Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


I'm including this because Mississippi is such a cool word to type.  Also, because Charlie Pride is a great singer.


I'm more of a cat person than I am a dog person, but I admit a great fondness for Declan, our old, rescued, blind-in-one-eye, gapped-tooth, moves-even-more-slowly-than-I-do dog.

Even BD (Before Declan), I could not tolerate anyone being cruel to a dog, those persons being lower than the pus in a pimple on the penis of a protozoa in Patagonia.

Speaking of cruely to dogs (or, at least, to their egos), I present The Killer Shrews.

And shame on you director Ray Kellogg, screenwriter Jay Simms, and James Best, Ken Curtis, Ingrid Goude, and the rest of the cast.  I have it on good authority that dogs throughout America hung their heads in shame after the 1959 release of this turkey.

Monday, March 30, 2015


Freddy Cannon.


  • B. A. Botkin, editor, A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends, and Folklore.  One of Botkin's many enjoyable books on American folklore.  A perfect book for dipping and sampling.
  • Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice.  A Jesse Stone mystery, the second post-Parker.
  • Lewis Black, Nothing's Sacred.  Miscellany from a biting wit.
  • Lee Childs, 61 Hours.  a Jack Reacher thriller.
  • Agatha Christie, The Unexpected Guest.  Mystery play.
  • Peter Church, Bitter Pill.  Thriller from New Zealand.
  • Silvia Cinca, Comrade Dracula.  Vampire novel.
  • Humphrey Cobb, Paths of Glory.  War novel.  The basis of the 1957 Kirk Douglas film.
  • Harlan Coben, Missing You.  Thriller.
  • Micheal Connelly, The Burning Room.  A Harry Bosch mystery.
  • Greg Cox, The Q Continuum, Book 2:  Q-Zone and Book 3: Q-Strike.  Television franchise (Star Trek) tie-in.  Still need Book 1 of this trilogy.
  • Guillain de Benouville, The Unknown Warriors.  A personal account of the French resistance.  Translated by Lawrence G. Blochman.
  • Jeffrey Deaver, XO, a thriller, and The Sleeping Doll, a Kathryn Dance thriller.
  • John F. Dobbyn, Frame Up.  Legal thriller.  Signed and inscribed to previous owner.
  • James Alan Gardner, Hunted.  SF, the fourth novel in the League of Peoples series.
  • Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg, editors, The World's Finest Mystery Mystery and Crime Stories, Third Annual Collection.  An anthology with 39 stories from 2001, plus in-depth articles about the mystery world.
  • Peter F. Hamilton, The Naked God, The Neutronium Alchemist, Part 1:  Consolidation and Part 2:  Conflict, and The Reality Disfunction,  Part 1: Emergence.  SF novels in the Night's Dawn series.
  • Ron Hanson & Jim Shepard, editors, You've Got To Read This.  Anthology of 35 stories, each introduced by a contemporary author -- "stories that held them in awe."
  • Carolyn Hart, Set Sail to Murder.  A Henrie O mystery.
  • Thomas Heggen, Mr. Roberts.  The novel from which the play and the movie arose.
  • Stephen Hunter, 47th Samurai.  A Bob Lee Swagger thriller.
  • "Jack Higgins" (Harry Patterson) - Exocet.  Thriller.
  • Greg Iles, Third Degree.  Thriller.
  • Tohru Kai, Chibi Vampire:  The Novel 1 and Chibi Vampire:  The Novel 2.  Manga tie-in novels.  A "school-vampire-love-comedy-mystery series."
  • MacKinley Kantor, Signal Thirty-Two.  Novel about the New York City Police, circa 1950.
  • Theodora Kroebler, Ishi in Two Worlds.  A biography of the last wild Indian in North America.  A classic in anthropology written by Ursula K. leGuin's mother.
  • Herbert Lieberman, The Girl with the Botticelli Eyes.  Thriller.
  • Laura Lippman, By a Spider's Thread.  A Tess Monaghan mystery.
  • Nathan Long, Orcslayer.  Gaming (Warhammer) tie-in novel in the Gotrex & Felix sequence.

  • Jaye Maiman, Old Black Magic.  A Robin Miller mystery.
  • Robert Mayer, Super-Folks.  Satire.  "There were no more heroes.  Kennedy was dead.  Batman and Robin were dead.  The Lone Ranger was dead.  Superman was missing.  Even Snoopy had bought it:  missing in action over France."
  • H. L. Mencken, The Vintage Mencken.  A collection of 23 articles "gathered" by Alistair Cooke.
  • James Morrow, The Wine of Violence.  SF.
  • Richard North Patterson, Eclipse.  Legal thriller.
  • Kathy Reichs, Bones to Ashes.  A Temperance Brennan mystery.
  • Ruth Rendell, The Keys to the Street.  Mystery.
  • "J. D. Robb" (Nora Roberts), Reunion in Death.  An Eve Dallas near-future mystery.
  • Willow Davis Roberts, Twisted Summer.  YA mystery novel, winner of an Edgar award.
  • Eric Frank Russell, Wasp.  SF.  When Russell was good, he was very, very good.
  • Dorothy L. Sayers & "Robert Eustace" (Eustace Robert Barton), The Documents in the Case.  An epistolatory mystery.
  • Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh, Thrones, Dominions.  An uncompleted Lord Peter Wimsey mystery finished by Walsh.
  • Zoe Sharp, Hard Knocks.  A Charlie Fox mystery.
  • Rev. Ivan Stang, High Weirdness by Mail:  A Directory of The Fringe:  Mad Prophets, Crackpots, Kooks & True Visionaries.  There are a lot of whack-jobs out there, people.
  • "Josephine Tey" (Elizabeth MacKintosh) - A Shilling for Candles.  A classic mystery.
  • Grant Turner, The Ricky Mokel Stories.  A collection of four humorous adventure stories.  Signed by the author and inscribed to the previous owner.
  • Harry Turtledove, American Empire:  The Center Cannot Hold and Settling Accounts:  Return Engagement.  Alternate history SF.
  • Stuart Woods, Bel-Air Dead, Doing Hard Time, and Son of Stone.  Three Stone Barrington adventures.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Stephen Hawking asks the big questions.


The Sons of the Pioneers singing "What Wonderful Joy."

Saturday, March 28, 2015