Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, July 4, 2011


A strange mix this week but (I think) a fairly good one, especially since the entire bunch cost less than $8.
  • [anonymous], Whizzer and Chips Annual 1981.  Humor.  British comics and young people's magazines often released hardcover annuals.  This is one from IPC Magazines, Ltd.  Aimed at the grade school market.
  • The Great Merlini (Clayton Rawson), The Golden Book of Magic.  Juvenile nonfiction with '"Amazing Tricks for Young Magicians."  I love Rawson's mysteries, especially those with The Great Merlini as the detective, so this one was a no-brainer.
  • Barb & C. J. Henderson, Dhampir and Thief of Lives.  Fantasy/horror novels, part of The Noble Dead Saga.
  • Gregory Maguire, What the Dickens:  The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy.  Fantasy.
  • Walter Mosley, Fortunate Son.  Novel. 
  • P. J. O'Rourke and Doug Kenney, editors, National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook -- 39th Reunion Edition.  Humor.  This is the original Yearbook with an updated preface and afterward by O'Rourke, so its all very funny.  Surprising, because the NatLamp name had been sold off years ago, which explains all those pitiful "National Lampoon Presents..." movies. 
  • Scott Rubin, editor, with Jay Naughton and Tom Snyders, compilers, National Lampoon's Big Book of True Facts.  Humor.  A riff on Leno's "Headlines" -- news clip and photos that should make one go, "Huh?"  Juxtaposition rulles in the photos, i.e., "Caution/Slow Kids on Road With No Shoulders/Dead End"  and an ad for "Three Brothers Restaurant" showing four brothers.  This is not from the original NatLamp gang, but it has its moments.
  • Sean Wallace & Paul G. Tremblay, editors, Fantasy.  Anthology of original stories selected by the editors of Fantasy magazine.
  • Robert Wilson, The Blind Man of Seville and A Darkening Stain.  Mysteries, the first a stand-alone, the second featuring Bruce Medway.
  • Cornell Woolrich, I Married a Dead Man.  Suspense.  This one was the basis of the Rikki Lake vehicle Mrs. Wintebourn, but please don't hold that against Woolrich.

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