Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, November 10, 2014


  • Forrest J. Ackerman, editor, Expanded Science Fiction Worlds of Forrest J. Ackerman & Friends PLUS.  SF anthology with 31 stories/articles/whatnots.
  • Alice & Claude Askew, Aylmer Vance, Ghost-Seer.  Horror collection with eight stories from the Edwardian era about a supernatural detective.
  • Linwood Barclay, A Tap on the Window.  Thriller.
  • Ben Bova, Moonrise.  SF, the first book in the Moonwar series.
  • Jack L, Chalker, The Messiah Choice.  SF/fantasy mash-up.
  • Judd Cole, Wild Bill #7:  Point Rider.  Western.
  • Groff Conklin, editor, Elsewhere and Elsewhen and Seven Come Infinity.  SF anthologies with nine and (who knew?) seven stories, respectively.
  • David Drake, Loose Cannon:  The Tom Kelly Novels.  SF omnibus containing Skyripper and Fortress.
  • Barry Eisler, The Last Assassin.  A John Rain thriller.
  • Linda Fairstein, Hell Gate.  An Alexandra Cooper mystery.
  • Leo Frankowski & Dave Grossman, The War with Earth.  SF.
  • Jackson Gregory, Powder Smoke.  Western.
  • Lee Harding, The Fallen Spaceman.  SF novella.  Published as a Weekly Reader Book with Illustrations by John and Ian Schoenherr.
  • Alfred Hitchcock, editor, 14 Suspense Stories to Play Russian Roulette By.  Mystery anthology with 14 stories.  This one is a reprint of 1945's Suspense with one story removed and one story added.
  • Hugh Holton, Presumed Dead.  The acclaimed first novel by a writer who was a Commander in the Chicago Police Department.
  • William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone, The Last Gunfighter:  Killing Ground.  Western.  Johnstone's character continues beyond the author's death by "a carefully selected writer."
  • D, F, Jones, Colossus and the Crab.  SF, the final volume in the Colossus trilogy,
  • Cameron Judd, The Overmountain Men.  Frontier novel.  Kentucky from 1757-1777.
  • Tom Kratman, A State of Disobedience.  Military SF.
  • Victoria Laurie, What a Ghoul Wants.  A Ghost Hunter mystery.
  • R. Stephen Lemler, The Elocutioner's Tale.  SF collection of 25 linked tales told by members of a group therapy program, all of whom believe they've been abducted by aliens.  SIGNED.
  • Bliss Lomax, Stranger with a Gun.  Western.
  • Brian Lumley, Maze of Worlds.  Horror.
  • Henning Mankell, Faceless Killers.  The first Kurt Wallander mystery.  
  • Jeff Mariotte, Witchseason: Winter.  YA fantasy novel, the third in the series.
  • Val McDermid, Killing the Shadows.  Mystery.
  • R. M. Meluch, Tour of the Merrimack #1:  The Myriad.  Military SF.
  • Earl Murray, South of Eden.  Western marketed as Americana; based on a true story.
  • Ann Parker, Leaden Skies:  A Silver Rush Mystery.  Historical mystery, the third in a series.  Colorado in 1880.
  • Jason Pinter, The Mark.  A Henry Parker thriller, the author's debut novel.
  • Mack Reynolds & Dean Ing, Trojan Orbit.  SF.  Reynolds did the first draft before he died; Ing polished it.
  • "James Rollins" (Jim Czajkowski), The Devil Colony.  A Sigma Force thriller.
  • "Dana Fuller Ross" (James Reasoner), Expedition!  Volume 2 in the Wagons West Frontier Trilogy.
  • Fred Saberhagen, Berserker Blue Death.  SF novel in the  Berserker series.
  • [Sabrina the Teenage Witch], Millennium Madness.  Television tie-in YA anthology with twelve stories.
  • William Sleator, The Beasties.  YA horror.
  • Wallace Stroby, The Heartbreak Lounge.  A State Trooper Henry Rane mystery.
  • Sheri S. Tepper, The Gate to Women's Country.  SF.
  • Sean Williams & Shane Dix, Emergence:  The Dying Light.  SF, the second in the Emergence series.
  • John Brunner, The Great Steamboat Race.  Historical novel.  Brunner was best known for his science fiction, including the Hugo-winning Stand on Zanzibar.  He also wrote fantasies, mysteries, thrillers, poetry, and songs.  Despite major acclaim within the SF field, he never really broke out of the SF "ghetto."  A major (still-unpublished) novel was tanked due to the ineptitude of its prospective publisher.  The Great Steamboat Race was Brunner's second try at a major mainstream novel.  Based on the well-known 1870 race between the Mississippi steamboats Natchez and the Rob't E. Lee, the novel is one of the best books Brunner wrote and he sure wrote a lot of great books.  For reasons beyond my understanding, this was not the break-out book that Brunner had hoped for.  This 1983 568-page Ballantine trade paperback was never reprinted to my knowledge; it never made it to hardcover.  So when I came across a copy for 50 cents at a thrift store, I scooped it up, figuring that someone out there might be interested.  The first one who lets me know in the comments that he/she wants it will get it.

1 comment:

  1. There was a discussion of this one on the Fictionmags list some time ago. I've forgotten the conclusion that was reached, however, if there was one. I'm tempted to ask for the copy, but I won't because I know I'd never read it. And what this place doesn't need is one more unread book.