Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, March 30, 2015


  • B. A. Botkin, editor, A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends, and Folklore.  One of Botkin's many enjoyable books on American folklore.  A perfect book for dipping and sampling.
  • Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice.  A Jesse Stone mystery, the second post-Parker.
  • Lewis Black, Nothing's Sacred.  Miscellany from a biting wit.
  • Lee Childs, 61 Hours.  a Jack Reacher thriller.
  • Agatha Christie, The Unexpected Guest.  Mystery play.
  • Peter Church, Bitter Pill.  Thriller from New Zealand.
  • Silvia Cinca, Comrade Dracula.  Vampire novel.
  • Humphrey Cobb, Paths of Glory.  War novel.  The basis of the 1957 Kirk Douglas film.
  • Harlan Coben, Missing You.  Thriller.
  • Micheal Connelly, The Burning Room.  A Harry Bosch mystery.
  • Greg Cox, The Q Continuum, Book 2:  Q-Zone and Book 3: Q-Strike.  Television franchise (Star Trek) tie-in.  Still need Book 1 of this trilogy.
  • Guillain de Benouville, The Unknown Warriors.  A personal account of the French resistance.  Translated by Lawrence G. Blochman.
  • Jeffrey Deaver, XO, a thriller, and The Sleeping Doll, a Kathryn Dance thriller.
  • John F. Dobbyn, Frame Up.  Legal thriller.  Signed and inscribed to previous owner.
  • James Alan Gardner, Hunted.  SF, the fourth novel in the League of Peoples series.
  • Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg, editors, The World's Finest Mystery Mystery and Crime Stories, Third Annual Collection.  An anthology with 39 stories from 2001, plus in-depth articles about the mystery world.
  • Peter F. Hamilton, The Naked God, The Neutronium Alchemist, Part 1:  Consolidation and Part 2:  Conflict, and The Reality Disfunction,  Part 1: Emergence.  SF novels in the Night's Dawn series.
  • Ron Hanson & Jim Shepard, editors, You've Got To Read This.  Anthology of 35 stories, each introduced by a contemporary author -- "stories that held them in awe."
  • Carolyn Hart, Set Sail to Murder.  A Henrie O mystery.
  • Thomas Heggen, Mr. Roberts.  The novel from which the play and the movie arose.
  • Stephen Hunter, 47th Samurai.  A Bob Lee Swagger thriller.
  • "Jack Higgins" (Harry Patterson) - Exocet.  Thriller.
  • Greg Iles, Third Degree.  Thriller.
  • Tohru Kai, Chibi Vampire:  The Novel 1 and Chibi Vampire:  The Novel 2.  Manga tie-in novels.  A "school-vampire-love-comedy-mystery series."
  • MacKinley Kantor, Signal Thirty-Two.  Novel about the New York City Police, circa 1950.
  • Theodora Kroebler, Ishi in Two Worlds.  A biography of the last wild Indian in North America.  A classic in anthropology written by Ursula K. leGuin's mother.
  • Herbert Lieberman, The Girl with the Botticelli Eyes.  Thriller.
  • Laura Lippman, By a Spider's Thread.  A Tess Monaghan mystery.
  • Nathan Long, Orcslayer.  Gaming (Warhammer) tie-in novel in the Gotrex & Felix sequence.

  • Jaye Maiman, Old Black Magic.  A Robin Miller mystery.
  • Robert Mayer, Super-Folks.  Satire.  "There were no more heroes.  Kennedy was dead.  Batman and Robin were dead.  The Lone Ranger was dead.  Superman was missing.  Even Snoopy had bought it:  missing in action over France."
  • H. L. Mencken, The Vintage Mencken.  A collection of 23 articles "gathered" by Alistair Cooke.
  • James Morrow, The Wine of Violence.  SF.
  • Richard North Patterson, Eclipse.  Legal thriller.
  • Kathy Reichs, Bones to Ashes.  A Temperance Brennan mystery.
  • Ruth Rendell, The Keys to the Street.  Mystery.
  • "J. D. Robb" (Nora Roberts), Reunion in Death.  An Eve Dallas near-future mystery.
  • Willow Davis Roberts, Twisted Summer.  YA mystery novel, winner of an Edgar award.
  • Eric Frank Russell, Wasp.  SF.  When Russell was good, he was very, very good.
  • Dorothy L. Sayers & "Robert Eustace" (Eustace Robert Barton), The Documents in the Case.  An epistolatory mystery.
  • Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh, Thrones, Dominions.  An uncompleted Lord Peter Wimsey mystery finished by Walsh.
  • Zoe Sharp, Hard Knocks.  A Charlie Fox mystery.
  • Rev. Ivan Stang, High Weirdness by Mail:  A Directory of The Fringe:  Mad Prophets, Crackpots, Kooks & True Visionaries.  There are a lot of whack-jobs out there, people.
  • "Josephine Tey" (Elizabeth MacKintosh) - A Shilling for Candles.  A classic mystery.
  • Grant Turner, The Ricky Mokel Stories.  A collection of four humorous adventure stories.  Signed by the author and inscribed to the previous owner.
  • Harry Turtledove, American Empire:  The Center Cannot Hold and Settling Accounts:  Return Engagement.  Alternate history SF.
  • Stuart Woods, Bel-Air Dead, Doing Hard Time, and Son of Stone.  Three Stone Barrington adventures.


  1. Jerry, I had not heard of The Unexpected Guest, the mystery play, by Agatha Christie. I'll see if I can get hold of a copy. You have a lot of interesting books coming in.

    1. Prashant, Christie evidently wrote the play in 1958 and it was fairly successful. (Queen Elizabeth and Lord and Lady Mountbatten went to see it the evening one of the actors took ill and had to be replaced after the intermission.) It has been a favorite of many amateur groups and is still being performed (I believe) somewhere around the world. I was it at a dinner theater more than 20 years ago and was unimpressed. Charles Osborne novelized the play in 1999, the second of three Christie plays he novelized, and -- once again -- I was unimpressed. I'm hoping to be far more impressed by reading this script.

    2. My fumble fingers strike again:

      I saw it at a dinner theater.

      Not "I was it at a dinner theater."

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  2. A very long list this week, with many things I covet. The novel of Mr. Roberts (didn't know of it), and others. You are right about Eric Frank Russell, one of my favorites.

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    2. Richard, the book was published in 1946 (a good year for books and for my being born). Author Thomas Heggen and Josh Logan turned it into a hit play in 1948. The movie, directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, was released in 1955 garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. It also became a television show in 1965-6, with Roger Smith in the title role, lasting 30 episodes. In 1984, NBC presented it as a live television film starring Robert Hayes, Kevin Bacon, Charles Durning, Marylou Henner, and Howard Hesseman.

      ENSIGN PULVER, the sequel to the 1955 film, was based on an original script by Josh Logan and Peter S. Feibleman and released in 1964.

      I could watch both films over and over and never get tired.