Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, September 30, 2013


  • Boris Akunin, Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog.  Mystery.  Translated by Andrew Bromfield.
  • Kevin J. Anderson, The Key to Creation.  Fantasy, Book three of the Terra Incognita trilogy
  • (Anonymously edited), The Kiss of Death:  An Anthology of Vampire Stories.  Sixteen stories, thirteen of them original.  Published by The Design Image Group.
  • Mignon F. Ballard, Hark!  The Herald Angel Screamed.  An Augusta Goodnight mystery.
  • John Bellairs, The Best of John Bellairs.  Omnibus volume of three YA fantasies:  The House with a Clock in Its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows, and The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring.
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Rider.  Graustarkian adventure.
  • William S. Burroughs, The Western Lands.  Novel, the final book in a trilogy beginning with Cities of the Red Night and The Place of Dead Roads.
  • Gail Carragher, The Parasol Protectorate, Volume 2.  Steampunk fantasy omnibus containing Heartless and Timeless.
  • Michael Connelly, The Fifth Witness.  A Lincoln Lawyer mystery.
  • Robert Crais, The Two Minute Rule.  A stand-alone thriller.
  • "Kit Dalton"  (Chet Cummingham), Buckskin:  Tombstone Ten Gauge/ Death Draw.  Adult Western omnibus of the 31st and 32nd books in the series.
  • David Drake & Bill Fawcett editors, Battlestations.  Military SF omnibus containing anthologies Battlestation (eleven stories) and Battlestation:  Vanguard (twelve stories).
  • Mignon G. Eberhart, The House on the Roof.  Mystery from a MWA Grand Master.  Does anyone read Eberhart anymore?
  • George Alec Effinger, The Exile Kiss.  SF novel in the Budayeen series.
  • Timothy Findley, Spadework.  Novel.
  • "Dirk Fletcher" (Chet Cummingham), Spur: Wyoming Wench/Portland Pussycat.  Adult western omnibus of the 35th and the 31st books in the series.
  • Alan Dean Foster, Quofum.  SF, a novel of the Commonwealth. 
  • Charles Earle Funk, Heavens to Betsy! and Other Curious Sayings.  Non-fiction.
  • John Gardner, The Art of Fiction.  Non-fiction.
  • William Gibson, Pattern Recognition.  SF.
  • Christie Golden, The Rise of the Horde.  Gaming (World of Warcraft) tie-in novel.
  • Sue Grafton, Kinsey and Me.  Collection of 22 mystery stories and one article.  This adds considerably to the 1991 edition of Kinsey and Me which Grafton's husband had privately printed for her.
  • Heather Graham, The Last Noel and Picture Me Dead.  Thrillers.
  • Charlaine Harris, Touch of Dead:  the Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories.  Horror collection  of five stories.
  • Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner, editors, Wolfbane and Mistletoe.  Werewolves and Christmas, o my.  Fifteen stories.
  • Stephen Hockensmith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:  Dawn of the Dreadfuls.  Horror, the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  • Stephen Hunt, The Court of the Air.  Fantasy.  Jay Lake's cover blurb sold me:  "If Charles Dickens and Jack Vance had ever collaborated, they might have written this book..."
  • Stephen Jones, Editor, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 13 (23 stories from 2001), The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 15 (25 stories from 2003), The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror:  Two Decades of Dark Fiction (20 stories), and The Mammoth Book of New Terror (26 stories).  **Br-r-r-r**
  • J. Robert King, editor, The Dragons of Magic Anthology.  Gaming (Magic: The Gathering) tie-in anthology with twelve stories in the Artifacts Cycle.
  • Laurie R. King, O Jerusalem.  A Mary Russell/Sherlock Homes mystery.  This one looks back on a period before they were married.
  • Andrew Klavan, Hunting Down Amanda.  Thriller.
  • Valentin Korovin, editor, Russian 19th-century Gothic Tales.  Literary/fantasy anthology with 20 stories translated by various persons.  Printed in the Soviet Union with over 600 pages on HEAVY stock, making this literally heavy reading.
  • Nancy Kress, editor, Nebula Awards Showcase 2003.  SF anthology with nine stories/extracts/articles.
  • Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint & Dave Freer, The Wizard of Karres.  A follow-up to James Schmitz's The Witches of Karres.
  • Bette Golden Lamb & J. J. Lamb, Bone Dry.  Horror.
  • Louis L'Amour, Hanging Woman Creek, Rivers West, and With These Hands.  Two western novels and a collection of eleven adventure stories.  Plus, The Trail to Seven Pines, a Hopalong Cassidy novel originally published as by "Tex Burns."
  • Tanith Lee, The Secret Books of Paradis I & II. Fantasy omnibus containing The Book of the Damned and The Book of the Beast.
  • Holly Lisle, Midnight Rain.  Suspense.
  • Noel L. Loomis, Cheyenne War Cry.  Western.
  • Robin McKinley & Peter Dickinson, Water:  Tales of Elemental Spirits.  Fantasy collection with three stories each by the authors.
  • J. E. Mooney & Bill Fawcett, editors, Shadows of the New Sun:  Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe.  SF/fantasy anthology with 19 stories.
  • Christopher Moore, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.  Fantasy.
  • Bill Peschel, Writers Gone Wild:  The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes.  Non-fiction.  Recommended for anyone who enjoys Penschel's entertaining blog.
  • Michael Prescott, Comes the Dark.  Thriller.  This one is copyrighted by horror novelist Douglas Borton, so...
  • Robert M. Price, editor, The New Lovecraft Circle and Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos.  Horror anthologies with 25 and 20 stories, respectively.
  • "Spencer Quinn" (Peter Abrahams"), Thereby Hangs a Tail. The second Chet and Bernie mystery.
  • Kathy Reichs, Devil Bones.  A Temperance Brennan mystery.
  • "J. D. Robb" (Nora Roberts), Divided in Death and Fantasy in Death.  Eve Dallas mysteries.
  • Don Robertson, A Flag Full of Stars.  A novel from one of Stephen King early influences.  (King often cited Robertson, Richard Matheson, and John D. MacDonald as his three favorite writers when he was young; in fact, King used his Philtrum Press to a republish one of Robertson's The Ideal Genuine Man.)
  • Greg Rucka, Perfect Dark: Second Front. Gaming tie-in novel.
  • Arthur W. Saha, editor, The Year's Best Fantasy Stories:  9 and The Year's Best Fantasy Stories:  14.   Fantasy anthologies.  #9 contains ten stories from 1982; #14, thirteen stories from 1987.
  • Jessica Amanda Salmonson, editor, Heroic Visions II.  Fantasy anthology with thirteen stories.
  • George Saunders, Tenth of December.  Collection of ten stories.
  • Darrell Schweitzer, editor, Cthulhu's Reign.  Horror anthology with fifteen stories.
  • Stephen Smoke, Pacific Coast Highway.  Mystery. 
  • Judith Tarr, Queen of Swords.  Historical novel.
  • Patrick Tilley, Blood River.  SF.  Book 4 in the Amtrak Wars series. 
  • Harry Turtledove, Blood and Iron.  Alternate history.  Book One in The American Empire series.
  • Mark Twain, The Devil's Race-Track:  Mark Twain's Great Dark Writings.  Nineteen little-known selections.  Selected by John S. Tuckey.
  • Carrie Vaughn, Kitty Goes to Washngton and Kitty Takes a Holiday.  The second and third books in the fantasy series about radio host/werewolf Kitty Norville.  A great first name for a heroine.
  • Thomas A. Verde, Maine Ghosts & Legends:  25 Encounters with the Supernatural.  Folklore.
  • Livia J. Washburn, The Gingerbread Bump-off.  Part of the Fresh-Baked Mystery series.  Yes, there are recipes.
  • Margaret Weiss, editor, Search for Power:  Dragons from the War of Souls.  Gaming (DragonLance) tie-in collection of fourteen stories. 
  • F. Paul Wilson, The  Keep.  Graphic novel with art by Matthew Smith.  Based on the first book in Wilson's Adversary Cycle, which will later touch the Repairman Jack cycle -- all part of Wilson's Secret History  of the World.  Wilson spends part of his introduction grousing (rightly about the travesty of a motion picture which was made from The Keep.
  • Ian Watson & Ian Whates, editors, The Mammoth Book of SF Wars.  Sf anthology with 24 stories.
  • Leonard Wolf, editor, Blood Thirst:  100 Years of Vampire Fiction.  Horror anthology with 22 stories and five novel excerpts.


  1. I remember reading the Gardner book THE ART OF FICTION. He was a brilliant man. I didn't like the Saunders stories much. Listened to some of the Kinsey stories on audio.

  2. Patti, I stopped reading the Graftons around M; someday I'll get through the rest of the alphabet. I've met her a few times (very nice person) and she was kind enough to sign one of her father's books for me.

    I really haven't read Gardner since college; there are so many gaps in my reading. The Saunders collection has received some good reviews, so for the price I picked it up.

    Despite coming down with a particularly nasty flu, I managed to pick up a lot of good reading last week. Now to find the time to get read them.