Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, January 6, 2014


This post is going to make my fingers fall off!  Right after the holidays is a time to run into some thrift store gold -- at least as far as books are concerned.  Most of these were five for a buck or six for a could I resist?  Happy Epiphany!

  • Jeff Abbott, Black Jack Point and A Kiss Gone Bad.  Whit Mosley/Claudia Salazar mysteries. 
  • Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 2007.
  • Robert Asprin, The Cold Cash War (stand-alone SF) and Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections (a "Myth" fantasy).
  • "James Axler," Deathlands:  Shatterzone (Book I in the Coldfire Project series, written by Nick Pollatta) and three books in the Outlanders series:  Children of the Serpent and Mad God's Wrath (both written by Mark Ellis) and Sunlord (written by Victor Milan).  Men's apocalyptic action adventure.
  • (Colin) Bateman, Mystery Man and Nine Inches.  Mysteries. 
  • James P. Blaylock, 13 Phantasms and Other Stories.  Fantasy collection with 16 stories.
  • Marion Zimmer Braadley,  a buncha Darkover omnibuses:  The Ages of Chaos (containing Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress!), Darkover:  First Contact (containing Darkover Landfall and Two to Conquer), Heritage and Exile (containing The Heritage of Hastur and Sharra's Exile), The Saga of the Renunciates (containing The Shattered ChainThendara House, and City of Sorcery), and A World Divided (containing The Bloody Sun, Star of Danger, and The Winds of Darkover).  Also, the Darkover novel Traitor's Son.  SF.
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross, Zandru's Forge and A Flame in Hali.  Fantasy, Books Two and Three in the Clingfire trilogy set in the Darkover universe.  (Somewhere alone the line, Darkover drifted from a SF series to a fantasy series.)
  • Kenneth Bulmer, Land Beyond the Map, bound with Edmond Hamilton's Fugitive of the Stars.  An Ace SF double.
  • Bill Burchardt. Shotgun Bottom.  Western.
  • P. D. Cacek, Night Prayers.  Horror.
  • Martin Caidin, Encounter Three.  SF.
  • Ramsey Campbell, The Overnight.  Horror (in a bookstore, no less).
  • Joshua Cohen, Witz.  Literary doorstopper fantasy.
  • John Connolly, The Unquiet.  A Charlie Parker mystery.
  • Rick Cook, Wizardry Compiled, Wizardry Consulted, and Wizardry Cursed.  Wiz umwalt fantasies.
  • Thomas H. Cook, The Cloud of Unknowing.  Mystery.
  • Basil Copper, Into the Silence.  Horror.
  • Larry Correia, Monster Hunter International, Monster Hunter Legion, and Monster Hunter Vendetta -- all in the Monster Hunter series, Hard Magic, Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles.  Fantasies.
  • Dan Cushman, Tall Wyoming.  Western.
  • William L. DeAndrea, Five O'Clock Lightning.  Mystery.
  • "Greg Donegan" (Robert Mayer), Assault on Atlantis.  SF/fantasy/thriller.
  • David Drake, In the Stormy Red Sky.  Military SF in the RNC series.
  • Doranna Durgin, Angel:  Impressions.  Television tie-in novel.
  • Gardner Dozois, The Good New Stuff:  Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition.  Anthology with 17 stories from 1977 to 1998.
  • Cliff Farrell, Terror in Eagle Basin.  Western.
  • Raymond E. Feist, A Darkness in Sethanon and Shards of a Broken Crown.  Fantasies in the Midkemia universe.
  • Eric Flint, 1632.  SF novel, the first in the Ring of Fire series.
  • Eric Flint, editor, Grantville Gazette and Grantville Gazette II.  SF anthologies in the Ring of Fire series, the first with five stories and three articles, the second with eight stories and four articles.
  • Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis, 1634:  The Galileo Affair and 1635:  The Cannon Law.  SF novels in the  Ring of Fire series.
  • Alan Dean Foster, Season of the Spellsong (omnibus containing Spellsinger, The Hour of the Gate, and The Day of Dissonance) and Spellsinger's Scherzo (omnibus containing The Moment of the Magician, The Paths of the Perambulator, and The  Time of the Transference).  Fantasy, the first six (of eight) books in the Spellsinger series.
  • Lisa Gardner, The Survivors Club.  Mystery.
  • David Gemmell, The Legend of the Deathwalker and Winter Warriors.  Fantasies in the Drenai universe.
  • Ed Gorman, The Midnight Room and The Silver Scream.  Thrillers.
  • Richard Gilliam, Martin H. Greenberg, & Edward E. Kramer, editors, Grails:  Quests of the Dawn.  Fantasy anthology with 24 stories.
  • Ed Gorman, The Silver Scream.  Thriller.
  • Simon R. Green, Mistworld.  SF.
  • Martin H. Greenberg, editor, Lord of the Fantastic:  Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny.  SF/Fantasy anthology with 23 stories.
  • Martin H. Greenberg, editor, The Mutant Files.  SF anthology with 16 stories.
  • Frank Gruber, Lonesome River, Peace Marshall, and This Gun Is Still.  Westerns.
  • Peter Haining, editor, Knights of Madness.  Humorous fantasy anthology with 24 stories
  • G. A. Henty, Through the Fray:  A Tale of the Luddite Riots.  Boys historical adventure novel.  Henty (1832-1902) wrote 122 popular historical romances for boys.  This book was first published in 1886; this hardcover copy published by A. L. Burt is undated and w poribably published around the turn of the 19th to 20th century. The book is frayed and stained and the spine is slightly damaged but it kept yelling at me, "I'm only 99 cents!  Buy me!"  So I did.
  • William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone, Suicide Mission.  Action adventure.
  • Tabitha King, Pearl.  Novel.
  • Mercedes Lackey, Arrow's Fall (a Valdemar novel), The Robin and the Kestral (Book II in the Bardic Voices series), and The Black Sawn and Sacred Ground (stand-alones).  Fantasies.
  • Richard Laymon, No Sanctuary and Tread Softly.  Horror.
  • Tim Lebbon, Berserk.  Horror.
  • The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1983.
  • Patricia MacDonald, Secret Admirer.  Thriller.
  • Nancy Martin, Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die.  A Blackbird Sisters mystery.
  • Bob Mayer, Area 51:  The Nightstalkers, Book 2: The Book of Truths.  Thriller.
  • Andy McDermott, The Covenant of Genesis, The Pyramid of Doom, and The Secret of Excalibur.  Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase thrillers.
  • Dennis L. McKiernan, Tales of Mithgar.  Fantasy collection with eleven stories.
  • China Mieville, The City and the City.  SF?  Fantasy?  Do I care?
  • Miriam Grace Monfredo, Blackwater Spirits.  A Glynis Tryon mystery. 
  • Andrew Neiderman, Dead Time.  Horror.  Neiderman's the one who's been writing all those V. C. Andrews books.
  • Jo Nesbo, The Devil's Star.  A Harry Hole mystery.  Translated by Don Bartlett.
  • D. B. Newton, Guns of Warbonnet.  Western.
  • Andre Norton, Annals of the Witch World (omnibus of three early Witch World novels:  Witch World, Web of the Witch World, and Year of the Unicorn) and Lavender-Green Magic (a fantasy). 
  • Mel Odom, Omega Blue.  Action adventure.
  • Wayne D. Overholser, Steel to the South and Tough Hand.  Westerns.
  • Kevin F. Owens, Martian Panahon Virus.  SF novel with Filipino characters.  (The author's wife is Filipino.)  Evidently published by a vanity press and signed by the author and inscribed to "Terry,"  which is pretty close to Jerry -- so, why not?
  • Lewis B. Patten, Top Man with a Gun.  Western.
  • Matthew Pearl, The Poe Shadow.  Mystery.
  • Dave Pedneau, A.K.A., A.P.B., B. & E., B.O.L.O., and N.F.D.  Whit Pynchon mysteries.
  • Robert Rankin, The Toyminator.  Fantasy.
  • John Ringo, Queen of Wands.  Fantasy, sequel to Princess of Wands.
  • Edward J. Ruppelt, The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects.  One of the early (1956) UFO books.
  • Fred Saberhagen, Love Conquers All (SF) and Merlin's Bones (Arthurian fantasy).
  • "Dell Shannon"  (Elizabeth Linington), Appearances of Death, Exploit of Death, and Felony at Random.  Luis Mendoza mysteries.  Shannon/Linington has been criticized for the right wing slant of her novels; as an avowed liberal, I have no problem reading right wing fiction and find much of it engrossing.
  • Gordon D. Shirreffs, Jack of Spades.  Western.
  • "Luke Short" (Frederick D. Glidden), Marauders' Moon and Sunset Graze.  Westerns.
  • Simon Spurrier, Ghost Rider:  Danny Ketch -- Addict.   Graphic novel.  Art by Javier Saltares and inking by Tom Palmer.
  • Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men. Classic SF.
  • Christopher Stasheff, Escape Velocity and The Warlock in Site of Himself, fantasies in the Warlock series, and A Wizard in a Feud, A Wizard in Bedlam, and A Wizard in Chaos, fantasies in the Rogue Wizard series.
  • Mary Stewart, The Spell of Mary Stewart.  Omnibus of three romantic suspense novels:  This Rough Magic, The Ivy Tree, and Wildfire at Midnight.
  • Bernard Taylor, Sweetheart, Sweetheart.  Horror.
  • Trisha Telep, editor, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.  The cover blurb says, "Over 25 short stories of hot blood, midnight pleasures, and inhuman passions."  I counted (three times!) and could only come up with 25 stories in this book, not "over 25."  Ah, well.
  • Sheri S. Tepper, The Companions.  SF.
  • Brian M. Thomsen & Martin H. Greenberg, editors, Oceans of Magic.  Fantasy anthology with 13 stories.
  • "Peter Tremayne" (Peter Berresford Ellis), The Morgow Rises!  Horror.
  • Lisa Unger, Die for You.  Mystery.
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans & Esther M. Friesner, Split Heirs.  Humorous fantasy.
  • Len Wein, The Untold Legend of the Batman.  Comic book story/graphic novel -- take your pick. Art by Jim Aparo & John Byrne.
  • Robert Weinberg, The Road to Hell.  Gaming (Mage:  The Ascension) tie-in  novel.
  • Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz, & Martin H. Greenberg, editors, 100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories.  Self-explanatory instant remainder.
  • T. M. Wright, Strange Seed.  Horror.
  • Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe.  SF.
  • William Zinsser, On Writing Well.  Nonfiction, Fourth Edition.


  1. Best book in the batch is probably the last one. I really like ON WRITING WELL, any edition.

  2. This must be a record week, Jerry. Liked the Zinsser too.