Post by: MundaCorMeum on January 05, 2015, 11:24:53 AM
No no no, lol, the fr fox one!

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Yeah, I figured....I just couldn't pass it up  ;).  Seriously, though....yes, it's a paperback book.  It was given to my husband awhile back, so I don't even know where it was purchased.  I don't know much about that priest, either.  His full name is Father Robert J. Fox, and the book was published by the Fatima Family Apostolate.  Maybe that'll help. 
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 05, 2015, 12:26:17 PM
:lol:

I see!  :P

And, okeedoke.
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Post by: Archer on January 05, 2015, 01:20:16 PM
^ I need to get over to your apartment.  I can just imagine stacks of books floor to ceiling. 
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 05, 2015, 01:22:10 PM
^ I need to get over to your apartment.  I can just imagine stacks of books floor to ceiling.

I just set up my new bookshelves and TV and organized my books (although, the other half of my books are at home in Milwaukee).  I'm supposed to get a couch soon, so I'll be far more set up to entertain than right now.  :D
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on January 05, 2015, 04:43:04 PM
I just read Freakonomics and Think Like A Freak and now I'm reading Moonwalking with Einstein
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Post by: AngloFalcon on January 06, 2015, 04:43:06 AM
I just read Freakonomics and Think Like A Freak and now I'm reading Moonwalking with Einstein
Sounds about right.  :P

Pride and Prejudice.  Started it yesterday afternoon.   

Also, per the request of my husband, 'Masculinity: The Gentle Man', by Fr. Fox.  The tone is a bit.....haughty, but it has some good stuff in there, regarding man's authentic role in marriage.  It covers the wife's role, too, but more briefly. 

P&P is a good book. I haven't heard of the other, but it sounds intriguing. Is it the Fatima apostolate as in Fatima.org, or something else?
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on January 08, 2015, 04:30:14 PM
I just read Freakonomics and Think Like A Freak and now I'm reading Moonwalking with Einstein
Sounds about right.  :P

Pride and Prejudice.  Started it yesterday afternoon.   

Also, per the request of my husband, 'Masculinity: The Gentle Man', by Fr. Fox.  The tone is a bit.....haughty, but it has some good stuff in there, regarding man's authentic role in marriage.  It covers the wife's role, too, but more briefly. 

P&P is a good book. I haven't heard of the other, but it sounds intriguing. Is it the Fatima apostolate as in Fatima.org, or something else?

I looked it up.  It's something else.  Fatimafamily.org 
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Post by: AngloFalcon on January 09, 2015, 10:10:19 AM
Thanks.
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Post by: Rose on January 09, 2015, 11:40:24 AM
I'm reading Watches of the Passion Vol. 1 for spiritual reading (brilliant books), The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse for light reading, and UnPlanned by Abby Johnson for not-so-light reading.
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Post by: Bernadette on January 09, 2015, 09:06:03 PM
Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, by Kate Fox. Thanks for the recommendation, Greg.  :)
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 19, 2015, 02:44:31 PM
"Ready Player One"

It's really engaging.
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Post by: Arun on January 19, 2015, 05:01:45 PM
don't mind me, just wanted to post a Crucifix for this post. think about it, you'll get it lol...

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Post by: zork on January 19, 2015, 05:38:44 PM
lol

The Wheel of Time, Book 4: The Shadow Rising
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 19, 2015, 06:24:28 PM
I got it

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Post by: Arun on January 19, 2015, 06:28:13 PM
:D

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Post by: Michael Wilson on January 19, 2015, 09:16:25 PM
lol

The Wheel of Time, Book 4: The Shadow Rising
I read the whole series and really liked it.
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Post by: piabee on January 21, 2015, 01:04:22 AM
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Post by: red solo cup on January 21, 2015, 07:03:21 AM
Holyland USA: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape by Peter Feuerherd.
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Post by: Rose on January 21, 2015, 09:32:45 AM
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I've seen this around, piabee- any good?
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Post by: piabee on January 23, 2015, 06:02:58 PM
I've seen this around, piabee- any good?

It was slow going at the beginning but I'm about a quarter through now and it's picked up quite a bit. A lot more is supposed to happen by the end so we'll see. The writing is detailed but not heavy. My sister likes the author and lent me her other two books but I haven't gotten to them yet.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on January 24, 2015, 12:23:10 PM
Holyland USA: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape by Peter Feuerherd.
Can you give me a  review; this sounds like an interesting book.
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Post by: Adeodatus on January 31, 2015, 10:38:39 AM
"Tigers in the Mud" by Otto Carius. Mr. Carius just passed away on Jan 24th, 2015 at the ripe old age of 92.

Mr. Carius was highly decorated in WWII, twice winning his country's medal of valor as well as lesser decorations, and was credited with over 150 confirmed tank kills during his career. He also held various command positions. After the war, he became a pharmacist.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 31, 2015, 12:01:18 PM
The Imitation of Christ.

Very interesting timing, and the bits I peeked at drew me in even more.  (I've read it before, but I need to re-read it).
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Post by: Clare on January 31, 2015, 12:22:25 PM
The Imitation of Christ.

Very interesting timing, and the bits I peeked at drew me in even more.  (I've read it before, but I need to re-read it).
I'll have to read that again soon. I read it a couple of years ago. Great book.

Now, though, I'm reading C S Lewis: A Life, by Alister McGrath.
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Post by: red solo cup on January 31, 2015, 03:45:34 PM
Holyland USA: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape by Peter Feuerherd.
Can you give me a  review; this sounds like an interesting book.
  The author used to write for the National Catholic Register and for his diocesan newsletter on Long Island. He became disillusioned by the sex scandal and left the church. He worked for a while at the American Bible Institute but got laid off. He wound up at Northwestern being paid by a grant from the Lilly Foundation to study major American religions. Buddhism, Scientology, Sikhs, Mormons etc. He traveled around quite a bit and spent time talking to evangelicals and Catholics observing the overlapping, grey areas between the two.
He feels that the press presents a world view of a strict divide between conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans that isn't accurate. He sees fundamentalists and conservative Catholics as sharing similar views on things like abortion, immigration and homosexual marriage.
  Some of his conclusions:
That the Catholic church did a good job at preparing children with catechism and seeing to the needs of the elderly. He said where it fails is with teenagers. That evangelicals provide more opportunities for teens to socialize. That they are attracted to rock style music at their services. He also said that evangelical churches had numerous programs for dealing with community problems. Things like marriage counseling, addressing addiction, helping the unemployed. That these sorts of problems in Catholic parishes usually fell on overworked priests. That evangelical churches were more Oprah type self help and less moral chastisement. That the top down structure of the Catholic church didn't allow for flexibility in dealing with social needs.

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Post by: Michael Wilson on February 01, 2015, 12:39:43 PM
Thanks for the review, Red.
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Post by: Chestertonian on February 01, 2015, 04:37:11 PM
the little prince
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Post by: Maximilian on February 01, 2015, 05:07:03 PM

the little prince

What do you think of it?
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Post by: red solo cup on February 06, 2015, 07:06:45 AM
Phillip II by William Thomas Walsh.
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Post by: Rose on February 06, 2015, 10:24:20 AM
the little prince

I got a bit choked up when I read that first  :'( St. Exupery was a devout Catholic IIRC.
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Post by: Pheo on February 12, 2015, 09:10:41 AM
Just finished Mitre and Crook.  Glad I picked it up.
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Post by: Baldrick on February 12, 2015, 10:26:18 AM
I spend about half my waking hours reading....

I'm reading sections of the Metaphysics and One Hundred Years of Modernism.  This is part of my variable reading - constantly changing month by month. 

Then I have my more or less permanent reading: Chaucer, Homer and Dante.  On the latter, I have near zero Italian and so I have been teaching myself the Tuscan dialect while making my way through La Divina Commedia.  Actually, i was thinking about starting a reading group around Dante this if anyone's interested. 

At night I'm now reading The Imitation of Christ - in Knox's translation.  It's a bitter hoe.  By the time I'm done with a few pages I feel pretty darn worthless, lol. 
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Post by: OzarkCatholic on February 12, 2015, 10:40:29 AM
Revisiting Shakespeare's Henriad- Richard II, Henry IV 1&2, and Henry V. Teaching them to my Juniors and Seniors.

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Post by: Jacob on February 12, 2015, 10:58:35 AM
Nothing at the moment, which which is nice since a few of the light bulbs in my living room where I read are burned out.  Need to replace those, but I'm not into bulbs that include mercury.

Finished Aubrey-Maturin in January before the Darkness.  The series ended well enough.  Overall, I enjoyed it.
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Post by: Baldrick on February 12, 2015, 11:08:48 AM
Revisiting Shakespeare's Henriad- Richard II, Henry IV 1&2, and Henry V. Teaching them to my Juniors and Seniors.


That looks pretty good, is it?  I've served on a Shakespeare co. board for years, make a yearly trip to Stratford, and am pretty up on all-things-Shakespeare...how did I miss this? 
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Post by: tradne4163 on February 15, 2015, 11:55:26 PM
The Spiritual Life, which is the third book compiling Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's preaching on a certain overall topic. I usually read at least a little each day. Obviously, it's a deep subject.
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Post by: Lynne on February 16, 2015, 06:06:52 AM
The Spiritual Life, which is the third book compiling Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's preaching on a certain overall topic. I usually read at least a little each day. Obviously, it's a deep subject.

Who is the author?
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Post by: tradne4163 on February 16, 2015, 11:37:11 AM
The Spiritual Life, which is the third book compiling Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's preaching on a certain overall topic. I usually read at least a little each day. Obviously, it's a deep subject.

Who is the author?
Strictly speaking, the Archbishop himself. It's a collection of his sermons and conferences, word for word, on the spiritual life. But it was compiled by Father Patrick Troadec, SSPX. The book is sold only through Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary as far as I know.
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Post by: Lynne on February 16, 2015, 11:48:47 AM
The Spiritual Life, which is the third book compiling Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's preaching on a certain overall topic. I usually read at least a little each day. Obviously, it's a deep subject.

Who is the author?
Strictly speaking, the Archbishop himself. It's a collection of his sermons and conferences, word for word, on the spiritual life. But it was compiled by Father Patrick Troadec, SSPX. The book is sold only through Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary as far as I know.

Ah... Thanks!
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Post by: Kaesekopf on February 16, 2015, 11:51:33 AM
The Spiritual Life, which is the third book compiling Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's preaching on a certain overall topic. I usually read at least a little each day. Obviously, it's a deep subject.

Who is the author?
Strictly speaking, the Archbishop himself. It's a collection of his sermons and conferences, word for word, on the spiritual life. But it was compiled by Father Patrick Troadec, SSPX. The book is sold only through Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary as far as I know.

Let us know how it is.  :)
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Post by: red solo cup on February 18, 2015, 07:30:17 AM
The Devil's Alliance: Hitler's Pact With Stalin, 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse
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Post by: Clare on February 18, 2015, 03:48:55 PM
Life of Christ, by Archbishop Sheen
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on February 18, 2015, 03:49:27 PM
Life of Christ, by Archbishop Sheen

Excellent book
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on February 21, 2015, 08:49:29 AM
The Devil's Alliance: Hitler's Pact With Stalin, 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse

How is it?
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Post by: Baldrick on February 21, 2015, 09:17:33 AM
I spend about half my waking hours reading....

I'm reading sections of the Metaphysics and One Hundred Years of Modernism.  This is part of my variable reading - constantly changing month by month. 

Then I have my more or less permanent reading: Chaucer, Homer and Dante.  On the latter, I have near zero Italian and so I have been teaching myself the Tuscan dialect while making my way through La Divina Commedia.  Actually, i was thinking about starting a reading group around Dante this if anyone's interested. 

At night I'm now reading The Imitation of Christ - in Knox's translation.  It's a bitter hoe.  By the time I'm done with a few pages I feel pretty darn worthless, lol.

I find the Imitation almost unbearably lacerating, lol.  So I've been interspersing reading it with Fr. Boudreau's Happiness of Heaven, which is truly wonderful, and balances out Kempis somehow  :)
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Post by: red solo cup on February 21, 2015, 01:07:29 PM
The Devil's Alliance: Hitler's Pact With Stalin, 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse

How is it?
Quite good. It was interesting to read how the two greatest homicidal maniacs  of the 20th century used each other for their own advantage. How they divided eastern Europe between them. Germany needed Russia's raw materials particularly when anticipating a British blockade while Russia needed industrial equipment and military hardware from Germany.
 Most of the negotiations were held in secret as the propaganda machines of both countries had heaped vitriol on each other for years.
 When it came time for the Russian negotiators to visit Berlin it was discovered there were no Soviet flags to be found in the capitol so a bunch of hausfraus were put to work sewing them for the main hall of the train station.
In addition, the Russians had plenty of advance warning of Germany's 41 invasion but Stalin refused to believe it. He thought it was a bargaining ploy on Hitler's part. Stalin even had an informer who brought this information shot for spreading disinformation.
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Post by: JubilateDeo on February 21, 2015, 02:27:57 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5164-VWIdwL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on February 21, 2015, 08:21:37 PM
The Devil's Alliance: Hitler's Pact With Stalin, 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse

How is it?
Quite good. It was interesting to read how the two greatest homicidal maniacs  of the 20th century used each other for their own advantage. How they divided eastern Europe between them. Germany needed Russia's raw materials particularly when anticipating a British blockade while Russia needed industrial equipment and military hardware from Germany.
 Most of the negotiations were held in secret as the propaganda machines of both countries had heaped vitriol on each other for years.
 When it came time for the Russian negotiators to visit Berlin it was discovered there were no Soviet flags to be found in the capitol so a bunch of hausfraus were put to work sewing them for the main hall of the train station.
In addition, the Russians had plenty of advance warning of Germany's 41 invasion but Stalin refused to believe it. He thought it was a bargaining ploy on Hitler's part. Stalin even had an informer who brought this information shot for spreading disinformation.

Sounds interesting...thanks
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Post by: red solo cup on March 05, 2015, 10:04:30 AM
A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. His account of Paris in 20's. It has all the usual suspects. Pound. Fitzgerald. Elliot. Joyce. Gertrude Stein. Even though it was early in his career, by his own account he was already putting away enormous quantities of alcohol.
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Post by: Bernadette on March 05, 2015, 05:30:33 PM
I've finally finished The Pickwick Papers, and am in the middle of Leviticus (both from audible, and both narrations excellent).
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on March 05, 2015, 07:33:04 PM
A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. His account of Paris in 20's. It has all the usual suspects. Pound. Fitzgerald. Elliot. Joyce. Gertrude Stein. Even though it was early in his career, by his own account he was already putting away enormous quantities of alcohol.

I need to read that one.   If I could time travel, Paris in the 20's would be my first place to visit.  Rose colored glasses and all.
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Post by: Bernadette on March 26, 2015, 09:33:53 PM
Parade's End, by Ford Madox Ford. Anybody read it?
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Post by: Jacob on March 26, 2015, 09:43:18 PM
I am reading the transcripts of the lectures from one of the Open Yale Courses, SPAN 300: Cervantes' Don Quixote (http://oyc.yale.edu/spanish-and-portuguese/span-300).  I'm reading a lecture per day and am up to number three.  I read Don Quixote the summer before last and have learned a lot so far.
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Post by: piabee on March 26, 2015, 09:43:31 PM
The Little Prince
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Post by: zork on March 27, 2015, 12:42:48 AM
Red Green Talks Cars
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Post by: red solo cup on March 27, 2015, 06:58:43 AM
On the recommendation of fellow posters, I've just finished God's Battalions by Rodney Stark. Quite an eye opener.
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Post by: Spera In Deo on April 08, 2015, 05:44:38 PM
How is removing the blindfold?

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk

Guess what?  I was reading too many things at once, never finished it.  Now it is waiting to be unpacked with all my other books.  I will have to get back to it.

My first impression was that it is a more densely written book than what I am used to.  I can not read large doses of it.

I liked Abp Lefebvres "They Have Uncrowned Him".  The Abp writes with simplicity and clarity, which is rare.
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Post by: piabee on April 09, 2015, 02:03:57 PM
Hemingway short stories. They talk about how great it would be to take Chesterton fishing in one.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 09, 2015, 02:38:39 PM
Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October.
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Post by: Basilios on April 09, 2015, 04:14:50 PM
Enders Game. Dune was amazing, hoping this also loves up to the hype.
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Post by: Chestertonian on April 09, 2015, 04:27:14 PM
frog and toad are friends
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Post by: red solo cup on April 09, 2015, 04:59:27 PM
frog and toad are friends
Love Frog and Toad. I always read them to my kids. Great for kids AND adults.
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Post by: Bernadette on April 09, 2015, 05:44:15 PM
Enders Game. Dune was amazing, hoping this also loves up to the hype.

Oooh, I loved Ender's Game. The only science fiction book on my shelves. One of the books that I wish I could read for the first time all over again.  :)
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Post by: Archer on April 09, 2015, 06:14:40 PM
Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October.

Simultaneously?
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Post by: Baldrick on April 09, 2015, 06:52:30 PM
frog and toad are friends
Love Frog and Toad. I always read them to my kids. Great for kids AND adults.

I LOVE Frog & Toad.  Remember my father laughing so hard when he read it to me.
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Post by: Jacob on April 09, 2015, 07:38:33 PM
It's been so long since I've read Tom Clancy at length.  The climax of The Sum of All Fears is really the only book I've ever read where I was indeed 'page turning' to find out how it would all end.

But I look back and I realize that I am all Tom Clancyed out.  I just don't think I could get back into that groove, especially now that I am older and more aware of his flaws as a writer.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 10, 2015, 11:32:22 AM
Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October.

Simultaneously?
Yup.  I usually have more than one book going at a time.
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Post by: Archer on April 10, 2015, 12:19:00 PM
Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October.

Simultaneously?
Yup.  I usually have more than one book going at a time.

So do I, but doesn't Patriot Games occur chronologically before Red October?
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Post by: Bernadette on April 10, 2015, 01:01:39 PM
Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States. In the 30s the Work Projects Administration sent out interviewers to every state that had participated in slavery, and interviewed former slaves. They collected something like 2300 interviews and published 17 volumes (many in several parts), one for each state. I've just started reading Volume I, Alabama, and I was absolutely shocked by the number of people who expressed longing to go back to those days because they had plenty to eat and wear, and "didn't have to worry about anything."  :o :o :huh: I have never heard anything like this in school or from the History Channel, and here it is, coming from the people themselves!  :confused: 
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 10, 2015, 03:52:27 PM
Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October.

Simultaneously?
Yup.  I usually have more than one book going at a time.

So do I, but doesn't Patriot Games occur chronologically before Red October?

Yes, but I've read Red October before... and I know what's coming :). (And possibly I have a weirdly wired brain, but only possibly.)
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on April 10, 2015, 05:35:27 PM
European Air Law and Flight Planning procedures.

If you only knew how riveting it is folks
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Post by: GeorgeT on April 10, 2015, 05:40:32 PM
I have recently read Fatima Priest and a smallish book on the life of The Cure of Ars by TAN. Both really great.
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Post by: Baldrick on April 10, 2015, 05:46:04 PM
For my devotional reading (at night before bed), I'm currently reading Montfort's Secret of the Rosary
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Post by: Archer on April 10, 2015, 08:45:37 PM
Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October.

Simultaneously?
Yup.  I usually have more than one book going at a time.

So do I, but doesn't Patriot Games occur chronologically before Red October?

Yes, but I've read Red October before... and I know what's coming :). (And possibly I have a weirdly wired brain, but only possibly.)

Naw, whatever works for you. I just couldn't do it. I can read multiple books at once but not ones with the same characters. That'd get too confusing lol.
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Post by: Prayerful on April 10, 2015, 09:55:31 PM
 Brent D. Shaw, Sacred Violence. It largely concerns the Donatist-Catholic conflict. This was a conflict not of doctrine, but of how clergy who surrendered vessels and scriptures to Roman officials were to be treated. Some were very unforgiving to the traditores or lapsi, and came to be identified as Donatists after Donatus Magnus, who became for one faction the Bishop of Carthage and Patriarch of African Catholics. They held that clergy or people who lapsed, had to be rebaptised. They were often called 'Rebapisters.' Augustine, Bishop of Hippo was the most famous of the majority faction, the one Rome (both Pope and Emperor) adjudged orthodox. One fascinating detail is that when Augustine asked local peasants who they were, they replied in they were Canaanites. They spoke almost only Punic. Even gentlemen with Roman tria nomina might have difficulty speaking Latin and were more comfortable speaking Punic.
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Post by: dymphna17 on April 11, 2015, 12:15:00 AM
European Air Law and Flight Planning procedures.

If you only knew how riveting it is folks

Careful you don't end up bald from pulling your hair out.  A little of that goes a loooong way.   :lol:

Are you studying to become a pilot?
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on April 11, 2015, 06:39:44 AM
European Air Law and Flight Planning procedures.

If you only knew how riveting it is folks

Careful you don't end up bald from pulling your hair out.  A little of that goes a loooong way.   :lol:

Are you studying to become a pilot?

Well I shave my head, so I think my next option would be stabbing myself with a pen...and yes, I am
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Post by: Heinrich on April 11, 2015, 11:40:18 AM
Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States. In the 30s the Work Projects Administration sent out interviewers to every state that had participated in slavery, and interviewed former slaves. They collected something like 2300 interviews and published 17 volumes (many in several parts), one for each state. I've just started reading Volume I, Alabama, and I was absolutely shocked by the number of people who expressed longing to go back to those days because they had plenty to eat and wear, and "didn't have to worry about anything."  :o :o :huh: I have never heard anything like this in school or from the History Channel, and here it is, coming from the people themselves!  :confused:

You might find this interesting, too:

http://www.creators.com/opinion/walter-williams/virginia-s-black-confederates.html
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Post by: Michael Wilson on April 11, 2015, 12:21:35 PM
Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States. In the 30s the Work Projects Administration sent out interviewers to every state that had participated in slavery, and interviewed former slaves. They collected something like 2300 interviews and published 17 volumes (many in several parts), one for each state. I've just started reading Volume I, Alabama, and I was absolutely shocked by the number of people who expressed longing to go back to those days because they had plenty to eat and wear, and "didn't have to worry about anything."  :o :o :huh: I have never heard anything like this in school or from the History Channel, and here it is, coming from the people themselves!  :confused:
Bernadette.
 the fact that blacks living in the South might have wanted to go back to slavery, was that after the Civil War, all the former Confederate states passed a series of laws known as "Black Codes"; which essentially reduced the freed blacks back into a position of slavery, but without the former slave owners interest in protecting his property.  Blacks were in many ways worse off after the Civil War and the abolishing of Reconstruction than before the War.
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Post by: Cesar_Augustus on April 11, 2015, 03:27:33 PM
For my devotional reading (at night before bed), I'm currently reading Montfort's Secret of the Rosary.

Great book!
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Post by: red solo cup on April 15, 2015, 05:57:01 AM
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves. This is the English writers account of four years in the trenches during WW I. How he started out believing in King, country and class and became embittered and disillusioned when he realized that his statesmen lied and his generals were incompetent. He became a self described Socialist, admiring Bolsheviks and communism.
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Post by: piabee on April 28, 2015, 12:03:44 PM
Meet Mr. Hyphen (And Put Him in His Place)
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Post by: MilesChristi on April 28, 2015, 01:50:29 PM
Story of a Soul by the Little Flower.

First time, and it is amazing.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 28, 2015, 03:17:13 PM
Story of a Soul by the Little Flower.

First time, and it is amazing.

Looooove that book
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Post by: Chestertonian on April 28, 2015, 03:26:39 PM
the giving tree
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on April 28, 2015, 06:00:38 PM
Story of a Soul by the Little Flower.

First time, and it is amazing.


St Therese is amazing
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Post by: Pheo on April 28, 2015, 08:19:15 PM
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

I'm not really messy as it is, but I'm kind of interested in paring down what I have.  So far it's more annoying than anything.  Martha Stewart (or what I imagine her books would be like) meets Eastern "energy" theory.  That's what I get for picking a NYT bestseller.
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Post by: Daniel on April 28, 2015, 08:56:53 PM
I'm reading Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence.  That book will change your life.
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on April 28, 2015, 09:34:34 PM
I'm reading Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence.  That book will change your life.

Who is the author?

Pheo, sounds like you need to step up your game  ;)
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Post by: Daniel on April 29, 2015, 07:52:30 AM
I'm reading Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence.  That book will change your life.

Who is the author?

Pheo, sounds like you need to step up your game  ;)
The first part is written by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, S.J. and the second part is written by St. Claude de la Colombière, S.J.  It's published by TAN Books.

I have only read the first few chapters so far, but it really has given me an entirely new perspective on the "problem of evil" and on the divine providence in general.
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Post by: piabee on April 29, 2015, 12:32:15 PM
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

So far it's more annoying than anything.

My friend gave me this but I couldn't get through it. The translated voice was so patronizing. Or maybe that's just the Japanese style.

The idea of items "sparking joy" is so materialistic, even as she's trying to detach you from things. Personally, I find joy in options. If I have a dress that fits and is appropriate for work I'm going to wear it, even if I don't love it. I'm probably a borderline hoarder, though.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 29, 2015, 01:03:13 PM
I'm probably a borderline hoarder, though.

My kind of person.

Although I am trying to get rid of my stash of junk er priceless memorabilia. 
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Post by: piabee on April 29, 2015, 01:11:49 PM
My kind of person.

I've always thought we would get along swimmingly. :seeya:
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Post by: Pheo on April 29, 2015, 06:28:52 PM
The idea of items "sparking joy" is so materialistic, even as she's trying to detach you from things.

That's what bothered me the most too.  Plus I don't "feel" anything when I hold my kettle or a flashlight...or >99% of what I own.  In her system, it would all have to go.

In happier news, it turns out you can return kindle books.  This one is probably going back.  How's that for tidying up?
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Post by: red solo cup on April 30, 2015, 04:20:34 PM
Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway.
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Post by: Bonaventure on April 30, 2015, 11:53:29 PM
Yarick: The Last Man on Earth
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Post by: Heinrich on May 03, 2015, 04:27:56 PM
Queen Isabella by William Walsh.

I just started this. What a tangled weave European royalty was.
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Post by: Pheo on May 03, 2015, 05:23:21 PM
Starting to work my way through The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on May 04, 2015, 12:05:58 AM
Queen Isabella by William Walsh.

I just started this. What a tangled weave European royalty was.
A really great book.
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Post by: MilesChristi on May 04, 2015, 01:27:39 PM
This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald
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Post by: Bernadette on May 06, 2015, 05:11:40 PM
The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, translated by Dr. Jonathan Scott. The clean, Victorian-approved version.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chestertonian on May 06, 2015, 05:17:53 PM
where the wild things are, make way for the ducklings
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Post by: Bonaventure on May 06, 2015, 08:01:35 PM
The Black Man's Guide Out of Poverty
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Post by: Lynne on May 06, 2015, 08:27:32 PM
where the wild things are

I love that!
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Post by: Clare on May 09, 2015, 01:08:12 PM
Kristin Lavransdatter
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Post by: Bernadette on May 23, 2015, 12:00:27 PM
Lulu's Christmas Story a warm, cozy look at a Catholic family's life during the Great Depression.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Baldrick on May 23, 2015, 12:41:51 PM
I spend about half my waking hours reading....

Then I have my more or less permanent reading: Chaucer, Homer and Dante.  On the latter, I have near zero Italian and so I have been teaching myself the Tuscan dialect while making my way through La Divina Commedia.  Actually, i was thinking about starting a reading group around Dante this if anyone's interested. 


This has evolved into every morning reading, in the original languages, a bit of Homer, something from the New Testament or Psalms, some Middle English poetry, and - as I mention above - I'm making my way through La Divina Commedia.  This way I keep fresh and make my way through quite a bit if I do it every day. 

On Dante, I'm getting better at it - can't "read" it quite yet, but getting close.  It was rather difficult to find an original text sans a facing page translation, which I find distracting.  The 3 Grandgent volumes are impossible to find but you can get them printed via the Harvard Bookstore.  The text is a wee bit outdated but it has some basic language-focused annotation, which is helpful.  And the are nicely sized. 

I'm also gathering around me books that will help me get a deeper understanding of the poem.  I have every single one of the extant English language commentaries digitally (through Dartmouth website).  I also have Charles William's Figure of Beatrice, Dorothy Sayers' Introductory Papers on Dante, as well as her Further Papers on Dante, Gilson's volume and a few scattered others.  I welcome any other suggestions!



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Post by: Baldrick on May 23, 2015, 03:11:29 PM
Yarick: The Last Man on Earth

What is this?  I haven't heard of it and cannot find anything about it? 
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Post by: Revixit on May 24, 2015, 12:47:41 AM
Queen Isabella by William Walsh.

I just started this. What a tangled weave European royalty was.
A really great book.

Thanks for the tip.  The book is available at Amazon for $5.99 for the Kindle book, and their affiliated sellers have one new hardcover edition for $57.56 plus used hardcovers priced higher than the new one. (What?!)  I've already downloaded a free Sample of it, am about to go to bed and read it until I fall asleep and my Kindle shuts off.

European royalty was indeed a very tangled weave. On my Kindle Paperwhite, during the past few days I've read Samples (a great Kindle feature) of Eleanor of Castile:The Shadow Queen; Joan of Kent, the First Princess of Wales; and A Reed in the Wind: Joanna Plantagenet, all of which promise to be very good reads.  Each one is a web of complicated relationships between royal families.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can read the Kindle books on a Kindle app, which I'm fairly certain is a free download.
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Post by: Lynne on May 24, 2015, 06:43:12 AM

Thanks for the tip.  The book is available at Amazon for $5.99 for the Kindle book, and their affiliated sellers have one new hardcover edition for $57.56 plus used hardcovers priced higher than the new one. (What?!)  I've already downloaded a free Sample of it, am about to go to bed and read it until I fall asleep and my Kindle shuts off.

European royalty was indeed a very tangled weave. On my Kindle Paperwhite, during the past few days I've read Samples (a great Kindle feature) of Eleanor of Castile:The Shadow Queen; Joan of Kent, the First Princess of Wales; and A Reed in the Wind: Joanna Plantagenet, all of which promise to be very good reads.  Each one is a web of complicated relationships between royal families.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can read the Kindle books on a Kindle app, which I'm fairly certain is a free download.

Kindle samples are like crack.  ::)
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on May 24, 2015, 07:02:13 AM
Kristin Lavransdatter

How do you like it?
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Post by: Clare on May 24, 2015, 10:24:24 AM
Kristin Lavransdatter

How do you like it?
I'm enjoying it. I'm into the second part now, The Wife.
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Post by: red solo cup on May 26, 2015, 06:32:27 PM
Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger. A German soldier's WWI account of trench warfare. Very good.
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Post by: Revixit on May 27, 2015, 10:06:03 AM

Thanks for the tip.  The book is available at Amazon for $5.99 for the Kindle book, and their affiliated sellers have one new hardcover edition for $57.56 plus used hardcovers priced higher than the new one. (What?!)  I've already downloaded a free Sample of it, am about to go to bed and read it until I fall asleep and my Kindle shuts off.

European royalty was indeed a very tangled weave. On my Kindle Paperwhite, during the past few days I've read Samples (a great Kindle feature) of Eleanor of Castile:The Shadow Queen; Joan of Kent, the First Princess of Wales; and A Reed in the Wind: Joanna Plantagenet, all of which promise to be very good reads.  Each one is a web of complicated relationships between royal families.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can read the Kindle books on a Kindle app, which I'm fairly certain is a free download.

Kindle samples are like crack.  ::)

 :rofl:  Isn't that the truth?  Now, in addition to the three or four I mentioned wanting to read, I'm also really excited about reading Queen Isabella by William Thomas Walsh, having read the entire Sample.
 
I've also downloaded Samples of four of his other books:

Philip II (1527-1598);
St. Teresa of Avila;
Characters of the Inquisition;
Moses

But there's bad news: I was just over at Amazon and saw that
Philip II (1527-1598) is now only available in hardcover @ $46.95, though it was available on Kindle just a couple of days ago, probably for $9.99, and I have been reading the Sample on my Kindle!  Also, the Sample of Moses seems to have disappeared from my Kindle. I'll be calling Amazon later to ask them what the hell they're doing, will let you guys know what I learn, if anything. 

I did manage to download Queen Isabella for $5.99 just now, thought I'd better get it quick before the Kindle edition vanished like Philip II (1527-1598) did!  It's great reading.  Get it while you can!

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Post by: Bernadette on May 27, 2015, 12:32:58 PM
That's weird. It showed up when I searched just now.  :shrug: Do you back up your kindle library to Calibre?
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Post by: Lynne on May 27, 2015, 12:59:01 PM
I just ordered the sample of the Queen Isabella book. 
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Post by: Molly Grue on May 27, 2015, 02:24:04 PM
I'm reading Those Terrible Middle Ages by Pauline Reage, and The Witches by Roald Dahl (daughter's bedtime book).
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Post by: MilesChristi on May 27, 2015, 04:56:47 PM
Purgatorio
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Post by: OCLittleFlower on May 27, 2015, 08:35:43 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-29xPfiopH9g/U4zgentHhkI/AAAAAAAAGiI/2owtQl8xbtQ/s1600/dorothy+must+die.jpg)
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Post by: Baldrick on May 27, 2015, 08:43:48 PM
Purgatorio

Which translation do u prefer? 
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on May 28, 2015, 01:54:41 AM
That's weird. It showed up when I searched just now.  :shrug: Do you back up your kindle library to Calibre?

Calibre is an awesome program. My eReader isn't a Kindle (it's a Kobo) and I have no idea how to add PDF books and what not through the native software (pretty sure it's impossible)...Calibre saved my butt.
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Post by: MilesChristi on May 28, 2015, 04:07:31 AM
Purgatorio

Which translation do u prefer?

I'm finishing what I started with Esolen, I like his notes, and the fact that he actually tries to put it in verse.
Plus; it actually comes with the Italian for when I get ambitious enough to improve mine.
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Post by: Baldrick on May 28, 2015, 04:14:46 PM
Purgatorio

Which translation do u prefer?

I'm finishing what I started with Esolen, I like his notes, and the fact that he actually tries to put it in verse.
Plus; it actually comes with the Italian for when I get ambitious enough to improve mine.

Yes, his translation certainly has its merits; his notes are good too.  He's a very good and interesting person, have spoken with and corresponded with him about Dante, among other things.  He also has quite a few audio lectures on Dante. 

Personally, however, for my purposes, I prefer to keep to translations that don't try to "put it in verse" - because doing so requires all kinds of acrobatics and embellishments that really aren't there. 

When I consult a translation for an idiomatic rendering of the text, there is no question that Durling's is the superior translation for this, as it's a very literal translation.  His notes are also good. 

Incidentally, the Dante project at Dartmouth has all of the major commentaries (digital).  It's quite useful. 

Happy reading!  :) 
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Post by: MilesChristi on May 28, 2015, 04:32:51 PM
If I want the real meaning, I'll go to the Italian.
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Post by: Baldrick on May 28, 2015, 05:12:56 PM
If I want the real meaning, I'll go to the Italian.

LOL, well of course!   ;D   And presumably you are seeking the "real meaning"! 

However, literal translations assist (and I should say invaluably so) with the teasing out of an idiomatic rendering from the medieval Tuscan.  Dante's syntax in particular can be quite crabbed; and that's an understatement.  Even the best Dante readers with excellent Italian need that on occasion.   8)   As with middle English for most modern English readers, even many generally-educated Italians can't read Dante.

With Esolen one is reading mostly Mr. Esolen.  This is true of Durling too, of course - just less so. 


 
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Post by: Rose on May 28, 2015, 06:43:59 PM
A Mirror of Shalott by Msg. Robert Hugh Benson, one of my favorite authors. Unlike his usual historical or futuristic novels, this is a collection of "ghost" stories, apparently collected from several priests in a Vatican hostel while Msg. Benson was still a lay person. A very good read, not horror by modern standards but compelling nonetheless, and quite scary if you consider that they may be true.

It's only 99p on Amazon for those with Kindles :)
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Post by: Lynne on May 28, 2015, 07:45:38 PM
A Mirror of Shalott by Msg. Robert Hugh Benson, one of my favorite authors. Unlike his usual historical or futuristic novels, this is a collection of "ghost" stories, apparently collected from several priests in a Vatican hostel while Msg. Benson was still a lay person. A very good read, not horror by modern standards but compelling nonetheless, and quite scary if you consider that they may be true.

It's only 99p on Amazon for those with Kindles :)

Excellent! Running off to purchase...

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Post by: Bernadette on May 28, 2015, 07:50:20 PM
A Mirror of Shalott by Msg. Robert Hugh Benson, one of my favorite authors. Unlike his usual historical or futuristic novels, this is a collection of "ghost" stories, apparently collected from several priests in a Vatican hostel while Msg. Benson was still a lay person. A very good read, not horror by modern standards but compelling nonetheless, and quite scary if you consider that they may be true.

It's only 99p on Amazon for those with Kindles :)

I just downloaded it from Internet Archive.  :P It DOES sound good!

Excellent! Running off to purchase...

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Post by: Clare on May 29, 2015, 04:11:10 AM
A Mirror of Shalott by Msg. Robert Hugh Benson, one of my favorite authors. Unlike his usual historical or futuristic novels, this is a collection of "ghost" stories, apparently collected from several priests in a Vatican hostel while Msg. Benson was still a lay person. A very good read, not horror by modern standards but compelling nonetheless, and quite scary if you consider that they may be true.

It's only 99p on Amazon for those with Kindles :)

Excellent! Running off to purchase...
Me too!

Have you read Shane Leslie's Ghost Book, or Ghosts and Poltergeists by Fr Thurston?
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Post by: OCLittleFlower on May 29, 2015, 05:29:55 AM
A Mirror of Shalott by Msg. Robert Hugh Benson, one of my favorite authors. Unlike his usual historical or futuristic novels, this is a collection of "ghost" stories, apparently collected from several priests in a Vatican hostel while Msg. Benson was still a lay person. A very good read, not horror by modern standards but compelling nonetheless, and quite scary if you consider that they may be true.

It's only 99p on Amazon for those with Kindles :)

That sounds very good!

Adding it to my wishlist.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on May 29, 2015, 05:32:35 AM
The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

If previous threads are to be believed, some of you will commend me, some will condemn me  ;)
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Post by: Lynne on May 29, 2015, 07:08:57 AM
A Mirror of Shalott by Msg. Robert Hugh Benson, one of my favorite authors. Unlike his usual historical or futuristic novels, this is a collection of "ghost" stories, apparently collected from several priests in a Vatican hostel while Msg. Benson was still a lay person. A very good read, not horror by modern standards but compelling nonetheless, and quite scary if you consider that they may be true.

It's only 99p on Amazon for those with Kindles :)

Excellent! Running off to purchase...
Me too!

Have you read Shane Leslie's Ghost Book, or Ghosts and Poltergeists by Fr Thurston?

Was that question directed to me? I have not read either of those but I will check them out.
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Post by: Molly Grue on May 29, 2015, 08:17:33 AM
Just in case anyone saw my post and was interested in reading a fun book about the Middle Ages, I need to make a correction. Those Terrible Middle Ages is by Regine Pernoud, not Pauline Reage. Pauline Reage wrote Histoire d'O, a very famous piece of French erotica that the inexplicable French people revere. She has nothing in common with Regine Pernoud except that they were both French women writers and they had the same initials only reversed. I have no idea why I keep on mixing them up, but please don't look for anything by Miss Reage.
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Post by: Baldrick on May 29, 2015, 08:45:40 AM
Just in case anyone saw my post and was interested in reading a fun book about the Middle Ages, I need to make a correction. Those Terrible Middle Ages is by Regine Pernoud, not Pauline Reage. Pauline Reage wrote Histoire d'O, a very famous piece of French erotica that the inexplicable French people revere. She has nothing in common with Regine Pernoud except that they were both French women writers and they had the same initials only reversed. I have no idea why I keep on mixing them up, but please don't look for anything by Miss Reage.

haha, I was wondering:  wow, someone else wrote a book with that exact same (unique) title?  :) 
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Post by: Lynne on May 29, 2015, 09:04:08 AM
Just in case anyone saw my post and was interested in reading a fun book about the Middle Ages, I need to make a correction. Those Terrible Middle Ages is by Regine Pernoud, not Pauline Reage. Pauline Reage wrote Histoire d'O, a very famous piece of French erotica that the inexplicable French people revere. She has nothing in common with Regine Pernoud except that they were both French women writers and they had the same initials only reversed. I have no idea why I keep on mixing them up, but please don't look for anything by Miss Reage.

hahahaha I *did* look up the title and author you first mentioned.
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Post by: Clare on May 29, 2015, 09:19:36 AM
A Mirror of Shalott by Msg. Robert Hugh Benson, one of my favorite authors. Unlike his usual historical or futuristic novels, this is a collection of "ghost" stories, apparently collected from several priests in a Vatican hostel while Msg. Benson was still a lay person. A very good read, not horror by modern standards but compelling nonetheless, and quite scary if you consider that they may be true.

It's only 99p on Amazon for those with Kindles :)

Excellent! Running off to purchase...
Me too!

Have you read Shane Leslie's Ghost Book, or Ghosts and Poltergeists by Fr Thurston?

Was that question directed to me? I have not read either of those but I will check them out.
It was directed at either you (Lynne) or Rose. Or anyone else interested! I've got both the books I mentioned, but I've only read the Shane Leslie one so far. Very interesting.

And I did order the Msgr Benson one earlier.
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Post by: Rose on May 29, 2015, 09:36:45 AM
Clare, is there a link to either of those on Amazon or elsewhere online? I couldn't find either of them for Kindle.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on May 29, 2015, 10:49:34 AM
The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

If previous threads are to be believed, some of you will commend me, some will condemn me  ;)

Trying to impress them Polish girls, eh?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Molly Grue on May 29, 2015, 10:50:39 AM
Just in case anyone saw my post and was interested in reading a fun book about the Middle Ages, I need to make a correction. Those Terrible Middle Ages is by Regine Pernoud, not Pauline Reage. Pauline Reage wrote Histoire d'O, a very famous piece of French erotica that the inexplicable French people revere. She has nothing in common with Regine Pernoud except that they were both French women writers and they had the same initials only reversed. I have no idea why I keep on mixing them up, but please don't look for anything by Miss Reage.

hahahaha I *did* look up the title and author you first mentioned.

I hope I didn't lead any innocent soul to a really perverted book!
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Post by: Lynne on May 29, 2015, 11:58:17 AM
Just in case anyone saw my post and was interested in reading a fun book about the Middle Ages, I need to make a correction. Those Terrible Middle Ages is by Regine Pernoud, not Pauline Reage. Pauline Reage wrote Histoire d'O, a very famous piece of French erotica that the inexplicable French people revere. She has nothing in common with Regine Pernoud except that they were both French women writers and they had the same initials only reversed. I have no idea why I keep on mixing them up, but please don't look for anything by Miss Reage.

hahahaha I *did* look up the title and author you first mentioned.

I hope I didn't lead any innocent soul to a really perverted book!

I figured it was a mistake because I had heard of the book on the Middle Ages and as soon as I saw the cover of the other one, it was like, oops, I don't want that!

lol
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Post by: Clare on May 29, 2015, 04:20:52 PM
Clare, is there a link to either of those on Amazon or elsewhere online? I couldn't find either of them for Kindle.
I don't know anything about Kindle, but Abebooks (http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/ghost-book/author/leslie-shane/) seems to have the cheapest copy of the Shane Leslie book, although it makes up for it in postage! The Tablet archive (http://archive.thetablet.co.uk/article/27th-december-1952/9/some-ghost-stories) has some excerpts.

I can't find much else regarding Fr Thurston's book except what comes up on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=thurston+ghosts+poltergeists&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Athurston+ghosts+poltergeists).
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on May 29, 2015, 04:35:45 PM
The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

If previous threads are to be believed, some of you will commend me, some will condemn me  ;)

Trying to impress them Polish girls, eh?

I do that without the book son.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on May 29, 2015, 08:46:12 PM
Fatima Priest :)

 :pray1: :pray2: :pray3: for Father Gruner. 
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Post by: TPC on June 03, 2015, 11:01:07 PM
Principles of Catholic Theology,  by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI).

An intellectual intellectualizing on the intellectualization of the Catholic Faith pre and post Vatican II from various perspectives.

Quote
Admittedly, it can be argued that, however great Gregory (of Nazianzus) may have been as a theologian, as a person he was a hypochondriac and possessed of an oversensitive artistic nature.
pg. 368.

Quote
If it is desirable to offer a diagnosis of the text as a whole (Gaudium et spes), we might say that in conjunction with the texts on religious liberty and world religions it is a revision of the Syllabus of Pius IX, a kind of countersyllabus...Let us be content to say here that the text serves as a countersyllabus and, as such, represents, on the part of the Church, an attempt at an official reconciliation with the new era inaugurated in 1789.
pg. 381, 82.
(bold emphasis added)

Quote
Was the Council (Vatican II) a wrong road that we must now retrace if we are to save the Church? The voices of those who say that it was are becoming louder and their followers more numerous. Among the more obvious phenomena of the last years must be counted the increasing number of integralist groups in which the desire for piety, for the sense of mystery, is finding satisfaction. We must be on our guard against minimizing these movements. Without a doubt, they represent a sectarian zealotry that is the antithesis of Catholicity.
pg. 389

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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 03, 2015, 11:05:13 PM
Thanks for the quotes TPC; keep them coming.
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Post by: TPC on June 03, 2015, 11:17:00 PM
Thanks for the quotes TPC; keep them coming.

Lol. I see where you are coming from. He does have extensive footnotes which (at least to me) take different perspectives and have some interest spanning the history of the Church.

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I came across a text by Eusebius of Caesarea, who, in the year 325, had participated in the first ecumenical council in the history of the Church - the Council of Nicaea - and had formulated his impressions of this ecclesial assembly...
pg. 367

I bought his book primarily to see his point of view in full context after I had read partial quotes taken from his book on the internet (ha, like this post).   
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 03, 2015, 11:20:32 PM
What do you think, so far?
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Post by: piabee on June 03, 2015, 11:52:11 PM
"Matt & Ben" by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers
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Post by: TPC on June 04, 2015, 03:46:28 PM
What do you think, so far?

I disqualify myself in the sense that my goal for reading this book was for specific information and selected topics to understand rather than general discovery. In particular, searching for evidence of a connective tissue or converging/overlapping ideologies espoused by Vatican II, Enlightenment/ Masonic Principles (Albert Mackey Albert Pike), and a Thelemic/ Crowleian world view (do what thou wilt);....based on a primal liberty of conscience. Of recent, coming upon weird synchronicities between these diverse groups has driven me (in my off time) to search for objective data to link them. An admitted prejudice. But my thoughts so far...     

His approach (B16's) reminds me of somebody 'thinking out loud,' in print. Revealing his philosophy behind his reasoning. In particular, towards the concept of 'Church' in it's worship, doctrines, morality, and government. He liberates his conscience in the sense of stating his perceptions outside of structure and boundaries to what the Church has previously taught into searching creatively to break down the struggles facing the social existence of man in relation to religion. A tall order considering he's addressing both Catholic and non-Catholic communities; both in isolation and with each other in the search for a higher spiritual existence through the vehicle of religion.

His methodology gives weight to the needs of man into re-evaluating Catholic theology as a time dependent anachronism in It's claims of the immutability of her dogmas and doctrines; her constitution and liturgy. Seemingly affected is the apostolicity of the Church, if viewed in threefold: of origin, of teaching, and succession -- to which these concepts are also examined in reference to the needs of man, the current general landscape, and the reality of the Church (Conciliar) adapting to the changing realities of her environment.

His perspectives include and range from Luther to the Patristic Fathers in an amalgamation of concepts and ideas to reconcile previous doctrinal disagreements into perhaps a new way to look at old divisions and religious demarcations. For example, in bringing up the broad and complex topic of the connection between 'salvation and history', Ratzinger calls upon Karl Rahner and breaks down the good and the questionable to this modern Theologian ...
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I propose to outline here the most effective and surely the most penetrating of these attempts: that of Karl Rahner, who wrestled with the problem in his early work Hörer des Wortes and later undertook to build on that beginning, particularly with his concept of the anonymous Christian.
pg. 162

 
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Post by: red solo cup on June 05, 2015, 06:17:08 AM
The Gentleman in the Parlour by Somerset Maugham
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Post by: Michael Wilson on June 05, 2015, 02:27:06 PM
TPC,
thank you so much for your thoughtful and interesting post.
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Post by: Arun on June 05, 2015, 06:27:36 PM
The Pilgrim continues His Way, the Bacovcin translation. both this and the first part (Way of A Pilgrim) are primo spiritual reading.
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Post by: JubilateDeo on June 05, 2015, 10:15:48 PM
(http://angeluspress.org/image/cache/data/products/catalog400-340x340.jpg)
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Post by: Kaesekopf on June 05, 2015, 10:38:10 PM
Good choice

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Post by: piabee on June 12, 2015, 02:16:23 AM
(http://nozama.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed05fc2883301bb0809df53970d-500wi)

...on the train. So meta.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on June 12, 2015, 12:18:32 PM
(http://nozama.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed05fc2883301bb0809df53970d-500wi)

...on the train. So meta.


Hmmm... that looks interesting.


I'm really old- had to look up what meta is.  Sigh.
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Post by: zork on June 12, 2015, 12:25:20 PM
Four Past Midnight by Stephen King (1990)
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on June 13, 2015, 02:41:10 PM
Almost finished with the story of St. Louis de Montfort, as told by Mary Fabian Windeatt, and True Devotion by de Montfort.  Amazing saint. 

Also, my latest Interweave Knits magazine  :knit:
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Post by: samguk yusa on June 15, 2015, 09:17:33 AM
Ann ( spelled with a E) Of Green Gables.
I would highly recommend it because so far its 100% clean ;D
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Post by: Prayerful on June 15, 2015, 01:17:20 PM
Agents of Empire
Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World

Noel Malcolm.

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Post by: Archer on June 15, 2015, 01:35:58 PM
Ann ( spelled with a E) Of Green Gables.
I would highly recommend it because so far its 100% clean ;D

Hold on. Just leave it to trads to find something wrong with Anne of Green Gables.
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Post by: Bernadette on June 15, 2015, 03:51:51 PM
Ann ( spelled with a E) Of Green Gables.
I would highly recommend it because so far its 100% clean ;D

Hold on. Just leave it to trads to find something wrong with Anne of Green Gables.

Well, it's Protestant, of course!
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Post by: Gardener on June 15, 2015, 03:58:00 PM
Ann ( spelled with a E) Of Green Gables.
I would highly recommend it because so far its 100% clean ;D

Hold on. Just leave it to trads to find something wrong with Anne of Green Gables.

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I'd look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer.” - Anne of Green Gables. Emotional garbage.


“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.” Vanity.

“Do you know what I think Mayflowers are, Marilla? I think they must be the souls of the flowers that died last summer, and this is their heaven.” Denial of vegetative souls' mortality, in direct contradiction to Aristotelian metaphysics.

Does this mean I get a prize? :)
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Post by: Arun on June 15, 2015, 05:07:43 PM
Agents of Empire
Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World

Noel Malcolm.

sounds like a good read.


gonna be re-reading one of my favourite books again soon, and written by a real hero of his people; One Day in My Life by Bobby Sands, MP.
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Post by: samguk yusa on June 15, 2015, 07:41:39 PM
Haha the comments were so funny....
You for forgot to mention her treatment of Gilbert. Clearly showing HATE >:(
Oh and getting drunk, disrespecting your elders and promoting feminism.
But all jokes apart I would recommend it.
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Post by: OCLittleFlower on June 15, 2015, 09:06:29 PM
(http://bookcrush.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/doon.jpg)

It's set in the same world as the musical Brigadoon. 
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on June 15, 2015, 10:14:31 PM
(http://bookcrush.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/doon.jpg)

It's set in the same world as the musical Brigadoon.

Any good?  I need a summer novel.
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Post by: OCLittleFlower on June 15, 2015, 10:18:31 PM
(http://bookcrush.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/doon.jpg)

It's set in the same world as the musical Brigadoon.

Any good?  I need a summer novel.

Decent if you like young adult books.  The main character's friend is a little annoying (though I hear she's better in book two).

The world in the books is more modern than in the movies -- they have taken new technology, food, etc, every 100 years.  So they have sushi and pizza but live in castles.  It's fantasy, that's for sure, and a bit of wish fulfillment.  :p
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Post by: zork on June 16, 2015, 12:18:45 PM
Wheel of Time 5: The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (1993)

Rand and company's adventures continue.
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Post by: Basilios on June 24, 2015, 01:47:20 PM
Mistborn Trilogy.

Moving on to Wheel of Time next. That's gonna take me like 2 years.
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Post by: MilesChristi on June 26, 2015, 05:34:58 PM
(http://bookcrush.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/doon.jpg)

It's set in the same world as the musical Brigadoon.

Any good?  I need a summer novel.

Decent if you like young adult books.  The main character's friend is a little annoying (though I hear she's better in book two).

The world in the books is more modern than in the movies -- they have taken new technology, food, etc, every 100 years.  So they have sushi and pizza but live in castles.  It's fantasy, that's for sure, and a bit of wish fulfillment.  :p

Pizza must suck in this mythical world...
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on June 26, 2015, 05:39:16 PM
(http://bookcrush.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/doon.jpg)

It's set in the same world as the musical Brigadoon.

Any good?  I need a summer novel.

Decent if you like young adult books.  The main character's friend is a little annoying (though I hear she's better in book two).

The world in the books is more modern than in the movies -- they have taken new technology, food, etc, every 100 years.  So they have sushi and pizza but live in castles.  It's fantasy, that's for sure, and a bit of wish fulfillment.  :p

Pizza must suck in this mythical world...

Wonder if Domino's delivers?
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Post by: MilesChristi on June 26, 2015, 05:44:19 PM
It's like my friend used to say...at least it's not papa johns
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Post by: OCLittleFlower on June 27, 2015, 01:03:48 PM
(http://bookcrush.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/doon.jpg)

It's set in the same world as the musical Brigadoon.

Any good?  I need a summer novel.

Decent if you like young adult books.  The main character's friend is a little annoying (though I hear she's better in book two).

The world in the books is more modern than in the movies -- they have taken new technology, food, etc, every 100 years.  So they have sushi and pizza but live in castles.  It's fantasy, that's for sure, and a bit of wish fulfillment.  :p

Pizza must suck in this mythical world...

The main characters seem to think it tastes good -- then again, brick oven pizza really is the way to go, and without electricity that's what they've got.  *shrug*

The modern/Western-style Sushi got more of a side-eye from me than the pizza.  :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LausTibiChriste on June 27, 2015, 01:07:13 PM
Hold On to Your Kids


I have no kids but thought it'd be an interesting read regardless.
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Post by: Bonaventure on June 27, 2015, 02:13:11 PM
The dissents from yesterday.
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on June 28, 2015, 10:39:54 AM
Hold On to Your Kids


I have no kids but thought it'd be an interesting read regardless.

I've read this book.  I thought it was a very good book.


I should clarify...overall I though it was very good.  The authors aren't Catholic, and so I didn't agree with everything in there.  But, it an was interesting read
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on June 28, 2015, 11:01:00 AM
Hold On to Your Kids


I have no kids but thought it'd be an interesting read regardless.

I've read this book.  I thought it was a very good book.


I should clarify...overall I though it was very good.  The authors aren't Catholic, and so I didn't agree with everything in there.  But, it an was interesting read

Thanks Munda. What did you agree with? What didn't you agree with? I vaguely remember being recommended it on a Catholic site, but can't remember which one.
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on June 28, 2015, 11:23:43 AM
Hold On to Your Kids


I have no kids but thought it'd be an interesting read regardless.

I've read this book.  I thought it was a very good book.


I should clarify...overall I though it was very good.  The authors aren't Catholic, and so I didn't agree with everything in there.  But, it an was interesting read

Thanks Munda. What did you agree with? What didn't you agree with? I vaguely remember being recommended it on a Catholic site, but can't remember which one.

I agreed with the fact that part of the problem with today's society, especially youth, is that we are far too peer oriented.  It fosters a lack of due respect for proper authority. 

I remember the author saying that if parents teach proper order with their children, with respect to adults and peers, then children will automatically want to please thier parents and not want to disappoint them.  So,  they neglect to take into account the effect of original sin, even on children.  I think he also only agrees with positive reinforcemt with kids, and no punishment.  Personally, I disagree with that.  Kids need to learn that bad  choices = bad consequences and good choices = good consequences.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on June 28, 2015, 11:55:15 AM
Interesting...thanks Munda. I only got through the first chapter, but I look forward to the rest  8)
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Post by: Chestertonian on June 28, 2015, 07:35:03 PM


I remember the author saying that if parents teach proper order with their children, with respect to adults and peers, then children will automatically want to please thier parents and not want to disappoint them.  So,  they neglect to take into account the effect of original sin, even on children.  I think he also only agrees with positive reinforcemt with kids, and no punishment.  Personally, I disagree with that.  Kids need to learn that bad  choices = bad consequences and good choices = good consequences.

that is going to be the pitfall of any secular book

i liked the book as well.. it matched a lot of my own observations. 

as for reinforcent and original sin, i think that being a model of respect by respecting young people goes a long way in preventing transgressions in the first place, hence st don bosco's preventive system

Quote
:  “There are two systems for educating the young that have been used throughout time – preventive and repressive. The repressive system consists of making the subjects learn the law, then watching them to find the transgressors and inflicting the merited punishment wherever necessary…

Different and, I would say opposite, is the preventive system. This consists of making the regulations of an institute be known and then watching the pupils in such a way that they always have over them the attentive eye of the headmaster and his assistants. They, like loving fathers, talk and guide them through every event, giving advice and lovingly correcting them. This is like saying: put the pupils in the position of being unable to commit errors. This system is based on Reason, Religion and, above all, Love; it therefore rejects any form of violent punishment and tries to distance itself from the same thoughtless punishment. It would seem that this is preferable…”

negative reinforcement may still be necessary but at don bosco outlines a lot of guidelines for correction and discipline that are respectful

http://salesians.org.au/resources/doc_download/34-the-preventive-system-in-the-education-of-the-young
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: MilesChristi on June 29, 2015, 01:47:02 PM
Faustus by Marlowe
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Post by: red solo cup on July 01, 2015, 11:17:19 AM
Raised Catholic by Ed Stivender
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Post by: Clare on July 02, 2015, 04:19:07 PM
Just about to read C S Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy again, which I first read last year.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 02, 2015, 06:07:08 PM
Raised Catholic by Ed Stivender

What's it about and how is it?
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Post by: Bernadette on July 02, 2015, 06:11:01 PM
Raised Catholic by Ed Stivender

What's it about and how is it?

I have this. It's a memoir, and it's pretty good. :) I should add it to my "Moving Sale."  ;)
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 02, 2015, 06:12:36 PM
Raised Catholic by Ed Stivender

What's it about and how is it?

I have this. It's a memoir, and it's pretty good. :) I should add it to my "Moving Sale."  ;)

Do you ship to Poland?  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bernadette on July 02, 2015, 06:30:48 PM
Raised Catholic by Ed Stivender

What's it about and how is it?

I have this. It's a memoir, and it's pretty good. :) I should add it to my "Moving Sale."  ;)

Do you ship to Poland?  ;D

No wonder you were so happy about those kindle publishers!
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Post by: Hiero of Syracuse on July 02, 2015, 06:56:32 PM
I am currently reading Fatima in Twilight by Mark Fellows. It's a pretty good read, though I already knew most of the history covered by the book.
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Post by: Arun on July 02, 2015, 08:19:58 PM
(http://toddsmedia.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/gersberms.jpg)

no, seriously. the kids got some Goosebumps books and i decided tgo take a trip down memory lane. lousy trip.
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Post by: Hiero of Syracuse on July 02, 2015, 08:29:21 PM
I used to love that series. Maybe I should give it another read somewhere down the line. Any recommendations my good man?
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Post by: Maximilian on July 02, 2015, 08:29:57 PM

Just about to read C S Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy again, which I first read last year.

Did you ever give us your thoughts on "That Hideous Strength"?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Arun on July 02, 2015, 08:34:02 PM
I used to love that series. Maybe I should give it another read somewhere down the line. Any recommendations my good man?

hahaha they're all pretty terrible. so far i've gone back over Don't Go To Sleep and Carnival of Horrors. i see they have The Haunted Mask - i used to like that one when i was a lad. perhaps it's aged well...? lmao.
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 02, 2015, 10:04:51 PM
Trying to get through Caesar's Gallic Wars.
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Post by: Hiero of Syracuse on July 03, 2015, 12:48:09 AM
My friend loves it, so that is definitely on my to-read list. Be sure to tell us what you think.
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Post by: Clare on July 03, 2015, 02:22:13 AM

Just about to read C S Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy again, which I first read last year.

Did you ever give us your thoughts on "That Hideous Strength"?
I'm not very good at analysing and reviewing, so this (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=3.msg120182;topicseen#msg120182) was all I said then! I'll see what I can do this time though.

I've finished Kristin Lavransdatter now by the way. That was very good, what I could follow.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 03, 2015, 11:49:03 AM
Finished why Catholics can't sung by Thomas day. 

Great book.

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Post by: Hiero of Syracuse on July 03, 2015, 11:56:11 AM
Finished why Catholics can't sung by Thomas day. 

Great book.

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I've heard great things about that. I even read a little bit of it online. What do you think of his thesis? I think it has some merit myself, though I haven't read the book in it's entirety so I can't judge all his opinions on the subject of why singing has never really taken off in the United States.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 03, 2015, 12:24:32 PM
Finished why Catholics can't sung by Thomas day. 

Great book.

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I've heard great things about that. I even read a little bit of it online. What do you think of his thesis? I think it has some merit myself, though I haven't read the book in it's entirety so I can't judge all his opinions on the subject of why singing has never really taken off in the United States.

I generally like it and agree.

It's varied, I think.  American Catholicism suffered by having the heavy irish influence, and that mixed with the Council, helped squash good Catholic singing. 

People also didn't see something as important or necessary for them.  And the postconciliar church has been trying to beat the laity to sing.

Couple that with craptastic hymns that cant be sung by a congregation, along with the OVERBEARING MICROPHONE SHOUTING AT YOU FOR AN HOUR, and it's not a wonder why most catholics dont sing.

Also, JFKs funeral being a paltry Low Mass, the should have been high point of American Catholicism, was no help at all.

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Post by: red solo cup on July 03, 2015, 12:30:42 PM
Finished why Catholics can't sung by Thomas day. 

Great book.

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I've heard great things about that. I even read a little bit of it online. What do you think of his thesis? I think it has some merit myself, though I haven't read the book in it's entirety so I can't judge all his opinions on the subject of why singing has never really taken off in the United States.

I generally like it and agree.

It's varied, I think.  American Catholicism suffered by having the heavy irish influence, and that mixed with the Council, helped squash good Catholic singing. 

People also didn't see something as important or necessary for them.  And the postconciliar church has been trying to beat the laity to sing.

Couple that with craptastic hymns that cant be sung by a congregation, along with the OVERBEARING MICROPHONE SHOUTING AT YOU FOR AN HOUR, and it's not a wonder why most catholics dont sing.

Also, JFKs funeral being a paltry Low Mass, the should have been high point of American Catholicism, was no help at all.

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You aren't implying the Irish can't sing, are you? Do you really want to go there?
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 03, 2015, 12:34:30 PM
I'm saying the Irish fascination of low mass and hatred for pomp and ceremony is a bad thing.  :)

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Post by: red solo cup on July 03, 2015, 12:43:28 PM
Raised Catholic by Ed Stivender

What's it about and how is it?
Growing up Catholic in the 50s. A traddy's dream come true. At parochial school, when a priest or nun entered the room, all the children stood up from their desks. The boys bowed and the girls curtsied. The author remembers a nun who had a lock of hair escape her wimple. He was stunned to realize nuns had hair.
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Post by: Chestertonian on July 03, 2015, 02:08:12 PM
Finished why Catholics can't sung by Thomas day. 

Great book.

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I've heard great things about that. I even read a little bit of it online. What do you think of his thesis? I think it has some merit myself, though I haven't read the book in it's entirety so I can't judge all his opinions on the subject of why singing has never really taken off in the United States.

I generally like it and agree.

It's varied, I think.  American Catholicism suffered by having the heavy irish influence, and that mixed with the Council, helped squash good Catholic singing. 

People also didn't see something as important or necessary for them.  And the postconciliar church has been trying to beat the laity to sing.

Couple that with craptastic hymns that cant be sung by a congregation, along with the OVERBEARING MICROPHONE SHOUTING AT YOU FOR AN HOUR, and it's not a wonder why most catholics dont sing.

Also, JFKs funeral being a paltry Low Mass, the should have been high point of American Catholicism, was no help at all.

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i blame the English
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Post by: Archer on July 03, 2015, 07:20:54 PM
(http://www.alexwaterhousehayward.com/blog/uploaded_images/Master-&-Commander-760192.jpg)

First time reading Patrick O'Brian and, although I just started, I'm already getting sucked in.
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Post by: Chestertonian on July 03, 2015, 07:50:37 PM
(http://www.alexwaterhousehayward.com/blog/uploaded_images/Master-&-Commander-760192.jpg)

First time reading Patrick O'Brian and, although I just started, I'm already getting sucked in.
excellent book
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Post by: Arun on July 04, 2015, 05:59:50 AM
(http://www.alexwaterhousehayward.com/blog/uploaded_images/Master-&-Commander-760192.jpg)

First time reading Patrick O'Brian and, although I just started, I'm already getting sucked in.

is that same as the russel crow movie?
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Post by: Archer on July 04, 2015, 09:16:10 AM
Yeah, the movie is loosely based on this book as well as a book later in the series titled "The Far Side of the World."

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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 04, 2015, 12:25:11 PM
Never knew it was a book. Thanks Archer, I'll have to give it a read
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on July 04, 2015, 01:20:03 PM
Never knew it was a book. Thanks Archer, I'll have to give it a read

It's a series... which reminds me, I should start rereading those. 
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 04, 2015, 01:59:11 PM
Waiting for the Apocalypse.... 
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 04, 2015, 03:12:25 PM
Waiting for the Apocalypse....

So are most Trads
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Post by: JubilateDeo on July 06, 2015, 11:01:14 PM
(https://www.tanbooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/270x405/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/5/1535x.jpg)

Obviously it's not a fashion book.
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Post by: VeraeFidei on July 06, 2015, 11:36:47 PM
(https://www.tanbooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/270x405/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/5/1535x.jpg)

Obviously it's not a fashion book.
Whadda mean!?! Dad's tie matches the girls' vest/skirt...thingy!
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Post by: Arun on July 06, 2015, 11:40:43 PM
(https://www.tanbooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/270x405/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/5/1535x.jpg)

Obviously it's not a fashion book.

that fabric would make nice curtains though, or upholstery fabric.
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Post by: Chestertonian on July 07, 2015, 12:44:10 AM
they almost look like a family habit
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on July 07, 2015, 08:29:38 AM
(https://www.tanbooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/270x405/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/5/1535x.jpg)

Obviously it's not a fashion book.

that fabric would make nice curtains though, or upholstery fabric.

They probably were curtains at one point
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Post by: Gardener on July 07, 2015, 08:33:53 AM
(https://www.tanbooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/270x405/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/5/1535x.jpg)

Obviously it's not a fashion book.

that fabric would make nice curtains though, or upholstery fabric.

They probably were curtains at one point

And then the St. Mary's Fabric Famine hit, and they had to slaughter all the curtains for clothes fabric lest it go to waste or be gobbled up by the NO for vestments.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lynne on July 07, 2015, 09:47:33 AM
(https://www.tanbooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/270x405/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/5/1535x.jpg)

Obviously it's not a fashion book.

that fabric would make nice curtains though, or upholstery fabric.


They probably were curtains at one point

And then the St. Mary's Fabric Famine hit, and they had to slaughter all the curtains for clothes fabric lest it go to waste or be gobbled up by the NO for vestments.

Well, they could have made a quilt out of it...  ::)
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 07, 2015, 10:04:06 AM
It's goofy shit like that that helps make serious Catholics look like basketcases.
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on July 07, 2015, 11:34:12 AM
It's goofy shit like that that helps make serious Catholics look like basketcases.

Yeah, I don't know why people always want to take a few extreme cases and apply it to the general group. 
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 07, 2015, 11:36:35 AM
It's goofy shit like that that helps make serious Catholics look like basketcases.

Yeah, I don't know why people always want to take a few extreme cases and apply it to the general group.

Well, it doesn't help that this goofy image is on the cover of a book about how to live a good Catholic life.
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on July 07, 2015, 11:49:08 AM
It's goofy shit like that that helps make serious Catholics look like basketcases.

Yeah, I don't know why people always want to take a few extreme cases and apply it to the general group.

Well, it doesn't help that this goofy image is on the cover of a book about how to live a good Catholic life.

Good point.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 07, 2015, 11:58:21 AM
How superficial are we supposed to get in our concerns about how cool we look in the eyes of the world?

I think there's more to worry about than the fashions on the cover of a book.  They look like a nice family; fashions are ephemeral.  January Jones can make early 60s housewife fashions look fetching, but I don't think anyone's clamoring for a return to those styles.  They're generally regarded as silly now.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/3a/dc/b8/3adcb8b32a30b4cc0814065888e65ee0.jpg)

But they were the norm when they were around.  "Goofy" is relative.  What someone wears isn't necessarily indicative of their spiritual disposition or whether or not they're a basketcase.  People who are really pious probably don't care if the clothes they're wearing are from the 60s or the 90s, as long as they're modest.  "Lo, the Kingdom of God is within you."

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Post by: Maximilian on July 07, 2015, 12:05:50 PM

It's goofy shit like that that helps make serious Catholics look like basketcases.

No, it's the cruel maliciousness of this kind of mockery which makes Catholics look like they are lacking in charity.

http://www.catholicapologetics.info/morality/general/btongue.htm

"To tear apart an absent friend; to not defend him when he is attacked; to work at inciting indiscreet laughter and to build your reputation on an attitude of mockery; such is the behavior of a despicable person."
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 07, 2015, 12:08:40 PM
The girls' vests and slacks (dresses?) match the man's tie.

Goofy.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 07, 2015, 12:13:56 PM
The girls' vests and slacks (dresses?) match the man's tie.

Goofy.

And that kind of trivial, superficial detail is going to make serious Catholics look like "basketcases"?  There are greater dangers than that, I assure you.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 07, 2015, 12:16:15 PM
The girls' vests and slacks (dresses?) match the man's tie.

Goofy.

And that kind of trivial, superficial detail is going to make serious Catholics look like "basketcases"?  There are greater dangers than that, I assure you.

Yes, because appearances and the way you present yourself matters.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 07, 2015, 12:24:10 PM
Yes, because appearances and the way you present yourself matters.

Okay.  I was not aware that fashion sense was such an essential matter of importance to Catholicism.  I stand corrected.

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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 07, 2015, 02:09:55 PM
The girls' vests and slacks (dresses?) match the man's tie.

Goofy.

And that kind of trivial, superficial detail is going to make serious Catholics look like "basketcases"?  There are greater dangers than that, I assure you.

Yes, because appearances and the way you present yourself matters.

Does it ever.
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Post by: JubilateDeo on July 07, 2015, 05:09:30 PM
I have heard from some women (mostly on the internet) that finding modest clothing is so hard for them, that they just gave up some time ago and just started buying loose fitting Amish clothes from places like The King's Daughters, etc.  The vast majority of clothes I see that would fit me in modern clothing stores are not appropriate for traditional Catholic women, so finding nice modest clothing is very challenging.  I'd never wear Amish clothes (those would be difficult for me to find) but it is a struggle not to just buy a bunch of shapeless muumuus and call it a wardrobe.  It is still worth it to try to dress nicely and modestly, because other people still have to look at you...
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Post by: Rose on July 07, 2015, 05:49:07 PM
I have heard from some women (mostly on the internet) that finding modest clothing is so hard for them, that they just gave up some time ago and just started buying loose fitting Amish clothes from places like The King's Daughters, etc.  The vast majority of clothes I see that would fit me in modern clothing stores are not appropriate for traditional Catholic women, so finding nice modest clothing is very challenging.  I'd never wear Amish clothes (those would be difficult for me to find) but it is a struggle not to just buy a bunch of shapeless muumuus and call it a wardrobe.  It is still worth it to try to dress nicely and modestly, because other people still have to look at you...

Pinterest is great for modest outfit ideas, although you still get the occasional Amish-looking garb. Colleen Hammond has a Pinterest account and following her boards can be very helpful. Obviously a lot of the items shown are triple-figure designer wear, but the general look can often be imitated with more affordable clothes, especially if you master the art of Ebay :)
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Post by: Gardener on July 07, 2015, 05:55:31 PM
Some men drink; I thrift. Wife has a lot of skirts from my relaxation outings, and it's probably cheaper than a booze habit.

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Post by: Chestertonian on July 07, 2015, 08:01:49 PM
How superficial are we supposed to get in our concerns about how cool we look in the eyes of the world?

I think there's more to worry about than the fashions on the cover of a book.  They look like a nice family; fashions are ephemeral.  January Jones can make early 60s housewife fashions look fetching, but I don't think anyone's clamoring for a return to those styles.  They're generally regarded as silly now.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/3a/dc/b8/3adcb8b32a30b4cc0814065888e65ee0.jpg)

But they were the norm when they were around.  "Goofy" is relative.  What someone wears isn't necessarily indicative of their spiritual disposition or whether or not they're a basketcase.  People who are really pious probably don't care if the clothes they're wearing are from the 60s or the 90s, as long as they're modest.  "Lo, the Kingdom of God is within you."
you can be counter cultural without looking like my mom's laura ashley catalog from 1986

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Post by: Lydia Purpuraria on July 07, 2015, 09:08:20 PM
How superficial are we supposed to get in our concerns about how cool we look in the eyes of the world?

I think there's more to worry about than the fashions on the cover of a book.  They look like a nice family; fashions are ephemeral.  January Jones can make early 60s housewife fashions look fetching, but I don't think anyone's clamoring for a return to those styles.  They're generally regarded as silly now.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/3a/dc/b8/3adcb8b32a30b4cc0814065888e65ee0.jpg)

But they were the norm when they were around.  "Goofy" is relative.  What someone wears isn't necessarily indicative of their spiritual disposition or whether or not they're a basketcase.  People who are really pious probably don't care if the clothes they're wearing are from the 60s or the 90s, as long as they're modest.  "Lo, the Kingdom of God is within you."
you can be counter cultural without looking like my mom's laura ashley catalog from 1986

That's true.  Although I really don't care much about what's "in style" at the moment, I don't dress like I'm from the 80's.  However, what if someone wants to dress like they are from 1986?  Maybe that is how they are most comfortable, or how they think they are going to be most pleasing to God -- should they not do so for fear of being ridiculed or embarrassing to other Catholics?

I remember reading of how St. Gemma always wore the same black cloak whether it was summer or winter and she was chastised and mocked by a relative for wearing it to their wedding (I guess she embarrassed the relative).  Yet, she is now a Saint enjoying the beatific vision. While the relative is known for: being embarrassed by how St. Gemma dressed.  (Although hopefully that relative is now in heaven as well).

ETA:
from a quick search: the last printing of the book was 1998 -- so the picture of this family is almost 20 years old, anyway.
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Post by: Gardener on July 07, 2015, 11:06:11 PM
The family was probably stylish then, or was at the very least not out of fashion.

Either way, the clothes do seem a bit ridiculous now.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 08, 2015, 12:14:56 AM
The family was probably stylish then, or was at the very least not out of fashion.

Either way, the clothes do seem a bit ridiculous now.

Regardless, just make sure youre wearing some at Mass G!
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Post by: piabee on July 08, 2015, 12:33:48 AM
The family was probably stylish then, or was at the very least not out of fashion.

Either way, the clothes do seem a bit ridiculous now.

Regardless, just make sure youre wearing some at Mass G!

And coordinate with the liturgical color!
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Post by: Bernadette on July 08, 2015, 08:53:17 AM
What someone wears isn't necessarily indicative of their spiritual disposition or whether or not they're a basketcase.  People who are really pious probably don't care if the clothes they're wearing are from the 60s or the 90s, as long as they're modest.  "Lo, the Kingdom of God is within you."

Gotta agree with Pon here. It's none of my business what other people wear.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 08, 2015, 12:30:38 PM
you can be counter cultural without looking like my mom's laura ashley catalog from 1986

Right.  But that doesn't mean that dressing out of fashion is a threat to serious Catholicism.  If anything, I think having a superficial and condescending attitude about "goofy" fashions is much more deleterious; it makes Catholicism look like a petty bourgeois religion with its adherents more focused on this world than the next. 

I don't deny that the people in the photo look a little unfashionable.  The photo might be twenty years old, but I'm not sure if those fashions were ever really in style.  I think that's what gives the family in the picture some charm.  They have a certain naiveté which is very appealing; they don't look like people who would be snarky or judgmental about something as trivial as outfits.  In short, they look like good Christians.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 08, 2015, 12:33:29 PM
I remember reading of how St. Gemma always wore the same black cloak whether it was summer or winter and she was chastised and mocked by a relative for wearing it to their wedding (I guess she embarrassed the relative).  Yet, she is now a Saint enjoying the beatific vision. While the relative is known for: being embarrassed by how St. Gemma dressed.

Excellent.  My point exactly.
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Post by: Christknight104 on July 08, 2015, 02:44:54 PM
Is not the main objective  of modesty to not draw attention to oneself? Would not dressing up like someone from the 60s, though unintended, contradict the main point of modesty?

Fashion is indeed subjective. However, there is no doubt that Catholics for centuries have always had a reputation for good taste, whether in fashion, architecture, music, etc...  At least one would like to think so.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 08, 2015, 03:34:49 PM
Is not the main objective  of modesty to not draw attention to oneself? Would not dressing up like someone from the 60s, though unintended, contradict the main point of modesty?

Fashion is indeed subjective. However, there is no doubt that Catholics for centuries have always had a reputation for good taste, whether in fashion, architecture, music, etc...  At least one would like to think so.

I wasn't aware that the "main objective of modesty" is to "not draw attention to one's self."  I don't think we're supposed to try to make ourselves invisible.  Presumably a Catholic is permitted to dress nicely and look attractive, and if a person does this well, they will indeed draw some attention.  (In the case of a young person looking to attract a spouse, this may even be something of a necessity).  So I think a Christian is allowed to be somewhat fashionable, but their fashions aren't supposed to be too sexy or revealing.  ("Yikes!")

Anyway, people will vary in their tastes.  "Catholics for centuries" are not actually united in what they considered "good taste."  St. Paul, who cautioned against adorning one's self with "plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire," and St. Clement of Alexandria, who railed against "the embellishment of the body," clearly had very different standards in those early centuries than did the dandy Catholics who lived in the Baroque era and gussied themselves up with frilly shirts and extravagant gowns and powdered wigs.  So it's hard to get a gauge on standards, and people's personal tastes are naturally going to vary.  My objection in this thread was with the attitude that Catholics who dress by someone else's subjective definition of "dorky" are somehow bringing disrepute onto other Catholics.

As for "dressing like someone from the 60s," I don't think that would draw much attention these days.  I believe "retro" fashions are popular.  I hate that hipster darling Zooey Deschanel, but I have to admit she does do a good job of tastefully reviving some of the 1960s mod fashions.  I wouldn't say she's immodest.
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Post by: Maximilian on July 08, 2015, 04:19:59 PM

Is not the main objective  of modesty to not draw attention to oneself?

No. A nun's habit is a practice of modesty. But it certainly draws attention when you wear it on the street.
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Post by: Chestertonian on July 08, 2015, 04:29:51 PM
habits are meant to be otherworldly to point us to the supernatural.

it's not "weird for the sake of weird"
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 08, 2015, 06:06:50 PM
habits are meant to be otherworldly to point us to the supernatural.

it's not "weird for the sake of weird"

But where on this thread were we talking about people who dressed "weird for the sake of weird"?  The family on the book cover, I would imagine, were not intentionally trying to freak people out in the same way as people who wear multiple facial piercings or fishnet body garments.  Perry Farrell was never a topic.  You can dress like the family in that photograph (unfashionable, but endearing), or you can dress like Zooey Deschanel (fashionably retro).  In neither instance would you be causing your fellow Catholics to appear like basketcases.  As long as modesty is observed, we can have a variety of tastes.  Or is there some sort of coolness level we have to conform to?  I didn't know Catholicism was a fashion clique.  Apparently it is.

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Post by: Maximilian on July 08, 2015, 07:27:17 PM

habits are meant to be otherworldly to point us to the supernatural.


Not relevant to the question of modesty.


it's not "weird for the sake of weird"

It's ironic that you would say that now when earlier on the thread you said that the people on the cover looked like they were wearing a "family habit."
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Post by: Baldrick on July 08, 2015, 07:42:54 PM
  Or is there some sort of coolness level we have to conform to?  I didn't know Catholicism was a fashion clique.  Apparently it is.

Well, not intentionally.  However, a person who understands that every action and word matters - and that for good reason we pay all kinds of homage to form, whether we acknowledge this or not - because it points to something beyond itself, is also likely to have a sense of style.  Style being a very different concept from what is "fashionable". 

 
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 08, 2015, 08:43:56 PM
  Or is there some sort of coolness level we have to conform to?  I didn't know Catholicism was a fashion clique.  Apparently it is.

Well, not intentionally.  However, a person who understands that every action and word matters - and that for good reason we pay all kinds of homage to form, whether we acknowledge this or not - because it points to something beyond itself, is also likely to have a sense of style.  Style being a very different concept from what is "fashionable".

I understand that.  Philosophically, we have nothing against beauty.  That's why we don't drape our women in burqas.  We can dress ourselves in things other than burlap sacks.  It's not wrong, when choosing clothes, to pick things that will (in a wholesome way) accentuate beauty. 

In fact, the family in question seems to have actually attempted something stylish in their own way: they thought it might be nice to have matching patterns in their outfits.  There's nothing ugly about the picture or the fashions.  Matching outfits or patterns can even be cute on kids who are twins.  It may just look a little goofy on adults.  So be it.  They tried at something and perhaps they didn't quite succeed.  Not everyone can be suave and cosmopolitan when it comes to fashion.  This minor fashion faux pas does not mean that these good people give serious Catholics a lousy reputation.  Should we also get rid of kitsch art and folk Catholicism if the sophisticates consider them an embarassment?  I hate bourgeois tyranny.
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 09, 2015, 10:47:08 AM
habits are meant to be otherworldly to point us to the supernatural.

it's not "weird for the sake of weird"

But where on this thread were we talking about people who dressed "weird for the sake of weird"?  The family on the book cover, I would imagine, were not intentionally trying to freak people out in the same way as people who wear multiple facial piercings or fishnet body garments.  Perry Farrell was never a topic.  You can dress like the family in that photograph (unfashionable, but endearing), or you can dress like Zooey Deschanel (fashionably retro).  In neither instance would you be causing your fellow Catholics to appear like basketcases.  As long as modesty is observed, we can have a variety of tastes.  Or is there some sort of coolness level we have to conform to?  I didn't know Catholicism was a fashion clique.  Apparently it is.
If I dress like Zoey Deschanel, I'll get a magazine cover...
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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 09, 2015, 10:58:01 AM
If I dress like Zoey Deschanel, I'll get a magazine cover...

Perhaps.  But there's a difference between transvestism and transgenderism.  A man dressed in women's clothing can be funny, like Benny Hill.  But Bruce Jenner, I believe, is sacrificing an important appendage for his own transformation.  (Yikes!)  That's when you go from the frivolous to the insane.
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Post by: JubilateDeo on July 09, 2015, 12:03:46 PM
Either way, it's a good book.

Just not a fashion book :)
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 09, 2015, 12:21:17 PM
If I dress like Zoey Deschanel, I'll get a magazine cover...

Perhaps.  But there's a difference between transvestism and transgenderism.  A man dressed in women's clothing can be funny, like Benny Hill.  But Bruce Jenner, I believe, is sacrificing an important appendage for his own transformation.  (Yikes!)  That's when you go from the frivolous to the insane.

I'm not in the protesting mood...
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Post by: Arun on July 09, 2015, 10:31:24 PM
If I dress like Zoey Deschanel, I'll get a magazine cover...

Perhaps.  But there's a difference between transvestism and transgenderism.  A man dressed in women's clothing can be funny, like Benny Hill.  But Bruce Jenner, I believe, is sacrificing an important appendage for his own transformation.  (Yikes!)  That's when you go from the frivolous to the insane.

forget transgenederism for a minute. i'm transageist. it's discrimination that they don't make footsie pajamas for 120kg, broad shouldered men. the biggest one i could find wouldn't even fit one of my legs in. where's my magazine cover??
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 10, 2015, 10:44:45 AM
If I dress like Zoey Deschanel, I'll get a magazine cover...

Perhaps.  But there's a difference between transvestism and transgenderism.  A man dressed in women's clothing can be funny, like Benny Hill.  But Bruce Jenner, I believe, is sacrificing an important appendage for his own transformation.  (Yikes!)  That's when you go from the frivolous to the insane.

forget transgenederism for a minute. i'm transageist. it's discrimination that they don't make footsie pajamas for 120kg, broad shouldered men. the biggest one i could find wouldn't even fit one of my legs in. where's my magazine cover??

Actually, I think they do now.
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Post by: Bernadette on July 10, 2015, 10:58:30 AM
If I dress like Zoey Deschanel, I'll get a magazine cover...

Perhaps.  But there's a difference between transvestism and transgenderism.  A man dressed in women's clothing can be funny, like Benny Hill.  But Bruce Jenner, I believe, is sacrificing an important appendage for his own transformation.  (Yikes!)  That's when you go from the frivolous to the insane.

forget transgenederism for a minute. i'm transageist. it's discrimination that they don't make footsie pajamas for 120kg, broad shouldered men. the biggest one i could find wouldn't even fit one of my legs in. where's my magazine cover??

Actually, I think they do now.

 :rofl:
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Post by: Clare on July 12, 2015, 02:11:36 PM

Just about to read C S Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy again, which I first read last year.

Did you ever give us your thoughts on "That Hideous Strength"?
I'm not there yet, but I've just finished Out Of The Silent Planet again. It would be great if some bright spark could devise a Weston-Ransom Malacandrian translator, so politicians' speeches can be entered in and translated into Malacandrian-English, Ransom style!

That part of the book really made me chuckle. I'd read Weston's speech, then Ransom's translation and think, "Did Weston really say that?"; and then look back at what Weston had said, and think, "Yes, I suppose he did!"
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 12, 2015, 02:49:30 PM
Just started God's Playground by Norman Davies
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Post by: Molly Grue on July 12, 2015, 07:20:16 PM
Pon de Replay and Clare, I love you both. Thank you.
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Post by: Arun on July 12, 2015, 09:39:10 PM
If I dress like Zoey Deschanel, I'll get a magazine cover...

Perhaps.  But there's a difference between transvestism and transgenderism.  A man dressed in women's clothing can be funny, like Benny Hill.  But Bruce Jenner, I believe, is sacrificing an important appendage for his own transformation.  (Yikes!)  That's when you go from the frivolous to the insane.

forget transgenederism for a minute. i'm transageist. it's discrimination that they don't make footsie pajamas for 120kg, broad shouldered men. the biggest one i could find wouldn't even fit one of my legs in. where's my magazine cover??

Actually, I think they do now.

 :rofl:

well all right then
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 24, 2015, 01:45:41 PM
The Sun Also Rises
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Post by: red solo cup on July 25, 2015, 08:37:52 AM
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye.  Been meaning to read this for years out of curiosity. Really REALLY dumb.
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Post by: Bernadette on July 27, 2015, 02:09:52 PM
Stones From the River, by Ursula Hegi. I love books like this, that give you such tiny details about the characters' lives.
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Post by: Arun on July 29, 2015, 01:23:44 AM
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye.  Been meaning to read this for years out of curiosity. Really REALLY dumb.

good?
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Post by: Gardener on July 29, 2015, 01:40:10 AM
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye.  Been meaning to read this for years out of curiosity. Really REALLY dumb.

good?

Imagine if Clive Cussler wrote fundie evangelical prot novels.
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Post by: Arun on July 29, 2015, 03:38:53 AM
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye.  Been meaning to read this for years out of curiosity. Really REALLY dumb.

good?

Imagine if Clive Cussler wrote fundie evangelical prot novels.

i'm re-reading PIHKAL. not putting it down for that, sorry...
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Post by: red solo cup on July 29, 2015, 07:38:53 AM
We know you love the phenethylamines. The question is do they love you back?
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Post by: red solo cup on July 29, 2015, 07:39:45 AM
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye.  Been meaning to read this for years out of curiosity. Really REALLY dumb.

good?

Imagine if Clive Cussler wrote fundie evangelical prot novels.
Cussler is far better than LaHaye.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 29, 2015, 01:25:42 PM
Electromagnetics.

So much electromagnetics.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on July 29, 2015, 03:18:56 PM
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye.  Been meaning to read this for years out of curiosity. Really REALLY dumb.

good?

Not in a million years.  Only thing worse are the movies.
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Post by: Arun on July 29, 2015, 08:40:17 PM
We know you love the phenethylamines. The question is do they love you back?

that's a microscopic question with an omniscopic answer, man...
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Post by: Hiero of Syracuse on July 29, 2015, 08:59:32 PM
I'm reading a book by Fr. Arminjon called the "End of the Present World", I skipped ahead to chapters that caught my attention and from what I've read so far, it seems pretty solid. In addition to this, I am reading a fan-fiction (tis a guilty pleasure of mine) called "Prince Iroh". It's a very polished work and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes war stories. 

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Post by: Clare on July 30, 2015, 02:57:08 AM
I'm reading a book by Fr. Arminjon called the "End of the Present World", I skipped ahead to chapters that caught my attention and from what I've read so far, it seems pretty solid....
I read that last year. A very interesting book.
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Post by: Gardener on July 30, 2015, 02:58:27 AM
I'm reading a book by Fr. Arminjon called the "End of the Present World", I skipped ahead to chapters that caught my attention and from what I've read so far, it seems pretty solid....
I read that last year. A very interesting book.

Was a fav of St. Therese.
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Post by: Clare on July 30, 2015, 09:08:20 AM
Just about to read C S Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy again, which I first read last year.
Did you ever give us your thoughts on "That Hideous Strength"?
I've just finished it again. I'm not sure where to begin giving my thoughts. It's an amazing book. First time I read it, I thought the ending was a bit disappointing, but this time I didn't. What were your thoughts, Maximilian?

The whole trilogy is great.
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Post by: Maximilian on July 30, 2015, 11:08:47 AM
Did you ever give us your thoughts on "That Hideous Strength"?

I've just finished it again. I'm not sure where to begin giving my thoughts. It's an amazing book. First time I read it, I thought the ending was a bit disappointing, but this time I didn't. What were your thoughts, Maximilian?


I thought it was amazingly prescient. Written in 1945, it was 3 years before "1984." It's prophetic in a religious sense, but it succeeds as a work of science fiction. Like most English sci-fi (e.g. Dr. Who) there's not much science in the sci-fi, but it was ahead of its time in mixing science fiction with fantasy. I think C.S. Lewis identified the real problems that we face today even better than Aldous Huxley or George Orwell, although those men were geniuses as well.
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Post by: Clare on July 30, 2015, 11:21:36 AM
Did you ever give us your thoughts on "That Hideous Strength"?
I've just finished it again. I'm not sure where to begin giving my thoughts. It's an amazing book. First time I read it, I thought the ending was a bit disappointing, but this time I didn't. What were your thoughts, Maximilian?
I thought it was amazingly prescient. Written in 1945, it was 3 years before "1984." It's prophetic in a religious sense, but it succeeds as a work of science fiction. Like most English sci-fi (e.g. Dr. Who) there's not much science in the sci-fi, but it was ahead of its time in mixing science fiction with fantasy. I think C.S. Lewis identified the real problems that we face today even better than Aldous Huxley or George Orwell, although those men were geniuses as well.
When I was reading a bit on Wikipedia about That Hideous Strength, I was surprised that it had influenced so little. A couple of Heavy Metal bands, and not much else! I've been watching some old Dr Who series recently, and I could imagine THS providing inspiration for potential stories, if only its writers had read it!
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Post by: Clare on August 04, 2015, 10:51:24 AM
I've just finished The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis, and I'm re-reading The Ball and the Cross by GK Chesterton now.
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Post by: Arun on August 04, 2015, 05:27:34 PM
the brain that changes itself, by norman doidge.
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Post by: red solo cup on August 06, 2015, 07:29:05 AM
Off the Planet by Jerry Linenger.  Linener is a naval flight surgeon who spent five months aboard the Russian space station Mir. Very entertaining and informative. When he described liftoff and entry into orbit, it was hard to put it down. Mir was designed to last five years. When the author was on board it was in it's tenth year. As a result there were constant problems; many of them life threatening.
There were constant cooling leaks causing them to breath glycol fumes. There was a fire that burned long enough and hot enough to melt nearby metal. There was even a bungled docking maneuver that caused a near miss of a one ton module.
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Post by: Chestertonian on August 06, 2015, 12:25:48 PM
the brain that changes itself, by norman doidge.
how is it
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Post by: Arun on August 06, 2015, 09:33:05 PM
the brain that changes itself, by norman doidge.
how is it

pretty amazing man. all about neuroplasticity and how the brain is malleable and can reorganise itself to allow "normal" function despite extensive irreparable brain damage. it can shift processing and functions to other areas to compensate for when another area is damaged. that's mainly what it's covered so far, given a bunch of people's case stories and stuff. cool read tho; i can send you a pdf if your interested in reading it man.
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Post by: Clare on August 15, 2015, 11:51:02 AM
I'm re-reading The Great Divorce by C S Lewis.
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Post by: zork on August 15, 2015, 08:59:40 PM
Wheel of Time 5: The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan
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Post by: Maximilian on August 15, 2015, 09:32:03 PM

Wheel of Time 5: The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan


Someone just posted a graph here the other day claiming to show that the relationship between how good a book is and how many words the author made up is a 1/x inverse functions. I immediately thought of Robert Jordan.

I don't know if anyone can find that graph again.
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Post by: zork on August 15, 2015, 09:43:38 PM
Oh yeah, I saw that too. Stephen King made up words for his Dark Tower series, and the words he used became cloying rather quickly.
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Post by: Gardener on August 15, 2015, 11:36:06 PM

Wheel of Time 5: The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan


Someone just posted a graph here the other day claiming to show that the relationship between how good a book is and how many words the author made up is a 1/x inverse functions. I immediately thought of Robert Jordan.

I don't know if anyone can find that graph again.

I posted it in the LMS USA/Canada thread. The graphic is from xkcd: https://xkcd.com/483/

To keep it literary for the thread: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alternative_energy_revolution.jpg
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Post by: Maximilian on August 15, 2015, 11:38:58 PM

Wheel of Time 5: The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan


Someone just posted a graph here the other day claiming to show that the relationship between how good a book is and how many words the author made up is a 1/x inverse functions. I immediately thought of Robert Jordan.

I don't know if anyone can find that graph again.

I posted it in the LMS USA/Canada thread. The graphic is from xkcd: https://xkcd.com/483/

To keep it literary for the thread: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alternative_energy_revolution.jpg

Thanks for the link:

(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/fiction_rule_of_thumb.png)

It's pretty hard to see this graph without thinking of Robert Jordan.
On the other hand, there are lots sci-fi/fantasy writers who are just as bad.
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Post by: Maximilian on August 15, 2015, 11:41:39 PM

To keep it literary for the thread: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alternative_energy_revolution.jpg

Great cartoon. I have often thought the same when I have seen these things along the highway. They remind me of some sort of creepy sci-fi characters. Their appearance is distinctly eerie and foreboding.

(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alternative_energy_revolution.jpg)
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Post by: Bernadette on August 16, 2015, 06:23:33 AM
I'm reading Food in England, by Dorothy Hartley. Highly recommended! I've been looking for it for years, but unwilling to pay $20-$30 dollars for it, and then I finally found it for $7.50. When I opened it to start reading, the bookseller had written: "£4.99. Sought after" on the first page. lol Sought after was right! Anyway, it really makes me want to read Dorothy Hartley's other books.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on August 16, 2015, 10:55:04 AM
Re. Wheel of Time: I admit that R.J. "Goes long"; but since I really didn't want the books to end, for that would mean that the world he created was finished; I enjoyed all the "baroque" verbal decorations that his books contained. 
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Post by: Maximilian on August 16, 2015, 11:46:22 AM

Re. Wheel of Time: I admit that R.J. "Goes long"; but since I really didn't want the books to end, for that would mean that the world he created was finished; I enjoyed all the "baroque" verbal decorations that his books contained.


At some point around 10 years ago I tried to read volume 10, but found it incomprehensible. It was as if Robert Jordan had a stroke, and the words kept coming out of his word processor, but they didn't make sense any more.

Also, having failed to complete the story in 9 volumes as he had intended, the 10th volume made no progress whatsoever in bringing any plot lines to conclusion. Instead it introduced a myriad of new characters with incomprehensible names, thus indicating that the series would never conclude. As it turns out, it was only after Jordan's death that a new author was able to wrap up the story.

That being said, I did enjoy many of the earlier volumes quite a bit. The series is a tremendous feat of imagination.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on August 16, 2015, 12:03:44 PM

Re. Wheel of Time: I admit that R.J. "Goes long"; but since I really didn't want the books to end, for that would mean that the world he created was finished; I enjoyed all the "baroque" verbal decorations that his books contained.


At some point around 10 years ago I tried to read volume 10, but found it incomprehensible. It was as if Robert Jordan had a stroke, and the words kept coming out of his word processor, but they didn't make sense any more.

Also, having failed to complete the story in 9 volumes as he had intended, the 10th volume made no progress whatsoever in bringing any plot lines to conclusion. Instead it introduced a myriad of new characters with incomprehensible names, thus indicating that the series would never conclude. As it turns out, it was only after Jordan's death that a new author was able to wrap up the story.

That being said, I did enjoy many of the earlier volumes quite a bit. The series is a tremendous feat of imagination.
Yes, most people agree that the series reached its bottom at the 10th volume; and began its climb back up with the 11th.
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Post by: Clare on August 16, 2015, 12:51:45 PM
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain (thanks Yankee for raising it).
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on August 19, 2015, 07:42:20 PM
Took the kids to story time at the library today, and managed to steal a few minutes to find 3 books on baking bread.  Browsing through those this evening.  (Also read Pinocchio earlier to the kids....and, looked at some pictures in the Saint George and the Dragon book we found today, with the four year old....I was impressed our small town library had it!)
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Post by: Kaesekopf on August 19, 2015, 11:01:37 PM
A Bitter Trial. 

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Post by: Bl. Karl Hapsburg on August 20, 2015, 11:34:26 AM
Re. Wheel of Time: I admit that R.J. "Goes long"; but since I really didn't want the books to end, for that would mean that the world he created was finished; I enjoyed all the "baroque" verbal decorations that his books contained.

The wheel of time a bit too much fantasy for me and it had to do with the writing style. I love Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire. Would you say I  should give it another shot?
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Post by: Spooky on August 20, 2015, 06:50:56 PM
Right now I'm slogging through Ian Kershaw's "Hitler 1889–1936: Hubris". I've had this book since the beginning of July and I'm only on page 80, and that's with the first 35 pages missing (a printing error I guess). It's not boring, just very, very, detailed. And notey. Lots and lots of notes.


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Post by: Michael Wilson on August 20, 2015, 09:55:59 PM
Re. Wheel of Time: I admit that R.J. "Goes long"; but since I really didn't want the books to end, for that would mean that the world he created was finished; I enjoyed all the "baroque" verbal decorations that his books contained.

The wheel of time a bit too much fantasy for me and it had to do with the writing style. I love Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire. Would you say I  should give it another shot?
Its not everybody's cup of tea. The writing style is deliberately archaic and very florid in descriptions.
It is a thirteen book series; which means that you will invest about 2 years or so of steady reading.
I liked it; but I admit that it doesn't have the same uplifting ethos as L.O.T.R. But once in a while I enjoy getting into a fantasy series, just to get away from my usual heavy reading.
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Post by: Rose on August 24, 2015, 01:10:23 PM
I'm just about to start reading The Fire Sermon for the first time. Fingers crossed!
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Post by: Jacob on August 24, 2015, 04:17:36 PM
I am reading the book by Carlson about Senior, Quinn, and the third guy and the Integrated Humanities Program at KU.  It's pretty interesting.
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Post by: red solo cup on August 24, 2015, 04:25:50 PM
The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler. One of those books I've been fixing to read for years. Finally got around to it.
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Post by: Rose on August 25, 2015, 04:34:14 PM
A bit of a random question- can anyone recommend a book similar to Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky? I'm not usually keen on sci-fi/horror but AF and I read the first chapter and found it gripping (very atmospheric). We were put off by the irreverence later in the book and decided not to continue with it. Any ideas?
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on August 25, 2015, 05:23:41 PM
I'm rereading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. 

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Post by: Arun on September 03, 2015, 08:15:24 PM
Animal Day by Geoff Thompson
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Post by: Bernadette on September 03, 2015, 09:38:31 PM
Getting ready to start The Penguin History of the World: 6th Edition $1.99/kindle. ;D And I'll be perfectly honest, and say that I plan to skip the parts that I'm not interested in. ;)
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Post by: Christina_S on September 04, 2015, 07:29:15 PM
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
How to Raise Good Catholic Children by Mary Reed Newland
A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot
What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain
The Gospel according to St. John

 ;D
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Post by: Bernadette on September 04, 2015, 07:42:54 PM
Which translation of Don Quixote are you reading? I like the Edith Grossman one. :)
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Post by: MilesChristi on September 04, 2015, 07:45:32 PM
Ambitious...
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on September 09, 2015, 08:55:10 PM
Library day again....Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Childs;  Anthology of Children's Literature by Johnson, Sickels, & Sayers (4th edition).   
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Post by: red solo cup on September 10, 2015, 07:31:12 AM
St Joan of Arc by Mark Twain. He seems to have genuinely admired her. His non-fiction is usually pretty cynical but not this.
Christ Denied by Rev. Paul Wickens. Scathing indictment of modernism and of de Chardin in particular.
Both of these were very good but much to short.
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Post by: Bernadette on September 10, 2015, 10:21:20 AM
I'm listening to Ben Hur again. So good. :)
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Post by: Clare on September 10, 2015, 11:33:36 AM
St Joan of Arc by Mark Twain. He seems to have genuinely admired her. His non-fiction is usually pretty cynical but not this.
I'm still reading that (I go through books quite slowly sometimes). It's very good.
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Post by: Prayerful on September 10, 2015, 01:42:38 PM
Fr Malachi Martin's The Jesuits and reading of startlingly heretic they became. I knew of the Communist guerrilla Jesuits,  business suit wearing Karl Raehner SJ, but the heresy and People's Church anti-Catholicism was from top to bottom in the once great order. Also glancing at Tom Holland's Dynasty on the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He tells a familiar tale very well, and he wrote a book on Islam (Islam: the Untold Story) with a Saudi funded hackademic/propagandist glaring at him with a look of barely suppressed hatred. He contended that Mohammed's real origins were around Palestine where some descriptions in the Quran of olive groves are a far better march to that region and the Arab kingdoms which bordered.
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Post by: Christina_S on September 12, 2015, 10:40:03 PM
Which translation of Don Quixote are you reading? I like the Edith Grossman one. :)
Mine was translated by P.A. Motteux, with introduction and notes by Stephen Boyd.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on September 12, 2015, 10:40:42 PM
"The Council in Question" by Fr Aidan Nichols, OP and Moyra something.
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Post by: Clare on September 14, 2015, 06:53:27 AM
"The Council in Question" by Fr Aidan Nichols, OP and Moyra something.
Doorly?
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Post by: Arun on September 22, 2015, 10:48:46 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Fight-Like-Physicist-Incredible-Science/dp/1594393389/ damn i want this
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Post by: Kaesekopf on September 22, 2015, 11:40:56 PM
"The Council in Question" by Fr Aidan Nichols, OP and Moyra something.
Doorly?

I think so yes

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Post by: Bernadette on September 23, 2015, 12:43:00 PM
How to Be a Victorian, by Ruth Goodman. Fascinating social history, plus personal experience from someone who has actually lived like a Victorian in our own day and age. One of the best Kindle books that I've ever bought on sale! :lol:
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on September 23, 2015, 05:08:09 PM
How to Be a Victorian, by Ruth Goodman. Fascinating social history, plus personal experience from someone who has actually lived like a Victorian in our own day and age. One of the best Kindle books that I've ever bought on sale! :lol:

If you like that, you might like this website/couple

http://www.thisvictorianlife.com/

They live "victorian" as much as they can.
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Post by: Clare on September 26, 2015, 12:25:31 PM
Manalive, by G K Chesterton
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Post by: red solo cup on September 27, 2015, 02:43:04 PM
The Memoirs of Louis Bouyer
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Post by: Kaesekopf on September 27, 2015, 02:52:28 PM
The Memoirs of Louis Bouyer

Post a review when you're done!
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Post by: red solo cup on September 27, 2015, 04:47:37 PM
The book was very good but kind of challenging to read. Bouyer has a convoluted way of speaking. That combined with it's being translated from the French led me to often reread several previous pages to be sure if he was for or against any particular subject.
He was a Lutheran pastor who converted to Catholicism. He knew Thomas Merton from seminary. Said he was painfully shy. He worked with T.S. Eliot on a journal of religion and philosophy called Dieu Vivant. He was good friends with Tolkein having spent a lot of time in England.
 There was also lots of tittle tattle from behind the scenes at Vatican II. Bouyer was always enthusiastic for liturgical reform till he wound up on a committee for that at Vat2. He realized he'd made a terrible mistake when he saw what they wanted to do. He even tried to resign a couple of times but Paul IV wouldn't accept it.
 Some of the things were hard to comprehend. At one point there was a serious attempt to remove all the Poles from the list of saints.
Some even considered eliminating Ash Wednesday. When Bouyer referred to Bugnini and his friends he used words such as lunatic and malicious. Bugnini was one of the few who had access to Paul at the time. He would go to Paul and say the cardinals were unanimous on something when in fact they were against it. Then he would go to the cardinals and say that Paul was demanding something the cardinals were against. He played both sides against each other.
 Bouyer's contention was that Paul quickly approved everything the council wanted to bring it to a quick end before "the chaos spread".
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Post by: Arun on October 04, 2015, 05:38:18 AM
i picked up a book that has the magician's nephew, lion the witch and the wardrobe, and the horse and his boy for a couple dollars. never read the first one before, reading it with my children. diggory has just rung the bell... wonder what's coming up lol.
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Post by: Bernadette on October 04, 2015, 06:13:35 AM
i picked up a book that has the magician's nephew, lion the witch and the wardrobe, and the horse and his boy for a couple dollars. never read the first one before, reading it with my children. diggory has just rung the bell... wonder what's coming up lol.

What a treat. :) My aunt got me the set when I was seven. I read them so many times over the years, that I wore them out! :lol:
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Post by: red solo cup on October 13, 2015, 07:21:45 AM
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Very good.
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Post by: Lynne on October 13, 2015, 07:27:46 AM
Sin Revisited by Solange Hertz, also very good!
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Post by: Bernadette on October 13, 2015, 10:23:06 AM
Slave Narratives: Arkansas, Volume 4. I'm cleaning it up for the Kindle.
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Post by: Christina_S on October 14, 2015, 03:18:44 PM
Just finished A Guide to Elegance by Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, a French fashion expert during the 60s and 70s. The book was first published in 1962, but some of the advice that she gives is pretty well timeless. It covers things like accessories, pearls, hairstyle, and generally, how to be an elegant lady. Pretty good little book.
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Post by: Clare on October 16, 2015, 07:18:48 AM
All For Jesus, by Fr Faber

Read it a few years ago. I like it because it sets the bar lower than Growth In Holiness does!
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on October 16, 2015, 02:18:10 PM
Holiness for Housewives....again.
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Post by: queen.saints on October 16, 2015, 03:07:32 PM
Re-reading the short story Where Love Is by Tolstoy and still don't know how to feel about it.
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Post by: Prayerful on October 16, 2015, 09:20:20 PM
Volume IV of Jonathan Sumption's history of the Hundred Year War Cursed Kings. He is a judge of the UK's Supreme Court, the first I think, and a barrister who charged around 800,000 for a few weeks of work when working as barrister.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 17, 2015, 03:44:59 PM
Mansfield Park
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Post by: Arun on October 17, 2015, 09:35:11 PM
Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
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Post by: Michael Wilson on October 18, 2015, 10:15:15 AM
Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
Arun, you somewhat interested in Jiu Jitsu or what?
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Post by: Arun on October 18, 2015, 10:04:48 PM
Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
Arun, you somewhat interested in Jiu Jitsu or what?

whatever gave you that idea? lol.

that book is pretty much a must-read.

i just bought How To Win Friends and Influence People too, because someone told me i should read a chapter of it every day. so we'll see how that goes.
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Post by: Michael Wilson on October 18, 2015, 11:04:29 PM
Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
Arun, you somewhat interested in Jiu Jitsu or what?

whatever gave you that idea? lol.

that book is pretty much a must-read.

i just bought How To Win Friends and Influence People too, because someone told me i should read a chapter of it every day. so we'll see how that goes.
That's right; if they can't come along nicely, put them in a submission/choke-out hold. I know that would "influence" me a lot!
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Post by: Arun on October 18, 2015, 11:07:04 PM
Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
Arun, you somewhat interested in Jiu Jitsu or what?

whatever gave you that idea? lol.

that book is pretty much a must-read.

i just bought How To Win Friends and Influence People too, because someone told me i should read a chapter of it every day. so we'll see how that goes.
That's right; if they can't come along nicely, put them in a submission/choke-out hold. I know that would "influence" me a lot!

hahahaha. from watching my 2 year old son with his older brother right now, it appears he thinks along the same lines. lol.
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Post by: red solo cup on October 25, 2015, 05:39:24 PM
Jarhead by Anthony Swafford. The author was a marine sniper in Desert Storm. Entertaining.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on October 25, 2015, 07:50:16 PM
Guns, Germs and Steels

And Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
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Post by: Bernadette on October 25, 2015, 08:07:35 PM
How We Lived Then: A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War. I got it when it was on sale, months ago. Just the kind of book I like, filled with personal anecdotes. Excellent.

http://www.amazon.com/How-We-Lived-Then-Everyday-ebook/dp/B0031Y9DQO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445817906&sr=1-1&keywords=Norman+Longmate
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Post by: Gardener on October 25, 2015, 08:30:21 PM
Col. Charlie Beckwith's book on Delta Force. Fascinating read.
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Post by: red solo cup on October 26, 2015, 07:06:02 AM
Guns, Germs and Steels

And Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
Beevor is a terrific author. His book on D-Day is outstanding.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on October 26, 2015, 08:24:16 AM
Hes probably my favourite WWII author...but its hard to choose
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 26, 2015, 10:46:05 AM
How We Lived Than: A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War. I got it when it was on sale, months ago. Just the kind of book I like, filled with personal anecdotes. Excellent.

http://www.amazon.com/How-We-Lived-Then-Everyday-ebook/dp/B0031Y9DQO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445817906&sr=1-1&keywords=Norman+Longmate

That sounds good.  Have you ever seen the PBS (British Chanel 4 I think actually) the 1940's House? 
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Post by: Bernadette on October 26, 2015, 11:09:33 AM
How We Lived Than: A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War. I got it when it was on sale, months ago. Just the kind of book I like, filled with personal anecdotes. Excellent.

http://www.amazon.com/How-We-Lived-Then-Everyday-ebook/dp/B0031Y9DQO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445817906&sr=1-1&keywords=Norman+Longmate

That sounds good.  Have you ever seen the PBS (British Chanel 4 I think actually) the 1940's House?
Yes. This author actually edited the companion book for that. ;)

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Post by: maryslittlegarden on October 26, 2015, 03:06:55 PM
How We Lived Than: A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War. I got it when it was on sale, months ago. Just the kind of book I like, filled with personal anecdotes. Excellent.

http://www.amazon.com/How-We-Lived-Then-Everyday-ebook/dp/B0031Y9DQO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445817906&sr=1-1&keywords=Norman+Longmate

That sounds good.  Have you ever seen the PBS (British Chanel 4 I think actually) the 1940's House?
Yes. This author actually edited the companion book for that. ;)

Hmmm.... gonna check that one out.
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Post by: Prayerful on October 26, 2015, 05:40:39 PM
Still reading volume IV of Jonathan Sumption's series on the Hundred Years War. Being highly successful QC, and latterly Supreme Court Justice, hasn't slowed his output of this excellent series. He won an OBE for the series, a deserved honour, I might add. I certainly recommend it.

I have downloaded but have yet to start Mary Beard's SQPR, same with Robert Harris' Dictator. Former is non-fiction, latter fiction, but I know both will be excellent.
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Post by: red solo cup on November 08, 2015, 05:56:46 PM
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir.
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Post by: Bernadette on November 08, 2015, 06:57:24 PM
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir.

SO good! I listened to it from Librivox, and it was incredible! To think that his education was so thorough that even after such a huge gap, he was able to keep up in college! And he was so intelligent! I still have it on my ipod. :)
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Post by: red solo cup on November 09, 2015, 05:51:43 AM
Muir was so casual about the harshness of life in those days. When he was in school in Scotland it seemed that knowledge was acquired through beatings. And then in Wisconsin when he was digging the well for their farm. How his father would lower him down on a rope and then leave him there till the end of the day.
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Post by: Bernadette on November 09, 2015, 10:36:28 AM
Muir was so casual about the harshness of life in those days. When he was in school in Scotland it seemed that knowledge was acquired through beatings. And then in Wisconsin when he was digging the well for their farm. How his father would lower him down on a rope and then leave him there till the end of the day.

While the father himself was inside, reading theological books and taking no part whatever in the farm work. That was what got me when I read that part. I'd never heard of such a system!
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on November 09, 2015, 11:10:26 AM
Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
Influence by Robert Cialdini
Started Catch-22 today as well
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Post by: red solo cup on November 23, 2015, 06:09:00 AM
Put my back out last week and spent three days on the couch. In that time I managed to read:
 Sphere by Michael Crichton. Not great. Not awful. Just OK.
 Deviant by Harold Schechter. The biography of Wisconsin's favorite son, Ed Gein. Learned a lot I didn't know.
 Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture by Philip Lawler. This was an excellent read and I highly recommend it for traddies and NOers alike.
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Post by: Lynne on November 23, 2015, 07:37:16 AM

 Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture by Philip Lawler. This was an excellent read and I highly recommend it for traddies and NOers alike.

I'm sorry about your back! One never understands how much their back is used till something bad happens to it.

I read that book when it came out. I thought it was very good then and would re-read it but I think I threw it out.  :( I should see if the library has it.
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Post by: Jacob on November 23, 2015, 10:54:57 AM
Sphere by Michael Crichton. Not great. Not awful. Just OK.

Mmmm, in high school I was a super big reader.  I blew through all of Crichton's paperbacks.  Sphere is a pretty good read.  I liked others better, but Sphere is classic Crichton.

Right now I am reading Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.
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Post by: zork on November 23, 2015, 01:22:27 PM
Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett.
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Post by: MilesChristi on November 23, 2015, 02:35:51 PM
Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett.
Hammett or Chandler?
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Post by: zork on November 23, 2015, 09:29:18 PM
Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett.
Hammett or Chandler?

Well, so far I've only read Hammett's stories; RH is the first Hammett novel I've read anything of. I have not yet read any of Chandler's works though I own all of his novels and short stories (thanks to Border's closing sale in 2011). I have such a backlog of reading that I will eventually get to Chandler's works; I really anticipate reading up on the adventures of Phillip Marlow and the generic detectives that preceded him.
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Post by: Christina_S on November 24, 2015, 08:42:43 AM
Just finished To Kill a Mockingbird last night. Starting on The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church by Malachi Martin. Then on to The Grapes of Wrath.  ;D
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Post by: Bernadette on November 24, 2015, 10:30:14 AM
Was it your first time reading To Kill a Mockingbird? What did you think?
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on November 24, 2015, 04:09:36 PM
Was it your first time reading To Kill a Mockingbird? What did you think?

Read the whole damn thing; didn't even tell me how to kill a mockingbird
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Post by: MilesChristi on November 25, 2015, 01:19:51 PM
Just finished To Kill a Mockingbird last night. Starting on The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church by Malachi Martin. Then on to The Grapes of Wrath.  ;D
Read East of Eden...it is the best
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Post by: Michael Wilson on November 25, 2015, 01:58:32 PM
I've read T.K.A.M. Many times; I thought it was a great book when I first read it as a teen; and I read it last year; I still think the same thing. Scout is perfect as the innocent yet adventurous and strong willed protagonist; the cast of characters are very believable, as is her description of life in a small Southern town, and the prejudice that the blacks had to live under.
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Post by: Christina_S on November 25, 2015, 04:52:56 PM
Was it your first time reading To Kill a Mockingbird? What did you think?
Yep, first time. I thought it presented some good points on the education system and being a good friend/neighbor. The way that racism was treated seemed like such an accurate snapshot of the time period. And Atticus! Man, what a character!
The day after I finished the book, my dad said, "So, who killed Bob?" As if I would know. It was "darker than thunder" when it happened.
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Post by: Christina_S on November 25, 2015, 04:54:16 PM
Was it your first time reading To Kill a Mockingbird? What did you think?

Read the whole damn thing; didn't even tell me how to kill a mockingbird

How to Kill a Mockingbird:

Step 1. DON'T.

 ;D
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Post by: Bernadette on November 25, 2015, 08:05:34 PM
Was it your first time reading To Kill a Mockingbird? What did you think?
Yep, first time. I thought it presented some good points on the education system and being a good friend/neighbor. The way that racism was treated seemed like such an accurate snapshot of the time period. And Atticus! Man, what a character!
The day after I finished the book, my dad said, "So, who killed Bob?" As if I would know. It was "darker than thunder" when it happened.

I absolutely LOVE Atticus. :) It took me a couple of readings to figure out who killed Bob.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on November 26, 2015, 12:48:53 PM
The Power of Habits.  Pretty good so far.   Somewhat enlightening.

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Post by: maryslittlegarden on November 27, 2015, 12:27:35 PM
The Martian and Go Set a Watchman. 
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Post by: Bernadette on November 27, 2015, 01:10:40 PM
The Martian and Go Set a Watchman.

I can't read that, after reading reviews of it. :(
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on November 27, 2015, 02:18:20 PM
The Martian and Go Set a Watchman.

I can't read that, after reading reviews of it. :(

I wasn't sure about it either, but I'm going to give it a try... .
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Post by: Michael Wilson on November 28, 2015, 01:53:44 PM
Here is a review of a book I just finished: 'Sisters, Catholic Nuns and The Making Of America"; I copied and posted this review from the Amazon site http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Catholic-Nuns-Making-America/dp/0312325967

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"Where have all the Sisters gone . . . "
By Raymond G. Meyers on March 26, 2003
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Boy, if this isn't an eye-opener! Not a particularly scholarly treatise (thank God), the book nonetheless chronicles well the incredible story of the impact on our American history and way of life "the Sisters" have had. Living in the "heyday" of the 50's - early 60's, and having had the blessings of a parochial education, I was not only mesmerized by Fialka's exploration of the scope and breadth and depth of the impact nuns in America have had, but deeply saddened to get a fuller sense of the decline of this influence in our society. I'm no feminist, but if any women in our history deserve greater recognition and honor for what they contributed to our lives it's these women. Fialka's narrative bounces around a little, but he keeps you focused on the mostly selfless dedication many of these Sisters lived by. The stereotypical nun whacking your knuckles with a ruler obscures the realities Fialka chronicles in case after case of the love and devotion so many of these Sisters lavished on their students (or patients). His discussion of the causes of the decline of the Sisters as a force in our society cites numerous influences, not least of which were the upheavals in all corners of our social fabric in the mid-late-sixties, nor the disruption (my word) of the "Catholic eco-system" resulting from so much misguided interpretations of Vatican II doctrine. Good book. Read it, revel in your memories, and weep for its demise -- America's great loss.
My own impression of the book is the same as the above reviewers; the author does a really good job of putting in front of us the heroic deeds of just a small number of religious sisters (mostly the Irish sisters of Mercy); and the tremendous work they accomplished in building a system of hospitals, schools and other institutions of spiritual and corporal works of mercy. This whole wonderful institution make crashing down after the Council of sad notoriety. I wept at many of the descriptions of the sacrifices made by the sisters; and also reading of the horrible destruction that the implementation of the reforms in the convents, which destroyed their religious life. The few post conciliar bright spots are from conservative congregations that kept their regular prayer and community life.
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Post by: Elizabeth on November 28, 2015, 03:57:34 PM
Just finished To Kill a Mockingbird last night. Starting on The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church by Malachi Martin. Then on to The Grapes of Wrath.  ;D
Read East of Eden...it is the best
It's the Great American Novel!  I think I wept when it was over all those years ago.
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Post by: Pon de Replay on November 29, 2015, 08:17:11 PM
Seven Gothic Tales, by Isak Dinesen
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Post by: Christina_S on December 01, 2015, 09:02:18 AM
Finished The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church and Huckleberry Finn. Now I'm starting on The Grapes of Wrath.

Will request East of Eden from the library this week.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on December 01, 2015, 12:27:32 PM
The Martian and Go Set a Watchman.

Finished both.  The Martian is excellent.  Go Set a Watchman not so much. 

The Martian and Go Set a Watchman.

I can't read that, after reading reviews of it. :(

I did not enjoy it as a novel. Better of with To Kill A Mockingbird.  It would have helped had it been edited (probably not much, though).  It was interesting to have an adult version of  Scout.  It was also interesting to me to get a glimpse of Harper Lee's writing process (just getting from Go Set A Watchman to To Kill a Mockingbird). 
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Post by: Prayerful on December 01, 2015, 04:13:42 PM
Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim by John Guy.

Also sort of fully reading/re-reading Randy Engel's Rites of Sodomy but it's sort of depressing. I learnt of it from whigboi's Youtube. Voris had either changed a lot or he barely read it.
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Post by: piabee on December 02, 2015, 04:50:47 PM
I had just started Career of Evil, the latest Robert Galbraith mystery, when my interlibrary loan for The Clasp came in, so I read that first. But now I have switched over to Death Comes for the Archbishop because it feels more Advent appropriate.
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Post by: red solo cup on December 07, 2015, 07:06:41 AM
Wellington: The Years of the Sword by Elizabeth Longford. Very good.
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Post by: Bernadette on December 26, 2015, 02:27:01 PM
Lulu's Christmas Story. Again. :) So heartwarming. Catholic family in the Great Depression. What's not to love? One of the few books I've seen that has 100% five-star reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/Lulus-Christmas-Story-During-Depression-ebook/dp/B00O5RR7NW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451157892&sr=1-1&keywords=lulu%27s+christmas+story
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Post by: MilesChristi on December 28, 2015, 10:07:52 PM
Just finished The High Window
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Post by: Jacob on December 28, 2015, 10:40:02 PM
I am stalled in Doctor Zhivago.

One of my Christmas presents is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.  I am working on that.
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Post by: red solo cup on December 29, 2015, 04:41:17 PM
Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra. Hendra wrote for National Lampoon and Spitting Image. He also played Ian Faith in Spinal Tap. The book tells his story from being an ardent Catholic to loosing his faith and regaining it with the help of his spiritual advisor, Father Joe. Funny and inspiring. A wonderful read.
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on December 30, 2015, 05:13:01 PM
The First Christmas Tree and The Other Wise Man.  Two short stories by Henry van Dyke. Enjoyable read.
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Post by: MilesChristi on December 30, 2015, 11:58:38 PM
Starting Tomorrow: The Lady in the Lake
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Post by: Christina_S on December 31, 2015, 10:22:09 AM
Just finished Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton and Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim.

I found Chesterton harder than I thought it would be. Maybe it's because I'm used to philosophical books where every idea is in a compact box, and Chesterton's style seemed rambling and random at first. In any case, I got into it in the last two chapters and understood the spirit of things by the end.

Without You, There is No Us was written by an English teacher who taught in a North Korean university a few years ago. Regardless of how many books I read about the country, it never ceases to baffle me at how little the people know of the outside world and how utterly brainwashed they have been.

Moving on to East of Eden, as per MilesChristi's suggestion, and 1984.

Happy New Year!
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Post by: misericonfit on January 05, 2016, 07:53:00 PM
Harry Potter Book 7
Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers
Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti
The  Worm Ouroboros
Remaining in the Truth of Christ
Chinese Philosophy by Wen Haiming
My Door is Always Open (Pope Francis & Antonio Spadaro S.J.)

If anyone knows of a really thorough modern Catholic commentary on the Apocalypse, I'm all ears. 
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 05, 2016, 08:18:47 PM
Harry Potter Book 7
Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers
Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti
The  Worm Ouroboros
Remaining in the Truth of Christ
Chinese Philosophy by Wen Haiming
My Door is Always Open (Pope Francis & Antonio Spadaro S.J.)

If anyone knows of a really thorough modern Catholic commentary on the Apocalypse, I'm all ears.

Book of Revelation or the end of the world?
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Post by: Hiero of Syracuse on January 05, 2016, 10:54:38 PM
I'm trying to get through Moby Dick, though every time I pick the book up, something gets in the way of me finishing it. But from what I've read so far, it's pretty good. My only complaint is that it's rather slow. I was hoping that I'd get to the part where a crazy captain goes berserk on a giant sperm whale, but apparently it takes over a dozen chapters before Ishamel even sets foot on a boat!
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Post by: Bernadette on January 06, 2016, 10:08:21 AM
I'm trying to get through Moby Dick, though every time I pick the book up, something gets in the way of me finishing it. But from what I've read so far, it's pretty good. My only complaint is that it's rather slow. I was hoping that I'd get to the part where a crazy captain goes berserk on a giant sperm whale, but apparently it takes over a dozen chapters before Ishamel even sets foot on a boat!

I actually studied this book twice in college. Guess that's what I get for transferring. Good news is that I didn't have to actually read it the second time around. ;)
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on January 06, 2016, 11:01:09 AM
I'm trying to get through Moby Dick, though every time I pick the book up, something gets in the way of me finishing it. But from what I've read so far, it's pretty good. My only complaint is that it's rather slow. I was hoping that I'd get to the part where a crazy captain goes berserk on a giant sperm whale, but apparently it takes over a dozen chapters before Ishamel even sets foot on a boat!

I actually studied this book twice in college. Guess that's what I get for transferring. Good news is that I didn't have to actually read it the second time around. ;)

I like Melville's short stories (Bartleby the Scrivner is awesome). Moby Dick was ok, but yeah, it's slow.
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Post by: MilesChristi on January 06, 2016, 05:50:31 PM
Wise Blood
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Post by: Bernadette on January 06, 2016, 06:35:43 PM
Dream Days, by Kenneth Grahame.
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Post by: Bernadette on January 06, 2016, 07:37:08 PM
Harry Potter Book 7
Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers
Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti

Pfff. Showoff. :lol: ;)
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Post by: misericonfit on January 07, 2016, 04:22:52 PM
Harry Potter Book 7
Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers
Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti

Pfff. Showoff. :lol: ;)
ROFL. Not *entirely* :) - I want to broaden my horizons by seeing what is made of it in other languages, and, equally important, improve my knowledge of those languages. HP is a painless way to do that. Foreign grammar is much less painful to learn when one has been prepared for it by reading the original text in English.
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Post by: Bernadette on January 07, 2016, 04:43:46 PM
Harry Potter Book 7
Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers
Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti

Pfff. Showoff. :lol: ;)
ROFL. Not *entirely* :) - I want to broaden my horizons by seeing what is made of it in other languages, and, equally important, improve my knowledge of those languages. HP is a painless way to do that. Foreign grammar is much less painful to learn when one has been prepared for it by reading the original text in English.

I've read Babar in French. :) Most enjoyable.
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Post by: red solo cup on January 08, 2016, 07:10:22 AM
Harry Potter Book 7
Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers
Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti

Pfff. Showoff. :lol: ;)
ROFL. Not *entirely* :) - I want to broaden my horizons by seeing what is made of it in other languages, and, equally important, improve my knowledge of those languages. HP is a painless way to do that. Foreign grammar is much less painful to learn when one has been prepared for it by reading the original text in English.

I've read Babar in French. :) Most enjoyable.
I'm reading Green Eggs and Ham in Sanskrit.
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Post by: red solo cup on January 10, 2016, 12:14:39 PM
Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston 1859-1944 by James O'Toole. Very good.
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Post by: Habitual_Ritual on January 10, 2016, 12:17:45 PM
Joan of Arc: Her Story
by Régine Pernoud and Marie-Véronique Clin

An excellent telling of the story of St Joan. It is also research for a future illustration I will be doing. My niece is going to model for Joan. Régine Pernoud is an excellent author who's writings debunk many of the liberal notions about the medieval period.
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Post by: Hiero of Syracuse on January 10, 2016, 12:20:58 PM
Sweet. I'm going to check this one out. Thanks for bringing it up, Habitual Ritual.
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Post by: Habitual_Ritual on January 10, 2016, 01:16:58 PM
Pernoud has a newer book release on  St Joan now too.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on January 10, 2016, 01:31:34 PM
Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston 1859-1944 by James O'Toole. Very good.

Sounds good. 

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Post by: Clare on January 17, 2016, 08:53:13 AM
Orthodoxy by G K Chesterton. (Read it 15 or so years ago too.)
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Post by: Prayerful on January 17, 2016, 09:12:11 AM
Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony by Matthew Parker.It was in Guyana, roughly and worked well as a place for those poor English and Irish displaced from Barbados by African slaves (a monopoly of a company headed by Charles II and the Prince of Wales), although their terms of service were little different from slavery, but the time in bonded servitude was finite. Most failed colonies were failures from start to finish, but this prospered for a considerable time. It helped that the Navigation Act was not applied to it.
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Post by: Gardener on January 17, 2016, 10:51:03 AM
Doomsday Key by James Rollins. Light adventure fiction in the same vein as Clive Cussler stuff. Nice to take a break from heavier fare.
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Post by: INPEFESS on January 17, 2016, 01:23:39 PM
Heliotropium
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Post by: Gardener on January 17, 2016, 03:19:58 PM
Heliotropium

Interest blurb on that from 1918:

https://books.google.com/books?id=jKQEAAAAMAAJ&pg=PR6&lpg=PR6&dq=heliotropium+catholic&source=bl&ots=1kZ38AqioC&sig=1FxQOHcu2zPE6BKYL44kSkft5hk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj3qOb60LHKAhUI1mMKHYQTBdYQ6AEIUzAP#v=onepage&q=heliotropium%20catholic&f=false
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Post by: Christina_S on January 17, 2016, 06:35:24 PM
Just finished East of Eden this afternoon. Quite a fascinating read. Also read The Glass Castle. That book almost made me cry.

Time for Shakespeare!!! As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well coming up.
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Post by: Bonaventure on January 19, 2016, 07:28:40 PM
http://trueorfalsepope.com/articles/Feature%20-%20Fr%20Cekada%20Recognizes%20and%20Resists%20Pope%20Pius%20XII.pdf

An excerpt of True or False Pope by Salza and Siscoe.
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Post by: red solo cup on January 28, 2016, 06:52:54 AM
Black Robe on the Kennebec by Mary Calvert. The life and death of Fr. Sebastien Rale. Born in Pontarlier, France, he joined the Jesuits and was sent to Quebec as a missionary to the Indians. First among the Huron, later the Illinois, he finally was assigned to the Abenakis in central Maine.
He produced the first written dictionary of the Abenaki language. He was martyred along with about a hundred Indian men, women and children by English raiders in 1724.
 People were incredibly tough in those days to endure Canadian/Maine winters without modern clothing. Starvation was common and to fall into the hands of enemy tribes meant being slowly tortured to death or burned alive. Many Jesuits were canonized for dying this way for the faith.
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Post by: Bernadette on January 28, 2016, 09:02:59 AM
The Egg and I as an audiobook. Even better when read aloud.  :)
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on January 28, 2016, 09:25:12 AM
Black Robe on the Kennebec by Mary Calvert. The life and death of Fr. Sebastien Rale. Born in Pontarlier, France, he joined the Jesuits and was sent to Quebec as a missionary to the Indians. First among the Huron, later the Illinois, he finally was assigned to the Abenakis in central Maine.
He produced the first written dictionary of the Abenaki language. He was martyred along with about a hundred Indian men, women and children by English raiders in 1724.
 People were incredibly tough in those days to endure Canadian/Maine winters without modern clothing. Starvation was common and to fall into the hands of enemy tribes meant being slowly tortured to death or burned alive. Many Jesuits were canonized for dying this way for the faith.

Sounds like an awesome book.

I still owe the Canadian Martyrs a pilgrimage to their shrine in Ontario. I promised them I would if we won gold in hockey during the 2010 Olympics. We did, so....

Their stories are really interesting and even though we're not "old world" like Europe it is nice to that our lands were "baptized", so to speak, with the blood of martyrs.
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Post by: red solo cup on January 28, 2016, 03:01:22 PM
Black Robe on the Kennebec by Mary Calvert. The life and death of Fr. Sebastien Rale. Born in Pontarlier, France, he joined the Jesuits and was sent to Quebec as a missionary to the Indians. First among the Huron, later the Illinois, he finally was assigned to the Abenakis in central Maine.
He produced the first written dictionary of the Abenaki language. He was martyred along with about a hundred Indian men, women and children by English raiders in 1724.
 People were incredibly tough in those days to endure Canadian/Maine winters without modern clothing. Starvation was common and to fall into the hands of enemy tribes meant being slowly tortured to death or burned alive. Many Jesuits were canonized for dying this way for the faith.

Sounds like an awesome book.

I still owe the Canadian Martyrs a pilgrimage to their shrine in Ontario. I promised them I would if we won gold in hockey during the 2010 Olympics. We did, so....

Their stories are really interesting and even though we're not "old world" like Europe it is nice to that our lands were "baptized", so to speak, with the blood of martyrs.
If it were me, that's a promise I wouldn't leave unfulfilled. Just saying.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on January 28, 2016, 03:09:06 PM
I wont. I take my promises seriously...especially to Saints. But I dont get to Ontario often
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Post by: Pheo on January 28, 2016, 11:20:49 PM
Beautiful grounds at Martyrs' Shrine, but it's run by Jesuits so Mass there is...really Jesuit-y.  It's neat to see the relics of the martyrs though.
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Post by: Bernadette on February 03, 2016, 01:16:40 PM
My Childhood, by Maxim Gorky. So sad.
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Post by: Lynne on February 03, 2016, 02:16:50 PM
Just finished "One Second After" by  William R. Forstchen.

It's about an EMP attack against the United States. It takes place in North Carolina. Out of 5 stars, I'd give it a 3.5. The dialog between the men and women is hokey and it gets pretty preachy.

But as a prepper study guide, it's full of good ideas. If we ever had an EMP attack launched against us, though, I'd want to go quickly. This was a depressing book.
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Post by: Gardener on February 04, 2016, 08:47:58 AM
Just finished "One Second After" by  William R. Forstchen.

It's about an EMP attack against the United States. It takes place in North Carolina. Out of 5 stars, I'd give it a 3.5. The dialog between the men and women is hokey and it gets pretty preachy.

But as a prepper study guide, it's full of good ideas. If we ever had an EMP attack launched against us, though, I'd want to go quickly. This was a depressing book.

I wasn't very impressed with the writing either. I thought James Wesley Rawles did a better job with his series, and much more info.

OSA had real potential, and there were great moments that showed it off, but the author just wasn't up to the challenge.
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Post by: zork on February 04, 2016, 12:41:07 PM
The Wheel of Time - Book VI: Lord of Chaos (1994) by Robert Jordan
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Post by: red solo cup on February 08, 2016, 07:14:28 AM
The latest from Anthony Beevor, Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge. All of Beevor's stuff is wonderful to read. An anecdote; Early in the winter
of '44 ,the relentless rains made tank movement nearly impossible. Patton called up the Third Army chaplain, James O'Neill and asked him for a prayer beseeching God to end the rains and grant them victory. O'Neill provided one and Patten had 250,000 copies printed and distributed to his men. The rains ended and Patton awarded O'Neill a Bronze Star for his effort. Can you imagine an American general doing that nowadays?
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Post by: Jacob on February 08, 2016, 10:26:19 AM
Early in the winter of '44 ,the relentless rains made tank movement nearly impossible. Patton called up the Third Army chaplain, James O'Neill and asked him for a prayer beseeching God to end the rains and grant them victory. O'Neill provided one and Patten had 250,000 copies printed and distributed to his men. The rains ended and Patton awarded O'Neill a Bronze Star for his effort.

This is fictionalized in the movie Patton and tied in to the relief of Bastogne where the chaplain is asked for the "weather prayer" because Third Army needed air cover to make it time to save 101st Airborne.  It's a very moving sequence as Patton reads the prayer in a voice-over while soldiers fight and die soundlessly.
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Post by: piabee on February 09, 2016, 01:15:29 AM
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on February 09, 2016, 04:28:22 AM
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Step 1: no showers
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Post by: red solo cup on February 09, 2016, 07:01:10 AM
Step 2: Keep nose in air.
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Post by: Prayerful on February 09, 2016, 07:54:16 AM
The Ottoman Endgame, Sean McMeekin. It's the Ottoman Empire and the Great War.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on February 09, 2016, 09:49:32 AM
The Ottoman Endgame, Sean McMeekin. It's the Ottoman Empire and the Great War.

Sounds interesting. How is it?
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Post by: Christina_S on February 09, 2016, 11:30:38 AM
Just a few chapters left in The Almost Nearly Perfect People.
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Post by: Prayerful on February 09, 2016, 01:36:36 PM
The Ottoman Endgame, Sean McMeekin. It's the Ottoman Empire and the Great War.

Sounds interesting. How is it?

Very interesting. It shows how the Ottomans and then Turks seemed through luck or the unscrupulous skill of certain leaders, and the stupidity of opponents to come back from the dead again and again. Yet Enver Pasha's lunacy of trying to conquer Turkic central Asia (taking advantage of the fall of the Russian Empire which seemed close to defeating the Ottomans) while there were barely the troops to defend Syria or even Rumelia and Istanbul, finished the Empire. It also covers the Armenian Genocide well. There were Armenians rebelling in collusion with Russia, but initial prudential deportations escalated wildly into something murderous. I'm now into the chapters on how Mustapha Kemal, the Ataturk gave the Turks a measure of dignity (at a well known cost though).
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Post by: misericonfit on February 21, 2016, 01:42:35 PM
Self-explanatory.  I'm actually surprised we don't have this thread yet. 

I'm currently reading...

The Cure D'Ars: St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney, by Abbe Francois Trochu

Lord of Chaos: Book 6 of the Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan.
Wheel of Time vol. 1 - The Eye of the World, same author. Trochu's Life of St John Vianney is a good example of a thoroughly fascinating 600-page biography.

There are a good few books I would love to read, that may, perhaps, not yet exist - at least not in English: such as a detailed study of the Vulgate and its strengths and weaknesses.
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Post by: red solo cup on February 22, 2016, 07:07:18 AM
Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene. Not what I expected. Still a good read though.
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Post by: red solo cup on March 10, 2016, 07:29:13 AM
The Guillotine and the Cross by William Carroll.
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Post by: alicewyf on March 10, 2016, 12:17:45 PM
2/3 of the way through God Or Nothing by Cardinal Sarah. Lots to chew on so I'm going slow. Same with Elisabeth Leseur's diary. My husband and I are taking turns reading aloud to the kids from an anthology of short stories entitled Easter Stories at night. I think that's it for now. I have a stack about a foot high on my bedside table but those are the only ones that have been cracked as of yet.
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Post by: zork on March 10, 2016, 01:22:27 PM
Lenten reading: The Spiritual Combat by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli (1990, TAN)
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Post by: Prayerful on March 10, 2016, 07:31:19 PM
2/3 of the way through God Or Nothing by Cardinal Sarah. Lots to chew on so I'm going slow. Same with Elisabeth Leseur's diary. My husband and I are taking turns reading aloud to the kids from an anthology of short stories entitled Easter Stories at night. I think that's it for now. I have a stack about a foot high on my bedside table but those are the only ones that have been cracked as of yet.

The Indult Parish (usually I hear Mass there) book stall has ordered more copies of Cardinal Sarah's book. I hope a Kindle sample is about.

I'm reading now The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe's History Peter H Wilson. He parses it thematically, from Reichstag, Electors, Chancellery, Religious Policy and so on.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on March 14, 2016, 02:41:56 AM
Just finished "island of the world".

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Post by: Bernadette on March 14, 2016, 10:45:02 AM
Finished The Collected Letters of Saint Teresa of Avila, and finished linking the footnotes in The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila (someone scanned their copies and uploaded them to Archive.org  ;D ) to make them more kindle-friendly, so I guess that counts as reading. Still haven't found the story of the partridges (which I think is bunk, since St. Teresa specifically restricted the eating of meat in all of her foundations to medical necessity, so there's no way the whole community would have been feasting on them).
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Post by: piabee on March 14, 2016, 01:33:59 PM
A Tale of Two Cities.
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Post by: Spooky on March 20, 2016, 10:12:09 PM
I just re-discovered Agatha Christie, so I'm on a AG binge. Currently on "Ordeal by Innocence"
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on March 21, 2016, 04:46:53 AM
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Post by: Clare on March 21, 2016, 08:33:53 AM
I'm halfway through Father William Doyle SJ by Professor Alfred O'Rahilly. I've been finding the information regarding his mortifications rather disturbing, but I'm not a saint!
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Post by: Lynne on March 21, 2016, 11:39:02 AM
I've started reading Dante 's The Divine Comedy (the portable edition translated by Mark Musa)

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Post by: Elizabeth on March 21, 2016, 01:38:26 PM
I'm halfway through Father William Doyle SJ by Professor Alfred O'Rahilly. I've been finding the information regarding his mortifications rather disturbing, but I'm not a saint!
What did he do? 

One of the most cringe-worthy to me is the saint who lived in a bog being eaten alive by mosquitos for 6 months or something.  How did he not go stark raving mad?
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Post by: Bernadette on March 21, 2016, 02:50:04 PM
I'm halfway through Father William Doyle SJ by Professor Alfred O'Rahilly. I've been finding the information regarding his mortifications rather disturbing, but I'm not a saint!

One of the most cringe-worthy to me is the saint who lived in a bog being eaten alive by mosquitos for 6 months or something.  How did he not go stark raving mad?

Did he get malaria?

St. Jean-Marie Vianney's mortifications were pretty extreme, from what I remember.   :o
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Post by: Elizabeth on March 21, 2016, 09:35:53 PM
He was unrecognizable, swollen with bites.  Don't know if he got malaria but I know he suffered for sinners!
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Post by: red solo cup on March 31, 2016, 10:55:44 AM
Joan of Arc: A History by Helen Castor. The author did a good job of explaining the complex struggle between the factions of England, Burgundy and Armagnac. That alone took up the first two thirds of the book. Castor treated Joan fairly without an axe to grind either way.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on March 31, 2016, 11:04:07 AM
Joan of Arc: A History by Helen Castor. The author did a good job of explaining the complex struggle between the factions of England, Burgundy and Armagnac. That alone took up the first two thirds of the book. Castor treated Joan fairly without an axe to grind either way.

I'll have to give that a read. I'm always wary of reading histories on her, given how she can be a polarizing figure.
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Post by: Bernadette on April 04, 2016, 12:46:23 AM
Little Dorrit
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Post by: Clare on April 07, 2016, 10:20:36 AM
I'm halfway through Father William Doyle SJ by Professor Alfred O'Rahilly. I've been finding the information regarding his mortifications rather disturbing, but I'm not a saint!
What did he do? 
...
Rather than trying to type examples out (my fingers aren't great at the moment!) I've taken a picture of a small paragraph which gives some idea:
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Post by: Christina_S on April 19, 2016, 11:23:40 PM
Finished Kristin Lavransdatter! There aren't many books that I strongly want to read over and over again, but this is one of the few. What a picture of medieval Christianity it painted, and what a character Kristin is! I can see how reading this book as a teenager is very different from reading it as a young mother, or as a widow, since Kristin faces all of those periods with different attitudes and amounts of grace. Like it or hate it, it's an interesting book.

Just started on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. So far it's like an American Lucy Maud Montgomery Litetm with a side of Catholicism. Mmm...
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Post by: Bernadette on April 19, 2016, 11:49:17 PM

Just started on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. So far it's like an American Lucy Maud Montgomery Litetm with a side of Catholicism. Mmm...

One of my absolute favorite books. I love how it takes you right into the characters' lives- how you get to know everything about them: what they eat, what they do for fun, how they drink their coffee, etc.
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Post by: Non Nobis on April 20, 2016, 12:45:18 AM
Finished Kristin Lavransdatter! There aren't many books that I strongly want to read over and over again, but this is one of the few. What a picture of medieval Christianity it painted, and what a character Kristin is! I can see how reading this book as a teenager is very different from reading it as a young mother, or as a widow, since Kristin faces all of those periods with different attitudes and amounts of grace. Like it or hate it, it's an interesting book.

Just started on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. So far it's like an American Lucy Maud Montgomery Litetm with a side of Catholicism. Mmm...

Since you liked Kristin Lavransdatter I'll bet you would also like The Master of Hestviken: The Axe, The Snake Pit, In the Wilderness, The Son Avenger, also by Sigrid Undset.  (I originally read it all in one volume)

Truly great Catholic novels.
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Post by: Non Nobis on April 20, 2016, 12:50:27 AM

Just started on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. So far it's like an American Lucy Maud Montgomery Litetm with a side of Catholicism. Mmm...

One of my absolute favorite books. I love how it takes you right into the characters' lives- how you get to know everything about them: what they eat, what they do for fun, how they drink their coffee, etc.

Be sure to see the movie, if you haven't already (1945) (IMDB rating 8.2).  When I hear the title I always think of the movie - one of my absolutely favorite movies.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on April 20, 2016, 06:56:04 AM

Just started on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. So far it's like an American Lucy Maud Montgomery Litetm with a side of Catholicism. Mmm...

One of my absolute favorite books. I love how it takes you right into the characters' lives- how you get to know everything about them: what they eat, what they do for fun, how they drink their coffee, etc.

I love that book, too.  And a second recommendation for the movie
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Post by: red solo cup on April 22, 2016, 07:29:30 AM
My Life With Thomas Aquinas by Carol Robinson. A series of essays from Integrity Magazine written from  1946 to 1956 on applying Aquinas to
modern problems. From Angelus Press. Very good and still quite relevant.
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Post by: Prayerful on April 22, 2016, 07:51:53 AM
Ian Hughes, Patricians and Emperors: The Last Rulers of the Late Roman Empire, also Medieval Christianity: A New History, more slowly.
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Post by: alicewyf on April 22, 2016, 03:29:00 PM
I just read a book called Escape by Carolyn Jessop about her time in the FLDS. Such an evil cult of a religion. The book made me so angry.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on April 22, 2016, 05:13:13 PM
My Life With Thomas Aquinas by Carol Robinson. A series of essays from Integrity Magazine written from  1946 to 1956 on applying Aquinas to
modern problems. From Angelus Press. Very good and still quite relevant.

I have this book.

I need to read it.
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Post by: Lynne on April 22, 2016, 05:18:15 PM
My Life With Thomas Aquinas by Carol Robinson. A series of essays from Integrity Magazine written from  1946 to 1956 on applying Aquinas to
modern problems. From Angelus Press. Very good and still quite relevant.

I have this book.

I need to read it.

Of course you do!
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Post by: Kaesekopf on April 22, 2016, 08:41:56 PM
My Life With Thomas Aquinas by Carol Robinson. A series of essays from Integrity Magazine written from  1946 to 1956 on applying Aquinas to
modern problems. From Angelus Press. Very good and still quite relevant.

I have this book.

I need to read it.

Of course you do!

:lol:

I'm working on stopping!  Honest!  :lol:
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Post by: Christina_S on April 26, 2016, 11:16:37 PM
My Life With Thomas Aquinas by Carol Robinson. A series of essays from Integrity Magazine written from  1946 to 1956 on applying Aquinas to
modern problems. From Angelus Press. Very good and still quite relevant.
This sounds really good.
Finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I will be returning to that one in the years to come, for sure.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on April 26, 2016, 11:39:35 PM
Hounds of the Lord.  Got it from the local seminary library.  Great book so far.
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Post by: alicewyf on April 29, 2016, 04:31:21 PM
I'm afraid I might be opening a can of worms here, but has anyone read Spiritual Blackmail: My Journey Through A Catholic Cult by Sherri Schettler? Sounds interesting. About CMRI. Is there an alternate viewpoint available?
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Post by: Prayerful on April 29, 2016, 05:32:38 PM
King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia by Asfa-Wossen Asserate. His great grandmother was Empress of Ethiopia and his great grandfather Ras Kassa arguably had a stronger claim than Ras Tafari having two lines of relevant descent, not just the Shoan Solomonic line, but also descent from the Gondarine-Lasta line of earlier Emperors. His father was the chief advisor the Emperor. Although written by a Prince of the Imperial House, it has the detachment of the analyst and scholar he has been for years. He identifies neatly an element of the patriotic-Resistance forces were severely alienated after the Italians were ejected, and that this alienation was passed down to the children, and was possibly the nemesis of the Imperial House.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on April 29, 2016, 06:07:39 PM
The Divine Office: How to say it devoutly, how to make it a pleasure
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Post by: red solo cup on April 29, 2016, 06:08:35 PM
I'm afraid I might be opening a can of worms here, but has anyone read Spiritual Blackmail: My Journey Through A Catholic Cult by Sherri Schettler? Sounds interesting. About CMRI. Is there an alternate viewpoint available?
I read that the author was a lesbian. Did she address that in her book?
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Post by: alicewyf on April 30, 2016, 01:52:35 AM
I read that the author was a lesbian. Did she address that in her book?

I am not sure. I haven't read it yet. I think I might get it through my library so I'm not giving this lady money if I think she has questionable motives for writing the book. I don't know much about CMRI though, other than what I've read online. I don't like to read just one side of things, especially Catholic related issues. I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a book about CMRI.
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Post by: GeorgeT on April 30, 2016, 03:45:37 AM
EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong. I was inspired to read it after Mother Angelica's death. I had tried reading it years ago but lost interest because of the first part of the book. The first part explains why V2 was problematic using the arguments with which I was already very well familiar. I should have stuck it out. The later parts are very interesting.
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Post by: Bernadette on May 02, 2016, 10:53:31 PM
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers, by Ralph Moody. I absolutely love this book. :) Such a heartwarming, moral story.
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Post by: Prayerful on May 03, 2016, 11:34:30 AM
I read that the author was a lesbian. Did she address that in her book?

I am not sure. I haven't read it yet. I think I might get it through my library so I'm not giving this lady money if I think she has questionable motives for writing the book. I don't know much about CMRI though, other than what I've read online. I don't like to read just one side of things, especially Catholic related issues. I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a book about CMRI.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22798281-spiritual-blackmail

http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Blackmail-Journey-Through-Catholic-ebook/dp/B00KXL17XK

Reading of some reviews, it looks the sort of book that people hostile to Tradition read to buttress their view that it is hive of lunatics. Other reviews are more focussed in her experience in this book. Bishop Francis Schuckardt appears to have a notable part in the book, but he was ousted in 1984. Not a book I'd read.
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Post by: MundaCorMeum on May 03, 2016, 12:31:24 PM
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers, by Ralph Moody. I absolutely love this book. :) Such a heartwarming, moral story.

You're not the first person I've heard this from.....I've been wanting to get this for our family library.
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Post by: Clare on May 06, 2016, 04:28:15 PM
My Life With Thomas Aquinas by Carol Robinson. A series of essays from Integrity Magazine written from  1946 to 1956 on applying Aquinas to
modern problems. From Angelus Press. Very good and still quite relevant.

I have this book.

I need to read it.
I recommend it too. I read it a few years ago, and intend to read it again before long.

Meanwhile, I've just started on Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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Post by: MilesChristi on May 07, 2016, 09:44:34 AM
Finishing the Paradiso
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Post by: red solo cup on May 09, 2016, 02:58:00 PM
Inside Out: A True Nun's Story by Sister Ann Edward O.P.
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Post by: Elizabeth on May 09, 2016, 05:09:19 PM
I'm afraid I might be opening a can of worms here, but has anyone read Spiritual Blackmail: My Journey Through A Catholic Cult by Sherri Schettler? Sounds interesting. About CMRI. Is there an alternate viewpoint available?

There used to be a forum of survivors from the bad old days of Schuckhardt...it used to be horrible there, but oddly, I couldn't help but think that their harsh penances had "payed off", because they were just lovely, really humble Catholics.  No ugliness of a type which infects some forums.   Reading that forum (and Sherri sounds like a member of it) really helped me in the time of doubt when we were in a rival of the CMRI cult.

I thought they had completely cleaned up their act.

I can't figure out how to download a free PDF copy. 
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Post by: Fleur-de-Lys on May 09, 2016, 05:38:33 PM
I'm afraid I might be opening a can of worms here, but has anyone read Spiritual Blackmail: My Journey Through A Catholic Cult by Sherri Schettler? Sounds interesting. About CMRI. Is there an alternate viewpoint available?

Oh... This is concerning. My family is going to be moving soon, and the CMRI is one of our only options for the TLM. I don't know anything about them, but at first glance they looked very orthodox. Any information would be appreciated.
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Post by: Fleur-de-Lys on May 09, 2016, 05:40:58 PM
I'm afraid I might be opening a can of worms here, but has anyone read Spiritual Blackmail: My Journey Through A Catholic Cult by Sherri Schettler? Sounds interesting. About CMRI. Is there an alternate viewpoint available?

Oh... This is concerning. My family is going to be moving soon, and the CMRI is one of our only options for the TLM. I don't know anything about them, but at first glance they looked very orthodox. Any information would be appreciated.

I should probably start another thread rather than derail this one. Sorry!
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Post by: Kaesekopf on May 09, 2016, 05:42:16 PM
I'm afraid I might be opening a can of worms here, but has anyone read Spiritual Blackmail: My Journey Through A Catholic Cult by Sherri Schettler? Sounds interesting. About CMRI. Is there an alternate viewpoint available?

Oh... This is concerning. My family is going to be moving soon, and the CMRI is one of our only options for the TLM. I don't know anything about them, but at first glance they looked very orthodox. Any information would be appreciated.

I should probably start another thread rather than derail this one. Sorry!

From what I understand, CMRI purged the Schuckhardtian scourge pretty extensively.
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Post by: Fleur-de-Lys on May 09, 2016, 05:48:00 PM
I'm afraid I might be opening a can of worms here, but has anyone read Spiritual Blackmail: My Journey Through A Catholic Cult by Sherri Schettler? Sounds interesting. About CMRI. Is there an alternate viewpoint available?

Oh... This is concerning. My family is going to be moving soon, and the CMRI is one of our only options for the TLM. I don't know anything about them, but at first glance they looked very orthodox. Any information would be appreciated.

I should probably start another thread rather than derail this one. Sorry!

From what I understand, CMRI purged the Schuckhardtian scourge pretty extensively.

So this is an isolated event that shouldn't be a problem elsewhere?
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Post by: Kaesekopf on May 09, 2016, 06:21:21 PM

So this is an isolated event that shouldn't be a problem elsewhere?

As far as I know, yes.  But, I have never associated with CMRI folks, except for online. 
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Post by: Machaut1377 on May 10, 2016, 10:58:33 PM
Been reading off and on (and currently reading) The Book of Sainte Foy, trans. Pamela Sheingorn.

Also, just finished reading Bodies Like Bright Stars: Saints and Relics in Orthodox Russia, by Robert H. Greene.
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Post by: Bernadette on May 10, 2016, 11:51:59 PM
Around the World in 80 Days. First time. :)
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Post by: zork on May 15, 2016, 05:27:53 PM
Belgarath the Sorcerer by David Eddings (1995).

His books immediately preceding the one above were just awful, but a trad friend of mine recommended this anyway (while acknowledging the suckiness of Eddings' other books; with that in mind, I'm giving this one a chance.
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Post by: zork on May 15, 2016, 05:28:42 PM
The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett (1929)

I usually read two fiction books at once.
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Post by: Bernadette on May 15, 2016, 07:38:48 PM
More of Ralph Moody's Little Britches series. I'm amazed at his maturity at the age of 12-13. Seriously, I've seen less in grown men. Definitely a good example for young boys! 
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Post by: Machaut1377 on May 16, 2016, 09:04:40 PM
The Life of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, early 7th c., trans. Stephen Shoemaker (whose course on late Eastern Christianity course I took once).

Earliest complete biography of the Virgin Mary and the first translation into English from Old Georgian (autograph ms. being in Greek, now lost).
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Post by: Lynne on May 17, 2016, 05:42:30 AM
The Life of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, early 7th c., trans. Stephen Shoemaker (whose course on late Eastern Christianity course I took once).

Earliest complete biography of the Virgin Mary and the first translation into English from Old Georgian (autograph ms. being in Greek, now lost).

Where did you get this? ETA: Never mind, I found it (on Amazon)!  ::)
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Post by: Machaut1377 on May 17, 2016, 08:15:22 PM
The Life of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, early 7th c., trans. Stephen Shoemaker (whose course on late Eastern Christianity course I took once).

Earliest complete biography of the Virgin Mary and the first translation into English from Old Georgian (autograph ms. being in Greek, now lost).

Where did you get this? ETA: Never mind, I found it (on Amazon)!  ::)

haha, that's where I got my copy too.
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Post by: Bernadette on May 21, 2016, 10:00:04 AM
I just finished Call the Midwife. Gah.  :o  I wasn't expecting graphic descriptions of prostitution and illegal abortions. I feel like I need brain bleach.
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Post by: red solo cup on May 21, 2016, 03:01:09 PM
Empire: The Life Legend and Madness of Howard Hughes by Donald Barlett. Very good.
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Post by: MilesChristi on May 22, 2016, 11:17:36 PM
Just read Screwtape for the first time. Trying to figure out what to read next.
Just picked up A Handful of Dust.
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Post by: Christina_S on May 23, 2016, 09:09:59 PM
Screwtape is amazing. I should re-read it.

Currently reading Thrifty:  Living the Frugal Life with Style by Marjorie Harris.
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Post by: Clare on May 24, 2016, 02:37:17 AM
My Life With Thomas Aquinas, by Carol Robinson. I read it about five years ago too. Still good.
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Post by: Machaut1377 on May 25, 2016, 05:28:06 PM
Bede's "A History of the English Church and People," (trans. Sherley-Price)

Also, making my way through "Zur Diskussion: A Modern Approach to German Conversation," by Dieter and Ingrid Sevin.

Ever so often I read a story from Grimm's Fairy tales (in German, it's good and fun practice) and from the "Original Bayerische Volksmarchen: Ausgewahlte Schonwert-Geschichten"
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on May 28, 2016, 01:03:35 PM
How to be Tudor by Ruth Goodman
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Post by: Bernadette on May 28, 2016, 02:12:22 PM
How to be Tudor by Ruth Goodman

Do you like it? I loved How to be a Victorian. :)
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on May 28, 2016, 05:16:30 PM
How to be Tudor by Ruth Goodman

Do you like it? I loved How to be a Victorian. :)

So far, yes.  I"m not very far into it.  If  you liked the other one, I think you'd like this one.  I'm a sucker for the Tudor period, though 
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Post by: red solo cup on June 05, 2016, 02:16:22 PM
John Le Carre The Biography by Adam Sisman. Very good.
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Post by: MilesChristi on June 05, 2016, 04:37:59 PM
St Thomas Aquinas (Chesterton)

Commentarii Bello Gallico
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Post by: Clare on June 13, 2016, 05:07:15 AM
The Four Loves, C S Lewis
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Post by: red solo cup on June 21, 2016, 06:55:26 AM
The Scotch-Irish: A Social History by James Leyburn.
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Post by: Bernadette on June 21, 2016, 11:29:07 AM
Getting ready to start Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I know absolutely nothing about it, other than what I just saw on the movie trailer via Youtube.

Edit: Can't do it. So boring and contrived. 
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Post by: Machaut1377 on June 22, 2016, 11:08:09 PM
The Scotch-Irish: A Social History by James Leyburn.

How is it, what do you think of it?

Is it more on the academic scholarly side or is it more of a popular history?
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Post by: Machaut1377 on June 22, 2016, 11:10:09 PM
The civil war in the west: victory and defeat from the appalachians to the mississippi
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Post by: red solo cup on June 23, 2016, 06:44:39 AM
The Scotch-Irish: A Social History by James Leyburn.

How is it, what do you think of it?

Is it more on the academic scholarly side or is it more of a popular history?
Popular. Easy to read. Pretty thorough from Scotland to Ulster to America with an emphasis on the Mid-Atlantic states. Strictly Lowland Scots,
quite different from Highland culture.
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Post by: Machaut1377 on June 23, 2016, 10:29:43 PM
The Scotch-Irish: A Social History by James Leyburn.

How is it, what do you think of it?

Is it more on the academic scholarly side or is it more of a popular history?
Popular. Easy to read. Pretty thorough from Scotland to Ulster to America with an emphasis on the Mid-Atlantic states. Strictly Lowland Scots,
quite different from Highland culture.

Thanks.
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Post by: Carleendiane on June 24, 2016, 08:42:45 AM
LAST STAND OF FOX COMPANY...not currently, but a favorite! One of my favorites. Highly recommend it!
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on June 26, 2016, 04:42:12 PM
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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Post by: Prayerful on June 26, 2016, 06:38:58 PM
Work of Human Hands, Rev. Anthony Cekada.
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Post by: Fleur-de-Lys on June 28, 2016, 01:48:15 PM
I've just ordered Jean Raspail's Le camp des saints. I'm reading it in the original French, but there is an English version available, The Camp of the Saints. It looks like a fascinating and strangely prophetic book. From a review on Amazon:

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This book is so politically incorrect that I admire Amazon.com for actually carrying it. Written in the early 1970s, this book looks beyond the cold war to a North-South confrontation in which European civilization is unilaterally morally disarmed. The thesis is simple: suppose a million starving people from the Ganges actually took Western rhetoric of compassion, explotiation, etc., to heart, and comandeered, en masse, shipping, with the intention of moving to the shores of France? (Raspail, of course, is French.) Would anyone stop them? The imagery employed is interesting. The title comes from Revelation, Chapter 20, and refers to the forces of evil laying seige to the camp of the saints, here meant to be the nations of the West. "The thousand years are over..." is chanted from Third World lips, harking to the millenial reign of Christ, as well as to the millenial domination of Europe over the globe. Raspail has the Vatican, World Council of Churches, and other organs of what he saw as Western liberal compassion try to feed the Armada, as it sails around the Cape. The bodies of their would-be benefactors are cast into the sea. The characters who oppose, with violence, the Armada are named with names like Constantine Drasages and Luke Notaras, namesakes of the last Byzantine Emperor and Admiral. They are portrayed as villans in the media; one of the more thoughtful leftists, fashionably in support of opening up France's shores, but cynical enough to see the potential results, reflects on the parallels between Byzantium's fate and that of the West. The author's point is that any who dare to say that 'white' civilization has a right to exist are branded racists and cast out of the pale of polite society. The narrative is set up as a flashback. The Armada is about to disgorge its human cargo in Provence as we begin. An old man, M. Calgues, awaits them, Mozart playing in the background, after setting what he expects to be his last supper among the living. From there, we go back to the beginning, in India, as a Western cleric preaches quasi-liberation theology to the masses. Along the way, as the news spreads over the world, we digress, looking at Manhattenites holing up in skyscrapers as the spectre of race riots beckon, and at Russian troops on the Manchurian border contemplating the human waves gathering to wash over them. The central question of the book is this: will the West (including Russia - more properly, the North), when (not if) confronted with de facto occupation of national territories by Third World people, coming to live, but not to assimilate, use violence to save itself? Is there left in Euro-American civilization a will to live that is strong enough to pull a trigger? The stark question is answered in one of two possible ways by the concluding chapter. This astringent book, whether you agree with Raspail's views or not, demands thoughtful attention to the questions posed. How will we deal with population/immagration issues? Is our culture and way of life worth fighting for? -Lloyd A. Conway
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Post by: red solo cup on June 29, 2016, 07:11:54 AM
I've just ordered Jean Raspail's Le camp des saints. I'm reading it in the original French, but there is an English version available, The Camp of the Saints. It looks like a fascinating and strangely prophetic book. From a review on Amazon:

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This book is so politically incorrect that I admire Amazon.com for actually carrying it. Written in the early 1970s, this book looks beyond the cold war to a North-South confrontation in which European civilization is unilaterally morally disarmed. The thesis is simple: suppose a million starving people from the Ganges actually took Western rhetoric of compassion, explotiation, etc., to heart, and comandeered, en masse, shipping, with the intention of moving to the shores of France? (Raspail, of course, is French.) Would anyone stop them? The imagery employed is interesting. The title comes from Revelation, Chapter 20, and refers to the forces of evil laying seige to the camp of the saints, here meant to be the nations of the West. "The thousand years are over..." is chanted from Third World lips, harking to the millenial reign of Christ, as well as to the millenial domination of Europe over the globe. Raspail has the Vatican, World Council of Churches, and other organs of what he saw as Western liberal compassion try to feed the Armada, as it sails around the Cape. The bodies of their would-be benefactors are cast into the sea. The characters who oppose, with violence, the Armada are named with names like Constantine Drasages and Luke Notaras, namesakes of the last Byzantine Emperor and Admiral. They are portrayed as villans in the media; one of the more thoughtful leftists, fashionably in support of opening up France's shores, but cynical enough to see the potential results, reflects on the parallels between Byzantium's fate and that of the West. The author's point is that any who dare to say that 'white' civilization has a right to exist are branded racists and cast out of the pale of polite society. The narrative is set up as a flashback. The Armada is about to disgorge its human cargo in Provence as we begin. An old man, M. Calgues, awaits them, Mozart playing in the background, after setting what he expects to be his last supper among the living. From there, we go back to the beginning, in India, as a Western cleric preaches quasi-liberation theology to the masses. Along the way, as the news spreads over the world, we digress, looking at Manhattenites holing up in skyscrapers as the spectre of race riots beckon, and at Russian troops on the Manchurian border contemplating the human waves gathering to wash over them. The central question of the book is this: will the West (including Russia - more properly, the North), when (not if) confronted with de facto occupation of national territories by Third World people, coming to live, but not to assimilate, use violence to save itself? Is there left in Euro-American civilization a will to live that is strong enough to pull a trigger? The stark question is answered in one of two possible ways by the concluding chapter. This astringent book, whether you agree with Raspail's views or not, demands thoughtful attention to the questions posed. How will we deal with population/immagration issues? Is our culture and way of life worth fighting for? -Lloyd A. Conway
In the days before Amazon the only way to get a coy of this was from the reading list of National Alliance, a group also founded by Bill Pierce.
At the time it was believed that purchasing it and other titles like Turner Diaries would get you put on a government list. They were quietly
handed around among people you trusted. Things sure have changed.
 And those Russian troops on the Manchurian border? They were the only ones with the guts to do what needed to be done.
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Post by: Clare on July 05, 2016, 02:52:06 AM
Journey to the Baobab Tree, by Krys Latham

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A true story of courage, endurance and love. 'Hauntingly beautiful and compelling'. This is the true story of two children's epic journey from Eastern Poland to Siberia, their escape to Persia and finally to Africa during World War Two. Alinka's family lived in a small river town in Eastern Poland where her father was chief of police. Witek's father was a forest keeper in the remote forest regions bordering Russia. When the war began in September 1939, the Soviets, allied for the first two years of the war with the Nazis, invaded Eastern Poland and brutally deported over one and a half million Polish people in cattle trucks to the far ends of the Soviet Union. Alinka and Witek, both ten years old at the time, were among those taken. A million died in the deportations. Against all odds, Witek and Alinka, in different parts of the Soviet Union, survived and escaped. They meet for the first time in Africa under a Baobab Tree....
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Post by: Bernadette on July 05, 2016, 05:58:01 PM
The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 1 Fort Sumpter to Perryville, by Shelby Foote. Accessible and interesting.
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Post by: Jacob on July 06, 2016, 10:50:07 AM
Yesterday I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  It is a first person account of Cheryl's trip up the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon interspersed with stories from Cheryl's life up to that point.

An interesting book. Always fun to read about liberals seeking meaning in their lives by flailing about and eventually finding something that Christians have known for 2,000 years (the pilgrimage, finding one's own Calvary, self-flagellation, etc.).
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Post by: Prayerful on July 06, 2016, 11:44:11 AM
Augustus: the Biography, Jochen Bleicken. Excellent book.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 06, 2016, 03:01:27 PM
The Sacred Monster of Thomism, an intro to the life of Garrigou-Lagrange.

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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 06, 2016, 05:14:29 PM
The Sacred Monster of Thomism, an intro to the life of Garrigou-Lagrange.

 :o

Excellent title.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 06, 2016, 05:44:54 PM
The Sacred Monster of Thomism, an intro to the life of Garrigou-Lagrange.

 :o

Excellent title.

The first bit is taken from maritains epithet reference to the saintly theologian.  The second bit of the title is longer, but I am lazy.  :)

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Post by: Pon de Replay on July 06, 2016, 06:48:53 PM
The first bit is taken from maritains epithet reference to the saintly theologian.  The second bit of the title is longer, but I am lazy.

The second bit is worthless to me.  But "The Sacred Monster of Thomism" is excellent.  I didn't know it came from Maritain.  Great title.
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Post by: Kaesekopf on July 06, 2016, 09:25:17 PM
:)

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Post by: red solo cup on July 07, 2016, 06:51:41 AM
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene.
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Post by: Carleendiane on July 07, 2016, 09:04:57 AM
St. Lydwine by Thomas A. Kempis.
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Post by: GeorgeT on July 08, 2016, 08:34:25 AM
St. Lydwine by Thomas A. Kempis.

I read the one published bu TAN. I forget who wrote it. It summarizes all of her biographies into one book including Thomas A Kempis'. It was really great. Although the beginning was a little tedious. Alright, we get it, the world was bad!

I am now reading The Golden Legend. So many great stories in one book.
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Post by: Bernadette on July 08, 2016, 09:21:37 AM
St. Lydwine by Thomas A. Kempis.

I am now reading The Golden Legend. So many great stories in one book.

I really need to read that. I downloaded it years ago.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on July 08, 2016, 05:29:30 PM
Road to Tara - bio of Margaret Mitchell.
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 08, 2016, 07:44:39 PM
Dorian
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Post by: Bernadette on July 08, 2016, 10:33:49 PM
Road to Tara - bio of Margaret Mitchell.

Oh, I have that! I should read it again.
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Post by: zork on July 09, 2016, 09:49:21 AM
The Dain Curse (1929) by Dashiell Hammett
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Post by: Clare on July 09, 2016, 12:13:11 PM
A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter Miller.

I've read it twice before. Interesting book, written shortly before V2 and set well into the future, with no hint of V2 having happened! He didn't foresee that!
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Post by: Carleendiane on July 09, 2016, 08:17:27 PM
THE END of the present world....and the mysteries of the future life.By Father Charles Arminjon.

This was read by St. Therese. She claimed  it to be "one of the greatest graces of my life."
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Post by: Bernadette on July 10, 2016, 03:19:29 PM
THE END of the present world....and the mysteries of the future life.By Father Charles Arminjon.

This was read by St. Therese. She claimed  it to be "one of the greatest graces of my life."

Awesome! Did you download it from here? :)
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Post by: Carleendiane on July 10, 2016, 06:28:27 PM
Bernedette, someone gave me a copy.
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Post by: Bernadette on July 10, 2016, 07:06:42 PM
Bernedette, someone gave me a copy.

Lucky! It's excellent!
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Post by: Machaut1377 on July 22, 2016, 09:46:09 PM
A Terrible Revenge: The Ethnic Cleansing of East European Germans, by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas.

A rather sobering book on the fate of millions of ethnic germans living in east european countries at the end of world war ii. Told mostly through first hand accounts it ranges from being raped multiple times, cruxifixions (stripping women naked and nailing them to barn doors was a favorite in Poland), strafing ice to weaken it when german refugees were crossing over it, death camps in the old Yugoslavia, and deportations to Russia as "reparations in kind." 
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Post by: Chestertonian on July 22, 2016, 10:05:25 PM
The BFG
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Post by: Bernadette on July 22, 2016, 10:21:18 PM
Beverly Cleary's autobiography, A Girl From Yamhill. I first read it when I was a kid, living in Oregon myself. I don't like the new cover.  :(
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Post by: red solo cup on July 23, 2016, 12:35:05 PM
The Edge of the Empire. A Journey to Britannia: From the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall by Bronwen Riley
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 25, 2016, 10:26:47 PM
About to finish, A Confederacy of Dunces
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Post by: Clare on July 31, 2016, 04:50:41 PM
Just finished reading The Inimitable Jeeves. Very funny!

Now reading Why I Became A Catholic by Cardinal Manning.
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Post by: Bernadette on July 31, 2016, 05:12:59 PM
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. I just discovered this, after thinking that I'd read all of them. So sad to know that there really aren't any more. :(
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Post by: MilesChristi on July 31, 2016, 05:13:27 PM
About to finish The Man who was Thursday
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 31, 2016, 05:42:22 PM
THE END of the present world....and the mysteries of the future life.By Father Charles Arminjon.

This was read by St. Therese. She claimed  it to be "one of the greatest graces of my life."

Awesome! Did you download it from here? :)

Where can I download it from?
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Post by: Lynne on July 31, 2016, 05:47:57 PM
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. I just discovered this, after thinking that I'd read all of them. So sad to know that there really aren't any more. :(

Yes!  :(
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Post by: Bernadette on July 31, 2016, 05:54:54 PM
THE END of the present world....and the mysteries of the future life.By Father Charles Arminjon.

This was read by St. Therese. She claimed  it to be "one of the greatest graces of my life."

Awesome! Did you download it from here? :)

Where can I download it from?

http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=12546.msg272111#msg272111 (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=12546.msg272111#msg272111)  :toth: It was really good. I just wish I was able to internalize it, the way St. Thérèse did.
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Post by: LausTibiChriste on July 31, 2016, 06:55:11 PM
THE END of the present world....and the mysteries of the future life.By Father Charles Arminjon.

This was read by St. Therese. She claimed  it to be "one of the greatest graces of my life."

Awesome! Did you download it from here? :)

Where can I download it from?

http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=12546.msg272111#msg272111 (http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=12546.msg272111#msg272111)  :toth: It was really good. I just wish I was able to internalize it, the way St. Thérèse did.
Thanks B!
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Post by: Graham on August 01, 2016, 12:19:07 PM
What is Art? and Other Essays on Art by Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy and Ruskin are the most sensible and sensitive authors on art I've run across.
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Post by: MilesChristi on August 02, 2016, 01:13:44 AM
A Cánticle for Leibowitz
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Post by: MilesChristi on August 04, 2016, 10:25:53 PM
The Sun Also Rises
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Post by: Bernadette on August 05, 2016, 05:42:27 PM
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Not impressed.
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Post by: maryslittlegarden on August 05, 2016, 10:10:49 PM
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Not impressed.

Hmmmm....on the waiting list for that from the library
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Post by: Non Nobis on August 06, 2016, 01:03:39 AM
Just finished reading The Inimitable Jeeves. Very funny!

I'm a PG Wodehouse/ Jeeves & Wooster a