This is going to be a tough review to write. First off, I loved it, and I find those reviews difficult. Second, it’s another big Culture novel from Iain M. Banks, and as I found last year with Matter, it’s hard to distill everything into a brief review. I’ll do my best on both counts, but I’ll just start with this: for anyone who loves hard science fiction in general and space opera in particular, the Culture novels are the absolute best I’ve read. Surface Detail begins with a murder. Lededje is one of the Intagliated, intricately tattooed inside and […]
In my family, we use the term “bear” to denote a particular kind of person. Not everyone is a bear, though it’s certainly not something to engender jealousy. A bear is born a bear. Bears are dear people, sensitive souls, kind humans bordering on empaths. Bears are loyal, if not perhaps a little clannish at times. Bears may seem fierce in their daily lives, intimidating to some due to their great-big hearts which drive their great-big goals. But underneath the teeth and fluff lies an oh-so-squishy hyoomun, one who prefers a snack and a snooze next to their favorite bear […]
First of all I have read this book more times than I can count, literally. I know I’ve read this first one at least twelve times because that’s how many copies of it I own, but that is a gross underestimate because many of those copies I have read multiple times (especially the battered paperback I still have from 1999). I also used to re-read every year, and every time a new book in the series came out, so I’ve read this one the most. My OCD is crying inside because I didn’t keep track of what books I read and how […]
It’s that time of year – wrap-up time! Submit your three best and one worst books of the year below. Include the link to your post so people can get to your review. If you have something you must say about any of the books, add your comment. Submission time for Best/Worst of CBR11 is closed. Watch for our yearly wrap-up post on Pajiba. To see the choices we made in years past, visit our Updates page.
Throwback Thursday Bingo Square. Goodreads tells me I first read Garden Spells in 2010. (Or maybe that’s when I first signed up for Goodreads, who knows?) Either way, it was a while back. But I’ve been in transition again (in two houses, in different rooms now in each house), so I’ve been moving a lot of my things, packing others up for storage and (painfully) whittling back my bookcases, for space reasons, and the “keeper book” criteria was as stringent as I could manage (which is to say, not exceptionally stringent.) Still, when I picked up Garden Spells in my sorting […]
Hello Lovely Cannonballers, did you read A Wrinkle in Time? Did you comment on our Book Club post? Did you see the movie? (I didn’t read the book, did see the movie, and I have *thoughts*). Most importantly, are you ready for two more book clubs this year? As we celebrate our tenth anniversary we asked you to vote in two categories, a well-reviewed Cannonball book (10 or more reviews and an average Cannonballer rating higher than 4.6) and something that AlabamaPink read during the first Cannonball Read. You made your voices heard, and we’re happy to announce that Friday and Saturday, […]