Everyone Needs Something Good To Read Amanda S. Green

Everyone Needs Something Good To Read- Amanda S. Green

Here are a few of the books I’ve either just finished reading or that are on my to be read pile.  Or mine, that are on sale.  Enjoy!

The Long Black (The Black Chronicles, Book 1)

by J. M. Anjewierden

Morgan always assumed that if she could survive growing up in the mines of Planet Hillman – feared for its brutal conditions and gravity twice that of Earth – she could survive anything.
That was before she became a starship mechanic. Now she has to contend with hostile bosses, faulty equipment, and even taking care of her friend’s little girl. Once pirates show up, it’s a wonder she can get any work done at all.

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Winter into Spring

by Nitay Arbel

Veronica “Ronnie” Zielinski, a librarian in the Chicago suburbs, has always dreamed of writing but never dared pursue her dream since the needs of others have always seemed to come first…until one winter, when a mysterious new library patron opens her eyes and changes her life, with some help from the romantic sci-fi classic “Komarr” by Lois McMaster Bujold….

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Spring that Never Came

by D. Jason Fleming

Tammy Kirsch has had her shot at fame. She came to Hollywood with stars in her eyes and lint in her pockets and looks that would open any door in town just to try to get her onto the casting couch. After several guest roles in TV shows, one starring role in a movie that nobody saw, inadvertantly dodging the mid-70s porno chic moment and keeping her dignity and reputation intact, her career sputtered to a halt.

Then she lost her daughter in a custody case, and what was left of her world came crashing down around her ears. When the crazy homeless man tried to talk to her incoherently as she was leaving the court building, that only seemed to be the cherry on top of the layered dessert of her misery. In fact, it was just the first step on her path, a path that would end with her defending the entire world from an invasion of other-dimensional eldritch horrors.

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ConVent

by Kate Paulk

A vampire, a werewolf, an undercover angel and his succubus squeeze. Whoever picked this team to save the world wasn’t thinking of sending the very best. But then, since this particular threat to the universe and everything good is being staged in science fiction conventions, amid people in costume, misfits and creative geniuses, any convetional hero would have stood out. Now Jim, the vampire, and his unlikely sidekicks have to beat the clock to find out who’s sacrificing con goers before all hell breaks loose — literally.

ConVent is proof that Kate Paulk’s brain works in wonderfully mysterious ways. A sarcastic vampire, his werewolf best buddy, an undercover angel and his succubus squeeze. The “Save the world” department really messed it up this time.

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Tom

by Dave Freer

Tom is a cat in trouble. The worst possible kind of trouble: he’s been turned into a human. Transformed by an irascible old magician in need of a famulus — a servant and an assistant, Tom is as good at being a servant as a cat ever is. The assistant part is more to Tom’s taste: he rather fancies impressing the girl cats and terrorizing the other toms by transforming himself into a tiger. But the world of magic, a vanished and cursed princess, and a haunted skull, and a demon in the chamber-pot, to say nothing of conspiring wizards and the wickedest witch in the west, all seem to be out to kill Tom. He is a cat coming to terms with being a boy, dealing with all this. He has a raven and a cheese as… sort of allies.

And of course there is the princess.

If you were looking for ‘War and Peace’ this is the wrong book for you. It’s a light-hearted and gently satirical fantasy, full of terrible puns and… cats.

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Wedding Bell Blues

by Ellie Ferguson

Weddings always bring out the worst in people. Or at least that’s the way it seems to Jessica Jones as her younger sister’s wedding day approaches. It’s bad enough Jessie has to wear a bridesmaid dress that looks like it was designed by a color blind Harlequin. Then there’s the best man who is all hands and no manners. Now add in a murder and Jessie’s former lover — former because she caught him doing the horizontal tango on their kitchen table with her also-former best friend. It really is almost more than a girl should be expected to handle. . . .

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Nocturnal Origins (Nocturnal Lives, Book 1)

by Amanda S. Green

Some things can never be forgotten, no matter how hard you try.

Detective Sergeant Mackenzie Santos knows that bitter lesson all too well. The day she died changed her life and her perception of the world forever.It doesn’t matter that everyone, even her doctors, believe a miracle occurred when she awoke in the hospital morgue. Mac knows better. It hadn’t been a miracle, at least not a holy one. As far as she’s concerned, that’s the day the dogs of Hell came for her.

Investigating one of the most horrendous murders in recent Dallas history, Mac also has to break in a new partner and deal with nosy reporters who follow her every move and who publish confidential details of the investigation without a qualm.

Complicating matters even more, Mac learns the truth about her family and herself, a truth that forces her to deal with the monster within, as well as those on the outside.But none of this matters as much as discovering the identity of the murderer before he can kill again.

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I have the following books on sale.

Death of a Musketeer

by Sarah D’Almeida (Sarah A. Hoyt)

When D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis discover the corpse of a beautiful woman who looks like the Queen of France, they vow to see that justice is done. They do not know that their investigation will widen from murder to intrigue to conspiracy, bring them the renewed enmity of Cardinal Richelieu and shake their fate in humanity. Through duels and doubts, they pursue the truth, even when their search brings them to the sphere of King Louis XIII himself and makes them confront secrets best forgotten.

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Dipped, Stripped and Dead

by Elise Hyatt (Sarah A. Hoyt)

A Dyce Dare Mystery

When she was six, Dyce Dare wanted to be a ballerina, but she couldn’t stop tripping over her own feet. Then she wanted to be a lion tamer, but Fluffy, the cat, would not obey her. Which is why at the age of twenty nine she’s dumpster diving, kind of. She’s looking for furniture to keep her refinishing business going, because she would someday like to feed herself and her young son something better than pancakes.

Unfortunately, as has come to be her expectation, things go disastrously wrong. She finds a half melted corpse in a dumpster. This will force her to do what she never wanted to do: solve a crime.

Life is just about to get crazy… er… crazier. But at least at the end of the tunnel there might be a relationship with a very nice police officer.

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Ill Met by Moonlight

by Sarah A. Hoyt

Young Will Shakespeare is a humble school master who arrives home to find his wife and infant daughter, Susannah are missing, kidnapped by the fairies of Arden Woods, the children of Titania and Oberon. His attempts at rescue are interrupted and complicated by a feud over throne of fairyland, between Sylvanus, king regnant, and his younger brother Quicksilver who is both more and less than he seems. Amid treachery, murder, duel and seduction, Shakespeare discovers the enchantment of fairyland, which will always remain with him, for good and ill. (This book was originally published by Ace/Berkley 10/2001)

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Witchfinder

by Sarah Hoyt

n Avalon, where the world runs on magic, the king of Britannia appoints a witchfinder to rescue unfortunates with magical power from lands where magic is a capital crime. Or he did. But after the royal princess was kidnapped from her cradle twenty years ago, all travel to other universes has been forbidden, and the position of witchfinder abolished. Seraphim Ainsling, Duke of Darkwater, son of the last witchfinder, breaks the edict. He can’t simply let people die for lack of rescue. His stubborn compassion will bring him trouble and disgrace, turmoil and danger — and maybe, just maybe, the greatest reward of all.

75 responses to “Everyone Needs Something Good To Read Amanda S. Green

  1. paladin3001

    Mmmm, literature…..

  2. We are fortunate that when the Oyster gets too fascinated with his forks, there are other good people ready to step into the breach…

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  4. How odd. The emailed version indicates there ought be pictures of books, the formatting at the site indicates there ought be pictures of books, but as I look and refresh I see no pictures of books.

    Is the Internets not loving me today?

    • I assumed it was just the proxy where I work, since it loves to make the internet hard. But, maybe not….

    • I see images. Net being nasty at you.

      • Feather Blade

        Maybe his section of the tubes has a gremlin infestation?

        • I have often suspected such. It seems more often than not I have to troubleshoot the network adapter to get a viable connection. This morning required a reboot to get connected.

          It could be my ISP (Spectrum) simply doesn’t like me.

          • Well, ain’t this interesting. Suddenly my script blocker seems to be blocking those book covers. It didn’t on previous WP pages, there don’t seem to be any single scripts the enabling of allows the pictures — it is only by disabling No Script that the pictures appear.

            This does not seem intrinsically reasonable, that temporarily allowing all and disabling the script suppressor should have incongruent effect.

            WP Delenda Est.

            • Ah-Ha! Script Safe (not No Script — that is running on my Firefox, I do Hoyt in Chrome) seems to be blocking Web Bugs, in this case Amazon links. Not the Amazon links that are Hoyt defaults (books promoted every page) but just the ones in today’s post.

              Annoyingly, no tinkering with ScriptSafe settings seems to undo that.

              • Bingo! Whitelisted the two amazon-adsystem URLs and everything now tickety-boo.

                Except there are probably wyrms now crawling through my laptop’s systems, exposing my deepest darkest secrets to the world and transmitting every keystroke to Belorussian hackers.

                And yet, Posner remains a moron.

                • “exposing my deepest darkest secrets to the world and transmitting every keystroke to Belorussian hackers.”

                  Who are undoubtedly colluding with Trump at this very moment. Just imagine, the President of the United States is going to know that you frequent ATH.

              • That’s probably what’s doing it for me, too, then. I’ve noticed a lot of websites are not getting past the proxy, now, and had suspicions it was because something was recently updated on the script-blocking side.

    • Maybe they’re being shipped by motor freight? Worst travel day of the year.

      Not that it matters to me, furthest I’ll be going this holiday weekend is a mile to the QuikMart. (Although the roadside assistance dispatcher son is probably going to be very cranky by the time I pick him up at the end of his shift tonight…)

      • Could be worse. You could be a dispatcher for Maersk…

        • i don’t get it…

          • Maersk (the worldwide shipping company) was hit with the latest variation of ransomware WannaCry. It took down their computer systems, evidently.

            • Completely shut down, so they had to close some of their port facilities. As of the news this AM, they still could not get into ANY of their data. It may be scrambled beyond recovery. Apparently anyone who used the “M.S. Docs” software to work with the Ukrainian tax offices got stung, and then from there the malware stole passwords and might possibly have used an NSA key to get into other systems. That’s per the Wall Street Journal and Fox Business as of 0930 this AM.

              • Any of their affected data, I should say. FedEx European courier service was also hit.

              • BobtheRegisterredFool

                “Russians, Russassins, RUSSIANS under every stone and twig.”

                Seriously, it smells like Russians. 1. Ukrainian tax office. 2. It is about the right timing for the measured escalation Putin is likely to be doing until he is a) intimidated back into stillness or b) entirely convinced that Trump can be safely ignored. 3. Methods should be inside of Russian government capabilities.

                • BobtheRegisterredFool

                  4. German targets are ones that Putin might want to feel out at this stage.

                  We may finally be living the information warfare that IT and futurists have been speculating about since forever.

                  Thank Obama’s fecklessness that we might see the day.

                • C’mon, don’t be Russian to judgement.

              • Ugh. I wonder if that’s what hit one of my wholesalers. Wednesday I called them to follow up on a problem with a recent order and they asked me to call back next week because they were having computer problems.

            • Professor Badness

              Oooh! Nasty!

            • Actually there’s an interesting detective story there: This latest cyber attack, which is being called “Nyetya” (originally it looked like a variant of a prior attack called “Petya”, but then they decided it was actually not, thus “Nyetya”), is not even actually the ransomware it purports itself to be, as the encryption key used to encrypt all your stuff is randomly generated and saved/sent nowhere, so this attack is basically a camoflaged disk-wipe virus. It’s alos very clever in the multiple ways it tries to spread itself within a local area network, concentrating there instead of trying to spread out over the internet.

              And the Nyetya attack was launched initially from the vendor website of one of the two approved accounting software companies whose software is mandatory if your company needs to pay any taxes to Ukraine, thus the current theory is that Nyetya is actually a state-actor cyberattack aimed specifically at businesses in Ukraine, from a large neighboring country whose imperious leader’s name rhymes with Rootin and Tootin.

  5. I hope they’re having fun at LC. Sure missing them here.

  6. Normally I skip these “Recommended books” posts, but for some reason I read through this one. And I find I’m right to skip these things.

    I don’t have time to read — and when I *do* read something, I inevitably get sucked into it, stay up late at nights, and become miserable for the next few days. I might only get to read one or two books a month.

    And this eleven — ELEVEN — books that promise to be interesting. Oh, the taunts! Why can’t I be left alone? Or better yet, why can’t I survive on just one or two hours of sleep at night, so I could actually read these things? Or do math, or something?

    Incidentally, I tried to read “Ill Met by Moonlight”. I couldn’t get past the first couple of pages of Shakespeare running around looking for his wife and daughter. The worst part of it? I couldn’t shake the notion that, if I could just sit down with the book and really get into it, and get to the point where Shakespeare actually discovered that his daughter was missing, I’d probably enjoy the book! And it didn’t help that getting interrupted every time I tried to read the book meant that Shakespeare’s running around was extended two-or-three-fold, as I’d re-read passages trying to figure out where I was last….

    Oh, and I wish I had more time for math, too….

    • The Shakespeare books are unintentionally and intentionally (eh) difficult to read.

      • It’s not the difficulty that bothers me. I had the feeling that if I could just get past the first chapter or two, I’d be fine. Or rather, I’d be fine with the book. I’d probably be staying up until 2am or 3am reading the thing for the next three or four nights, though, and my productivity and well-being would be shot for the next couple of weeks, so I shouldn’t say “I’d be fine”…

  7. BobtheRegisterredFool

    http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/06/30/trumps-pick-head-doj-civil-rights-division-liberals-buddhist-monk-protest-mode/

    I’m deeply disappointed in Trump’s nomination of Dreiband to head the DoJ Civil Rights division. It isn’t Tom Kratman.

  8. Um, just so y’all are aware, the contractors are here to dispose of that heap of Fluffy’s used bedding and the gunk from the bottom of the sea-monster’s pool. You might stay away from that part of the grounds for a while.

    No, I don’t know why we can’t hire the same contractor two years in a row. The last two companies we hired changed their phone numbers not long after the checks cleared. Strange that.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      The guys who send a proposal involving anti-plutonium bombs every year continue to not meet health and safety and environmental impact reporting requirements.

    • We did get that proposal that said something about transdimensional marketing to someplace were the gunk is highly valued, but they were really vague about how they would remediate the transdimansional rift on this end after the gunk was pumped through, and somebody had some inkling somehow that they were really going to just pump it into the reception hall of the next princedom over and leave the rift open pointing back at us, so we didn;t pursue that bid.

      If we could actually identify someplace where the gunk is valuable, that would be ideal, especailly with the targetable rift down on sublevel 127 still available.

  9. Nobody sane wants anything to do with the sea-monster’s poll. Understandable, given who and what the customer is.

  10. Wow, really quiet here.

    Too quiet.

    LC must be going full blast.

  11. As nobody else has, of yet:

    Becoming American
    I got here as fast as I could, but I wasn’t born in the United States. Despite what many people assume – and has been published in some of my author-bios – I was also not born of American parents, stationed or otherwise sojourning in Europe.

    I was born in Portugal, of Portuguese parents, and so far as I know (it’s hard to stand on the marital faithfulness of people you never met even if they were your ancestresses) have no American ancestor, ever. I probably have British blood, somewhere. Being from the North of Portugal it is virtually impossible I don’t, when you consider trade going back to the 4th century B.C. and a tendency for well-to-do British families to send their remittance men to the area before there was an Empire.

    What does this have to do with being American?

    Despite the genetic ignorance of people who claim that America is a nation like old Europe of “blood and soil”? (Even there it’s honored more in the breach) Clear nothing.

    I’ve been known to say I was born American, it just took me a few years to make it official.

    Is this strictly true? Kind of. If you squint and shake the magic eight ball.

    Read The Whole Thing.

    And remember: Posnerus Moronus Est.
    (N.B. – possibly incorrect translation. It has been fifty years since my High School Latin and I was not notably diligent about those studies as I had recently discovered Heinlein, Burroughs and other similarly low entertainments.)

    • I still loved the US, but I was aware of sticking out like a sore thumb.

      I was born and reared here and still have trouble passing.

  12. BobtheRegisterredFool

    http://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2017/07/01/uk-security-expert-reveals-tale-collusion-hackers-trump-campaign/

    First thought: Finally, a plausible scenario of Russian-Trump Campaign collusion. (The outright absurd ones do grow a bit wearing.)

    Second: Wait, does this ‘Peter Smith’ actually exist? Might the regulars at ATH laugh at me for bringing this up?

    Third: This is apparently WSJ, and not just some dudette at RedState. So if it is a con, (despite being in the UK Tait could still be quite interested), it was a con that fooled a financial newspaper who I would guess does not have a strong IT and intelligence institutional background. (I suppose that the WSJ’s people could also be as much partisan hacks as most of the rest of media.)

    • Useful perspective/analysis here:

      TODAY IN COLLUSION
      Lee Smith notes in his Tablet column “The strange tale of Jay Solomon” that the news side of the Wall Street Journal is straining to join the opposition to the Trump administration led by the Washington Post and the New York Times. “As one senior D.C. reporter told me recently,” Lee writes, “‘lots of Journal reporters want to join the anti-Trump resistance but they can’t do that because the editorial board thinks the Trump Russia narrative is absurd, as does the readership.’”

      In yesterday’s paper, the Journal made a downpayment on membership dues in the Resistance with Shane Harris’s story “GOP operative sought Clinton emails from hackers, implied a connection to Flynn.” Harris’s story is behind the Journal’s subscription paywall, but the New York Post has an accessible summary by Todd Venezia here.

      Andy McCarthy breaks down Harris’s story in his weekly NRO column here. Here is his summary and first pass at it:

      About ten days before he died in mid-May, an 81-year-old man who did not work for the Trump campaign told the Journal he had speculated that, but did not know whether, 33,000 of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails had been hacked from her homebrew server. The now-deceased man, “a longtime Republican opposition researcher” named Peter W. Smith, had theorized that the e-mails must have been stolen, “likely by Russian hackers.” But he had no idea if this was actually so, and he himself certainly had nothing to do with stealing them.

      Smith’s desire to obtain the hacked emails, if there were any, peaked around Labor Day 2016 — i.e., during the last weeks of the campaign. This was many months after the FBI had taken physical custody of Clinton’s homebrew server and other devices containing her e-mails. It was also two months after the Bureau’s then-director, James Comey, had told the country that the FBI had found no evidence that Clinton had been hacked . . . but that her carelessness about communications security, coupled with the proficiency of hackers in avoiding detection, meant her e-mails could well have been compromised throughout her years as secretary of state.

      In other words, Peter W. Smith was one of about 320 million people in the United States who figured that Clinton’s e-mails had been hacked — by Russia, China, Iran, ISIS, the NSA, the latest iteration of “Guccifer,” and maybe even that nerdy kid down at Starbucks with “Feel the Bern” stickers on his laptop.

      Besides having no relationship with Trump, Smith also had no relationship with the Russian regime. Besides not knowing whether the Clinton e-mails were actually hacked, he also had no idea whether the Kremlin or anyone close to Vladimir Putin had obtained the e-mails. In short, he wouldn’t have been able to tell you whether Trump and Putin were colluding with each other because he wasn’t colluding with either one of them.

      But — here comes the blockbuster info — Smith was colluding with Michael Flynn. Or at least he kinda, sorta was . . . except for, you know, the Journal’s grudging acknowledgement that, well, okay, Smith never actually told the paper that Flynn was involved in what the report calls “Smith’s operation.”

      [END EXCERPT]

      See Power Line post for embedded links. The WSJ reporters are quite distinct from the editorial page and far more similar to their liberal fellow journalists, and have been since (at least) the late Seventies. Remember, the very liberal Al Hunt was, for a quite long time the Journal‘s Washington Bureau chief. My observation has been that Journal reporters have long resented and been embarrassed by the conservative editorial page … except when it provides ideological camouflage for them.

      • BobtheRegisterredFool

        Thanks.

        I’d note that email is inherently insecure. Unless the FBI or someone else in the US government has a collections system that uses pretty much every email server that could forward an email, and whoever it is that runs it has the technical expertise to know that it hasn’t been hacked, the FBI cannot say for certain where the emails could have ended up.

        • I’d note that email is inherently insecure.

          You would think that statement was akin to noting the Pope is Catholic, right? Almost from my first month on the internet I’ve been telling people there is no security, no privacy and that if they imagine there is they’re too innocent to be allowed online without a minder. It’s gotta be over twenty years and still people get outraged over the idea that their email isn’t an open book. By that ignorance alone Hillary’s campaign demonstrated its unsuitability for high office.

          Back when the news broke that the NSA was scanning the metadata on all email traffic I was amused at all of the shocked, shocked reactions, seeing them as (if genuine) confession of ridiculous naïveté. Dammit, folks, you’re sending “private” messages on post cards and are outraged that those cards get read? (Side note: I expect almost all of us can, or know someone who can, read an entire postcard in the time it takes them to realize there’s a message there.)

          And now the news has come out that German Kommisar Angela Merkel, who was so outraged to learn the NSA was routinely reviewing the email postcards of NATO members, has been doing the same thing herself:

          -Germany spied on Kerry, Clinton
          By ASSOCIATED PRESS 08/16/2014 07:46 AM EDT
          BERLIN — Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

          The respected news weekly reported that the agency, known by its German acronym BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry made in 2013 as part of its surveillance of telecommunications in the Middle East. The agency also recorded a conversation between Clinton and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan a year earlier, Der Spiegel claimed.
          [END EXCERPT]

          Hell, I read all Fleming’s Bond novels back in the Sixties and a LeCarre or two since and I know there’s no such thing as trust among allies. Nor privacy on line. Life on the internet is a glass house without curtains and anybody who thinks otherwise probably believes the government can increase health insurance coverage while lowering prices.

          • Sorry ’bout teh rant. My capacity for the willfully gullible has been exhausted for this quarter-century.

            Screams about Republicans trying to kill the world’s population by repairing Obamacare (thank-you Maxine Waters, thank-you Schmuck Chumer) have pretty much crumbled my Giveadam.

            My ability to believe mutually contradictory statements — restoring Medicaid to its original constraints will cause uncountable deaths and ample evidence that Medicaid (aka, the coverage nobody accepts) beneficiaries experience essentially the same health outcomes as do uninsured Americans — has never been great.

            • See also:

              The Paris Climate Accord sets voluntary targets that will in effect produce minimal benefits and no material reduction in greenhouse gasses and Trump’s withdrawal from them has doomed us all to ecocatastrophe.

              We can raise the Minimum Wage by over 50% without reducing hours worked and every principle of Economics since the science was initiated says that a rise in cost reduces demand

              And don’t even get me started on housing policy and rent control and the fact that every action to eliminate “unfair” profits on housing reduces the ability of suppliers to provide housing or reduces the quality of housing available.

              I am not saying we should line up against the wall every politicians and journalist … I am sure that simply eliminating half to three quarters of them would probably enlighten the remainder.

          • BobtheRegisterredFool

            Yeah, but is the Pope Catholic?

            I’d argue that Socialism and Communism are distinct religions from Christianity, and that if the Pope is Catholic, it is debatable whether Catholicism is Christian.

            • For shame. You are confusing being a Christian with being a good Christian.

              • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

                Then there are people calling themselves Christian with G*d “knowing them not”. 😦

              • BobtheRegisterredFool

                My theological grounding is spectacularly weak.

                My understanding is that Christanity is defined in ways that prevent syncatizing with other faiths. So that so that one cannot be a Christian and a Muslim, or a Christian and a worshiper of the Roman Emperor.

                I might not judge a layman by so strict a standard, but the man is apparently a trained priest? Would a de jure Pope who prayed to Mecca five times a day, or who carried out the characteristic sacrificial worship of Moloch still necessarily count as a Christian, if a bad one?

                • Definitionally, the Pope is Catholic; what is open to question is whether the Pope is catholic.

                • On the other hand, anyone who thus apostatizes, and then repents, does not get rebaptized to return, showing he has not erased the original baptism that made him Christian.

            • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

              Getting into Theology here? 😉

              Since the Pope is head of the Roman Catholic Church, he is assumed to be Catholic.

              Now a given Pope may hold un-Catholic or un-Christian beliefs. 😦

              As for Catholic equaling Christian, unless I have reasons to think otherwise, I equate the two alone with the idea that “not-Catholic doesn’t equal non-Christian”. 😀

              • BobtheRegisterredFool

                I didn’t really mean to.

                From an outside perspective, I’ve no investment the Pope being inherently Catholic. I’m not in charge of defining Catholic, or policing the definition.

                The “is Catholicism Christian” was meant as “subset or intersecting sets”, not as “subset or non-intersecting sets”. (If Catholicism is a superset of Christianity, I am deeply in error.)

                If the current Pope is a zealot committed to a non-Christian faith, that alters calculations of the amount of external force required to change the teachings of the Catholic Church. If he is as a Christian, a worldly man vulnerable to worldly pressure, things look much more affordable.

                Looking at the Catholic church through a secular lens, pronouncements on border policy could be seen as resembling a provocation. If the Pope will fold to pressure, what is the needed level of pressure?

                Plus maybe some of the usual worldbuilding questions about how far one could go with a hypothetical future Pope and still have the Pope count as Catholic.

                • [W]orldbuilding questions about how far one could go with a hypothetical future Pope and still have the Pope count as Catholic.

                  Pretty far, so long as it is toward the Left. The CofE has had its head renounce pretty much all elements of Christianity, and the Episcopal Church’s tolerance of the views advocated by (now retired) Bishop John Shelby Spong indicate the US Mainstream will tolerate abandonment of all recognition of the Divine if the movement is sufficiently supportive of Liberal dogma.

                  I think Col. Kratman has had some observations on this, as well.

                  I don’t know whether a Pope could go Full Medici, but if that entails endorsement of Transi Doctrine I wouldn’t call it unbelievable.