Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, May 4, 2015


  • Joan Aiken, The Kitchen Warriors.  Children's fantasy.
  • Isaac Asimov, Breakthroughs in Science.  YA non-fiction collection of 29 essays that first appeared in Senior Scholastic magazine.
  • Big Pulp, Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 issues.  Magazine of fiction and poetry in a number of ygenrle catagories.
  • Simon Brett, The Torso in the Town.  The third Fethering mystery.
  • Victor Canning, A Handful of Silver.  Suspense.
  • Orson Scott Card, Pathfinder.  SF.
  • "Nicholas Carter," The Four-Fingered Glove; or, The Cost of a Lie.  From 1904, the original Nick Carter.  This one is  reprint (No. 1170 in Street & Smith's New Magnet Library), most likely from The Nick Carter Library.  The author is probably Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey.  BTW, this edition is not a dime novel, it's more of a two-bits novel.
  • C. J. Cherryh, Fortress of Ice,  Fantasy, the fifth in the Fortress series.
  • Agatha Christie, Mrs. McGinty's Dead.  A Hercule Poirot mystery.  One of two of her mysteries that I have not read.  I checked and I did not seem to have a copy.  Quelle horreur!  So I remedied the situation.
  • Mary Higgins Clarke & Alafair Burke, The Cinderella Murder.  Mystery featuring a Clarke character from I've Got You Under My Skin.
  • Tim Cockey, The Hearse Case Scenario.  A Hitchcock Sewell mystery romp.
  • Michael Connelly, The Gods of Guilt.  A Lincoln Lawyer mystery.
  • Thomas H. Cook, The Interrogation.  Crime novel.
  • George Harmon Coxe, Suddenly a Widow and Top Assignment.  Mystery novels.
  • John Creasey, Doorway to Death.  An Inspector West mystery.  Also published as The Trouble at Saxby's.
  • William C, Dietz, Earthrise,  Alien invasion SF, the sequel to Deathday.
  • Allison DuBois, The Secrets of the Monarch.  Self-help hints from the dead (?).  DuBois is the one who inspired the television show Medium.
  • R. J. Ellory. The Anniversary Man and A Quiet Belief in Angels. Crime thrillers.
  • Jules Feiffer, Grown Ups.  Three-act play.
  • David Feintuch, Children of Hope.  Sf novel in the Seafort Saga.
  • Bruce Felton & Mark Fowler, The Best, Worst & Most Unusual.  Miscellany.  This is an omnibus edition of The Best, Worst & Most Unusual and More Best, Worst & Most Unusual.
  • Ruth Fenisong, Miscast for Murder.  A Gridley Nelson mystery.  Also published as Too Lovely to Live.
  • Martin Gardner, aha!  Gotcha.  "Paradoxes to puzzle and delight" from a puzzle master.  These came from a set of filmstrips, cassettes, and teacher's guides published by Scientific American.
  • William Campbell Gault, The Oval Playground.  YA dirt-track racing novel.  Gault left the mystery field in the 60's to write a pile of YA sports novels before returning to mysteries.  He was very good in both fields.
  • David Gibbons, Crusader Gold and The Mask of Troy.  Marine archeological thrillers featuring  Jack Howard of the International Maritime University.
  • Michael Gilbert, The Country House Burglar.  Mystery novel.  Also published as Sky High.  And Over and Out, a WWI spy-guy thriller.
  • Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe:  Superstrings, hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory.  Nonfiction and fascinating.
  • Gayle Greeno, Mind Snare.  SF.
  • Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg, Termination Node.  Cyberthriller.
  • James Neal Harvey, Flesh and Blood.  A Lieutenant Ben Tolliver mystery.
  • "Robin Hobb" (Megan Lindholm), Assassin's Apprentice.  Fantasy, the first book in the Farseer trilogy.
  • Nancy Holder, The Evil Within:  A Possessions Novel.  YA horror, the first in a series.
  • Jane Holleman, Hell's Belle.  Mystery.
  • Lisa Jackson, Lost Souls.  Thriller.
  • Stuart M. Kaminsky, The Last Dark Place, an Abe Leiberman mystery, and A Whisper to the Living, the final Porfiry Rostnikov mystery.
  • Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman, The Golem of Hollywood.  Supernatural mystery.  The first collaboration between the best-selling father and son.
  • J. Gregory Keyes, The Waterborn.  Fantasy.  The author's first novel and the first volume in the Chosen of the Changeling series.
  • William Kotzwinkle, The Bear Went Over the Mountain.  Fantasy.
  • Holly Lisle, Last Girl Dancing.  Paranormal thriller.
  • Frances & Richard Lockridge, A Key to Death.  A Mr. and Mrs. North mystery.
  • Richard & Frances Lockridge, Burnt Offering.  A Captain Heimrich mystery.  These authors sound suspiciously like the authors listed just above.
  • William P. McGivern, Rogue Cop.  Crime novel.
  • Graham McNamee, Acceleration.  Edgar-winning YA mystery.
  • Calvin Miller, The Singer.  Poetic narrative/Christian metaphor.  It had an interesting cover.
  • Walter Mosley, Killing Johnny Fry.  "A sexistential novel."  Oh, Walter, you little devil!
  • "Old Sleuth," The King's Detective; or, A New York Detective's Great Quest.  This one's copyrighted 1898 and is reprinted as No. 10 in the Old Sleuth's Special Detective Series.  Also included is a second novel, Young Dash; or, The Detective's Apprentice.  The author may be Harlan Page Halsey, who created the dime novel character in 1872 and continued writing the books until his death in 1898.  (Old Sleuth's adventures continued under other writers until 1910 [I believe].)  Once again, this dime novel is really a two-bit novel.
  • Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Cast.  A Faith Fairchild mystery.
  • Stuart Palmer, Unhappy Hooligan.  A Howie Rook mystery.
  • "Christopher Pike" (Kevin McFadden), Until the End.  YA horror omnibus containing The Party, The Dance, and The Graduation.
  • Joseph Pittman, The Original Crime.  Crime novel, originally published as a three-part e-Book serial.
  • Richard Powell, False Colors.  Mystery novel.  Also published as Masterpiece in Murder.
  • "Kelley Roos" (Audrey Roos & William Roos), Made Up to Kill.  The first Haila and Jeff Troy mystery, back when Haila was Haila Rogers and she was Jeff's "best girl."  This theater mystery is an old Dell Mapback (#106) and has creepily-taloned green skeleton hands about to clutch a lady with even creepier blue mascara on the cover.  Also published as Made Up for Murder.
  • Mabel Seeley, The Whispering Shadow.  Mystery novel.  Also published as The Blonde with the Deadly Past.
  • Tom Sharpe, The Great Pursuit.  Satire, this time on the publishing industry.
  • Karin Slaughter, Fractured.  A Will Trent mystery.
  • Sherwood Smith, Coronets and Steel.  Fantasy, the first in a series.
  • Bart Spicer, The Taming of Carney Wilde.  A PI Carney Wilde mystery.
  • Nancy Springer, Rowan Hood, Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest and Rowan Hood Returns. YA novels with a twist on the legend of Robin Hood.
  • Dana Stabenow, A Deeper Sleep.  A Kate Shugak mystery.
  • Neal Stephenson, Anathem.  SF.
  • Wm. H. Thomes, A Whaleman's Adventures in the Sandwich Islands and California.  An 1890 edition of a novel originally copyrighted in 1884.  Part of "Thome's [sic] Series of Adventures on Land and Sea."
  • "Dodge Tyler" (pseudonym used by John Edward Ames for some in the series and -- perhaps -- this one), Dan'l Boone, The Lost Wilderness Tales:  A River Run Red.  The first in the frontier series.
  • Andy Weir, The Martian.  The SF bestseller.
  • Colin Wilson & Damon Wilson, editors, Illustrated True Crime:  A Photographic Record.  From Franz Muller, the Railway Killer (1864) to September 11, 2001, familar and unfamiliar images take through almost 500 pages of crime.
  • Tom Wood, The Enemy.  Thriller.
  • Timothy Zahn, Dragon and Thief.  YA SF, Book 1 in the Dragonback series.


  1. Whew. That's quite a list! Which one are you going to read first?

  2. I'll probably be reading THE KITCHEN WARRIORS first, Steve -- I'm a sucker for Joan Aiken's work. Then most likely the Christie since it's the only one of her mysteries I have not read. After that, the rest will be goning on Mount TBR while I pray it won't cause a Nepalese-style avalanche.

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