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The Sparrow

A little bird, with plumage brown,
Beside my window flutters down,
A moment chirps its little strain,
Ten taps upon my window–pane,
And chirps again, and hops along,

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Lyrics Of Lowly Life


Note: possible spoilers below. Also, a somewhat meandering path until I actually start talking about the movie.

Back in the spring, I read a book called… 1,411 more words


All Good Wizards Go To College

Universities have lots of potential as settings and sources of characters for stories. Anybody who’s spent time in one and seen the range of fascinating people in academia will vouch for that point. 352 more words



Sunday night I finished The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.  I read it as part of the sci-fi-fantasy group over at Goodreads.  I love Goodreads, but it irks me that they combine sci-fi and fantasy that way.  504 more words


Review: The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell

Wow. I thought picking up The Sparrow was a bit daunting – I never thought staring at the blinky cursor, trying to wrap my mind around all of the feelings the story evoked would be even more intimidating. 859 more words

Hey! You Over There! Entertain Me!

The sparrow

The sparrow / Maria Doria Russell. First published 1996.

This one’s something of a go-to

The sparrow is a multi-award winning philsophical “first contact” novel. If Tor is any indication, it’s fairly controversial in the sf community and I’ve even seen it called “torture porn”. 730 more words

Book Review

The Sparrow

Our book club read The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell this past month. We had quite a range of responses to the book. Some folks liked it; others struggled with it, but that’s true for most of the books we read. 408 more words

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