Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, June 30, 2014


  • "Ralph Compton," Fatal Justice and Riders of Judgment.  Since western writer Ralph Compton's death his publisher has been issuing new novels with his name boldly emblazoned on the cover and spine of each book with a small print caveat that each was "A Ralph Compton Novel by..."  David Robbins wrote Fatal Justice while Ralph Cotton wrote Riders of Judgment.
  • Clive Cussler & Paul Kemprecos, White Death.  A Kurt Austin/NUMA Files thriller.  I mentioned last week that I buy Cussler novels only if they are written with Kemprecos.  Well, that has changed.  See the book listed next.
  • Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry, The Tombs.  A Fargo Adventure...written with Thomas Flipping Perry!  How could I resist?  This is evidently the fourth book in this particular series; the first three Cussler wrote with Grant Blackwood.
  • Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who -- The Space Pirates.  Television tie-in novel, listed as #147 in the Target Doctor Who Library.  This one was based on a script by Robert Holmes produced in the Patrick Troughton era.  Dicks was already firmly entrenched in the Doctor Who franchise, having written many of the early shows and serving for many years as script director.  Wasn't he also the one who created the Daleks?
  • Dunning, John, The Bookwoman's Last Fling.  A Cliff Janeway mystery.
  • Bill Fawcett, editor, The War Years #1:  The Far Star Wars, The War Years #2:  The Seige of Arista, and The War Years #3: The Jupiter War.  Themed SF anthologies with ten, eight, and nine stories, respectively.  Fawcett provided the interludes between the stories.  With each volume Fawcett asked a leading SF writer to "start a war" and then invited other writers to join in the fun.  Volume 1 was based on a story by David Drake, Volume 2 on a story provided by Christopher Stasheff, while Volume 3 was based on a story by Gregory Benford.
  • "Quinn Fawcett" (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro & Bill Fawcett), The Flying Scotsman.  A Mycroft Holmes mystery.
  • Robert L. Forward, The Flight of the Dragonfly.  SF.
  • Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, & Carol-Lynn Waugh, editors, More Holmes for the Holidays.  Sherlockian anthology with eleven stories.
  • Carolyn Hart, Dead Days of Summer.  A Death on Demand mystery.
  • Arnaldur Indridason, Silence of the Grave.  A Reykjavik murder mystery and winner of the CWA Gold Dagger.  Translated from the Icelandik by Bernard Scudder.
  • Hugh Lofting, Doctor Doolittle's Caravan.  Juvenile fantasy.
  • Val McDermid, The Mermaids Singing.  Mystery.  Another CWA Gold Dagger winner.
  • R. M. Meluch, Chicago Red.  SF.
  • Christopher Moore, Lamb:  The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.  Just what the title says.
  • Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat Breaking Free, Cat Cross Their Graves, Cat in the Dark, and Cat Raise the Dead.  Joe Grey mysteries.  Joe, of course, is a cat.
  • Dan O'Brien, The Indian Agent.  Western.
  • Ann Radcliffe. The Mysteries of Udolpho.  The classic gothic novel first published in 1794.
  • "Clarissa Ross" (W. E. Dan Ross), China Shadow, Durrell Towers, Out of the Fog, and Terror at Dark Harbor.  Gothic romances.  Damsels in distress, posing in front of (or running from) dark houses, each with one window lit.
  • C. J. Ryan, The Fifth Quadrant.  SF novel, the third featuring 33rd Century heroine Gloria VanDeen.
  • Daniel Stashower, The Ectoplasmic Man.  A Harry Houdini/Sherlock Holmes mash-up.
  • Denise Vitola, Half-Life. SF.
  • Al Williamson, Flash Gordon -- The Ice Monster.  Comic book (?) strip (?) reprint.
  • Connie Willis, Uncharted Territory.  SF novella.


  1. Several thoughts:
    - I believe the first - and one of only a handful- Dr. Who I read, THE DAY OF THE DALEKS was written by Dicks. That's been long afo.
    - Dunning is still writing Bookman / Bookwoman books? Ye gods. I read the first two when they were first published. They became highly collectable, so I sold them.
    - More Holmes for the Holidays is a great collection, as is the first collection.
    - Barbara really likes the Tony Hill books, the first of which, I believe, is Val McDermid, The Mermaids Singing
    - I remember thinking Daniel Stashower's, The Ectoplasmic Man was somewhere between good and better than okay.

    Nice list.