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The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

Katherine Stuart, September 20, 2009

An exquisite story, so deftly told. Her attention to detail, the bredth of her imagination leave me breathless. Russell writes with such detail without getting bogged down in it; her characters are beautiful individuals -- even the ones I didn't like. And the story itself is so passionate and gripping. I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to savor and enjoy every word, but I had to know what happened next, how an endeavor with such promise and apparent fatefulness could come to such a horrifyingly tragic end.
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The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
The Amityville Horror

Katherine Stuart, August 9, 2009

It's a faithful day-by-day recounting of events that happened to George and Kathleen Lutz when they moved into their new home in Amityville. As such, it's not bad. It's pretty dry though. The prose is not stellar and every once in a while to cue his audience that they should find a particular fact shocking Anson throws in an always slightly awkward exclamation point.
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So Great Salvation: What It Means to Believe in Jesus Christ by Charles Caldwell Ryrie
So Great Salvation: What It Means to Believe in Jesus Christ

Katherine Stuart, July 24, 2009

Ryrie admits right off that he expects the majority of his readers to share his beliefs. So it reads as a rhetorical manual defining the particulars of that belief, not as a conversion text, which is nice. As such it manages to be inoffensive to a non-believer like myself. However Ryrie suffers from the same problem as most philosophers and eschatalogical writers, i.e. the need to pin everything down, the need to absolutely know and define everything about the unknowable. While I often find it amusing to read such word games and logical constructs, I very seldom find them edifying or even educational. And Ryrie isn't nearly a good enough writer to be the exception.
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Always coming home by Ursula K Le Guin

Katherine Stuart, June 28, 2009

Le Guin is amazing and this is an amazing effort. An anthropoligist from the present visits the far far future and this is the report sent back home. It's filled with poetry and myths, descriptions of rituals and ceremonies and little autobiographical sketches. In the back she has appendices and a dictionary. It's awe inspiring. As for reading it. . .that's a little more difficult. There is no plot, very little actual story, no beginning and no end. And I probably spent 3 or 4 months working my way through it. Was it worth it? Definitely. All things Le Guin are worth it. Has she written better stuff? Absolutely.
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Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson
Prometheus Rising

Katherine Stuart, June 21, 2009

A wonderfully entertaining instructional guide on reaching enlightenment. Part history of man; part critique of other existing philosophies: it's funny; it's light; it's incorrigibly optimistic much like The Singularity is Near. But not just optimistic, Wilson strives to be pragmatic and encouraging and of course he ends up being just the least bit full of himself.
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