Justin Gorhum

Justin Gorhum is a mechanical engineer currently residing in Houston, Texas with his beautiful wife.He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Justin enjoys reading the classics of the western canon and writing
poetry and fiction. When not pursuing literary interests or working, he likes to spend his time going to the opera, hiking and camping, working with his parish ACTS team, and dating his wonderful wife.

Book Reviews by Justin Gorhum

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The Lands Beyond the Moon

“You will come to many forks and might have to make decisions along the way, but never forget: keep to the right!”

            In his novel, The Lands Beyond the Moon, R. W. Schmidt weaves a tale full of adventure in a far off land. Reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, Schmidt takes us into a world of magic and allegory--a land with sentient critters, towering castles, and clear Christian allusions. Just like Lewis’ Narnia however, the lands that lie beyond the Mountains of the Moon are not at peace an...

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Knew Too Much is a collection of short mystery stories all involving the eponymous character, Horne Fisher. Throughout the tales we observe Fisher stumbling upon a crime scene and using his wit and powers of observation to identify a suspect and spell out a motive. The journalist, Harold March, accompanies Fisher in many of these stories as his traveling companion and serves as the ends of the narrative exposition when Fisher identifies the criminal. However, as readers will note, the excessively connected and informed Fisher is often powerless to expose the crimes in the open...

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The Death of Virgil

            Hermann Broch’s, The Death of Virgil, is a modernist masterpiece that draws us into a fictionalization of the final living hours of the Roman poet and composer of the Aeneid, Virgil, who died in Brundisium in the year 19 B.C. Heavily wielding stream of consciousness techniques, fantastic surrealist imagery, and unconventional sentence structures (some of which last for pages), Broch steeps us in the mind of Virgil and allows us to experience the fictionalized historical passing first hand. The novel’s plot plays out as if we...

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