Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

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Robert’s #CBR4 Review #14: This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong

For all the enjoyment I got out of John Dies at the End, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it didn’t work as a novel. There were three very different episodes held together by a reporter framing device and the presence of a mysterious drug with inter-dimensional properties. It was funny, but the novel killed its momentum each time the story shifted to something completely different.

This Book is Full of Spiders by David WongI am happy to report that This Book is Full of Spiders, David Wong’s sequel to John Dies at the End, is unquestionably a novel. The clear three act structure exists, but it actually serves the telling of a single story. It’s funny, disturbing, and clever without any cohesion problems.

David and John have gone on many adventures in [Undisclosed] since their first run in with Soy Sauce. Surprisingly, it was calm, rational David that wound up in a courtroom after shooting a pizza delivery boy in the chest with a crossbow. Now he has to attend sessions with a court appointed psychiatrist who knows how to push his buttons. Read more…

Jen K’s #CBR4 Review #31: The Girl With No Shadow

The Girl With No Shadow is an odd sequel – generally, probably a good book but pales in comparison to Chocolat and sets a very different tone.  There are also elements that seem more inspired by the film than by the novel.

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