(Every week I add new titles to CCLaP's ever-growing "to-read" list, mostly through the free library monitoring service Wowbrary.com; and now thanks to a reader's suggestion, I share that list of new additions each week here at the blog as well, including brief descriptions of why I added them to my list. For the entire reading list including its hundreds and hundreds of titles, visit either CCLaP's Goodreads.com profile or its Amazon wish list.)
Imagining Mars, by Robert Crossley
A scholarly history of all the literature over the centuries set on Mars, and how all of them really say a lot more about their own times and places than anything about the future or neighboring planets. Sounds fascinating; let's hope it's not disappointing.
Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel, by David Goodberg
An entire anthology of short stories all based around the coming disasters that will likely accompany the time-traveling tourist industry in the future, many of them apparently absurdist and funny based on the book's cover and jacket copy. I usually stay away from story collections, but this sounds right up my alley.
The False Friend, by Myla Goldberg
I was a huge fan of Goldberg's surprisingly demented The Bee Season, a much darker and weirder book than its embrace by suburban soccer moms would make it seem; and now here's her latest, which presents as its eerie premise only the idea of two eleven-year-old girls walking into the woods one day, just one of them coming back out, and this book being the story of what happened, told twenty years later from the perspective of the one who survived, and who is battling over which of her memories are true and which have been the products of dreams, time, and other people's interpretations.
Heaven Is Small, by Emily Schultz
A slacker and failed writer dies, barely noticing until he's assigned a new job as a romance writer at the Heaven Publishing Company, where over time he comes to suspect that he's actually in Limbo and must make up for his snotty Gen-X sins in order to get out. How can I pass that up?!
The Correspondence Artist, by Barbara Browning
The latest by the great small press Two Dollar Radio, the story of a woman having an affair with an acclaimed artist, telling us about it via tale but needing to keep his identity secret, so making up a whole series of other bizarre alternative lovers so that we'll never know which is real, dense and poetic just like all the other titles from this impressive publisher. I'm looking forward to this one.