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Obsidian | 152 comments Tuesday 5/1

Ellepkay is reading a series of romances by Mary Balogh, which has been a bit of a dud. Someone to Wed brought in more of the extended family and won Ellepkay over with its warmth. "The overarching theme throughout the series of family and acceptance was at its peak here, and I loved it." It still doesn't have the smolder she is looking for in Romance, though. How much smolder do you require in Romance? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Wednesday 5/2

"Some books, you read more than once. In this case, I'm going to tell you about three of those." Tragic Sandwich has a trio of books for lovers of books and writing: two from the author of 84 Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff; and Christina Hardyment's Heidi's Alps, a travelogue about her journey with her four daughters through Europe searching for the roots of children's literature. Do you like reading about writers writing? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Thursday 5/3

OG Cannonballer Prisco is back reviewing books for CBR10, but with a twist - he's reviewing books out loud on his Killing My Kindle podcast. In episode 15, Prisco reviews the Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter follow-up, The Last American Vampire, along with a couple of other books and hits his Cannonball with Stuart Woods' Shoot First. He also tells us about giving Christopher Moore the word "douchewaffle". What word would you like to give an author? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Friday 5/4 and Sunday 5/6

New Cannonballer RaePercy picked up Rebel by R.R. Banks because the description was so bad. Unfortunately, it wasn't entertainingly bad. The first person narration is bad - it's a sequence of tropes, and the sexual consent is dubious. "The love wasn't believable and even with the ending I found it all a bit shot-gun-like. Never EVER marry because of the sex." Do you intentionally pick up bad books? Why? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Monday 5/7

As part of celebrating Cannonball Read’s 10th year, one of the best-reviewed books in CBR history was chosen for the next #CannonBookClub: Octavia Butler’s Kindred, a cornerstone of black American literature. Please join the discussion on June 8 & 9. You don’t have to be a Cannonballer to participate. Have you read Kindred? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Tuesday 5/8

As summer beach season approaches, please take a moment to wish the late Peter Benchley a happy birthday. Badkittyuno reviewed Benchley's Jaws for CBR7. "I'm not entirely sure what Spielberg saw in this novel that made him think, 'Yes, we'll turn this into a summer blockbuster — with a brand new ending and about 2/3 of the content removed/changed.'" Have you read Jaws? Did the movie make you want to stay out of the water? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Wednesday 5/9

May is Short Story Month. If you are familiar with the 80's British tv show, Tales of the Unexpected, you probably know that Roald Dahl authored many short stories. "Bringing together decidedly odd landladies, cheating spouses, con artists, social climbers, eavesdroppers and other assorted ne'er-do-wells (plus the occasional innocent party), virtually none of the stories end up where you thought they would and most deliver a large dose of delicious schadenfreude." Do you have a favorite short story author? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Thursday 5/10

Alice Hoffman has been ardaigle's favorite author since she was in her late teens. The book Practical Magic prompted her to read all the Hoffman she could find. She loved the magical realism and the flawed characters. Recently though, she read Skylight Confessions, "Rather than find this story of generations and a fragmented family engaging, I spent most of the time just annoyed." Is it Alice, or has ardaigle grown out of her love of Alice Hoffman? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Friday 5/11

Ale wanted to like Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson so much that she plowed through the difficult first 100 pages. She was amply rewarded in the final 200 pages. "By the time I got to the end of this book, all the confusion and strangeness of the front half made complete sense." How long do you give a book before you give up? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Monday 5/14

Caitlin_D cannonballed on Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists, a novel about four children who are told by a fortune teller the date of each of their deaths. "This story isn't about the fortunes so much as it is a story about how a fortune can manifest in a young person's mind and take on a life of its own." What would you do with your life if you knew how long you would live? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Tuesday 5/15

Walter Mosley says about Kindred, "Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be." This award-winning novel about a modern black woman traveling back in time to the Antebellum South explores themes of love and hate, slavery, and race relations. Won't you join #CannonBookClub on June 8 and 9 to discuss Kindred? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Wednesday 5/16

FakePoppy found it "a pleasure to read a love story about two adults, who are acting as such and not spoiled children." In Roni Loren's The Ones Who Got Away, former classmates and survivors of a tragedy are reunited for a documentary. Olivia and Finn grapple with the lasting impact of surviving while they get to know each other again. Who would you like to see again from your school days? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Thursday 5/17

Sanderson Fatigue - is it a real thing? Shibuyama liked a lot about Brandon Sanderson's first novel, Elantris, but at the end the most they could say was, "Well, that was definitely a Sanderson book." Elantris sets the foundation for the Cosmere, so Shibuyama highly recommends it, but maybe keep some variety in your reading too. (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Friday 5/18 + 5/20

Yifat Shaik has a list of reasons she's pissed off at Bernie Su and Kate Rorik's The Secret Diary Of Lizzie Bennet. It wasn't the worst book she's read, but she found it a lazy bookification of one of the best modern adaptations of Pride And Prejudice - The Diaries Of Lizzie Bennet webseries. "If you like P&P and you are interested in a good modern version of it, watch the web series!" Have you watched the series? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Monday 5/21

Cannonballer xoxoxo e is in a thriller mood, and she has four recommendations that span seven decades - from Agatha Christie's 1939 classic And Then There Were None to Richard Matheson's 2008 short story collection Button, Button: Uncanny Stories. All of the books have been adapted for film or TV. Do you prefer your thriller in print or on the screen? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Tuesday 5/22

Bea Pants loved Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand so much, "I literally found myself sneaking off to read just a little bit more on the Kindle app on my phone." The combination of a crumbling English manor, a mystery, and possible pagan horror gave her a sense of the kind of creeping horror you find in 70's occult films. Do you have a favorite subgenre of horror? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Wednesday 5/23 -

Alphabootoo thought that before she read Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of The Dog, she ought to read the Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat off which Willis riffs in her time travel novel. Three Men in a Boat started amusing but became a slog. However, "To Say Nothing of the Dog is a tangled ball of science fiction, romance, mystery and comedy and it is very good fun. Four stars." Do you feel compelled to read source material? (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Thursday 5/24

Are you a fan of Octavia Butler? Cannonball Read is reading Kindred for #CannonBookClub next month. It's also one of the best reviewed books in Cannonball Read history. CBR encourages everyone to read along and participate in the online discussion on June 8-9. You've got two weeks, and the book's not too long, so pick it up and get reading! (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Friday/Sunday - 5/25 and 5/27

Do you want to say fuck cancer but can't participate in Cannonball Read 10? You can still support CBR's cancer fundraising efforts and look good doing it by buying some of their swanky 10th Anniversary Celebration merch. And if the t-shirts, mugs or totebags don't suit your fancy, you can also donate directly to their cause of sticking it to cancer, one book at a time. (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Tuesday 5/29

Is it possible for the immortal embodiment of Pestilence and a human woman to find a Happily Ever After? Malin wasn't at all sure, but when Laura Thalassa's Pestilence was chosen as the book of the month for the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout, she thought she would check it out. While it was engrossing and well written, she's still uncertain, "it's difficult to really see him as a worthwhile hero - cause you know, genocide." (Cannonball Read 10)


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Obsidian | 152 comments Wednesday 5/30

Lucy Parker has become a favorite among the Cannonball Read kissing book aficionados. Her third book, Making Up was released this week. Three lucky Cannonballers had a chance to review it early. They all found it very good though not a classic, but as alwaysanswerb says, "it's my view that a slightly weaker Lucy Parker is still better than most romances I'm likely to read this year." Have you read one of Parker's contemporary romances yet? (Cannonball Read 10)
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Obsidian | 152 comments 5/31 and Fri 6/1

Do you know the premise of next week's #CannonBookClub choice, Kindred by Octavia Butler? An African American woman is thrown back in time and to ensure her own existence, has to save her slave-owning ancestor. Sound interesting? You've got one week, so get going! To whet your appetite for conversation, check out faintingviolet's discussion topic suggestions, and be sure pop over to the CBR website on June 8-9.


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