Archives: August 2016

This is the archive page for [August 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: "Our Dried Voices," by Greg Hickey | August 31, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Greg Hickey's sci-fi dystopia "Our Dried Voices." Says Chris, "When its premise ticks but fails to illuminate so many sci-fi boxes, it's hard to count Our Dried Voices among the powerful or memorable." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Painted Monsters and Other Strange Beasts: Stories," by Orrin Grey | August 26, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Painted Monsters and Other Strange Beasts," a collection of horror short stories by Orrin Grey, who taps into the darkness and finds grisly visions. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Know the Mother," by Desiree Cooper | August 24, 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... | Read entire entry

First Time Around: "Housekeeping," by Marilynne Robinson | August 17, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping," widely considered a modern classic. Says Chris, "'Housekeeping' is indelibly itself, a self-contained novel that can be compared to no other novels in existence." | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Little Green Men" by Christopher Buckley | August 15, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Christopher Buckley's 1999 "Little Green Men," part of his attempt to eventually read the complete works of this revered political satirist. This second book of his is not as funny or as astute as his first, but still worth your time. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Patience" by Daniel Clowes | August 11, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Daniel Clowes' "Patience," not exactly worse than any of the previous books by this now revered alternative comics artist, but certainly a prime example of Clowes resting on his laurels and recycling all the things that first made his famous. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel," by Jesse Ball | August 10, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews "How to Set a Fire and Why," Jesse Ball's latest novel. Says Chris, "it's a dark-humored and socially engaged twist on the coming-of-age story." | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "The Gods Drink Whiskey" by Stephen T. Asma | August 9, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus looks back at Stephen T. Asma's 2005 "The Gods Drink Whiskey," an intriguing combination of southeast Asia travelogue and essays about contemporary versus traditional Buddhism. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "TRUMPED! Beyond Politically Correct," by Peter Davidson | August 5, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "TRUMPED! Beyond Politically Correct," by Peter Davidson. Says Karl: "I didn't expect to be buried beneath an avalanche of outdated Dad Jokes." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Vegetarian," by Han Kang | August 3, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews "the Vegetarian," a surreal allegory from Han Kang. Says Chris, "I do more of her work is translated, because I appreciate her surrealist sensibility." | Read entire entry