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Q&A with a Cannonballer: our own Sultan of Stats, ingres77, takes a turn

 

How many times have you participated in CBR?

This will be my third year. I was a long time lurker on Pajiba, and remembered the original Cannonball with Alabama Pink. But the amount of reading I did had nose-dived after college, so I never signed up. I took a job in 2014 that allows me to listen to audiobooks, so I signed up the next year – and here we are. I’m back to physically reading books, too, by the way.

As a reader, writer, and all-around word person, I am suspicious of/impressed by your skill with numbers. How did you get into the whole stats thing? Are you one of those lucky (ahem, weird) people who can use both halves of their brain?

I don't know that I'm particularly proficient with numbers. But I've always been fascinated with information, in all its varieties. I used to troll through baseball statistics, and I've always made databases of things I collected or was interested in. In college, for instance, I wanted to construct a database of all life, past and present, so I could get a better idea of how organisms evolved and promulgated across the globe...

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June 14 #CannonBookClub: Nonfiction can be fun



On June 14, the next #CannonBookClub will convene to discuss Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies by Hadley Freeman. Watch the blog for faintingviolet's always-thoughtful discussion questions, and reviews from your co-Cannonballers. 

 

No pressure

 

 
Life is busy, and we here at #CBR9 would like to reassure you that Cannonball is supposed to be fun! Currently, I have at least four books that I've finished and not reviewed, and often it's more than that. FyreHaar came up with a clever name for that feeling you get when you're ready to ignore the backlog of books and start anew: Review Bankruptcy. She shared this brilliant concept in our Facebook group, and MsWas approves. You don't have to review every single book you read. If you can't think of anything to say, or you have final papers due, or if your kid has pneumonia, feel free to declare Review Bankruptcy and start your to-do list with whatever you're currently reading (or the one after that, or the one after that...). There, feel better now?

 


One of our own making good

 


Some of you may know him as Cannonballer sabian30, some of you may know him as my dad, but Amazon knows him as an actual published author. I thoroughly enjoyed Dad's Sara's Station, and even tried to be a little objective in my review (don't think I succeeded). 
 


You have to share the spotlight, Dad

 
 
On June 15, Sistercoyote (aka Jo Gerrard) will have a story published in the anthology Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier. Melanir took advantage of a free book offer and gave it four stars. Pre-order the Kindle version of Lawless Lands with our CBR affiliate link. Congratulations, Jo/sistercoyote! 
 

 

CBR Style Tips: Let your creativity shine with review titles

 
Including the title of the book in your review is a given, but you should also make sure to include a title for the review. It can be descriptive ("Girl meets boy, plot thickens"), judgmental ("This book was a living, tortuous hell"), or whatever you like. If you put in a title, but it doesn't show up when you hit Publish, let MsWas know.  
 

 

Do your part to usher graduates into the literary world

 


May is graduation season, and everybody knows books make the best presents. This list has some suggestions. If you forgive the totally-cliche Oh, The Places You'll Go, it actually has some interesting stuff further down (including Neil Gaiman!)
 

Stuff We're Reading

Tomorrow all his youth, his Russia, was coming back to him again.: vel veeter reviews Mary

May 18, 2017 10:52 am
Something has been lost in the inter-connectivity of the modern world. The distances that used to separate us physically, created emotional gulfs that also separated us. One of the strongest themes in Lonesome Dove is how the actual physical size and landscape of the American West created this kind of emotional distance. Even yesterday as my girlfriend and I were having an unofficial anniversary dinner, we got on the topic of the weeks and months leading up to our meeting three years ago. This isn’t an artificial anniversary for us, merely that we don’t have a specific date. And because it’s […]
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Hello darkness, my old friend: Malin reviews White Witch, Black Curse

May 17, 2017 07:41 pm
3.5 stars This is book seven in an ongoing series. Not the place to start. The review will also contain spoilers for earlier books in the series. Begin with Dead Witch Walking, if you’re interested. For someone who was really rather sceptical to anything but earth magic, considering even layline magic a bit suspect at the beginning of this series, independent runner (think supernatural private detective/bounty hunter) Rachel Morgan has sure come a long way. Now she’s not only a fairly adept layline witch, but her blood (thanks to a rare genetic abnormality) can kindle demon magic and because of […]
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A YA retelling of You’ve Got Mail that’s much better than the film, in my opinion: Malin reviews Alex, Approximately

May 17, 2017 05:51 pm
4.5 stars Bailey “Mink” Rydell and “Alex” have been chatting on a movie message board for months and both absolutely love classic movies. They have hit it off to the point where “Alex” invites “Mink” to his hometown to come see North by Northwest at an outdoor screening on the beach at the annual film festival being arranged in Coronado Cove. Bailey’s parents got divorced a few years back, and now that Bailey’s mother seems to be divorcing her new husband as well, Bailey has chosen to go stay with her father, who coincidentally lives in the same little surfer town […]
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Skip One, Read the Other, Discover Flirting Via Clockworks: faintingviolet reviews Seduce Me at Sunrise, Tempt Me at Twilight (Hathaways #2 & 3)

May 17, 2017 05:29 pm
Summary: Kleypas’ has the goods but Seduce Me at Sunrise is a two star book that someone who is not a completist could easily avoid and Tempt Me at Twilight is five star awesomeness. Actual review: I was told, repeatedly, not to read Seduce Me at Sunrise, otherwise known as the Win and Merripen book. I swear I was listening, but then someone mentioned that there were several Amelia and Cam scenes in the book worth seeking out. So… I checked it out along with the book I meant to read, Tempt Me at Twilight, and got to skimming. More of […]
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Pretty writing hides a lot…: octothorp reviews Saturday

May 17, 2017 02:28 pm
Oh, do I wish some other authors could write like McEwan; I’ve read so many books with poorly executed plots or glimmers of a good idea rendered inert by flat prose. I often joke of my favorite authors that I’d read the phone book if it had their name on the cover, but I didn’t expect to be taken up on it the way McEwan does with Saturday. So, that’s perhaps unfair; things DO happen in the book. It outlines the beginning of the weekend for a prominent British neurosurgeon, and the ways in which his benevolent arrogance affects his […]
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