Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, October 24, 2011


A good mix this week.
  • Arthur Byron Cover, J. Michael Straczynski's Rising Stars, Book 1:  Born in Fire.  SF novel based on the graphic novel series.
  • Jay Bonansinga, Perfect Victim.  Thriller.
  • Matthew J. Costello, Child's Play 3.  Movie tie-in novel.
  • Richard Dalby, editor, Mystery for Christmas.  Anthology with 23 stories. 
  • Greg Egan, Quarantine.  SF.  Egan's debut novel.
  • [Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine].  November 1977 and October 1979 issues.
  • James Ellroy, editor.  The Best American Mystery Stories 2002.  Twenty stories in this one.  Otto Penzler, as usual, serves as series editor. 
  • John Farris, Solar Eclipse.  Thriller.
  • Phylis R. Fenner, editor, Midnight Prowlers:  Stories of Cats and Their Enslaved Owners.  YA anthology with ten stories by well-known writers.  This copy signed with inscription by the editor.
  • Susan M. Garrett, Forever Knight:  Imitations of Mortality.  TV tie-in novel.
  • Christopher Golden, Stephen R. Bissette, and Thomas E. Sniegoski, Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  The Monster Book.  A nonfiction guide to the television show.
  • Heather Graham, Dust to Dust.  Horror; Book 1 of The Prophecy.
  • Devin Grayson, Smallville:  City.  Television tie-in novel.
  • Simon Hawke, Batman:  To Stalk a Specter.  Comic book tie-in novel.
  • Brian Hodge, Hellboy:  On Earth as It Is in Hell.  Comic book tie-in novel.
  • Maxim Jakubowski, editor, The Mammoth Book of Vintage Whodunnits.  Twenty-seven short stories dating from 1834 to 1935.
  • Peter James, Possession.  Horror.  According to the author's blurb, this book "is the result of his own experiences with the supernatural."
  • Stuart M. Kaminsky, The Big Silence and Lieberman's Law.  Both mysteries featuring Chicago PD detective Abe Lieberman.
  • "Robin Karl" [R. Karl Largent], Amityville:  The Nightmare Continues.  One more milking of the horror meme.
  • Louis L'Amour, The Sixth Shotgun.  Western collection of two stories, plus an informative 47-page forward by Jon Tuska.
  • "Jeffrey Lord", Blade:  (#2) The Jade Warrior; (#8) Undying World; (#10) Ice Dragon; (#11) Dimension of Dreams; (#17) The Mountains of Brega; (#19) Looters of Tharn; (#22) The Forests of Gleor; (#24) The Dragons of Englor; (#28) Wizard of Rentoro; (#33) Killer Plants of Binaark.  There were 37 books in the series.  Of those listed above, the first two were written by Manning Lee Stokes.  The other eight were written by Roland J. Green.
  • Marjorie M. Liu, X-Men:  Dark Mirror.  Comic Book tie-in novel.
  • Ellen MacGregor and Dora Pantell, Miss Pickerell on the Trail.  One of a zillion adventures of Miss Pickerell (of Square Toe Farm) written after MacGregor's death.  A quick glimpse through the book makes me wonder, where's Miss Pickerell's pet cow?  The cow has been on many an adventure but seems to be completely lacking in this book.  Has an anti-cow agenda begun?  Hope not.
  • Cort Martin, Bolt #24:  Rawhide Jezebel.  Adult western.  Jory Sherman wrote a lot of these, so perhaps this one?
  • T. Chris Martindale, Nightblood.  Horror.
  • Neil McAleer, Arthur C. Clarke:  The Authorized Biography.  Clarke's life to 1992.
  • Christopher Moore, Coyote Blue.  Fantasy based on American Indian myth.
  • James Morrow, The Last Witchfinder.  Historical/picaresque novel.
  • Warren Murphy and James Mullaney, The New Destroyer:  Guardian Angel, Choke Hold, and Dead Reckoning.  The first three books in the series reboot -- but not actually a reboot, but more of a step backwards, ignoring the last dozen or so books:  i.e., those ghosted by Tim Somheil.  Sadly, the new series lasted for only one more novel.
  • Warren Murphy & Richard Sapir, creators, The Destroyer #144:  Holy Mother.  Written by Tim Somheil.  The next to last of the original series and one of which Murphy and Mullaney have chosen to ignore (see above).
  • Mel Odom, Vertical Limit.  Movie tie-in novel.
  • Thomas Perry, Vanishing Act.  A Jane Whitefield mystery.
  • Ian Rankin, Let It Bleed.  A John Rebus mystery.
  • Kenneth Robeson, The Spook Legion.  Number 18 in the Bantam Doc Savage reprint series, originally published in Doc Savage Magazine in April, 1935.  As is most often the case, lester Dent is the man behind the mask this time.
  • John Saul, Nathaniel.  Horror.
  • Wm. Mark Simmons, One Foot in the Grave.  Fantasy.  Vampires, witches, and werewolves, oh my!
  • Louise Simonson, Batman:  Gotham Knight.  Novelization of the animated movie.
  • Dana Stabenow, editor, Wild Crimes.  Mystery anthology.  Eleven stories.
  • Bruce Sterling, Holy Fire.  SF.
  • Theodore Sturgeon & Don Ward, Sturgeon's West.  Collection of Sturgeon's western stories; three out of the seven stories were cowritten by Ward.
  • Mark Upton, Dark Summer.  Horror.
  • Graham Watkins, The Fire Within.  Horror.
  • Robert Westall, Ghost Abbey.  YA horror.

1 comment:

  1. The Somheil books were ignored with good reason, bur, collector that I am, I have them all.