Archives: May 2013

This is the archive page for [May 2013]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries posted here that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

It's the last day of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour! | May 31, 2013
It's the last day of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour for "Famous Drownings in Literary History!" Here, a recap of everything you might've missed this week. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nebula Awards Showcase 2013," edited by Catherine Asaro | May 31, 2013
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews the "Nebula Awards Showcase 2013," edited by Catherine Asaro, a solid anthology of mainstream science fiction and fantasy writing from Nebula winners and nominees; also "Sauerkraut Station" totally rocks and there's some bathypunk. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lukasz Wierzbowski | May 31, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Polish photographer Lukasz Wierzbowski. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Funny Man" by John Warner | May 30, 2013
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book, Maureen Foley's 'Women Float,' is finally here! | May 28, 2013
Excelsior! CCLaP's second original book of the year, the female relationship dramedy "Women Float" by Maureen Foley, is now finally out and available to the general public! Click through for a lot more, including the book's synopsis and links for downloading/purchasing. | Read entire entry

It's week two of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour! | May 28, 2013
Oh no! Frantic book work and a case of the flu prevented me from getting daily updates posted last week regarding Kevin Haworth's virtual author tour, in support of his CCLaP book "Famous Drownings in Literary History." Here, a recap post with links to all five tour stops last week, as well as yesterday's visit to the blog of our old friend Ben Tanzer. | Read entire entry

Barry Wightman: The CCLaP Interview | May 28, 2013
Today, an email interview with Wisconsin author Barry Wightman, whose counterculture novel "Pepperland" is in the midst right now of a virtual book tour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sleep my dear, sleep. and when you'll wake, I might be gone," by Paula Coraline | May 28, 2013
Today's photo: "sleep my dear, sleep. and when you'll wake, I might be gone," by Brazilian photographer Paula Coraline. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" by Mohsin Hamid | May 27, 2013
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Our Lady of the Flowers," by Jean Genet | May 24, 2013
This week Karl Wolff investigates "Our Lady of the Flowers" by Jean Genet, a classic, despite its sensational origins, befitting entry into the Western Canon. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Awakening" by Ray N. Kuili | May 23, 2013
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Mini-review: "The Creative Fire," by Brenda Cooper | May 22, 2013
Karl Wolff reviews Brenda Cooper's disappointing generation ship adventure, "The Creative Fire." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Update: 21 May 2013 | May 21, 2013
In today's CCLaP Update: Lauryn Allison wins an major new award; Mason Johnson and Meera Lee Sethi get official book covers; Maureen Foley announces a release party in southern California; and Judy Blume and gay prison sex, together at last! Click through for all this and more! | Read entire entry

It's day two of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour! | May 21, 2013
It's day two of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour, in support of "Famous Drownings in Literary History!" Today Kevin is over at the wonderful litblog Love At First Book, where he has penned a guest essay comparing the three different small presses that have put out his three books. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "giant H," by Tyler Wilson | May 21, 2013
Today's photo: "giant H," by Toronto photographer Tyler Wilson. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Flamethrowers" by Rachel Kushner | May 20, 2013
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It's day one of Kevin Haworth's virtual book tour! | May 20, 2013
It's day one of the new virtual book tour for Kevin Haworth's "Famous Drownings in Literary History!" Click through for a link to today's stop at Cobalt Review, plus more on Kevin's book and how it's been doing in the seven months it's now been out and for sale. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Hum and the Shiver," by Alex Bledsoe | May 20, 2013
Today's book review: The 'rural fantasy' novel "The Hum and the Shiver" by Alex Bledsoe, which asks the question, "What if some of the hillbilly small towns of the American Appalachians were in fact filled with magic-performing fairies?" Reviewer Jason Pettus loved the question, but strongly disliked Bledsoe's slowly moving answer. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Nossa Beth!," by Eder Capobianco | May 20, 2013
Today's photo: "Nossa Beth!," by Brazilian Eder Capobianco. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Conduct of Saints," by Christopher Davis | May 17, 2013
Today's book review: The historical legal thriller "The Conduct of Saints" by Christopher Davis, set in Italy immediately after World War Two. Says reviewer Karl Wolff, "Even though the novel focuses on the inner turmoil of a Catholic priest, one doesn't have to be Catholic to appreciate the novel. Davis has created a morally tortured individual that reminds the reader of Graham Greene and Robert Littell." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "laser cat," by Kubra Sagin | May 16, 2013
Today's photo: "laser cat," by Istanbul photographer Kubra Sagin. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker | May 16, 2013
Today's book review: Karen Thompson Walker's heavily hyped apocalyptic relationship drama, "The Age of Miracles." Says reviewer Yair Ben-Zvi, "Where the book really shines for me is in its description of childhood and its inherent tragedy, especially in modern times. Yes, in a book about the end of the world, it's the indictment of growing up in the modern world that deserves the most mention." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "grime," by Emily Howell | May 14, 2013
Today's photo: "grime," by California photographer Emily Howell. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets" by Diana Wagman | May 13, 2013
Today's book review: Diana Wegman's delightfully dark bizarro novel "The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets." Says reviewer Travis Fortney, "A funny, surprising and disturbing novel, the kind of book that grips you by the throat and doesn't release you until the last page is turned." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ben Franklin Bridge VIII," by Owen Luther | May 10, 2013
Today's photo: "Ben Franklin Bridge VIII," by Owen Luther. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Boston Noir 2: the Classics," edited by Dennis Lehane, Mary Cotton, and Jaime Clarke | May 10, 2013
Today's book review: Dennis Lehane and others edit "Boston Noir 2: the Classics," bringing together a collection of Boston's dark side, ranging from hard-boiled whodunits, out of print classics, and an excerpt from "Infinite Jest." Says reviewer Karl Wolff: "For those unfamiliar with Greater Boston and its literary heritage, [this book] is a great place to start." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Average American Marriage" by Chad Kultgen | May 9, 2013
Today's book review: The indie-hot sequel to its controversial original, "The Average American Marriage" by Chad Kultgen. Says reviewer Yair Ben-Zvi: "A good book, hilarious, and the humor goes hand in expert hand with the acidic critique of the modern American life." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Connecting Two Worlds" by Anthony T Simeone | May 8, 2013
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Photo of the day: "Untitled," by rskm | May 8, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member rskm. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Once Upon a Gypsy Moon" by Michael C. Hurley | May 8, 2013
Today's book review: The gentle memoir about sailing and romance in middle age, Michael C. Hurley's "Once Upon a Gypsy Moon." Says reviewer Travis Fortney, "An inspiring, heartfelt and honest read about accomplishing a long-held dream, which is especially recommended for readers who appreciate inspirational and confessional writing from a Christian viewpoint." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "My Only Wife" by Jac Jemc | May 6, 2013
Today's book review: Jac Jemc's relationship drama "My Only Wife." Says reviewer Travis Fortney, " | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Story of the Eye," by Georges Bataille | May 3, 2013
In this week's installment of CCLaP's "The NSFW Files," Karl Wolff investigates the 1928 Georges Bataille shocker, "Story of the Eye," a very early precursor to bizarro fiction. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jeff Economy | May 3, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago filmmaker Jeff Economy. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "USS Nostromo," by Chris Dessaigne | May 2, 2013
Today's photo: "USS Nostromo," by French photographer Chris Dessaigne. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Beyond the North Wind" by Mark Carew | May 2, 2013
Today's book review: The self-published, alpine-set relationship actioner "Beyond the North Wind," by Mark Carew. Says reviewer yair Ben-Zvi, "All the depth and grace of a novel published by any of the major houses...it's very good, even great at times." | Read entire entry

Book review: "Rontel," by Sam Pink (Jason's take) | May 1, 2013
A special double-review today of Chicago indie-lit author Sam Pink's latest, "Rontel." Says Jason Pettus: "Only a limited recommendation today, from a writer who's talented enough to tackle deeper and more significant work and now needs to sit down and actually do so." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "fly," by Tori Walls | May 1, 2013
Today's photo: "fly," by Georgia photographer Tori Walls. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Rontel" by Sam Pink (Travis' take) | May 1, 2013
Today, a special double-review of Chicago indie-lit author Sam Pink's latest, "Rontel." Says Travis Fortney: "Pick this one up. It's worth it to see what the kids are reading these days, and the book is good, just not great." | Read entire entry