I’m back – The Van Rijn Method

May 6, 2014

I’m going to try to pick up some reading and reviews of books this summer after a lengthy hiatus. We’ll see how it goes. There are easily 100 days before school starts in the fall (though it is not done quite yet), so it seems a good time to start.

I just finished The Van Rijn Method by Poul Anderson. It’s the first volume of a series reprinting stories of The Technic Civilization Saga. Enjoyable classic science fiction, with interesting characters. And some religious themes as well.

The introduction to “The Three-Cornered Wheel” highlights several universal principles (most of which are familiar). I enjoyed these a lot:

1. Parkinson’s Laws

2. Sturgeon’s Revelation (90% of everything is crud)

3. Murphy’s Law

4. The Fourth Law of Thermodynamics

The story itself deals with religion in several places (including a religious caste that resists change).

And in “The Season of Forgiveness”, Christmas and its meaning has a significant role.


Crucible of Gold

September 13, 2012

It’s been busy – so here’s a quick post on a recent read: Crucible of Gold. For the moment, I think I’m up to date on the Temeraire series. Still enjoyable, though it’s certainly a world-spanning epic.


August 21, 2012

This summer, I’ve kept working through Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series (Napaleonic alt history with dragons):

Empire of Ivory

Victory of Eagles

Tongues of Serpents

Seems I’m only one behind.

The Future of Books

August 21, 2012

An interesting list of resources about the future of books. Worth a look.

The Last Compromise

August 19, 2012

Walter Russell Mead on the history and future of the race question in America. Worth a read.


July 24, 2012

I’ve been away from this blog for a while, because of other stuff. But I’m going to try some more.

This summer I read through the Hunger Games trilogy. I enjoyed it, for the most part. The absence of anything transcendent left the ending a bit flat – kind of depressingly hopeful.

A Reading List

July 24, 2012

Here’s a list of Christian Classics for reading.

Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

July 15, 2012

Ross Douthat asks the question. I think his most important point comes near the end:

What should be wished for, instead, is that liberal Christianity recovers a religious reason for its own existence. As the liberal Protestant scholar Gary Dorrien has pointed out, the Christianity that animated causes such as the Social Gospel and the civil rights movement was much more dogmatic than present-day liberal faith. Its leaders had a “deep grounding in Bible study, family devotions, personal prayer and worship.” They argued for progressive reform in the context of “a personal transcendent God … the divinity of Christ, the need of personal redemption and the importance of Christian missions.”

Don’t know if it’s possible, but I think he is right.

Are Ebooks about to become history?

July 6, 2012

Perhaps. Read this and ponder. I think at the very least, something more dynamic is coming (or needs to come). I’m not quite sure what it looks like, and publishers for the most part seem to have no clue. So the future may be fun!

The future of Cookbooks

June 22, 2012

At least, one view.