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JamieBeu

Books with a Beu

Jamie Beu, owner and co-author (with his wife) of CatholicFamily.info, is a "cradle Catholic", devoted husband, and father of two girls. He is a regular contributor to his parish newsletter, as well as an impassioned defender of the faith who is able to both support and challenge others as necessary -- all in an effort to build-up Christ's Kingdom on Earth. To this end, he does a lot of reading - not just of religious books (for education and research), but also of secular books, both to decompress as well as to keep a finger on the pulse of pop culture (the better to relate to others, as well as to help restore the culture).

Currently reading

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
Meg Meeker, Meg Meeker
Hyperion
Dan Simmons
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
'John Townsend', 'Henry Cloud'
Boundaries Face to Face: How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding
Henry Cloud
Jesus of Nazareth
Pope Benedict XVI, Adrian J. Walker
Permutation City
Greg Egan
Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions
Pope Benedict XVI
Is Jesus Coming Soon?: A Catholic Perspective on the Second Coming
Ralph Martin
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
Isaac Asimov
Autobiography of a Saint: Therese of Lisieux
Thérèse de Lisieux, Ronald A. Knox, Vernon Johnson

Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, Book 1)

Out of the Silent Planet  - C.S. Lewis This book was a bit difficult to get through, because it was written before space travel was a common, familiar experience. Therefore, his descriptions of what happens in space definitely fall more into the "fantasy" category than "space sci-fi". This made it quite a bit more difficult to get into. (It would be like reading a book about a sea voyage in which the entire trip was in a boat that, once it got a few miles from the shore was actually floating several feet above the surface of the water.)


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That said, once on the other planet, the alien surroundings (and the aliens themselves) are definitely imaginative.

The best part, from a philosophical standpoint, is in the translation toward the end, making what we consider to be "progress" sound like so much nonsense. The rewording of complex, intellectual-sounding phraseology into its simpler components completely deconstructs the logic of the seemingly high-brow statements of the antagonist. It's one of the more humorous (and thought-provoking) parts of the book.

I recommend it for the thought exercise, but not as a great work of sci-fi.