On the Bookshelf XXXIII

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Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
Not just one of the best war novels I’ve ever read, but one of the best novels I’ve ever read, period. Tender, cruel, horrifying, tragic, and beautiful by turns. A must-read. This is my second time through.

What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
Another Marlantes gem. Listening to the audiobook as time allows. The New Yorker: “Marlantes brings candor and wrenching self-analysis to bear on his combat experiences in Vietnam, in a memoir-based meditation whose intentions are three-fold: to help soldiers-to-be understand what they’re in for; to help veterans come to terms with what they’ve seen and done; and to help policymakers know what they’re asking of the men they send into combat.”

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
“… you can’t save people from the world. There’s nowhere else to take them.” Violent and chilling, yet smart and unexpectedly warm. Well worth a read, particularly if you like your post-apocalypse with a Matheson-esque flair.

Against Heresies by Irenaeus
Contemporary Christian writers could learn a thing or twelve from Irenaeus’ utter unwillingness to ‘play nice’ with heretics.

A Humane Economy by Wilhelm Röpke
Joel Miller explains why you should dump Ayn Rand and give this chap a shot instead: “… unlike Rand, Röpke grounded his critique of socialism and his defense of free markets in a thoroughly Christian understanding of man and his world.” Free PDF version here.

What’s on your bookshelf right now?

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