The Exorcist leaves scares for the silver screen

The Exorcist is every parent’s nightmare: Losing a child to a horrible, un-diagnosed disorder that changes the child into a murderous monster while it kills her. A divorced actress, Chris MacNeil, distracted by work, notices odd sounds in her apartment before she notices odd behavior in her 11-year-old daughter. When Chris finally consults a doctor, […]

Great Lion of God is a mangy beast

The Apostle Paul is one of the towering figures of the New Testament, but little is known of his pre-Damascus Road experiences. In Great Lion of God, Taylor Caldwell imagines a Jewish-Roman family and childhood experiences to account for his behavior in later life. Not content with that, she also deliberately sets out to draw […]

A Good Woman skewers Christian humbug

Emma Downes is a good woman. Deserted by her husband, she started a business, supported herself, raised their son, now a missionary in Africa, and became a force to be reckoned with in her church. A Good Woman by Louis Bromfield Frederick A. Stokes, 1927. 432 pp. 1927 bestseller #10. My grade: A. When natives […]

In the Wilderness character tells

In the Wilderness is an antidote to salacious later twentieth century bestsellers. But Robert Hichens’ novel is strong stuff that many readers may find hard to swallow. In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens 1917 bestseller #7. Project Gutenberg EBook #4603] My grade: A- Dion Leith is passionately in love with Rosamund Everard, who finds him […]

Tell No Man shows muscular faith

Tell No Man is the story of a rising young stockbroker involved in a passionate affair with a sexy socialite to whom he’s been married several years. Service in Korea shook Hank Garvin badly. When a long-time friend commits suicide, Hank’s foundation gives way.   Tell No Man by Adela Rogers St. Johns Doubleday, 1966. […]

Funny Literal Kids Make Laddie Sparkle

Laddie is the pride and joy of the Stanton family and hero to his youngest sister, who tells his story. When Laddie asks Little Sister to deliver a letter to a Princess in the big wood, she discovers Laddie has fallen for a English lovely girl just moved to the neighborhood. Little Sister approves of […]

Inside of the Cup is empty for today’s reader

When the aged rector of St. Johns dies in a booming mid-western city, the vestry look East for “a level-headed clergyman about thirty-five years old who will mind his own business.” They hit on John Hodder. For a year, Hodder more than lives up to their expectations. But gnawing at the back of his mind […]