Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, July 24, 2017


  • Lois McMaster Bujold, Young Miles.  SF omnibus of two novels and a novella in the Miles Vorkosigan series:  The Warrior's Apprentice, "The Mountains of Mourning" (winner of the 1990 Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novella), and The Vor Game (winner of the 1991 Hugo Award for Best Novel).
  • David Drake, The Far Side of the Stars.  Military SF, the third novel in the Lt. Leary series.  "While the Republic of Cinnabar is at peace with the Alliance, warriors like Lt. Daniel Leary and Signals Officer Adele Mundy must find other work -- like escorting a pair of wealthy nobles on an expedition to the back of beyond!  The Princess Cecile, the corvette in which they carved their reputations in letters of fire, has been sold as a private yacht, but she still has her guns, her missiles, and her veteran crew.  Daniel and Adele will need all of those things as they face winged dragons, an Alliance auxiliary cruiser, jealous lovers, and a mysterious oracle which really does see the future.  That won't be enough, though, when they penetrate a secret Alliance base and find a hostile fleet ready for a war that will sweep Cinnabar out of a strategically crucial arm of the galaxy.  Preventing that will involve skill, courage,and more luck than a sane man could even pray for, and it will require a space battle on a scale that a tiny corvette like The Princess Cecile has no business being involved in."
  • Adrian McKinty, In the Morning I'll Be Gone.  A Sean Duffy mystery, the third book in The Troubles trilogy.  "The early 1980s.  Belfast.  Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) is recruited by MI5, the British intelligence agency, to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze Prison.  In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts:  she herself wants justice for her daughter who died under mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.  Sean knows that if he can crack the "locked room mystery," the bigger mystery of Dermot's location might be revealed to him as a reward.  Meanwhile, the clock is ticking down to the 1984 Conservative Party Conference in Brighton, where Mrs. Thatcher is due to give a keynote speech..."
  • Robert B. Parker, Blue Screen, a Sunny Randall mystery in which "Sunny is hired vy a sleazy producer to serve as bodyguard for his prize client -- an impossibly spoiled B-list beauty whose backstory is full of deadly complications..."  And there's a guest appearance by Paradise police chief Jesse Stone!  Speaking of Stone, Death in Paradise,  in which "Stone is looking for two things:  the killer of a teenage girl -- and someone, anyone, who is willing to claim the body..."  Jesse Stone also takes center stage in Sea Change:  "after the body of a divorced Florida heiress washes ashore in Paradise, Jess Stone discovers her kinkly secrets -- and a sordid past that casts suspicion on everyone she knew, from firends to family.  Unfortunately no one is talking, so it's up to Stone to speak for the dead..."

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