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Q&A with a Cannonballer: ElCicco up to bat

 

How many times have you participated in CBR?

I started with CBR4! So this is my 6th year, which is hard to believe. Time flies when you're reading. I used to see Pajiba posts in my FB feed and especially enjoyed the book reviews. I thought it would be good for me to write about the books I read because I'd seen an article about warding off dementia by keeping your brain active with reading and writing. So far so good!

Has being a participant changed the way you read? If so, how?

I think so. I've branched out more with genres. I read more sci-if and fantasy than I used to, and thanks to Cannonballers, I've been turned on to writers like Rainbow Rowell and classics like Three Men In a Boat.

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#CannonBookClub



On March 8, book clubbers came together to discuss Indra Das's The Devourers. Most of us didn't seem to love this one, but it led to some interesting discussion nonetheless. Up next: nonfiction. Voting will be April 12. Stay tuned!
 


 

Authors getting involved



Our fan mail page has been getting a workout lately, with authors commenting on reviews and responding on Twitter. In a new wrinkle, however, author Maria Murnane contacted MsWas about a review Classic wrote of a Sophia Kinsella book. Classic had given the book three stars and an eye roll, and Murnane wanted to send Classic an advanced reader copy (ARC) of one of her own works to see if she fared any better. The prolific Classic, however (89 reviews already), was already a fan of Murnane's and had read all of her works. Her gamble panned out: four stars!

You may have noticed CBR reviews with a disclaimer that the reader received an ARC in exchange for a review, which is not a guarantee that it'll be a favorable review. Goodreads and NetGalley have some information about becoming an ARC reader, if you're interested.

Interesting to find out that authors are not only checking up on our opinions about their books but scoping out the competition as well! It's all connected.
 



Reading can be #social



The Cannonball Read Instagram page is becoming more and more robust, thanks to creative efforts to include photos in so many reviews. There are featured photos and links and comments, so feel free to join in the conversation, visually or otherwise. If you need help adding a picture to a review, check out the handy-dandy FAQ

 
 

CBR Style Tips: indenting



Rules we learned as wee nerds are so hard to unlearn, aren't they? It took me eons before I fully embraced the single space between sentences; it just felt wrong. Another tough habit to break is indenting. What was once a hard and fast word processing rule is now a dinosaur, replaced by a space between paragraphs.

According to Practical Typography, "First-line indents and space between paragraphs have the same relationship as belts and suspenders. You only need one to get the job done. Using both is a mistake." So come, join us in rampantly neglecting our Tab keys, and leave the indenting to the typewriters.
 


 

Pick the five weirdest objects on your desk...



Which would be the most creative bookmarks? This Ask a Librarian post asks "What’s the most interesting, memorable, or just plain weird thing you’ve found in a library book?" I'm sure there are numerous used bookstore-devotees in the Cannon Fodder audience - what's the weirdest thing you've found (or left yourself) in a book? Let us know! #CannonballBookmark

 



Stuff We're Reading

Try not to be too crabby that this does not come out until August: BlackRaven's review of Crabapple Trouble

Feb 25, 2020 03:39 pm
Due to the cover of Crabapple Trouble I was worried this might be some really bad acid trip. That fear continued when, I noticed heads did not always meet body in the illustrations and later, heads literally roll away after “popping off” of their bodies. I am assuming kids will be okay with Kaeti VanDorn’s realistic-abstract-unique characters which hare sentient fruits and vegetables. But I can see some adults being unnerved by them. After all, the characters are Farmers which technically farm themselves (the lemon […]
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Emerald Green is the junk food of books and I must learn to stop eating potato chips when I want a meal: pixiestyx's review of Emerald Green

Feb 25, 2020 01:33 pm
I never read any of the Twilight series, but I think my feelings about the Ruby Red/Precious Gemstones trilogy are pretty similar to many of friends’ feelings about Twilight. The books aren’t good but I can’t stop reading them. I’m glad the series is over so I can’t keep shame-reading them.  Emerald Green is the final chapter of the Ruby Red/Precious Gemstones trilogy. Accidental time-traveler Gwyneth Shepherd and her on-again off-again boyfriend/time traveler companion Gideon de Villiers have been tasked by the Guardians and the […]
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Station Eleven isn’t what I thought it’d be, but it’s good at what it is: pixiestyx's review of Station Eleven

Feb 25, 2020 12:58 pm
Station Eleven is the tale of a group survivors of a flu pandemic that kills 99.9% of the world’s population. The story alternates between the characters’ points of views, covering their lives from ten years before the pandemic to twenty years after. Unbeknownst to the survivors, they are connected by events and people from their pre-pandemic lives.  The book begins with the death of Arthur Leander as he performs King Lear. Paramedic Jeevan Chaudhary tries unsuccessfully to save Arthur’s life. Child actress Kirsten Raymond’s is […]
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I rather not, but thanks all the same: BlackRaven's review of I Hate Reading: How to Read When You’d Rather Not

Feb 25, 2020 11:24 am
I Hate Reading: How to Read When You’d Rather Not seemed like it was going to have a lot of potential for “I cannot put this down!” and “Look how fun reading is!” moments. Perhaps because I am a reader and not Beth Bacon’s young sons (Arthur and Henry who have been reluctant readers in the past) who helped her to write this let us say, we are not amused. This book is to help reluctant readers read but to me it seems like it […]
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Too Cool For School: Jake's review of Shortcut Man

Feb 25, 2020 11:05 am
You know a book you read and enjoy while acknowledging it’s not that good? I’m not talking about a “guilty pleasure” read, a term I’ve always found to be condescending anyway. I’m talking about something that you know is probably not well-written but it meshes with your taste and you wind up enjoying it? That’s how I feel about p.g. sturges’ (sic) Shortcut Man. sturges writes in an absurdist, Chuck Palahniuk-esque style that I don’t often enjoy. And he has no running plot, rather a series […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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