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Book (Series) Review: The Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander

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Wow. That was amazing.

My siblings and I just finished an epic read-aloud journey into the far-off world of Prydain, created by Lloyd Alexander. Something about fantasy series - there's just nothing like them. Especially when they're read out loud. Know what I mean? Some of my greatest sibling memories were formed when my dad was reading The Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia out loud to us. Falling in love with the characters and the constant wondering what would happen next gave us something to talk about and share in common despite our different interests, and - well, enough reminiscing. :) Prydain was a rare chance to share yet another fantasy journey with my siblings when I was near convinced there wasn't anything left to read. :)

So, there are five books in the series, in this order:
1. The Book of Three
2. The Black Cauldron
3. The Castle of Llyr
4. Taran Wanderer
5. The High King

My review will be of the series as a whole, and at the end, if you're …

Truth Shall Triumph - a Poem

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I don't think I've posted this poem before...have I? :) Anyway, I wrote it awhile ago, and thought it was appropriate in wake of the March for Life on January 22. Besides, I'm tired of posting book reviews.... Truth Shall Triumph  We live in a world that is crawling with lies -
White creeping maggots, that blind our eyes
By blocking our vision and making us see
The world as the devil wants it to be;
They nibble away at our minds and our flesh,
Until only pitiful matter is left. Yet still the Truth, with her blazing sword,
Mounts the skies on her vivid wings,
And shines with glory, reflecting the Word
Who lights up even the darkest things. Her bright sword glaring burns weak eyes;
Yet the only thing she harms are lies.

Book Review - Lay Siege to Heaven, by Louis de Wohl

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I'll be honest: when I picked up Lay Siege to Heaven, by Louis de Wohl, I wasn't expecting a riveting read that would keep me up at nights. A good, edifying book, yes; a novel that would hold me spellbound, not so much.

Little did I know the surprise that awaited me beyond that cover.

What was it about? This novel is a biography of St. Catherine of Siena - but a biography like none I've ever read before. It wasn't so bogged down in historical facts that it was a slow and laborious read, nor was it so fictionalized it felt candy-coated. Rather, it was an extremely enjoyable portrait of an amazing life, painted in the vivid colors of lovely description and sparkling with historical names and places. The Siena of the 1300s leapt to life on the page and sucked me in so that I spent every spare second reading. (Well, maybe not every second....but you get the idea.) A very interesting thing about the novel is that although the entire story is centered around Catherine, it s…

Beautiful People - January

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I said I had lots of new plans for 2016, and here's one of them taking effect: my first ever Beautiful People post! These questions were so fun to answer, I'm afraid I went slightly overboard. :) What were your writing achievements last year?

I finished the first draft of my ridiculous space opera The Prince's Pendant! Two drafts, actually. Came up with the idea in the fall of 2014, and by October 1, 2015, I had the second (still really rough) draft in good enough condition to print out and give to my brother as a birthday present. So I am rather proud of myself, although there are plot holes and terrible descriptions and I'm not even sure who my protagonist is....

I also wrote a spattering of other small projects. The biggest of these was half a novella/novel about Sir Gareth, from Arthurian legend. If I only would've stuck with that enough to finish the first draft, I would be rather impressed with myself. But as it is it's on my list of to-dos. Also, I had …

Book Review: Heretics, by G.K. Chesterton

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Congratulate me, friends! I recently completed a book that was a Christmas present from my parents: Heretics, by G.K. Chesterton. And it was quite wonderful. 

Let Us Pray!

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I received the following message via email:

"Someone has said that if Christians really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. During WWII there was an adviser to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate, Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain)(6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Please forward this to your praying friends."

That's a great idea, isn't it? And it's a great idea for a New…

Book Review: The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy

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I have returned!
I recently completed an exhilarating trip to Europe...experienced an adventure in the countries of France and England...traveled back in time to the tumultuous days of the French Revolution!
In other words, I just finished reading The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy.
 What was it about?
Adventure! Romance! Mystery! Suspense!
(Well, okay. It would've been suspenseful if I hadn't known the story already. You see, my mom read the abridged version aloud to me and my younger siblings a few years ago and - never mind.)
This marvelous work centers around the heroic plots and daring ingenuity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a mysterious Englishmen who regularly risks life and limb snatching the hunted aristocrats from the claws of the frenzied revolutionists. (The guillotine! The barricades! The Committee of Public Safety! Old hags knitting as they watch the executions! Oh, it's all so exciting.) Who is this Scarlet Pimpernel? None can say. And there is no way I'…

The Year of Grace 2016

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The Year of Our Lord 2016 is upon us! Happy New Year, everybody!

'Tis also still the Christmas season. And since I haven't yet gotten around to doing anything Christmasy on this little blog of mine, merry Christmas! I shall copy and paste my latest Christmas poem at the end of this post.

So, traditionally, it's time for New Year's Resolutions. My resolutions are usually more like good intentions...they don't lead where I'd really like them to. But that shouldn't stop me from making them, right?

Did I fulfil last year's New Year's resolution? Umm....teehee, no. I'd wanted to read the entire Bible, front to back. I regret to say that didn't happen. BUT, I did read a lot more of the Bible than I would have if I hadn't made that resolution. So. It must've done some good. Therefore I shall make more resolutions this year.

What would I like to get done this year? Lots! Let's see. I would like to...

1. Read the Bible. Not front to cov…