Archives: January 2017

This is the archive page for [January 2017]; 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: "Ames," by Jeremy Andrew Whitehead | January 30, 2017
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Jeremy Andrew Whitehead's "Ames," a fascinating but deeply flawed science-fiction novel that unfortunately shows off all the perils inherent in self-publishing without an editor. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Birth," by S.T. Gulik | January 26, 2017
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews S.T. Gulik's "Birth" (or, "The Exquisite Sound of One Hand Falling Off a Turnip Truck"), a self-published bizarro novel that contains exactly all the good and bad things you would expect when hearing the phrase 'self-published bizarro novel.' | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Edge of the Empire," by Bronwen Riley | January 25, 2017
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Bronwen Riley's "The Edge of the Empire," a short and engaging history book about what it must've been like for the average person to travel from Italy to Great Britain during the height of the Roman Empire. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Three Years with the Rat," by Jay Hosking | January 24, 2017
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Jay Hosking's "Three Years with the Rat," being marketed as a sophisticated sci-fi tale for grown-ups by an actual working scientist, but in reality a silly juvenile YA-feeling story with a central premise that only a stoned undergraduate could love. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Cthulhu Fhtagn!" by Ross E. Lockhart | January 20, 2017
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Cthulhu Fhtagn!" by Ross E. Lockhart, a fun short story anthology plumbing the depths of Lovecraft's cosmic horror. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?," by Roz Chast | January 17, 2017
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus looks back at the 2014 comics memoir "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast, a look at the sometimes maddening and infuriating process of caring for elderly parents who are at the end of their lives. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Leaving Paris," by Collin Kelley | January 16, 2017
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Collin Kelley's "Leaving Paris," the concluding volume of the "Venus" trilogy of indie-press novels chronicling love (both gay and straight), fate, and European political conspiracy. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins," by James Angelos | January 13, 2017
This week Karl Wolff review "The Full Catastrophe," by James Angelos, a darkly comic travelogue of Greece during the Great Recession. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Big Sheep," by Robert Kroese | January 12, 2017
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Robert Kroese's "The Big Sheep," a humorous bizarro sci-fi "metaphysical detective" tale that will remind many of the Dirk Gently novels, but in the best way possible. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Three Wogs," by Alexander Theroux | January 6, 2017
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Three Wogs," by Alexander Theroux, for his American Odd essay series. | Read entire entry

We're accepting books for review again, but have made some big changes to our submission policy | January 3, 2017
Happy New Year! CCLaP is excited to announce that, a year after not accepting any new books for review, we have officially opened up our submissions again; but that has come with several big new changes to our acceptance policy, outlined in detail here in this particular blog post. Please have a look if you're thinking of sending us a book for review. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Year of Needy Girls," by Patricia A. Smith | January 3, 2017
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews "The Year of Needy Girls" by Patricia A. Smith, a crime thriller concerning LBGT issues that will unfortunately satisfy neither crime fans nor those looking for a good LBGT story. | Read entire entry