Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, May 25, 2015


  • Daniel Abraham, A Shadow in Summer.  Fantasy novel, Book One of the Long Price Quartet and the author's first novel.
  • "Victor Appleton II" (Jim Lawrence this time), Tom Swift. Jr. and His Diving Seacopter.  SF juvenile.
  • John Joseph Adams, editor, Dead Mans Hand.  Horror anthology with 22 weird western stories.
  • Mike Ashley, editor, The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures.  Mystery anthology with 26 non-Canonical stories.
  • John W. Campbell, editor, Analog 6.  SF anthology with 13 stories and one article from Analog.
  • Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe's Company.  The fourth volume in this historical novel series brings Richard Sharp to the Siege of Badajoz.
  • Ben Counter, Dark Adeptus.  Gaming (Warhammer 40,000) tie-in novel; the second volume in the Grey Knights series.
  • David Stuart Davies, editor, Children of the Night:  Classic Vampire Stories.  Horror anthology with twelve mostly familiar stories.
  • L P. Davies, Twilight Journey.  SF novel.  In the 22nd century, a process has been discovered that will allow a person's mind to time travel -- with unexpected results.
  • David Drake, The Far Side of the Stars, In the Stormy Red Sky, Some Golden Harbor, The Way to Glory, and When the Tide Rises.  Military SF novels in the RNC series featuring David Leary and Adele Mundy,
  • David Drake, editor, Foreign Legions.  Military SF anthology with 6 stories in the shared-world universe of Drake's Ranks of Bronze.
  • Loren D. Estleman, editor, American West.  Anthology with twelve original stories from the Western Writers of America.
  • John Everson. Sirens.  Horror novel.  A beautiful creature of the sea seduces a man mourning the loss of his son.
  • Edward L. Ferman, editor, The Best from Fantasy and Science  Fiction, Nineteenth Series.  Anthology with 15 stories and six Gahan Wilson cartoons from F&SF.
  • Steve Frazee, Lassie:  Lost in the Snow, Lassie:  The Mystery of Bristlecone Pine, and Lassie:  Trouble at Painter's Lake.  Film/television franchise tie-in novels.  These are three of at least four Lassie novels that Frazee wrote for children's publisher Whitman; each has a note that Frazee had recently been awarded the LASSIE-FOREST RANGER CONSERVATION  AWARD presented " to individuals or organizations who have contributed effectively and in an outstanding manner to conservation" and sponsored by the United States Forest Service and the Weather Corporation.
  • Mary Gentle, Grunts.  Fantasy novel "with attitude."  Orcs --foot soldiers for the Evil House of Darkness -- are doomed to lose in this slapstick comedy.
  • Carolyn Graham, Ghost in the House.  A Chief Inspector Barnaby mystery.  Who would want to kill the most-liked man in the village?  And with a cannonball?
  • Heather Graham, The Dead Room and The Hexed.  Paranormal romantic suspense novels.  Graham also writes as Heather Graham Pozzessere.
  • Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower, editors, Sherlock Holmes in America.  Mystery anthology with 14 more non-Canonical stories and three essays.
  • Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh, and Frank D. McSherry, Jr., editors, Jack the Ripper.  Horror anthology with seven stories and one novel (A Study in Terror by"Ellery Queen" and ghosted by Paul W. Fairman).  Originally published as Red Jack.
  • Charlaine Harris, Grave Sight and An Ice Cold Grave.  Harper Connelly mysteries.
  • Brian Keene, Ghost Walk.  Horror novel.  A Halloween haunted attraction hides real evil.
  • Jessica Khoury, Origin.  YA SF novel.  A search for immortality in the Amazon.
  • Damon Knight, editor, Orbit 10.  SF anthology, the tenth volume in this noted series, with eleven stories.
  • Louis L'Amour, High Lonesome and The Man from Skibbereen.  Westerns.
  • Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill.  A classic juvenile animal fantasy.
  • Richard Laymon, The Woods Are Dark.  Horror novel, the restored version of an early book by Laymon.  Kelly Laymon's introduction provides a logical reason why her father's books were far more popular in England than in America.
  • Edward Lear, The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear.  A grab bag of Lear's poetry, stories, drawings, and miscellany.  Lear, of course, popularized the limerick poetry.  He did not popularized the dirty limerick, which honor (I believe) goes to my brother.  [insert rim shot here]
  • Todd McCaffrey and Leah Wilson, editors, Dragonwriter:  A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey.   Twenty essays about McCaffrey, her writing, and her legacy.
  • Gary McCarthy, Mesa Verde.  Epic novel dealing with an ancient Anasazi tribe.
  • Steve Moore, V for Vendetta.  Movie tie-in novel.
  • William Morris, News from Nowhere and Other Writings.  Morris' 1890 utopian novel along with two romance stories, two extracts, five lectures, six pieces of occasional prose, and three letters.  Edited with an introduction by Clive Wilmer.
  • Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.  Fantasy novel and an international best seller.  Translated by Philip Gabriel.
  • Marie O'Regan, editor, The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women.  Horror anthology with 25 stories.
  • Sarah Pinborough, Breeding Ground.  Horror novel.  Pregnant women begin giving birth to monsters.
  • Kathryn Ptacek, The Hunted.  Horror novel from the Gila Queen.  Jessie is frightened by memories she never had.
  • Gian J. Quasar, Into the Bermuda Triangle:  Pursuing the Truth Behind the World's Greatest Mystery.  Non-fiction about the area of ocean that has engendered a whole lot of bushwah (IMHO).
  • Fred Saberhagen, Ariadne's Web, The Arms of Hercules, and The Golden Fleece.  Fantasy re-working of old myths.  Part of Saberhagan's Book of the Gods series.
  • Ken Scholes, Lamentation.  Fantasy novel.  War is coming to all the Kingdoms in the Named Lands.  The author's first novel.
  • "Darren Shan" (Darren O'Shaughnessy), Hell's Horizon and City of the Snakes.  The second and third books in the YA fantasy The City trilogy.  Also, the following books in the YA fantasy Cirque du Freak series: #3 Tunnels of Blood, #5 Trials of Death, #6 The Vampire Prince, #7 Hunters of the Dark, #10 The Lake of Souls, and #12 Sons of Destiny.  Finally, the first three books in the prequel series to Crique du Freak, Birth of a Killer, Oceans of Blood, and Palace of the Damned.
  • John Skipp, editor, Zombies:  Encounters with the Hungry Dead.  Horror anthology with 32 stories.
  • "Lili St. Crow" (Lilith St. Crow), Strange Angel & Betrayals.  Omnibus volumes of the first two novels in the YA fantasy Strange Angels series.  Sixteen-year-old Dru Anderson hunts evil supernatural beings.
  • Jean Marie Stine and Forrest J. Ackerman, editors, I, Vampire.  Horror anthology with twelve stories.
  • Harry Turtledove, American Empire:  The Victorious Opposition.  The third volume in the alternate SF series in which the South won the Civil War.
  • Kaaren Warren, Slights.  Horror novel.  A killer keeps bringing her victims back to life.
  • Edward L. Wheeler, Deadwood Dick:  The Prince of the Road; or, Rider of the Black Hills. Western.  Reprint of the first (of 32) Deadwood Dick novels that Wheeler wrote for Beadle's Half-Dime Library from 1877-1885, when the author (and, coincidentally, the character) died.  (From 1886 to 1897, there were 97 Deadwood Dick, Jr. novels published under Wheeler's name, all ghosted.  In fact, many were ghosted so poorly that one fan, John Whitson, rewrote them at the publisher's request.  Whitson was not told that Wheeler was dead and he was led to believe that Wheeler had suffered a physical breakdown, which led to the poor quality of the scripts he revised. [The publishers had a large financial stake in letting the public believe that Wheeler was still alive.]  Another twenty-five of these novels have been identified as being written by Jesse C. Cowdrick.)


  1. Jerry, I like Loren D. Estleman's writing. I have read only one book and have at least one other title on my shelves. I also have Haruki Murakami's "Kafka on the Shore" which I have been told is a very good book. Time to read that one too.

    1. Prashant, Estleman is a dependable read; I've enjoyed all that I read of his work. I, too, have heard a lot of good things about KAFKA ON THE SHORE. I hope to get to that one soon.

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  2. What, exactly, do you mean by "A classic juvenile animal fantasy"?

    I thought DRAGONWRITER was quite disappointing.

    Lots of stuff this time. Lots.