David of The Warden’s Walk’s Experience – Tolkien Experience (112)

David of The Warden’s Walk’s Experience – Tolkien Experience (112) David of The Warden’s Walk’s Experience – Tolkien Experience (112) — Read on luke-shelton.com/2020/06/30/david-of-the-wardens-walks-experience-tolkien-experience-112/ It was a delight to participate in The Tolkien Experience!

Book Review: “Swords and Deviltry” by Fritz Leiber

Swords and Deviltryby Fritz Leiber Goodreads Series: Volume 1 of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series, chronologically arranged Pages: 254 Published: 1970 Spoiler-free Synopsis: Three stories to launch a series of epic adventures. “The Snow Women” introduces the young barbarian Fafhrd as he seeks to leave his oppressive and narrow-minded Snow Clan (and itsContinue reading “Book Review: “Swords and Deviltry” by Fritz Leiber”

In Memoriam: Christopher Tolkien (November 12, 1924 – January 16, 2020)

The son and literary executor of JRR Tolkien’s estate, Christopher Tolkien, has passed away at the age of 95. I and millions of other readers owe him an inestimable debt for his life work. Without him, nothing of The Silmarillion or the other posthumous works of Tolkien would have been published, stories which have madeContinue reading “In Memoriam: Christopher Tolkien (November 12, 1924 – January 16, 2020)”

Review: “Letters from Father Christmas” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien Goodreads link Pages: 110 Published: first in 1976, this edition 2004 Spoiler-free Synopsis: From 1920 to 1943, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write letters to Father Christmas. Every year, Father Christmas answered them, often with accompanying pictures. These are those letters and pictures. Re-readability: I do believeContinue reading “Review: “Letters from Father Christmas” by J.R.R. Tolkien”

Classic Remarks: Which classic book should have a sequel?

Which classic book do you wish had a sequel, and why? In trying to brainstorm a list for this post, I was assaulted by the feeling that I have not read enough of the classics of world literature. Which classic book do I wish had a sequel? First off, which classic books have I actuallyContinue reading “Classic Remarks: Which classic book should have a sequel?”

Review: “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway

I do not love this story for any themes. I do love it somewhat for the atmosphere — the lapping of the waves, the slapping of fins on water, the salt breezes, the hot sun, the patched nets and stacked harpoons. But mostly, I love this story for its characters.

Doubt your ambition, not the truth

But what we suffer from to-day is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth… ~ G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, pg. 23Continue reading “Doubt your ambition, not the truth”

My Books of 2018: The Crime of Galileo

“A great and rigid authoritarian administration with a thought police which is supposed to know all should at least keep its records straight.” De Santillana, The Crime of Galileo. 1955. Page 263 The Crime of Galileo by Giorgio De Santillana (Goodreads) In school I only learned the most basic information about Galileo: that he wasContinue reading “My Books of 2018: The Crime of Galileo”