Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, December 9, 2013

INCOMING

  • Kelley Armstrong, Made To Be Broken.  Paranormal romance, part of the Women of the Otherworld series.
  • Nevada Barr, Blind Descent, Borderline, Endangered Species, High Country, Hunting Season, and A Superior Death.  Anna Pigeon mysteries.
  • Johnny D. Boggs, Camp Ford.  Western.
  • Kate Carlisle, Homicide in Hardcover and Murder Under Cover.  Mysteries in the Bibliophile Mystery series. Copyright by Kathleen Beaver, so the Carlisle name looks like a good choice.
  • Harlan Coburn, The Woods.  Thriller.
  • Thomas H. Cook, The Fate of Katherine Carr.  Mystery.
  • Basil Copper, The Caligari Complex, Heavy Iron, and House Dick.  A Mike Faraday P.I. mysteries.
  • Emma Donoghue, Room.  Psychological literary novel.
  • John Hardin, The Devil's Tramping Ground and Other North Carolina Mystery Stories.  Folklore.
  • James D. Horan, The Authentic West:  The Outlaws.  Nonfiction coffee table book.  Since I drink coffee and I have a table, this one was a no-brainer.
  • L. Ron Hubbard, Ron:  Writer:  Literary CorrespondenceLetters & Journals and Ron:  Writer:  The Shaping of Popular Fiction.  Contrary to Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Hubbard was a serviceable hack writer who produced a few very good stories.  The Ron series is Bridge Publications' (that is to say, the Church of Scientology's) attempt to convince people that  Hubbard was a polymath and the end-all and be-all rather than a slick charlatan who was trying to live down his many inconsistent accounts of himself.  Oh well, these slick little coffee table (see comment on James D. Horan, above) were 20 cents each and had a lot of pretty pictures.  The Correspondence volume is the most interesting, and includes to and from letters from various editors (including John W. Campbell), writers (including Robert A. Heinlein), and fans.  The cynic in me is convinced that the letters were selected to put Hubbard in the best light possible.  And, this volume has a 71-page (!!!) glossary which informs us (among others things) that "drop in (on)" means "to pay an informal visit or call" and that "Oklahoma" is "a state in the south central United States, north of the state of Texas."  Sweet Mother of God, what is the I.Q. level of their intended audience?
  • Joe R. Lansdale, Red Range.  Graphic novel...a western, actually.  But since it's Lansdale, there's a dinosaur, a hidden land, and a bunch of strangely pigmented conquistadors.  Artwork by Sam Glanzman.  Signed by Lansdale.
  • Patricia Moyes, Johnny Underground.  A Henry Tibbett mystery.
  • "Christopher Pike" (Kevin McFadden), Remember Me.  YA horror omnibus containing Remember Me, The Return, and The Last Story.
  • Edward Rowe Snow, Disaster at Sea.  Omnibus volume containing Marine Mysteries and Dramatic Disasters of New England, Sea Disasters and Inland Catastrophes, and Pirates, Shipwrecks and Historic Chronicles.  Snow (1902-1982) was a popular historian who was an authority on New England lore and maritime history.  When I was young, he was a popular guests on Boston's radio talk shows, his stories of ghosts and hidden treasure in New England fascinated me.  He was such a presence in New England, it was hard to believe there would be a time without him.
  • S. M. Stirling, Island in the Sea of Time.  SF/time travel/alternate history novel of the "Change."  Nantucket Island has somehow been transferred 1250 B.C. -- not good news for the island's boutique shops.
  • Blair Underwood, with Tanarive Due & Steven Barnes, Casanegra.  A Tennyson Hardwick mystery.  This one is evidently "action-packed" with "steamy scenes between the sheets."  Oh, my!
  • Randy Wayne White ("writing as Randy Striker"), Cuban Death-Lift, The Deadlier Sex, and Grand Cayman Slam.  Action/adventure novels featuring former Navy SEAL Dusky MacMorgan, first published in the early Eighties and republished with the author's own name from 2007-9.
  • Jane Yolen, Sword of the Rightful King.  YA Arthurian novel.

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