April 8, 2011

New to the Reading List: 8 April 2011

(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.)

Blind Sight

Blind Sight, by Meg Howrey

Sounds like an interesting if not simple character-based novel: teenage boy, raised in a bohemian all-female environment, spends the summer before his senior year in Los Angeles with the film-producer dad he never knew, causing all kinds of interesting coming-of-age complications in his life.

Satan's Sisters

Satan's Sisters: A Novel Work of Fiction, by Star Jones

"Hey, isn't that that kiss-and-tell story by that former host of The View, which supposedly dishes out all kinds of trash about her former co-workers via a thinly veiled autobiographical plot?" Thaaaaaat's right.

There Is No Year

There Is No Year, by Blake Butler

The jacket copy compares it to Dennis Cooper, Mark Danielewski and David Lynch, and one of the three reviews of it currently up at Goodreads calls it "The Amityville Horror on acid;" but of course one of the other three reviews calls it a complete waste of time that actively angered him with its awfulness. So we'll see, I guess.

Centuries of June

Centuries of June, by Keith Donohue

Bizarre-sounding, which is why I added it: Narrated by a dead man, it's the story of how he ended up on the floor of a house with a hole in his head, but who keeps getting interrupted by a series of suspects, eight women lying in the bedroom just down the hall. Er, okay!

Embassytown

Embassytown, by China Mieville

China Mieville's latest. It's on reserve at the library as we speak.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 9:20 AM, April 8, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | Literature |