Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Queue

If there is a second volume to The Explorers Guild, I shan't read it. It is an unpardonable literary sin, in my estimation, to string together so many pages without providing anything approximating a viable conclusion. Also, frankly, the story's conceit that its largely unseen events caused & then ended the World War of 1914-1918 is offensive & off-putting, grotesquely cavalier about the millions of lives—real human lives—that were snuffed out in those baleful years. Shame on Messrs. Baird, Costner, Meyer, & Ross! As an added literary sin—adding insult to injury, as it were—there is not the slightest explanation of by what mechanism this offensive notion might be realized, merely the adolescent assertion that it is so.

Father Michael White & Tom Corcoran, Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic Parish
Edward P. Hahnenberg, A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II
Jon Baird, with Kevin Costner & Stephen Meyer, illustrated by Rick Ross, The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala

Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations
Madeline Pecora Nugent, The Divine Office for Dodos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)
Richard Price, Clockers
Sir Richard Francis Burton, translator, "Sinbad the Sailor" from The Arabian Nights
Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage
Hilaire Belloc, How the Reformation Happened
William F. Buckley Jr., The Unmaking of a Mayor
Scott & Kimberly Hahn, Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism
Margaret MacMillan, Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
(A.K.A. Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War)

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