Archives: December 2014

This is the archive page for [December 2014]; 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.

Stalking the Behemoth: Moby-Dick; or, the Whale | December 31, 2014
Moby-Dick; or, the Whale By Herman Melville (1851) Reviewed by Chris Schahfer Pop culture is a strange and fascinating beast, but like many of its ilk, it's easy to hate. Now, I could never stay mad at it, but... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Let Go and Go On and On," Tim Kinsella | December 29, 2014
(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

Book Review: "The Laughing Monsters" by Denis Johnson | December 18, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Denis Johnson's "The Laughing Monsters," a post-9/11 spy thriller set in various unstable countries in Africa, just as slippery and complex (but not quite as grand) as his 2007 Vietnam masterpiece "Tree of Smoke." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "A Killer Retreat" by Tracy Weber | December 15, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Tracy Weber's "A Killer Retreat," a yoga-instructor murder mystery that answers an intriguing question -- when you're an organization devoted to supporting basement presses, what exactly do you say when a book from a basement press is truly terrible? | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Wayzata" by Ted Korsmo | December 11, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Ted Korsmo's "Wayzata," an extra replica of a 1930s hardboiled detective tale, which you will either love or hate based on what you think of 2014 authors writing extra replicas of 1930s hardboiled detective tales. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Undead Obsessed" by Jessica Robinson | December 10, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Jessica Robinson's "Undead Obsessed," a sweeping nonfiction book that covers the subject of zombies in exhaustive detail but that unfortunately reads like a mediocre undergraduate term paper on the subject. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Black Hour" by Lori Rader-Day | December 9, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Lori Rader-Day's "The Black Hour," a crime thriller with unfortunately too simple a premise and too slow a pace, making the "thriller" part of its genre designation problematic. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Two Small Birds" by Dave Newman | December 8, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Dave Newman's "Two Small Birds," a social-realist drama in the "hooray for the losers" style of Nelson Algren or Charles Bukowski, which is what saves it from its more sentimental moments. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Muscle Cars," by Stephen G. Eoannou | December 5, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Stephen G. Eoannou's short story collection, "Muscle Cars," that offers a dissection of modern masculinity with its inarticulate misfits living around the Buffalo, NY area. | Read entire entry