I’ve had a pretty good year of discovery here on Cannonball Read. I’ve encountered new authors who wrote books that deeply touched me (Colleen Oakley, Emily St. John Mandel, Peter Heller, Frederick Backman), rediscovered old favorites, explored new worlds opened by trusted authors (Andy Weir and John Scalzi), and been forced to reconcile with my own failures and limitations (Columbine, Chimamanda Ngozi, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Alexander). But there are a handful of books that really stand out, and they aren’t always the best, despite the […]
The third book in the series, we get more information and insight from our semi-adventurers, as well as from some new characters. Newly added to our cast is Elora, an experienced Rogue, along with a priest of Grumble and Silas, a clerk in the Hall of Adventurers. While the majority of the story stays with our main group, we do see what is going on with the others as well. There are some heavy themes in this story, and some heavy consequences. We delve […]
I feel kind of bad that I’m not doing justice to this book in this review, purely because I read it in July and I’m trying to write the review in December. I wrote the reviews of the first and third books close to when I finished them, but this one slipped by. I think I was in a rush to get to the next one, or something. Oops. After escaping their home kingdom, our group of Adventurers moves on in search of, well, something. […]
This was the first Drew Hayes book I read (well, listened to) and it’s the one that got me hooked. Honestly, going in I didn’t have very high expectations. I just scrolled through my library options and tried to pick something that wouldn’t waste my time, and even if it did, I could move on. I was pleasantly surprised! I don’t play D&D (Dungeons & Dragons for the less nerdy), but I do have passing knowledge of some of the elements. Not having that base […]
So, this is the second time I’ve received an ARC and am reading and posting my review after the publication date. Oops. To be fair, I kept looking for this one in my email, but I somehow missed it. But then I found it, so here we go! Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say is an anthology of short stories all about Mrs. Claus. So, perfect for the holiday season! Rhonda Parrish was inspired by an ad she saw about a non-traditional Mrs. […]
I totally get it. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Ready Player One, and now that I’ve devoured it, I am here to validate the crap out of that hype. I have so many questions about this book. It checks a lot of boxes for popular YAish fiction: not-very-far-in-the-future dystopia, evil corporation as bad guy, poor underdog from the slums as hero, lots of CGI opportunity in the event of an inevitable film adaptation, action, adventure, adolescent love, pack of unlikely friends surprised […]
Thank you so much to Bunnybean for these books. I’m very excited to read both of them! One I’ve been eyeing for months (I squealed when I saw The Whole Art of Detection–I’m really on a Sherlock Holmes kick right now, which is a bit of an understatement, actually), and one was a happy surprise. Who can say no to Pride & Prejudice plus dragons? Not me. This book exchange is the best tradition.
Cannonball! Reading the Harry Potter series this time felt different than past times. I’m several years older than I was last time I read them, and this time I was reading them not just for fun, but to review for CBR (it makes a difference, I’ve found. . .). It’s also a time in American history when reading about the fight against the Death Eaters and their focus on purebloods is a little more uncomfortable than it has been in the past (I am not […]