Archives: February 2016

This is the archive page for [February 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.

Book Review: "Pixiegate Madoka," by Michael Sean LeSueur | February 26, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Pixiegate Madoka," by Michael Sean LeSueur, a bizarro novel from Eraserhead Press's New Bizarro Author Series. | Read entire entry

"Shylock Is My Name" by Howard Jacobson | February 25, 2016
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Book Review: "F 250," by Bud Smith | February 24, 2016
Today at CCLAP, Chris Schahfer reviews Bud Smith's novel F 250, based around a noise rock guitarist. Says Chris, "the lack of momentum in the novel becomes frustrating." | Read entire entry

"A God in Ruins", by Kate Atkinson | February 18, 2016
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Book Review: "Haints Stay," by Colin Winnette | February 17, 2016
Today at CCLAP: Chris Schahfer reviews Colin Winnette's bizarre western "Haints Stay." Says Chris, "John Wayne wouldn't set foot in these woods. Instead, you get a mix of the anti-western, surrealism, and flat-out creepiness." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Drama Dolls" by Jason Tanamor | February 16, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Jason Tanamor's "Drama Dolls," a book that inspires the question, "Is there such a thing as a 'standard' gonzo bizarro novel; and if so, what would such a thing consist of?" | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes The Myth of Race," by Daniel J. Fairbanks | February 12, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes The Myth of Race," by Daniel J. Fairbanks, a highly relevant book about a controversial topic. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Twain's End" by Lynn Cullen | February 11, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Lynn Cullen's "Twain's End," a piece of historical fiction which unfortunately takes the fascinating story of Mark Twain's elderly years and twists it through dubious means into a mediocre piece of chick-lit. | Read entire entry

"Incarceration Nations" by Baz Dreisinger | February 11, 2016
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Book Review: "Our Lady of Infidelity" by Jackie Parker | February 10, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Jackie Parker's "Our Lady of Infidelity," a magical-realism tale that's fine for what it is, but will be much too preciously MFA/academic for some people's tastes. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "sometimes i lie and sometimes i don't," by Nadja Spiegel | February 9, 2016
Today at CCLAP, Chris Schahfer reviews Nadja Spiegel's "Sometimes I Lie and Sometimes I Don't," a collection of vignette-stories. Says Chris, "maybe I wasn't the ideal reader for this book, but plenty about it still satisfied me." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Bitter Taste of Dying" by Jason Smith | February 9, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Jason Smith's "The Bitter Taste of Dying," a drug-recovery story based on a riveting true tale, but unfortunately with a writing style that leaves a lot to be desired. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America," by Jim Marrs | February 5, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Rise of the Fourth Reich," by Jim Marrs, a lurid conspiracy book for the latest installment of his American Odd essay series. | Read entire entry

"City on Fire" by Garth Risk Hallberg | February 4, 2016
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Book Review: "Saxual Healing" by Billy Medicine as edited by Leo X. Robertson | February 4, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Leo X. Robertson's "Saxual Healing," a fake diary presented as "real" that chronicles the absurdist journey of a transgressive gay activist. | Read entire entry

First Time Around: "Neuromancer," by William Gibson | February 3, 2016
Neuromancer By William Gibson, 1984 Reviewed by Chris Schahfer I don't often get the chance to flex my sci-fi muscle around here. I'm not sure if that's because I'm just not that up on what's currently going on in... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Nine Horizons" by Mike Robbins | February 3, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Mike Robbins' "The Nine Horizons," an old-style travel book that will be loved by fans of George Orwell's old writings on the subject. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Mechanical" by Ian Tregillis | February 2, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Ian Tregillis' "The Mechanical," volume 1 of a coming steampunk trilogy that asks what the world might be like by the 1930s if robots had actually been invented back in the 1600s. | Read entire entry