Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, May 2, 2016


  • Steve Alten,Domain.  Thriller.  As the Mayan calender ends, "a rare galactic alignment occurs, and a space transmission reaches Earth."
  • Glen Cook, The Dragon Never Sleeps.  SF novel.  "For Millennia, the Guardships have patrolled Canon Space, maintaining peace -- and human hegemony -- with an iron gauntlet.  Guardship dictate is law, and those merchantile houses that dare defy Canon rule are harshly dealt with -- through interdiction or outright sterilization -- by the massive, sentient starships with immortal crews and vast armies kept ready in suspended animation.  To date, no attempt to overthrow the Guardships has succeeded..."
  • L. Sprague de Camp, The Heroic Age of American Invention.  Nonfiction. The story of 32 men who made the modern American era.  According to the blurb, this 1961 book "is the only book currently in print which is devoted solely to American inventors."  Portions of the book first appeared as articles in Science Digest.
  • Alane Ferguson, The Angel of Death.  Young adult mystery, the second in the Cameryn Mahoney/Forensic Mystery series.  Seventeen-year-old Cameryn is an assistant to her coroner father.  As such, she has seen aylr O'Neil, the most popular guy in school, finds the gruesome corpse of their murdered Enflish teacher in his own bed."
  • Alan Dean Foster, A Call to Arms.  SF, Book One of The Damned.  "For eons, the Amplitur had searched space for intelligent species, each of which was joyously welcomed to tke part in the fulfillment of the Amplitur Purpose.  Whether it wanted to or not.   When the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the union of races called the Weave, the Purpose seemed poised for a great leap forward.  But the Weave's surprising unity also gave it the ability to fight the tthe Amplitur and their cause.  And fight it did -- for thousands of years."  Will Dulac was looking for a place of solitude at a tiny reef of Belize.  "What he found instead was a group of alien isitors -- a scouting party for the Weave, looking for aliensamong what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race:  Humans."
  • Carolyn Guesr, A Southern Mansion Mystery 3.  Mystery novella, evidently self-published and the third of at least five set in mansions throughout the South.  This one is set at the Amelia Island Williams House in Fernandina, Florida.  "In a hushed voice Edna whispered, 'Catherine, I need your help as soon as possible because no one else will believe me. [sic] And then she hung up!  Something was dreadfully wrong!"  (That quote does not bode well for either Edna or the reader.)   Oh, look, there's also five recipes from the Williams House.  The author lives/lived one town over from us.  This is a signed copy.
  • James Burl Hogins, editor, Literature:  A Collection of Mythology and Folklore, Short Stories, Poetry, Drama, and Literary Criticism.  Textbook with 44 stories, eight ;plays six articles of litcrit, and a jillion (398 pages of a total 962 pages) poems.  Judging from a brief scan of the contents, the editor might be a bit generous in his definitions of mythology and folklore.
  • Susan J. Morris, editor, Realms off the Dead.  Gaming (Forgotten Realms/The Haunted Lands) tie-in anthology with a dozen stories.
  • Billie Sue Mosiman, Malichi's Moon.  Vampire novel, sequel to Mosiman's Red Moon Rising.  Malachi was a dhampir, born of a vampire mother and a mortal father.  He faces  danger on two fronts:  from Balthazar, a predator organizing a secret army to overthrow the established vampire order, and from Charles Upton, a "made" vampire, imprisoned for long years in a monastery in Thailand, all the time planning to seize control of the vampires and unleashing a reign of bloody terror that threatens to destroy all vampires and mortals alike.
  • Carrie Patel, The Buried Life.  Fantasy novel.  "The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hides secrets and lies.  when Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the urder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of preservation -- Ricoletta's top-secret historical research facility."  This one's an ARC.
  • Robert Sheckley, Aliens:  Aliens Harvest.  Movie franchise tie-in novel.  "With a highjacked spaceship and a crew of hardcase misfits, [scientist Stan Myakovsky and skilled thief Julie Lish search] for the ultimate pot of gold at the end of a bloody intergalactic rainbow:  royal jelly from an alien hive.  The only problem is that the fortune lies on the universe's most godforsaken planet.  And once they get their hands on it, they'll have to fight their way past the aliens to get off the planet alive."

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