Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, September 29, 2014


Kate Wolf.


  • "L. A. Banks" (Leslie Esdaile Banks), The Wicked.  Fantasy novel in the Vampire Huntress Legend series.
  • J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan and Other Plays. Collection of five plays:  The Admirable Crichton, Peter Pan, When Wendy Grew Up (actually a seven page afterthought), What Every Woman Knows, and Mary Rose.
  • Alice Borchardt, The Raven Warrior.  Fantasy novel in the Tales of Guinevere series.  The back cover has a complementary quote from Anne Rice.  Would Rice have enthused so much if the author hadn't been her sister?
  • Tom Brown, Jr., as told to William Jon Watkins, The Tracker.  Brown's story as a tracker in New Jersey's Pine Barrens.
  • Loren L. Coleman, Rogue Flyer.  Gaming (Crimson Skies) tie-in novel, Book 1 of the Wings of Justice series.  Air pulp meets 1937 apocalyptic United States.
  • [Diane Duane], Tom Clancy's Net Force:  One Is the Loneliest Number.  The third in the YA series based on the adult series created by Clancy and Steve Pieczenik.
  • Dave Duncan, The Relunctant Swordsman.  Fantasy, Book One in the Seventh Sword series.  Also, Perilous Seas and Emperor and Clown, Parts Three and Four in the fantasy series A Man of His Word.
  • Joe Hart, The River Is Dark.  Self-published mystery.
  • Carla Jablonski, The Books of Magic:  The Invitation.  YA fantasy novel based on the graphic novel created by Neil Gaiman and John Bolton.
  • Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Murder Leaves Its Mark.  "A Hawai'i Mystery" featuring Mina Beckwith and Ned Manusia
  • [Bill McCay], Tom Clancy's Net Force:  Virtual Vandals.  The first in the YA series.
  • Lisa Miscione (better known as Lisa Unger), Angel Fire, The Darkness Gathers, and Twice.  Mysteries, the first three books in the Lydia Strong series. 
  • Warren Norwood, Flexing the Warp, Fize of the Gabriel Ratchets, and Planet of Flowers.  SF, books 2 through 4 in the Windover Tapes series featuring diplomat Gerard Manley and his sentient starship.
  • "Christopher Pike" (Kevin McFadden), Christopher Pike's Tales of Terror.  YA horror collection with six stories.
  • James Reasoner, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Vicksburg.  Volumes 3,4,and 5 in his Civil War Battle series.
  • Laura Joh Rowland, The Concubine's Tattoo and The Fire Kimono.  Two Sano Ichiro mysteries set in late 17th century Japan.  I read the first three books in the series when they came out and I was very impressed.
  • Laurence Shames, The Naked Detective.  An off-kilter Florida mystery.
  • Akimitsu Takagi, The Tattoo Murder Case.  The author's first of many well-regarded mysteries.  this one, first published in 1948 under the title Shisei Satujin Jikene, won the Mystery Writers Club Award of Japan in 1949.  Translated and adapted by Deborah Boliver.
  • Vivian Vande Velde, Never Trust a Dead Man.  Edgar-winning YA mystery.
  • Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz, & Martin H. Greenberg, editors, 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories.  Instant remainder horror anthology.  As usual, a nice mix of good and not-as-good stories, with a large proportion being lesser stories from the pulps.N

Sunday, September 28, 2014


From A Yank at Valhalla by Edmond Hamilton

          Bray called excitedly to me from the forward deck of the schooner.

          "Keith, your hunch was right.  There's something queer in this trawl!"

From The Sun Destroyers by Ross Rocklynne

          Out in space, on the lip of the farthest galaxy and between two star clusters, there came into
          being a luminiferous globe that radiated for light-years around.  A life had been born!


The Stanley Brothers.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Carolina Night Hawks.


A comic book based on an pretty decent 1951 Burt ("I have pecs") Lancaster film.  The movie also starred Jody Lawrence, Gilbert Roland, Kieron Moore, George Tobias, John Dehner, and Mike Mazurski, and Gerald Mohr -- all of whom may be unrecognizable in the somewhat stilted artwork in the comic book.

Sergeant Mike Kincaid of the Foreign Legion is in the stockade for (justly -- he is the  hero, after all) striking an officer.  There he learns  of a planned attack on the Legion's fort.  The Legion's main body of troops are away, so Mike finds himself in charge of a group of nine prisoners who must delay the  invaders until reinforcements arrive.  Think of this as a precursor to The Dirty Dozen.oy

A tale of courage, derring-do, and romance.  Enjoy.