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September 2019

MsWas's Message Corner

Greetings Cannonballers,

Hope everyone's surviving through back to school and end of summer goings on. We've got #CannonBookClub at the end of this week - did you read a Sherlock Holmes adaptation? I shared a great adaptation last month, but if you're looking for a short but weird adaptation, check out the short story parody by John Lennon (yes, the Beatle), "The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield", available online at The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia. Lennon read a bunch of Holmes stories over a few weeks in Tahiti and then came up with the parody. You can catch him speaking about it briefly in this clip from a 1968 BBC interview.

I'm also working on a new look for the website for next year, so if you have any suggestions or comments on the current site, drop me a line!

Take care and Happy Reading!

Q&A with a Cannonballer: Fiat.Luxury

When you're feeling stressed or sad, what author, series, or genre helps you feel better? Why? 

This is hard -- I think just reading in general makes me feel better. If I had to choose, I'd say sci-fi, something that gets off this planet and far away from whatever my current situation is. I come back to reality feeling a little removed and refreshed, with a better perspective. In my last funk, I read The Freeze Frame Revolution, and it was a great tonic for my ills.


See what else Fiat.Luxury has to say »


CBR Bingo


The Bingoers are almost to 500 reviews already! You guys are amazing. Be sure to tag your posts with cbr11bingo (no quotes, no hashtags, no spaces) to make sure you get the credit, and check the September check-in post to make sure your numbers match. You can always email or jump into the comments on a recap post if you have questions.



The A Study in Scarlet #CannonBookClub was a lot of fun, and the Remix #CannonBookClub is shaping up to be a hoot as well. Read any adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story, then join us this Friday and Saturday, September 20-21. Discussion topics and questions are up, so you can start your pondering early!


National Library Card Sign-up Month

Happy National Library Card Sign-up Month! Since 99.9% of Cannonballers likely already have a library card (or two or three), take this month to peer pressure your friends, neighbors, co-workers, children, and relatives to patronize their local library! Remember, libraries can be so much more than books (although that's the best part). I recently learned that my local library lets you check out passes to national parks! 

Banned Books Week

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week (and all the time, really!) September 22-28. You can read one of 2018's 10 most challenged books, or go retro like Tennessee and read a wholesome classic like Harry Potter. Perfect Bingo fodder!


Pajiban Authors

The Pajiba writers aren’t the only writers in these parts. Debcapsfan enjoyed fellow Pajiban, Peter Vonder Haar’s debut novel, Lucky Town. A brother and sister P.I. team investigate their brother’s disappearance. It's listed as his first novel and the first in a series, so we can continue to support Peter for many moons. Congratulations, Peter! 

Uncategorized option getting demoted


Small update to the review process: if you don't select one of the categories, it will now default to Fiction rather than Uncategorized. This will help clean up our more than 1,000 uncategorized reviews, and hopefully make searching easier for those looking for something specific. You can always go back in and edit a category, if it shouldn't be listed as Uncategorized, or Fiction. And always remember to tag, categorize, and rate your reviews! 


Did you know we're on Pinterest now? We're at with Library Love, Book Club, Reading and CBR Review Boards and more. If you're interested in helping out the CBR volunteers as we pin our heart on our sleeves, please contact Mswas.


It's time for another donation to the American Cancer Society. Thanks for all your clicks, donations, and good vibes. We have now raised $325 to kick cancer's butt in 2019!

Stuff We're Reading

Sorry Pal, That’s Politics: Jake's review of The Coyotes of Carthage

Feb 27, 2021 02:04 pm
Why is it so hard to write decent political fiction? Can someone answer that question for me, please? There’s a glut of mystery, romance and science fiction novels. Why is it so hard to write about politics? Is it just because we often read for escapism, and politics is part of what we are trying to escape? Perhaps. But given the drama, high stakes, and many opinions contained in stories about politics, I don’t understand why it isn’t a more fertile ground for fiction. Steven […]
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In many ways, this is every bit as important to speculative fiction as The Lord of the Rings: ingres77's review of A Princess of Mars

Feb 27, 2021 11:27 am
Born in 1875, Edgar Rice Burroughs worked a number of odd jobs until, at the age of 35, he decided to pick up writing. Recalling in 1929 that, “if people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines, that I could write stories just as rotten.” So, in 1911, he started writing what would go on to become A Princess of Mars, the first book in his Barsoom series. Shortly thereafter, he would go on to create Tarzan – […]
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BOOM and BUST in Dublin: jormis's review of The Commitments

Feb 27, 2021 10:34 am
Like many others I was totally taken by the sheer force of a movie that was The Commitments back in 1991. Maybe it was the story about a band – soul music never sounded so good on a silver screen. Or perhaps due to living in Edinburgh at the time: I was practically almost next door to Dublin where The Commitments was happening. At least, it felt like it, coming from the early 1990s Finland, after the Cold War, after the collapse of Soviet Union, Finland […]
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Urban Blues: Jake's review of Paper Gods, Violent Spring

Feb 26, 2021 09:24 pm
I read two great gritty urban mystery reads this past week. Both uniquely told in their own way but both addressing the politics and social systems of Atlanta and Los Angeles respectively in a way that I found compelling… Paper God (TW and minor spoiler: Book has a trans character in which a threat of violence is implied and a tragic love story is involved. Nothing happens to them but it’s also not the most trans-positive story) I’ve read a lot about Atlanta this past […]
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Like a tumescent Ronald Reagan on the fourth of July: ingres77's review of The Rider of Lost Creek

Feb 26, 2021 07:45 pm
Growing up, my dad had a sizable collection of books written by Louis L’Amour. They were all part of a matching set, with brown leatherette covers (hey, you can still buy them). I always liked the look of them, taking up the bottom shelf of the family bookcase. For a while, in my teens, I blew through them, and remember finding them enjoyable. This time? Not so much. Louis L’Amour published 100 novels and over 250 short stories in his long career, and is as […]
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