Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, July 16, 2012


If I have never mentioned what a wise and wonderful woman I married, let me do so now.  In our ramblings this week, she absolutely REFUSED to pick up a copy of Fifty Shades of Gray.  Yea, Kitty!

Many anthologies this week, mostly SF.

  • Dan Abnett, The Founding:  A Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus.  This omnibus contains only the first three of the four volumes in the series:  First and Only, Ghostmaker, and Necropolis, as well as a related short story.  Need I mention that these are gaming (Warhammer 40,000) tie-ins?
  • John Joseph Adams, editor, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (with twenty-nine Sherlockian fantasy stories) and Wastelands:  Stories of the Apocalypse (with twenty-two SF stories).
  • Mike Ashley, editor, The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy (thirty-two stories, including one by John Cleese --  you can't get mammothly more awesome than that) and The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction (nineteen stories).
  • Jim Baen, editor, New Destinies, Volume VII (Spring 1989).  An issue of "The Paperback Magazine; five stories, six articles, and an opinion piece.
  • Nevada Barr, Hunting Season.  An Anna Pigeon mystery.
  • Neal Barrett, Jr., Karma Corps.  SF with a distinctly Barrett twist.
  • David Bischoff, The Destiny Dice.  Fantasy, Book One of The Gaming Magi.
  • Terry Bisson, Voyage to the Red Planet.  SF.
  • E. F. Bleiler, editor, Three Victorian Detective Novels.  Actually, this omnibus contains three Victorian novellas:  The Unknown Weapon by Andrew Forrester, My Lady's Money by Wilkie Collins, and the "locked room" classic The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwell.  In his introduction, Bleiler notes that Forrester may be a pseudonym.
  • Lawrence Block, editor, Opening Shots.  A mystery/crime anthology with "first" stories by nineteen well-known writers.
  • Ben Bova, Vengeance of Orion.  SF.
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley, editor, Free Amazons of Darkover.  Fantasy, a shared world anthology with nineteen stories.  Does anyone else remember when Darkover was a science fiction series?
  • Albert Brooks, Twenty Thirty:  The Real Story of What Happens to America.  SF.
  • Algis Budrys, editor, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.  The first volume (from 1985) of the ever-continuing, sometimes controversial (that's Hubbard's name on the cover -- duh) series.  I had forgotten that some of the "writers of the future" in this volume were Nina (Kiriki) Hoffman, Karen Joy Fowler, David Zindell, and Dean Wesley Smith.
  • [Buffy the Vampire Slayer],  Tales of the Slayer, vol. 2& 3.  Omnibus collection of two anthologies, totally fourteen stories in the Buffy-verse, ranging from 980 A.D. Japan to dawn of the 21st Century Sunnydale.
  • C. J. Cherryh, Faery in Shadow.  Fantasy
  • Douglas Clegg, The Vampiricon:  The Priest of Blood.  Horror; first of a series.
  • "Manning Coles" (Adelaide Frances Oke Manning and Cyril Henry Coles), Without Lawful Authority.  A Tommy Hambleton adventure.
  • Jack Dann, editor, Nebula Awards 32.  SF anthology.  Eight nominated stories (including three winners), a 1957 story by GrandMaster Jack Vance, poems from the two Rhysling Award winners, and a bunch of notes, articles, and appendices.
  • Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, editors, Timegates.  SF anthology about time travel, with twelve stories.
  • Jeffrey Deaver, creator, Watchlist.  Two round-robin novels from the International Thriller Writers:  The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet, both featuring former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton.  If I counted right, twenty-two authors were involved in this project.
  • L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, editors, 3000 Years of Fantasy and Sience Fiction.  Eight stories, two excerpts, and one abridgement bring us from Homer to Isaac Asimov.
  • [Detective Book Club]  Three omnibus volumes, each with three mystery novels.  The first has Hush-a-Bye Murder by David Alexander (a Bret Hardin mystery), Poor Harriet by Elizabeth Fenwick, and Death of an Ambassador by "Manning Coles" (a Tommy Hambleton adventure).  The second volume has The Case of the Glamourous Ghost by Erle Stanley Gardner (a Perry Mason mystery), Death and Mr. Potter by Rae Foley, and The Man in the Green Hat by "Manning Coles" (Tommy Hambleton again).  The third volume has The Case of the Lazy Lover by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason again), Untidy Murder by Frances & Richard Lockridge (a Pam and Jerry North mystery), and Let the Tiger Die by "Manning Coles" (Tommy Hambleton, yet again). 
  • Gordon R. Dickson, Other.  SF, sequel to Young Bleys.
  • Gardner Dozois, editor, The Year's Best Science Fiction:  Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection.  Thirty SF stories from 2008.  A brief glance at the books 36-page introduction shows that a proofreader was very badly needed.
  • David Drake, All the Way to the Gallows.  SF/fantasy collection of eight stories, all admittedly gallows humor.
  • "Wesley Ellis," Lone Star at Cripple Creek.  Number 90 in the long-running adult western series.
  • John Farris, Phantom Nights.  Horror.
  • Howard Fast, The Unvanquished.  Historical novel.
  • Robert Fleming, Havoc After Dark:  Tales of Terror.  Fourteen horror stories.
  • Alan Dean Foster, Star Wars:  The Approaching Storm.  SF.  From the never-ending movie tie-in series.
  • Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett, editors, Hot Blood XI:  Fatal Attractions.  Eighteen erotic horror stories.
  • Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski, Tears of the Furies. Dark fantasy in the Menagerie series.
  • Mo Hayder, The Treatment.  A Jack Caffery thriller.
  • Howard Haycraft and John Beecroft, editors, 3x3, Volume III.  Four mystery stories and Ngaio Marsh's Roderick Alleyn novel Night at the Vulcan.
  • Barb & J. C. Hendee, Sister of the Dead. Fantasy novel in the Noble Dead series.
  • Shaun Hutson, Shadows.  Horror.
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, The Lions of Al-Rassan and Tigana.  Fantasies both.
  • Katherine Kerr, editor, The Shimmering Door.  Fantasy collection with thirty-two stories about shamans, sorcerors, and the like.
  • Holly Lisle & Walter Spence, The Devil & Dan Cooley. Fantasy novel.
  • Bentley Little, The Walking.  horror.
  • Jonathan Maberry, The Wolfman.  Movie tie-in.
  • Graham Masterton, Corroboree.  Historical novel set in Australia.
  • Jack McDevitt, Deepsix.  SF.
  • Andre Norton, editor, Small Shadows Creep.  Anthology of eight stories by classic horror authors.
  • Andre Norton & Sherwood Smith, Derelict for Trade.  A Solar Queen SF novel.
  • Gerald Page & Hank Reinhardt, editors, Heroic Fantasy.  Fourteen sword & sorcery stories, including F. Paul Wilson's "Demonsong," the first story in his Adversary Cycle.
  • T. Jefferson Parker, Laguna Heat.  Mystery.
  • "William Patrick" (Peter Haining), editor, Mysterious Sea Stories.  Fourteen nautical horror stories.
  • Otto Penzler, editor, The Vampire Archives.  Massive doorstop anthology with eighty-five vampire stories with a 111-page (!) bibliography of vampire stories.
  • William S. Rossiter, editor, Days and Ways of Old Boston.  Kitty found this 1915 edition of Boston history.  Nine articles  The previous owner had placed inside the back cover an article from the Boston Sunday Herald (3-16-66) with a replica of the first American aerial photo of Boston, from 1860.  Interesting.
  • Fred Saberhagen, Berserker Fury.  SF.
  • Arthur W. Saha, editor, The Year's Best Fantasy Stories:  10 and The Year's Best Fantasy Stories:  11.  Collections of fantasy stories from 1983 (eleven stories) and 1984 (thirteen stories).
  • John Shirley, Doom.  Movie (and gaming) tie-in novel.
  • Robert Silverberg, editor, Legends II.  Eleven short novels in various best-selling fantasy series.
  • Dan Simmons, Worlds Enough & Time.  Collection of five SF stories.
  • David Skibbins, Eight of Swords.  Winner of the Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press Best First Mystery contest.
  • Guy N. Smith, Witch Spell.  Horror.
  • Dana Stabenow, editor, Unusual Suspects.  Anthology with a dozen fantasy/detective stories.
  • Brian Thomsen and Martin H. Greenberg, editors, Alternate Gettysburgs.  Twelve SF stories, four articles, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
  • Roy Torgeson, editor, Chrysalis 8.  SF anthology with twelve stories.
  • "P. J. Tracy" (Patricia and Traci Lambrecht), Shoot to Thrill.  A Monkeewrench mystery.
  • Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg, editors, The Best Military Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century.  Thirteen stories dating from 1951 to 1987, which pretty much covers the Twentieth Century, IMHO.
  • Ian Watson, The Books of the Black Current.  Omnibus SF volume containing The Book of the River, The Book of the Stars, and The Book of Being.
  • J. N. Williamson, Evil Offspring.  Horror.
  • Stuart Woods, Worst Fears Realized.  A Stone Barrington mystery.

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