I apparently started this draft on 11/21 — time to catch up! (4 stars) Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results by Josh Gondelman I can’t figure out where I heard about this book — I thought it was on CBR but I can’t find any reviews. Anyway, I’d never heard of Josh Gondelman before picking up this book, but he turns out he’s damn funny. He used to write for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and also created the SeinfeldToday Twitter account back in 2012. Gondelman is a self-described nice guy, but not in a neck-beard […]
Thank you Dome Loki for my first Jemisin novel and the adorable pin! I will wear it proudly!
I feel a little bad this review, because these are excellent novels that deserve more than the fly-by treatment I’m about to give them. But I read these months ago, and I’m barely managing to accomplish a half Cannonball this year because writing reviews just isn’t happening for me lately. I have had the Dublin Murder Squad books on my TBR for some time, prompted by the positive reviews of many Cannonballers. Amusingly (to myself), putting the series out of mind for several years led to me completely forgetting what they actually were by the time I got them from […]
After the fact, I described this book to my sister as “The whole book, from a certain perspective, is full indictment of modern capitalism” (at the time I was hung up on the single sentence anecdote that a billionaire investor shrugged off his $100 million loss as a tax write off, so I was in full EAT THE RICH mode). The summation, while slightly cavalier, is also not wrong. Unfettered, unregulated capitalism is what allowed Theranos to thrive for nearly a decade, bilking hundreds of millions of dollars from people who somehow had that to spare (and didn’t want to use […]
Many thanks to the AWESOME Jen K for my lovely Book Exchange gift – a great book spine infinity scarf to keep me cozy while reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris.
This YA novel is a familiar sort of adventure, but in a new a refreshing setting. It hits all the right beats and turns in the story in an efficient and effective manner. I don’t know about anyone else, but I knew what I was getting into when I picked this one up, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it also means the experience of the read itself falls squarely in the middle-of-the-road for me. Labyrinth Lost follows the story of teenage Alejandra (Alex), the middle-sister in a family of brujas in Brooklyn. She is about to have […]
Probably over 20-years ago now, I found a book called Speak. It was one of those books that kicked you in the face, butt and anyplace else that was exposed. Twenty years ago, sex was not really mainstream in young adult novels yet, and for sure rape was not even thought about let alone mentioned or written about. Then came Speak. I always said it was not a book about rape. I mean it is but there is so much more to it. It is about the fact the students are not speaking to her, her parents are not speaking […]
I am a sucker for books that take aim a privilege, even in such a fantastical way. Our main character, Alex, is an underdog lifted out of a drug den in California and transplanted into the hallowed halls of Yale so of course the bad guys are the privileged white dudes (and occasional lady). Even if they aren’t the specific overall bad buy, they’re all exposed to like really super suck in some way or another. Reading this book came with a nice side of schadenfreude. Ninth House takes place at modern-day Yale where Skull & Bones isn’t just a real […]