Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, September 10, 2012


  • Robert Adams, Martin H. Greenberg, & Pamela Crippen Adams, editors. Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds.  In this world, at least, the anthology has nine stories, a number of them classics.
  • "Victor Appleton"(I'm not sure who the author/s is/are in this fifth series of Swift adventures) , Tom Swift, Young Inventor #2:  The Robot Olympics.  Juvenile SF. This latest series ran from 2006-7 for a total of six volumes.   Hard to believe but the original Tom Swift saw the light of day over a century ago.
  • "William Arden" (Dennis Lynds), The Three Investigators #10:  The Mystery of the Moaning Cave.  Juvenile mystery.  This was the first in the series by Lynds, and this edition has eliminated all mention of Alfred Hitchcock except for some very small print on the copyright page  And Alfred Hitchcock & The Three Investigators #12:  The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow.  The second in the series by Lynds.  (#11 was the last written by Robert Arthur, who had recently passed away.)
  • Robert Arthur, Alfred Hitchcock & The Three Investigators #5:  The Mystery of the Vanishing Treasure and #7:  The Mystery of the Fiery Eye.  Juvenile mysteries.
  • Pierre Audemars, The Crown of Night.  A Monsieur Pinard mystery.  Despite the sound of his name, the fact that the book takes place in France, and that the detective is a member of the Surete, Audmars was British.
  • Chuck Bainbridge, The Hard Corps #6:  An American Nightmare.  Men's adventure novel.  I believe their were eight volumes in the series.  I don't know if Bainbridge was a real person or a house name; can anyone help me out?
  • Kemp P. Battle, compiler, Great American Folklore:  Legends, Tales, Ballads, and Superstitions from All Across America.  I'm a sucker for this kind of book.
  • Steven Brust, Jhereg.  Fantasy in the Adventures of Vlad Taltos series.  This copy was signed by Brust.
  • Steven Coonts, Saucer.  Thriller with an SF background.
  • Jack Cummings, The Rough Rider.  Western,
  • Richie Tankersley Cusick, The Lifeguard and Trick or Treat.  YA horror.
  • Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, editors, The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales.  YA fantasy anthology with 26 stories and poems.
  • Helen Eustis, The Fool Killer.  Suspense.  This edition was repacked as a YA historical.
  • John Farris, Happy Anniversary, Harrison High.  Farris first hit the best-seller list Harrison High in 1959; this is the fourth of five follow-ups.
  • Eric Flint and David Drake, The Tide of Victory.   The fifth book in the Belarius serius, featuring everyone's favorite 6th Cenury general.
  • David Gemmell, Legend, The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend, and The Legend of Deathwalker.  Fantasy.  Three in the Drenai Saga.
  • Charlaine Harris, A Bone to Pick.  An Aurora Teagarden mystery.
  • Rick Hautala, Dark Silence.  Horror.
  • "Jack Hild" (William Baetz this time), The Barrabas Fix.  Number 27 in the Soldiers of Barrabas men's adventure series.
  • Ray Hogan, Rebel Ghost.  Marketed as a western, this is a novel about Confederate Major John Mosby (1833-1916), the "Gray Ghost."  When I lived in Manassas, Virginia, I saw a photograph (circa 1905) of Mosby and several other cronies chewing the fat on the porch of a general store.  He looked unassuming.  Can't always tell a book by its cover.
  • Ruby Jean Jenson, Night Thunder.  Horror.
  • Jeff Lindsay,  Darkly Dreaming Dexter.  Everyone's favorite serial killer with a conscience.
  • T. Jefferson Parker, The Blue Hour. A Merci Rayburn thriller.
  • R. A. Salvatore, The Icewind Dale Trilogy.  Fantasy omnibus containing The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The Halfling's Gem.
  • Peter Sellers, editor. Arthur Ellis Awards:  An Anthology of Prize-Winning Crime & Mystery Fiction.  The Arthur Ellis Awards are the Crime Writers of Canada's version of the Edgars.  This anthology reprints the first twelve winners (from 1988 through 1999) in the Best Short Story catagory, along with a framing story by Ed Hoch which deals with a mystery at the annual Arthur Ellis Awards banquet.  An index of all the winning and nominated works (including novels, first novels, non-fiction, and juveniles) through 1999 will give you a lot of great suggestions for your TBR pile.
  • Norman Sprinrad, Russian Spring.   SF.  Begun before and published just after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • George Holbert Tucker, Virginia Supernatural Tales:  Ghosts, Witches and Eerie Doings.  Thirty-five folk tales and legends.
  • A. E. van Vogt and Kevin J. Anderson, Slan & Slan Hunter.  Omnibus of van Vogt's original classic SF novel and Anderson's completion of van Vogt's draft for a sequel.
  • Walter Wagerin, Jr., The Book of Sorrows.  Talking animal fantasy.
  • Nick West, Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators #14:  The Mystery of the Coughing Dragon.  Juvenile mystery.
  • J. N. Williamson, Affinity.  Horror.


  1. Nice assortment. I've read a few of these. The Icewind Dale trilogy, Coontz's Saucer. I have that Slan & Slan Hunter. Quite enjoyed the prospect of manual typewriters still being used in that future.

    I've read a couple of those original Tom Sifts.

  2. that's Swifts. Not even sure what a sift is.

  3. I think a sift is a giant robot that Tom invented to do something with flour and/or sands. Or not.

  4. Jerry, I have been meaning to ask you: by "incoming" do you mean you bought these books or borrowed them from the library? I can't imagine an incoming such as this every week! I'd have to move out. I'd love to read "Tom Swift" and "The Three Investigators" again. The rest are all new to me but I'll keep my eyes open for some of these.

  5. It's all books I've bought, Prashant. Most of them very cheaply, thank Goodness.