A Tale of Two Novel Openings

Thank Amazon for free Kindle samples…because what a difference an opening chapter makes. The other day, after finishing Mariette in Ecstasy, I hungered for another good story and so consulted my ever-growing to-read list. There were two books in particular that I was curious about, so I downloaded their opening chapters to compare. It was a good … Read more…

ENCHANTMENT by Orson Scott Card

Friday night I finished reading Enchantment by Orson Scott Card — and I was caught between the pleasure of having read such a great book and the sadness of finally coming to the end of the adventure. The plot summary you can find on Amazon, but basically Enchantment is a modernized and Russianized retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It … Read more…

“We Are Inside the Great Story”: The Power of “Catholic” Fiction

I’m delighted to have come across this video tonight. It’s powerful and truthful, and it’s a must-watch for any Catholic artist (and any Christian artist, for that matter). It’s almost an hour but it’s worth it, I promise. Michael O’Brien on “Catholic Fiction and Restoring Culture” (56:59) One of my many favorite parts is when … Read more…