Archives: January 2015

This is the archive page for [January 2015]; 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.

Book Review: "A Little Lumpen Novelita," by Roberto BolaƱo | January 29, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Robert Bolano's newest English translation, "A Little Lumpen Novelita," which he defines as classic minor Bolano -- "I can't at all call it bad, but it's definitely inessential." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "No Land's Man" by Aasif Mandvi | January 27, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Aasif Mandvi's "No Land's Man," an engaging and funny immigration memoir from this popular playwright, comedian, and "Daily Show" correspondent. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP train keeps rolling! Say hello to Stephen Moles' "Paul is Dead!" | January 26, 2015
The CCLaP publishing train just keeps on rolling at full speed in 2015 -- today, check out our third new book in literally three weeks, British author Stephen Moles' blackly funny bizarro novella "Paul is Dead," available in its usual free-ebook and paperback forms. Click through for more details and to download a copy right this minute! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 124: "Chicago After Dark" University of Chicago Contributor Party | January 22, 2015
It's Monday Thursday, which means it's time for another episode of the CCLaP Podcast. Today, it's a special one-hour live recording from our recent Chicago After Dark contributor party on the University of Chicago campus, held in conjunction with... | Read entire entry

Stalking the Behemoth: "the Brothers Karamazov," by Fyodor Dostoevsky | January 21, 2015
The Brothers Karamazov By Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1880 Reviewed by Chris Schahfer A massive book, and not just because eight hundred pages, while not a patch on Proust, is fat. No, the Brothers Karamazov is full of huge ideas about... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Fortress in Orion" by Mike Resnick | January 20, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Mike Resnick's "The Fortress in Orion," a perfect example of the kind of middlebrow science-fiction space-opera novel that makes up the majority of output for that genre in any given year, easy to swallow but utterly forgettable just a few weeks later. | Read entire entry

Check out CCLaP's newest book, Karl Wolff's "The NSFW Files!" | January 19, 2015
We're having a busy month here at CCLaP, releasing four new books in just five weeks; and here's the latest to come out, Karl Wolff's "The NSFW Files," smart and fascinating essays about various books over the centuries that have in one way or another been labeled "obscene" or "erotic" by their contemporary audiences. Click through for a lot more details, and to download the free ebook version right this moment. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Citizen: An American Lyric," Claudia Rankine | January 15, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Claudia Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric," an experimental hybrid of poetry, prose and essays that tackles in Chris's words the "recent events that have brought the post-racial dream crashing violently against reality." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Victims" by Travis Jeppesen | January 13, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Travis Jeppesen's "Victims," a transgressive novel about apocalyptic cults from 2003 now considered a classic of the genre, and recently reprinted by our pals at ITNA Press. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book, Ben Tanzer's "After the Flood," is now available! | January 12, 2015
Happy 2015! The new year sees CCLaP returning to its aggressive publishing schedule, and today sees the release of our first new book of the year -- Ben Tanzer's "After the Flood," the third story collection he's done with us over the years, all of them set in the same upstate New York town of Two Rivers. Click through for more details and to start the downloading/purchasing process. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Vixens, Vamps & Vipers," by Mike Madrid | January 9, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Vixens, Vamps & Vipers," an anthology of comics featuring villainesses from the Golden Age curated by Mike Madrid. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Dissonance," by Lisa Lenard-Cook | January 8, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Lisa Lenard-Cook's "Dissonance," a novel which brings up an issue regularly discussed at the website: how to honestly give a critical assessment of a new piece of Holocaust fiction, when there's already been so many thousands of identical stories already written. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean" | January 7, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the highly entertaining new Akashic Books anthology "Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," by Haruki Murakami | January 6, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Haruki Murakami's newest novel, "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," a slight and unsatisfying book that proves the cliche of how most authors put out their best work at the young beginnings of their careers. | Read entire entry