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It divides

Later that summer, as rain fell, such a moment shimmered and paused on the brink, and then began the ancient dance of numbers: two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty- two, and a new life took root and began to grow.

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Books 2015

Visible and physical dependence

“You can see it, can’t you. Hasta’akala: to be made like sta’aka. To be made visibly and physically dependent on someone stronger. He offered us…

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The Sparrow

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Space traveling Jesuits? Sure, why not? The book was published in 1996, and is very highly reviewed. It won a few awards and is a reading group favorite apparently. 407 more words

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Book Review - The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell

Book Review – The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell


  •    Book: The Sparrow
  •    Author: Mary Doria Russell
  •    Genre: Speculative Fiction
  •    Year of Release: 1996
  •    Read 408-page paperback edition in February 2015.
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Book Review

'Tradition was safety; change was danger' - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

TW: Rape, violence

Contains spoilers. 

It’s been a while since I’ve visited my writing space. My new job has meant that my headspace has been chaotic, so I’ll apologize that this post isn’t particularly critical but more to re-familiarise myself with the rhythm of an essay. 1,242 more words


READ: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I haven’t been able to concentrate on reading books the last few weeks. Every time I pick up a book I find myself distracted and antsy. 692 more words


"The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell (1996)

 Synopsis: In the near future, evidence of extraterrestrial intelligent life is discovered on a nearby planet. A small group of people, including four Jesuit priests, leave on a mission to make “first contact” with this unknown sentient species. 355 more words