Friday, July 23, 2010 – For Lovers of Books with Catholic Themes

I was born into a Catholic family and attended Catholic schools for 12 years and then later for post-graduate studies. I do not always consider myself to be a very good Catholic but I have always loved the Catholic Faith. There are things about the Catholic Church I'm not happy with but I've always loved the mysteries and beauties of the Faith itself. I love the sacraments and the traditions and lore, the pantheon of saints and angels and the Magnum Mysterium. Those who have read either of novels, Each Angel Burns and The Old Mermaid's Tale, often tell me that my love of the Catholic Faith is an integral part of what makes them so interesting.

Recently I discovered the web site (courtesy of the wonderful, beautiful Catholic writer Ron Hansen) and applied to be a reviewer because I read so very many books with Catholic themes. This week I was accepted as a reviewer and yesterday my first review was published. It is for Anne Rice's daring book Angel Time:

Angel Time by Anne Rice

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN-10: 1400043530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400043538
reviewed by Kathleen Valentine
Anne Rice has long been known as a writer of gothic tales populated with vampires, witches, devils and other supernatural beings. Her books are lavish in delicious detail, seething atmosphere, and no small amount of steamy sex often laced with homo-eroticism, sadism, and pedophilia. Her books have been phenomenally successful and she has a great fan following. Her choice to change the focus of her fiction writing to novels about Christ and angels required a leap of Faith on her part and with interesting results.
Angel Time is the first in her new series Songs of the Seraphim. As is always the case, Ms Rice writes with plenty of atmosphere, luminous settings, and intriguing characters. Toby O’Dare, the hero, if you will, ofAngel Time follows in the mold of other tantalizing Rice characters, he is young, handsome, intelligent, meticulous, an accomplished musician, a lover of books, an almost too perfect man except for one thing — he’s a trained assassin with a ten year history of doing his job very, very well. To read more....

This is the first review but I've submitted several others including:
A Recent Martyr by Valerie Martin
The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Prince of Peace by James Carroll
Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen

I am also working on reviews of Anne Rice's Christ the Lord Out of Egypt: The Road to Cana and Memnoch the Devil, as well as, Steve Berry's The Templar Legacy.

Catholic was founded by Debra Murphy as a place to promote books that are of interest ---through subject matter, ambiance, theme, etc. --- to people who seek quality literature with a Catholic flavor. Most of the books reviewed are fiction but there are classic works of fiction by writers such as Graham Greene and J.R.R. Tolkein and some biographies, collections, etc.

This is an exciting project in my opinion and I want to encourage anyone interested in Catholic-themed literature to check them out --- or join their Facebook group.

Thanks for reading and  go to for reviews on great reads.

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