I added this to my list after reading Shmecky87’s review earlier this year. It was SO GOOD. I read during breakfast, I read through my lunch break, I read through breaks and way past bedtimes. It starts off light, a quick and easy read, and then it just grips you and doesn’t let go. It starts off a little eye-rolly. I wasn’t going to read first-person dude stories anymore, but Nolan grew on me pretty quickly. He and his small band of YouTubers have a web show (The Anomaly Files) about creepy and/or unexplained things. They never find anything, but they […]
It’s nearly impossible to read this book and not compare it to Hitchhiker’s Guide, and I don’t know how to give it a fair review without those thoughts tumbling around in my head. This was an interesting, fun read…but NOTHING is going to come out on top when you compare it to Hitchhiker. Humans are just getting close enough to attempting space travel to make the rest of the universe nervous, so they have to compete in the universal sentience test or risk total destruction. This test takes the form of a kind of intergalactic Eurovision-style battle of the bands, […]
I’ve been in a bit of a fantasy slump lately, and I must admit I was a little worried when I got this in last year’s Cannonball Book Exchange. It was a lovely thoughtful gift – what if I didn’t like it?? Thankfully, it appears my slump may be over, because I enjoyed it immensely. Kell is an Antari – a person with powerful magic in a world where magic is not as plentiful as it once was. There are four worlds, and four Londons, each with varying levels of available magic and niceness. He lives in Red London, with […]
Several people who filled out our previous newsletter survey suggested author Q&As. What better way to start than with a homegrown CBR author?* How many times have you participated in CBR? I have been a part of Cannonball since CBR3. Has it changed the way you read? It’s made me feel part of a community – and I love the idea of so many of us reading, reading, reading for such a great cause – and sharing opinions. I’m all about opinions. I also like reading other Cannonballer reviews – of books or genres I might not have considered reading […]
I admit I have a problem with objectivity. I love Rutger Hauer, and I know people think his movies are terrible, but I watch and love them anyway. (Although even I recognize that Hobo with a Shotgun is WRETCHED.) Sometimes my lack of objectivity makes it hard to write a review, though! I liked John Dies at the End, I loved This Book is Full of Spiders, and I enjoyed Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. I am a David Wong fan. So! I’m pretty sure I liked this, but I’m not sure it was actually good. John and David (this is […]
Another used bookstore sci-fi stinker! This one had the bones of a good story, but did not live up to its potential. Two-year-old Tristan and his mother flee from some bad guys during an interstellar war, get menaced by some unfriendly aliens who are taking sides in the war, and then flee some more. The end up on Gan, taken in by the locals. Tristan is raised by the Gan, hunting and learning alongside his Gan brother Pulou. Gan are very hairy and have some kind of berserker mode where “someone always dies,” which you think would show up as […]
This is kind of a weird one, y’all! The previous Answerer gets to nominate the next Cannon Fodder Q&Aer, and Ellesfena picked…me! So MsWas and her merry band turned the tables on me this time. Thanks to the CBR helpers for coming up with the below questions.
To make a story about unlikeable characters work, I think either the writing has to be astounding, or the mystery has to be super-engrossing. This book, told in two timelines, has whiny bratty characters, decent writing, and an aggravating, strung-out-too-long mystery. Sigh. Young Karen is a semi-uptight college student, rooming with the popular girls and having a vanilla life. Then she meets Biba, a hippie aspiring actress, and her brother Rex, who serves as sort of a safety net/babysitter for his wild child sister. Karen is instantly taken in by the pair, and abandons her entire life to move in […]