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Q&A with a Cannonballer: our own book club maven faintingviolet!

 

How many times have you participated in CBR?

My first Cannonball was in 2012 for CBR4, so five years. I had been a lurker on Pajiba for about two years and I finally got up the courage to sign up. I'm so glad I did, I love our little community. 

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Next #CannonBookClub: Count of Monte Cristo



The book club is returning to its roots with Classics, to be discussed on December 1. Voters chose The Count of Monte Cristo, which sounds very exciting but is also pretty long. There are abridged and audio versions for those of us who don't read at the speed of a wild badkittyuno. 
 


Pajiba Love taking requests



If you see something especially funny, snarky, poignant, true, or otherwise wonderful you think should be spotlighted (spotlit?) in our CBR section of Pajiba Love and/or social media, let MsWas know.
 



Is it that time already?



Believe it or not, it's already time to start thinking about Cannonball Read Nine. Thank you all for your continued reading, reviewing, participating, commenting, and general fantasticness this year. Any feedback, suggestions, requests for additions or changes next year
 


 

Books are special all the time, but especially special now 

According to the National Book Foundation, October is National Book Month. Their website lists book club fiction winners back to 1950, but since winners include Don DeLillo and John Cheever, this English major cannot wholeheartedly stand behind such pretentious nonsense. I like our book club winners much better. A whole month to celebrate books is still cool, though. I suppose even bad books need some love. 

For more good books, the Man Booker Prize for fiction will be announced next week. Have you read any of the nominees? Cannonballers do seem to like Man Booker Prize winners...Hilary Mantel's books have been big hits on the blog. In 2012, Hilary Mantel became the first female writer and first Briton to win the Man Booker Prize twice, so obviously she is CBR catnip.

 


Stacks of stats




Ingres77 continues to be awesome, expanding the monthly stats post to include even more interesting info. Y'all posted 226 reviews in September! And I've only read one of our top ten most reviewed books, which seems like something I should fix. Perhaps I shall read one of those for National Book Month while I pointedly ignore Don DeLillo.

Stuff We're Reading

Some Fencing but More Personal Stuff: CoffeeShopReader's review of Fence Volume Four Rivals

By CoffeeShopReader on Apr 16, 2021 07:33 pm
So there was a YA novel that kind of tells the same story as volume 4 of the graphic novel Fence Volume 4 Rivals; one the one hand, few surprises, on the other, it wasn’t the EXACT same story, just the same kind with similar character development (at least for some characters). I’m reasonably sure the comic series was first, and that the novelization might be by another author. The basic premise is reasonably common: sports story (high school fencing team) + hate/rival to friend/something […]
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The perfection of imperfection: BlackRaven's review of Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence

By BlackRaven on Apr 16, 2021 04:14 pm
Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence is not a perfect book. Which is what makes it interesting and exciting. This is (as the author, Joel Christian Gill, themselves says) a memoir not a biography. These snippets of Joel growing up in Virginia, living in the ‘partments, dealing with bullies (adult and kid) are based on events that happened, people he knew and a little poetic license to move his story along. They take you on a journey of how the author learned how and when […]
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She was all danger, all aerial murder waiting to happen: Emmalita's review of The Jaguar Knight

By Emmalita on Apr 16, 2021 01:31 pm
The Jaguar Knight is the final book in the Ars Numina series, which I see I’ve managed to read and reread, but not review. If you are interested, and why wouldn’t you be, you’re going to want to start with the first book, The Leopard King. This final book in the series completes the arc and provides the emotional payoff set up in the first book. Ars Numina is a series of interconnected stories which over 6 books tell the story of allied societies whose […]
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When The Reporters Become the News: ASKReviews's review of Knife Edge

By ASKReviews on Apr 16, 2021 09:12 am
Best for: People who like thrillers. In a nutshell: In one morning in London the entire seven member investigations team from a national news network is murdered, individually, at knife point. Who did it? And why? Worth quoting: N/A Why I chose it: Paperback sale. Review: Famie is a journalist at IPS in London, and she not too long ago had applied to be a member of the investigations team but lost out on the gig. Lucky for her, because that entire team is murdered […]
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What do Australian spec fic writers do during a pandemic? Make an anthology, of course!: llamareadsbooks's review of Crossed Spaces

By llamareadsbooks on Apr 15, 2021 07:47 pm
I’m always up for an anthology, especially a science fiction one. This is a collection of sixteen short stories by Australian authors. While there were some I didn’t care for, on the whole this was a very enjoyable collection with a few stand-out favorites. Just a note that the only place you seem to be able to buy this is from the publisher’s website. “Traitor” – Geraldine Borella – ★★★. An exploratory mission to determine the habitability of a planet leads one scientist to contemplate […]
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