Archives: January 2016

This is the archive page for [January 2016]; 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.

"The Only Game in Town," by Mohamed El-Erian | January 28, 2016
(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: Joanna Walsh, "Vertigo" | January 27, 2016
Today at CCLAP, Chris Schahfer reviews Joanna Walsh's collection "Vertigo," a deep exploration of its characters' inner lives. Says Chris, "It's a mystifying reading experience, but consider me impressed." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Bloodletting" by William D. Prystauk | January 27, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews William D. Prystauk's "Bloodletting," a supermarket crime thriller that gets extra points for at least trying to bring an original idea to this stale genre, but that ultimately is just a mediocre supermarket thriller anyway. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Making of Zombie Wars" by Aleksandar Hemon | January 26, 2016
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Book Review: "Voltaire's Excellent Adventure: The Broken Boarder," by Martin D. Gibbs and Arthur Graham | January 22, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Voltaire's Excellent Adventure: the Broken Boarder," by Martin D. Gibbs and Arthur Graham, a postmodern fever dream of a novel that's really funny. | Read entire entry

"The Story of the Lost Child," by Elena Ferrante | January 21, 2016
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Book Review: "The Prison in Antares," by Mike Resnick | January 20, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Prison in Antares," by Mike Resnick, a tightly plotted military science fiction novel. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Kinda Sorta American Dream," by Steve Karas | January 20, 2016
Excerpt: today at CCLAP, Chris Schahfer reviews Steve Karas' debut, "Kinda Sorta American Dream." Says Chris, "he's a funny and sharp observer of good old human behavior, capable of getting to the heart of things and working out what's behind a bizarre situation | Read entire entry

Book Review: "In Some Other World, Maybe" by Shari Goldhagen | January 19, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Shari Goldhagen's "In Some Other World, Maybe," a character-based slice-of-life novel which unfortunately has the sluggishness and forgettable lack of excitement of a typical Lifetime movie. | Read entire entry

Meet CCLaP's newest book reviewer, Nora Rawn! | January 18, 2016
Meet CCLaP's newest staffer, NYC-based book reviewer Nora Rawn! | Read entire entry

"Our Man in Charleston" by Christopher Dickey | January 14, 2016
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First Time Around: "The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison | January 13, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer starts his First Time Around series, which covers first novels, with Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye." Says Chris, "It's surprising and enlightening to double back on the work of one of one of America's best loved and best established novelists and discover how she wrote before things set in a little." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Funereal" by Giacomo Lee | January 13, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Giacomo Lee's "Funereal," a "right this moment" novel about young people in contemporary Korea that is part David Mitchell, part William Gibson. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Wallcreeper" by Nell Zink | January 12, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Nell Zink's "The Wallcreeper," an indie-lit favorite which is written just as funnily and poetically as its fans claims, but that is getting points taken off today for its clash of realistic writing versus its cartoonish main villain. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Selected Letters of Norman Mailer," Edited by J. Michael Lennon | January 8, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Selected Letters of Norman Mailer," edited by Mailer biographer J. Michael Lennon, offering a candid glimpse into the private life of a notorious public intellectual. | Read entire entry

"The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories" by Anthony Marra | January 7, 2016
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Book Review: "The Enthusiast" by Josh Fruhlinger | January 7, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Josh Fruhlinger's "The Enthusiast," the first novel by this noted snarky online comic-strip commenter and LA comedian, which makes its witty intelligence and near-perfect look at corporate PR culture all the more amazing. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "How To Be Great At Doing Good" by Nick Cooney | January 6, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Nick Cooney's "How To Be Great At Doing Good," a supposed critical guide to picking the right charity whose heart is in the right place, but unfortunately is both overly judgmental and the most padded-out nonfiction book CCLaP has ever reviewed. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Vermilion" by Molly Tanzer | January 5, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Molly Tanzer's "Vermilion," a paranormal steampunk tale that is strongly recommended for existing fans of either genre. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 1, 2016
Welcome to day 5 of CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" report! Today to close out this series, we present our coveted annual Guilty Pleasure Awards -- books we loved and want to recommend one more time, but that for one reason or another just don't quite qualify for the "best-of" lists we've been posting the rest of the week. | Read entire entry