Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, August 25, 2014


  • Forrest J. Ackerman, editor, Best Science Fiction for 1973.  SF anthology with eight stories and one essay (Fredrik Pohl's Guest of Honor speech for the 30th World Science Fiction Convention).  This was Ackerman's only outing editing a contemporary best-of-the-year SF anthology; some years later he did edit a best-of anthology for 1926 -- the year the first strictly SF magazine was founded.  Also, GoshWow! (Sense of Wonder) Science Fiction, an anthology of 19 SF stories dating from 1923 to 1935.  Some good stuff and some clunkers interspersed with contemporary comments and Ackerman's reminiscing about the good ol' days.
  • J. G. Ballard, Cocaine Nights.  Novel.
  • Diana G. Gallagher, Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Spark and Burn.  Television tie-in novel.  This one is based on 25 (!) episodes of Buffy and 3 (!) episodes of Angel.
  • Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at the Breakers.  Historical mystery set in 1895 Newport Rhode Island.  (I've visited the Vanderbilt mansion The Breakers several times and never stumbled across a murder victim.  Just as well.)
  • Christopher G. Moore, The Risk of Infidelity Index.  A Vincent Calvino mystery.  The author should not be confused with the satirist Christopher Moore.
  • "Ellery Queen." Ellery Queen's International Case Book.  Collection of 20 true crime articles from The American Weekly, 1954 and 1955.
  • Christopher Stasheff, The Warlock's Last Ride.  The thirteenth (and final) fantasy novel in the Warlock series.
  • Don Winslow, The Winter of Frankie Silver.  Crime novel.

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