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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:09 pm 
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I'm a bit like Highlander (below); I often find myself with a good size pile of books next to my favorite chair. At the moment top priorities are to read the "Saint of the Day" (Foley) and also the Mass Missal, plus Ven Archbishop Sheen's "Life of Christ," Francis MacNutt's "Healing," Scott Hahn's "Swear to God," and Richard Chilson's "Prayer Making."
I recently finished Pope Francis' "Church of Mercy" and St Thomas Aquinas' "The Ways of God." I'd love to discuss any of these of these if there is interest.



This moved me to count. Immediately beside my chair are 92 books in 7 stacks. Until this afternoon there were 88.

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They are like coat hangers and bicycles, if you recall the very old SF short story.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Highlander wrote:
They are like coat hangers and bicycles, if you recall the very old SF short story.



I seem to recall coat hangers and socks. But I know where those additional 4 books came from. I bought them today.

Plus one for the wife.

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Right now, I'm reading Verily, A New Hope. It's the original "Star Wars" script (now known as "Episode 4") rewritten in Shakespearean iambic pentameter. I'm enjoying the daylights out of it!

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Among a long list of my personal regrets that seems to be percolating ever more menacingly in my twilight years, only recently have I ever sought to read all the writings of an author I admired--fortunately, thankfully, something motivated me to find CS Lewis, whom I have greatly enjoyed (and very strongly recommend) except that I don't have enough patience for his fiction, even though I love his writing and greatly admire the concept of smuggling theology into secular literature. Yes, I admit he never converted to Catholicism, but I think he got pretty close, and wonder if that will count anywhere besides in horseshoes.
Now I'm searching these posts for another author to focus on--considering Chesterton, Newman, Hahn, Kreeft--and wondering whether you folks follow anyone in particular.


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eschator83 wrote:
Among a long list of my personal regrets that seems to be percolating ever more menacingly in my twilight years, only recently have I ever sought to read all the writings of an author I admired--fortunately, thankfully, something motivated me to find CS Lewis, whom I have greatly enjoyed (and very strongly recommend) except that I don't have enough patience for his fiction, even though I love his writing and greatly admire the concept of smuggling theology into secular literature. Yes, I admit he never converted to Catholicism, but I think he got pretty close, and wonder if that will count anywhere besides in horseshoes.
Now I'm searching these posts for another author to focus on--considering Chesterton, Newman, Hahn, Kreeft--and wondering whether you folks follow anyone in particular.



Chesterton, Lewis, Belloc, Sayers, Lunn, Williams, Knox. For over 50 years.

And yes, some of these folk were not RC. But then, neither am I.

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I'm almost finished with City of God.
From there it's The Social Message of the Early Church Fathers.

I'm also reading SnowCrash.

Any thoughts on Neal Stephenson?

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HalJordan wrote:
I'm almost finished with City of God.
From there it's The Social Message of the Early Church Fathers.

I'm also reading SnowCrash.

Any thoughts on Neal Stephenson?



I liked his CRYPTONOMICON.

Have several others of his, including SNOWCRASH, which looked interesting, but they all remain unread.

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Future Mrs. Timmy wrote:
Right now, I'm reading Verily, A New Hope. It's the original "Star Wars" script (now known as "Episode 4") rewritten in Shakespearean iambic pentameter. I'm enjoying the daylights out of it!


I got the entire "Shakespeare's Star Wars" trilogy for Christmas. Haven't finished the first book yet. It is pretty cool, though. At some point I need to get some friends together for a dramatic reading. :mrgreen:

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Reading a book titled "Um Caminho sob o Olhar de Maria", biography of Sister Maria Lúcia de Jesus e do Coração Imaculado in Portuguese. She was one of three little children who saw Our Lady of Fátima. The English version will be available in March and has title "A Path under the Gaze of Mary", translated by James A. Colson.

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I am reading the third of five comics about one Honor Harrington.

No, I won't defend my choice or compare it to more elevated tomes.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Highlander wrote:
I am reading the third of five comics about one Honor Harrington.

No, I won't defend my choice or compare it to more elevated tomes.




And I see no reason you should.


Finished the last of 6 Honorverse-related novels (and 7 additional Weber works) that I started early in September, yesterday.

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What is a good introductory book that digs a bit deeper into the Catholic faith?


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I do so love to quote myself...as I have done below. Down below is text from a mail I sent to a person who asked me to recommend an approach to reading poetry. I sent him several books, with the comments provided below. With some editing for privacy.

What do you think of my approach, selection, and advice?

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Don't approach poetry like a textbook. Just browse and read whatever seems interesting. I'd start with short poems, because longer ones take much more work. Don't try to read a dozen at a time; the concepts and images will overwhelm you.

Which is why I sent you a bunch of cheap paperbacks. You can carry them around and beat them to death and read a poem or two whenever the urge strikes you.

...

Specifically:

1. Early Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)
William Butler Yeats

He is the most famous and loved Irish poet. In one poem, he writes about the Isle of Inishfree, .... When I first read him in a survey English class, he made no impression. I really like him now. His earlier poems, I like better -- he became an Irish Nationalist and his poetry became political later in his life.

2. Collections:

a. Great Short Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) They are short. I have this.

b. World War One British Poets: Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Others (Unabridged). During WWI, a generation of Brits learned that war wasn't the romantic thing they had been taught in public schools. And they were great poets. So they wrote poetry about it. Some of it isn't pleasant. I have this.

c. 100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) Another general collection.

d. Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure (Dover Thrift Editions) Like the title says. I have it.

e. 101 Great American Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) Also like the title says. I have it. I think.

3. Spoon River Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions) by Edgar Lee Masters. Different. This is one poem comprised of many shorter vignettes. It illuminates the private lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Spoon River. If it is not annotated, you will have problems with the language and images, because it is set before 1920 (I think). Some is interesting; some is not.

4. The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions). A particular type of Japanese poetry. Translated. Very short. I used to be a member of the American Haiku Society. Usually merges two images together. Thought you might be interested in a poetry tradition outside of English.
...

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Holly Pierlot, A Mother's Rule of Life -- issues with this book. Woman has a lot of issues with authority
The Education of John Quincy Adams -- I didn't think anything could be as good as McCullough, but pretty good.

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3. Spoon River Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions) by Edgar Lee Masters. Different. This is one poem comprised of many shorter vignettes. It illuminates the private lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Spoon River.
Well, sort of fictional. The people of Petersburg and Lewistown thought some of the fictional characters were based on very non-fictional people.

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... The Education of John Quincy Adams -- I didn't think anything could be as good as McCullough, but pretty good.
McCullough is my idea of the perfect popular historian. I've read The Johnstown Flood three times. I think thrice read happened with only one other book.

Oh, I just finished Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas. Antes que anochezca in Spanish. We ought to have the verb "anochecer" -- to get dark -- in English. English has the seldom used "darkle", which is attractive in itself, but doesn't have the same feeling as anochecer when transitioning from day to night.

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I'm currently reading 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelly, the last secular book I will finish before Lent....

During Lent, I have a stack of books I hope to get through, including 'The Assumption of Mary' by Killian Healy, 'The Historical Reliability of the Gospels' by Craig Bloomberg and 'Papal Primacy' by Klaus Schatz

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3. Spoon River Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions) by Edgar Lee Masters. Different. This is one poem comprised of many shorter vignettes. It illuminates the private lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Spoon River.
Well, sort of fictional. The people of Petersburg and Lewistown thought some of the fictional characters were based on very non-fictional people.
As were the people of Asheville when Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward Angel. The photographs didn't help his assertion that is was fiction [I just made that up, but one could argue that Wolfe might as well have included photos.]

Thomas "Overwrought" Wolfe is one of most and least favorite authors. But he does reach the heights of narcissism. I toured the Old Kentucky Home (Dixieland) when I was last in Nashville. Well worth if for a Wolfe reader.


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I'm approaching the conclusion of the extended run of SF/fantasy books I started in early Sep. Over the past 5 months I have read only such (roughly 28-30 books) and no non-fiction. As of Tuesday night I will switch to my customary Lenten practice of reading only non-fiction, with some studies of Lewis and Chesterton, and some Church history leading off.

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