- Robert Adams, Monsters and Magicians (Stairway to Forever: Book II). Fantasy.
- Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, The Trinity Paradox. SF.
- Piers Anthony, Bio of an Ogre. Autobiography.
- Rober Asprin, Phule's Company. Humorous SF.
- Ben Bova, Escape Plus. SF collection of eleven stories, included the 1970 YA novel Escape!.
- Terry Brooks, The Wishsong of Shannara. Pseudo-Tolkien. Number three in the series.
- C. J. Cherryh, Cuckoo's Egg. SF.
- Arthur C. Clarke, Imperial Earth. SF.
- Walt Coburn, Coffin Ranch: A Western Trio. Three novellas from Action Stories and 10 Story Western, 1927-1937. Edited by Jon Tuska.
- "Jackson Cole" [Leslie Scott], The Death Riders. A Jim Hatfield, Texas Ranger novel.
- Aleister Crowley, Book 4. The self-named "Great Beast" with a primer on Magick, Yoga, and mysticism. Ho-hum.
- Ellen Datlow, editor, The First OMNI Book of Science Fiction and The Second OMNI Book of Science Fiction. The first volume has 14 stories from OMNI circa 1978-1982; the second has 17 stories, all but one from 1979-1982, with an additional "original" story translated from the Russian.
- Samuel R. Delaney, Tales of Neveryon. Fantasy; five stories.
- Philip Jose Farmer, Gods of Riverworld. SF; the sixth novel in the series.
- "G. G. Fickling" [Gloria and Forrest E. Fickling], Kiss for a Killer. Honey West, the female Mike Hammer, in a case involving an evangelical christian nudist camp and a car full of turantulas.
- Alan Dean Foster, The Day of the Dissonance and The Moment of the Magician. Books 3 and 4 in the Spellsinger fantasy series.
- Eric Garcia, Anonymous Rex. A PI novel with dinosaurs; first of a series.
- Elizabeth George, With No One as Witness. An Inspector Lynley/Sergeant Havers mystery. Spoiler Alert: This is the where Helen is offed!
- Peter F. Hamilton, The Reality Disfunction, Part 2: Expansion. SF.
- Graham Joyce, The Facts of Life. WWII (and post WWII) family novel which takes place in England and shows us that magical realism is not a province strictly for Latin writers.
- Katherine Kurtz, The Bishop's Heir, The King's Justice, and The Quest for King Camber. Fantasy trilogy comprising The Histories of King Kelson. Also, The Legacy of Lehr. SF.
- Louis L'Amour, Comstock Lode. Western.
- Sterling E. Lanier, Hiero's Journey. SF.
- Robert Lory, Dracula's Brothers. Horror, number 3 in the Dracula Horror Series, one of a gazillion books packaged by Lyle Kenyon Engle in the 70s.
- T. J. MacGregor, Vanished. Thriller/horror.
- D. Keith Mano, The Bridge. SF.
- Sharyn McCrumb, The Ballad of Frankie Silver. An Appalachian novel; McCrumb doesn't like to call them mysteries. (I forgive her for that because she writes so darned well and because she looks a lot like my sister.)
- Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey, Elvenblood. Fantasy. Book Two of the Halfblood Chronicles.
- Robert Rankin, Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls. Fantasy with more than a twist of humour.
- Mike Resnick, Martin H. Greenberg, and Loren D. Estleman, editors, Deals with the Devil. Fantasy/horror anthology with 32 original stories.
- Anne Rice, Merrick. A mash-up of Rice's Vampire and Witch series, from her post-erotica, pre-Christian period.
- Melissa Scott, Mighty Good Road. SF.
- Irving Shulman, The Big Brokers. The third book in The Amboy Dukes trilogy. The Amboy Dukes (1947 and the first in the trilogy) was a national best-seller and was the book that brought juvenile delinquents to the American forefront. In Cry Tough! (1949) one of the gang members tries to go straight after a stretch in prison. Finally, in The Big Brokers (1951), three of the gang members graduate to the mob and are sent to Las Vegas. It's been over 40 years since I have read the trilogy and I was happy to find this book. Tame stuff now, but it was pretty exciting in its time. [Irving, by the way, added to his street cred by writing the preliminary script to Rebel Without a Cause; he later novelized his script as Good Deeds Must Be Punished.]
- Duane Swierczynski, Severance Package. Crime novel.
- Kenneth Von Gunden, K-9 Corps. SF.
- David Weber, The Armageddon Inheritance. SF.
- Roger Zelazny, Eye of Cat. SF.
Small House of Everything
Monday, December 19, 2011
A lot of SF and fantasy this week, mixed in with some good westerns. Plus, Honey West (!) and the conclusion to Irving Shulman's Amboy Dukes trilogy. I'm in a holiday mood now.
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