After a rough start, Jim C. Hines' new book Libriomancer improves immensely. It reminds me somewhat of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books. There are lots of fun allusions to favorite scifi or fantasy, such as the preference of the main character, Isaac, for brown coats (Firefly).
Homeland – Season 1 is now at the Carnegie library. This Showtime program swept the Emmy’s for 2012, winning Best Drama, Best Director, Best Leading Man - Damien Lewis, Best Leading Lady – Clare Danes, Best Writing and all kinds of other awards besides. If you don’t get Showtime, you can see what all the fuss is about by renting the first season on DVD.
The “beautiful mystery” referred to in the title is sung music know as plain chant or Gregorian chant. It is the earliest notated music in history, sung beginning in the 5thand 6thcentury. It is still being sung in monasteries and convents around the world. It is in one of those monasteries, deep in the North Woods of Québec where the murder in this mystery occurs. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is sent t