Count to a Trillion, by John C. Wright: This is the first in an ongoing series about a Texan gunslinger called Menelaus Montrose who is also a math wiz, who joins a space crew to investigate this alien monument, who injects himself with brain enhancing drugs and crazy post-human stuff starts happening. I really, really like the idea of putting a John Wayne type in a space opera setting, insane plans to manipulate the course of human history by shadowy councils, and questions regarding transhumanism and technology’s effects on us. So I liked this, and have the next volume ready. People less in tune with that sort of aesthetic may regard all the scientific exposition (and there’s a lot) a tad self-indulgent. The supporting cast isn’t particularly memorable, but Montrose makes up for it.
A Fisherman of the Inland Sea, by Ursula K. Le Guin: A collection of short stories. The most memorable are the ones set in her “Hainish” universe which focus on the Phillip K. Dick-esque effects of churten – a technology that allows for instantaneous transport between two locations, but the disruption of experience it causes does weird things to one’s sense of reality. Le Guin knows that the mysteries of the universe cannot be considered separately from the mysteries of the human heart.
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Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought, by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.: Just what it says on the tin. Garrigou-Lagrange is as triumphalist a Thomist as they come, though I don’t mind the rhetoric. It is more of an intro book to Thomism as a school of philosophy/theology as opposed to a study of Aquinas’ thought. Not for the faint of heart, perhaps.
The Meaning of Sex, by J. Budziszewski: This time a Thomistic look at sex. If the second half holds up as well as the first, this will be my go-to recommendation for someone who wants to understand the Judeo-Christian conception of human sexuality. B. has a warm, personable style of writing that vaguely resembles C.S. Lewis. And, like Lewis, he does a good job at showing the underlying coherence of his subject matter.