New England Joke Lore. It may not make you laugh out load, but it will put a smile on your face Illustrated with various etchings and photographs.
Friday, December 30, Best of Well, strictly speaking I'm supposed to be on holiday right now, recovering from a hard year's work and reading my Annual Holiday Epic, but one of the many small pleasures of the Christmas season includes sitting down to look back at the year's reading and hand out some tiny awards.
Also, it's terribly sad this year, but I haven't started the Annual Epic yet. Unfortunately, I ordered it in at the library in the delicious and toothsome-looking new Burton-Raffel translation - and it hasn't yet appeared.
Otherwise, it's been a really good reading year. According to Goodreads, I got through books this year, which is only slightly down from last year's Favourite Re-Reads For me, to re-read a book is in itself a major recommendation, so it often seems unfair to have my re-reads compete against my new reads.
In I re-read 16 books. Here are my top five: I thought it also had a bit more substance than I usually find in Mary Stewart's novels. Packed full of quotable gems and outrageous situations, it's hard to believe this classic started life as a travel guide.
Still my favourite theological work, it's an excellent introduction to the interpretation of biblical typology, and a great introduction to optimistic eschatology. The Song of Roland, trans. Probably written during or shortly after the Biography of jrr tolkien essay Crusade, it's a magnificent glimpse at the mindset that produced it.
See my detailed review here.
Book of the year. Some thoughts are available here. But I do get to read a bunch of books for my own enjoyment: And this year, I think I'm actually going to tie two books for Non-Fiction of the Year, because they were both so important in different ways.
You could call it a course on art history from a philosophical standpoint, or you could call it a philosophy course with really, really high-quality illustrations.
Pearcey focuses mainly on modern schools of artistic expression, and ably explains exactly what philosophies undergird cubism, expressionism, surrealism and more.
And while she critiques each of these philosophies from a Christian perspective, she's quick to demonstrate how each of these different schools have been used by Christian artists.
It's incredibly rare to find an approach to fine art that both respects it for its philosophical and artistic value, and critiques it from a Christian viewpoint. The other must-read in my non-fiction stack this year is The Tyrannicide Brief, a gripping and illuminating biography of John Cooke, the humble barrister who was sent the brief to prosecute Charles I.
As a QC practicing in the very areas he's writing about - war crimes and tyranny - Geoffrey Robertson is uniquely qualified to provide a detailed, yet never dry analysis of the legal and political issues at stake in Charles I's trial and execution. In three sections, the book deals with the history of tyranny and war that led up to Charles's trial; the unprecedented event of the trial itself; and the denouement ten years later, when John Cooke and a small group of fellow regicides were put cruelly and arbitrarily to death.
It is a long-overdue recognition of a man and a movement far ahead of their time, who did more perhaps than any other single generation in history for liberty and justice.
Fiction of the Year Coming up with a single fiction book to recommend each year is about as much fun as pulling teeth, and I've made it hard for myself by disqualifying re-reads and thus The Lord of the Ringsbut let me try.
It's a genre-busting, blood-soaked dystopian space opera extravaganza, with about three times the smarts, three times the conviction, and three times the heart of just about every other YA bestseller I read this year - with one important exception, which was everything I read by Rosamund Hodge.
Hodge writes about guilt-ridden bad people undergoing long and painful repentances, all wrapped up in YA fantasy trappings of love triangles and fairytale references. How dark do you like your chocolate? It only improved on closer acquaintance. Not just an exciting tale of adventure and perhaps magic in Elizabethan England - this book is something more, a beautiful and sometimes heartwrenching story of trial and redemption.
It's a solid five star, it's the grand finale to the wonderful Chronicles of Barset, and it came packed not just with adorable characters and horrifying plot twists, but also with social commentary that had me cheering in delight.
Trollope ranks about level with Jane Austen in my pantime of Great Authors now, and this was my favourite book of his yet. All the same, I can't help being me, and so Fiction of the Year goes to Also, knights versus aliens.
As you can imagine, I'm now rather badly in need of a holiday. I'll be taking January to relax and recharge, and will see you all in February with more reviews, and hopefully some more news on upcoming projects! Merry Christmas it's not Epiphany yet, after all and a happy new year to all of you!Tolkien op jarige leeftijd tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog, dienend in het Britse leger.
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The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart - I appreciated this story far more the second time around - a moody gothic romance complete with mistaken identity, mystery and murder.I thought it also had a bit more substance than I usually find in Mary Stewart's novels.
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In the decades since his death in September