Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, June 17, 2013


  • Stephen E. Ambrose, Crazy Horse and Custer:  The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors.  Non-fiction.
  • Mike Ashley, editor, The Best of British SF 1.  SF anthology with eighteen stories.
  • A. A. Attanasio - The Serpent and the Grail.  Arthurian fantasy.
  • Esmahan Aykol, Baksheesh.  A Kati Hirshel Istanbul mystery.
  • John Barnes, Orbital Resonance.  SF.
  • Dan Brown, Infernal.  The latest Robert Langdon mega-bestseller, this time dealing with codes (go figure) and Dante.  I was not impressed by any in the series and absolutely hated the last one, but I paid seventeen cents (including tax) for the book, so what the hell?
  • Orson Scott Card, Ender in Exile.  SF, the direct sequel to Ender's Game.
  • Lin Carter, Darya of the Bronze Age. Fantasy, fourth in the Eric of Zanthodon series.
  • Dennis Cooper, Horror Hospital Unplugged.  An acid trip of a graphic novel with gay themes.  Art by Keith Mayerson.
  • Michael Cox & R. A. Gilbert, editors, The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories.  Thirty- five stories, many very familiar, with a helpful appendix (a "select chronological conspectus") listing books of that period containing ghost stories.
  • Brian D'Amato, In the Court of the Sun.  Time travel/Mayan Apocalypse thriller , the first of a trilogy.  It took D'Amato seventeen years to produce this, his second novel; too long, much too long following Beauty.  D'Amato is a sculptor, so we should just be thankful he squeezes the time in to write.
  • L. Sprague de Camp, The Golden Wind.  Historical novel set in the First Century B.C.
  • "Asa Drake" (C. Dean Andersson) - Werebeasts of Hel.  Fantasy, third in the series.
  • "D. B. Drumm," Traveler #2:  Kingdom Come, #6:  Border War, and #7:  The Road Ghost.  Post-apocalyptic men's action adventure.  The first two were ghosted by John Shirley; the third by Ed Naha.
  • "Wesley Ellis," Lone Star and the Kansas Wolves.  Adult western.  This is #4 in a series that lasted for 153 books.  "Ellis" is a house name that has been used by at least six authors; not sure who did this one.
  • Trish Gallagher, Ghosts & Haunted Houses of Maryland.  I checked; my house is not listed.
  • David Gerrold, A Day for Damnation.  SF; Book 2 in The War Against the Chtorr.  This is a revised edition.
  • "George G. Gilman" (Terry Harknett), Edge #6:  Red River and #31:  The Guilty Ones.  Adult westerns.
  • Ed Greenwood, Elminster in Myth Drannor and The Temptation of Elminster.  Gaming (Forgotten Realms) tie-in novels.
  • Herbert Harris, editor, John Creasey's Crime Collection 1987.  An anthology of sixteen stories by members of the Crime Writer's Association.  This is the 21st annual anthology edited by Harris, following Creasey's own John Creasey's Mystery Bedside Book, which had run for six years.
  • David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, editors, Year's Best SF 9.  SF anthology with twenty stories.
  • Roy Hazelwood & Stephen G. Michaud, Dark Dreams.  Hazelwood is a former FBI profiler.  This book was a nominee for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.
  • Douglas Hirt, Deadwood.  Western.
  • Tony Hillerman & Rosemary Herbert, editors, A New Omnibus of Crime. Mystery anthology with twenty-seven stories; Sue Grafton and Jeffery Deaver, contributing editors.  Marking the 75th anniversary of the Dorothy L. Sayers-edited Omnibus of Crime, this book collects some of the best stories of our time.  (Note that the Sayers volume -- one of three published from 1929 to 1934 -- was originally titled Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror; The Omnibus of Crime title was for the slightly altered American versions [1929-1935].  Sayers, of course, had a large section of weird and fantasy stories in her anthologies, while Hillerman and Herbert do not.)
  • James P. Hogan, The Multiplex Man.  SF, winner of the Prometheus Award.
  • Nancy Holder, Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Chosen.  Television tie-in novel.  This one novelizes the entire seventh (and final) season of the show.  This particular copy does not list Holder's name anywhere on the book.
  • Kyle Hollingshead, Across the Border.  Western.
  • John R. Holt, When We Dead Awaken.  Horror.
  • David Ignatius, Bloodmoney, Body of Lies, and The Increment.  Spy guys, all.
  • Robert Jordan, Conan the Unconquered.  Sword and sorcery pastiche.  It's not Robert E. Howard but, then, it's not Lin Carter.
  • William H. Keith, Jr., Bolo Brigade.  SF novel continuing Keith Laumer's Bolo series.
  • Damon Knight, editor, Orbit 12.  SF anthology with either eleven or fourteen stories, depending on how you count 'em.
  • Manfred Lurker, Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons.  Non-fiction.  Many entries, not much detail.
  • Roosevelt Mallory, Radcliff:  New Jersey Showdown.  Blaxplotation men's action adventure novel.  The fourth (and final?) book in the series from Holloway House.
  • George R. R. Martin, editor, Wild Cards #18:  Busted Flush.  SF "mosaic novel" by nine authors.
  • Peter McCurtin, The Assassin #1:  Manhattan Massacre.  Men's action adventure novel.
  • Andy McDermott, Return to Atlantis.  A Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase thriller.
  • Dennis L. McKiernan, The Iron Tower.  Fantasy.  A Mithgar omnibus containing The Dark Tide, Shadows of Doom, and The Darkest Day.
  • Gina McKinnon, 500 Essential Cult Books:  The Ultimate Guide.  Non-fiction.  I've only read about 100 of them, and -- sad to say -- a number of the more obvious ones (Catcher in the Rye, 1984, On the Road, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.) I've never gotten around to.
  • Marcia Muller, Dead Midnight.  A Sharon McCone mystery.
  • Francis M. Nevins, Jr. & Martin Harry Greenberg, editors, Hitchcock in Prime Time.  Mystery anthology with twenty stories that were adapted for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
  • Steve Niles, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend.  Graphic novel version of the classic fantasy novel.  Art by Elman Brown.
  • Kristina Ohlsson, Unwanted.  Scandinavian mystery featuring investigative analyst Frederika Bergman.  The back cover blurb says this is an award-winning mystery, but damned if I can figure out what award.  Can anyone help?
  • Byron Priess, John Betancourt, & Keith R. A. DeCandido, editors, The Ultimate Dragon.  Fantasy anthology with nineteen stories.
  • David Robbins, Bluff City (a Ralph Compton novel).  Western.
  • "James Rollins" (James Czajkowski), Blood Line.  A Sigma Force thriller.
  • John Saul, Black Lightning, The God Project, Nightshade, and The Presence.  Horror novels.
  • David J. Skal, The Monster Show:  A Cultural History of Horror.  Non-fiction.  Revised edition.
  • Olen Steinhauer, The Tourist.  Spy guy.
  • "Peggy Swenson"  (Richard E. Geis) - Snow Bound.  Adult novel.  Geis (who passed away recently) was the Hugo-winning editor of Science Fiction Review and The Alien Critic.  Almost all of his professional writing was done in the adult fields.  "Swenson" was a pen-name used mainly for lesbian novels.
  • Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, Dragons of Autumn Twilight and Dragons of Winter Night.  Gaming (DragonLance) tie-in novels.
  • J. N. Williamson & John Maclay, Wards of Armageddon.  Thriller.
  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Michael  for the Millennium.  Supposed non-fiction, the fourth book about Michael, a collective spirit guide.


  1. I'm debating whether to read Dan Brown's INFERNO. Sounds predictable. I'm game for an Edge any day. Don't see many of GGG's books in my parts.

    1. Kitty is reading it now, Prashant. Evidently it started off well, but now she is plowing through it very slowly. It'll be my turn sometime after she finishes it, although I may delay reading it until some time when I'm in the mood for self-flagellation. I'm sure I will enjoy the Edge books much more.

  2. Where does one find, say, a Peggy Swenson novel of late?

    1. It's been a long, long time since I have seen a Swenson -- or a Richard E. Geis -- book on sale anywhere but the internet. This one popped up unexpectedly at Mackay's Used Books in Manassas, Virginia.

    2. Ah, McKay's! It's been dog's years.


    Kristina Ohlsson (b. 1979) is a political scientist and until recently held the position of Counter-Terrorism Officer at OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). She has previously worked at the Swedish Security Service, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish National Defense College, where she was a junior expert on the Middle East conflict and the foreign policy of the European Union. She made her debut in 2009 with Unwanted, the first installment in a series featuring investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman. Ohlsson's two following novels, The Daisy and Guardian Angels, were both shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award for 'Best Crime Novel of the Year' in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Kristina's children's fiction debut The Glass Children, the first installment in a trilogy about three 12-year-old friends in a small town, was published in 2013 and received rave reviews.

    Kristina Ohlsson is rapidly becoming one of Sweden's most popular crime writers, and was awarded the 2010 Stabilo Prize for 'Best Crime Writer of Southern Sweden'.

  4. Phil loved THE TOURIST. The rest--don't know anything about.

  5. I suspect a lot of these are just not your cup of tea, Patti.

    1. Though aside from the crime fiction, I suspect Patti wouldn't hate the Attanasio (an old friend) or a few of the others (the ORBIT antho, etc.). Though perhaps there are other Attanasios she might start better with...

  6. This week I bought a copy of 500 Essential Cult Books, but haven't taken the time to see how many I have or read. Like you, I have not read some of the obvious ones. This book is worth getting just for the book cover art that includes as many as four different covers for some titles.