Two Novels of the Norman Conquest

“The Golden Warrior” by Hope Muntz is available from the library in hardcover.

Seldom do competing historical novels cover the same ground in different ways with results just as pleasing, but The Golden Warrior (1948) by Hope Muntz and Lord of Sunset (1998) by Parke Godwin do just that.

Written exactly 50 years […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

A corrupt cult controlling Calcutta

"Song of Kali" by Dan Simmons is available from the library in paperback.

The Kali cult depicted by Dan Simmons in Song of Kali is foul beyond words. (Forget the cartoonish portrayal in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.)

“Song of Kali” by Dan Simmons is available from the library in paperback.

The Kāpālikas run Calcutta like the Mafia runs American cities. Businessmen by day, killers […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Why Literature Matters

Library Director Jen Hinderer recently gave Toni Morrison’s Home a glowing review, which not only inspired me to read it, but to reflect on what made me try her novels in the first place.

“Why Literature Matters” by Glenn Arbery is available from the library in hardcover.

Morrison’s genre isn’t usually my thing, but […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Reaping the whirlwind

I’m still winding down from Whirlwind. With everything going on in the Middle East, it hits close to home.

It’s about the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and, like all of James Clavell’s epics, based on true events in a “clash of cultures.”

“Whirlwind” by James Clavell is available from the library in hardcover.

Everyone […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Living by the sword

It’s 1868, the year of Spain’s Glorious Revolution, and Don Jaime is appalled at the rise of guns in Spanish society. He considers them dishonorable weapons and symptomatic of a wider cultural malaise.

In The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Don Jaime, a fencing instructor, is an old guy set in his old-fashioned ways. He […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Are we natural-born warmongers?

In the last post we saw that human beings are a species of natural born liars. Are we also homicidal warmongers?

Not exactly, says David Livingstone Smith. The director of the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Studies suggests that we are neither natural born killers nor peace-lovers, but simultaneously both, and these […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Are we natural-born liars?

[Editor’s note: Our Adult Summer Reading Program, Literary Elements, has a science theme this year, so our Next Great Read reviewers will recommend several science books over the next three months. Here’s the first of them.]

“Deceit is the Cinderella of human nature, essential to our humanity but disowned by its perpetrators at […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Genesis 6-9: A disturbing corner of the Bible

Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah is currently in theaters and his graphic novel provides a taste of it.

It’s refreshing to see this famous story of the Bible get a creative work-over. Films about Jesus are cranked out every other year, but what about the more challenging (and disturbing) corners of the Bible? Like Job. Or […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

My film picks for 2013

Now that most of last year’s films are available on DVD, it’s a great time to catch up on anything you missed in the theater. Here’s my pick list for 2013. I’m afraid The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isn’t on it; that was by far the most disappointing. My top choice is a foreign […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Garth grapples with ghastly gods

One of my favorite books in high school was The Seven Altars of Dusarra, by Lawrence Watt-Evans.

It’s a sword-and-sorcery fantasy, the second in a quartet called The Lords of Dus. The Lure of the Basilisk is the first, The Sword of Bheleu the third, and The Book of Silence the fourth. The third and […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.