Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, January 18, 2016


  • Kelley Armstrong, Bitten, Industrial Magic, Haunted, and Broken.  Urban fantaelks in the bestselling series.  Werewolves and demons and ghosts and witches, oh my!
  • Mike Ashley, editor, The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries.  Mystery anthology with 30 stories from 1910 to 2006.
  • Lawrenceblock, editor, Blood on their Hands.  The 2003 Mystery Writers of America anthology with 19 original stories,
  • Marc Cerasini, AVP:  Alien vs. Predator.  Movie tie-in novel.  Two franchises collide!
  • Peter Haining, editor, The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Ghost Stories.  Horror anthology with 30 stories (at least one of which is a novel exerpt).  As usual, Haining has gathered an assortment of familiar and unfamiliar stories from the usual and a few unusual suspects.  Some good stuff here as well as what looks to be some trivial stuff.
  • Rick Hautala, Moon Walker.  Horror novel.  Unexplained disappearances plague the small New England farming community of Dyer and now there are strange, shambling figures harvesting the potato fields.  Hmm.  Are potatoes really harvested that differently in Idaho?
  • James P. Hogan, Out of Time.  SF novella.  Time is out of whack in New York -- hours pass by in minutes in some places, time speeds up in others, and is perfectly normal elsewhere.  As quantum uncertainty rages on, cop Joe Kopensky and his fellow officers have to find out what's causing it and stop it.
  • Stephen Jones, editor, The Mammoth Book of New Terror. Horror anthology with 26 stories from 1971 to 2004.
  • Jonathan Maberry, Ghost Road Blues.  Horror novel, the first in the Pine Deep series.  In the thirty years since a serial killer haunted the quiet village of Pine Deep, the Pennsylvania town has become cheerfully known as "The Spookiest Town in America."  Now Pine Deep is living up to its nickname:  bodies are being desecrated and insanity is spreading throughout the community.
  • Sara Paretsky, editor, Sisters on the Case.  Mystery anthology celebrating 20 years of Sisters in Crime:  20 stories, all but four original to this volume.
  • Ruth Rendell, Wexford:  An Omnibus.  Collection of three Chief Inspeector Reginald Wexford mysteries:  From Doon to Death, A New Lease on Death, and The Best Man to Die, the first, second, and fourth books in the long-running series.  I like Rendell's Wexford novels far more than I do her standalone novels -- whether as by Rendell or "Barbara Vine."
  • Nick Stone, Mr Clarinet.  Mystery novel, the first in the Max Mingus series.  Mingus is hired to find a rich man's kidnapped son in Haiti, land of voodoo, black magic, and Mr Clarinet -- a mysterious figure responsible for spiriting countless children away from their families.  This book won the 2006 Steel Dagger Award, the 2007 Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and the 2007 Thriller Award for Best First Novel, as well as being a finalist for the 2007 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel.
  • J. Michael Straczynski, Superman:  Earth One.  Graphic novel.  The alien force that destroyed Superman's home planet now threatens mankind.  Art by Shane Davis.
  • Robert Wilson, The Vanished Hands.   An Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon mystery, the second in the series.  An apparent suicide pact in one of Seville's most exclusive neighborhoods raises Falcon's suspicions.  More "suicides" follow, as do threats from the Russian mafia.  Originally published as The Silent and the Damned.
  • Daniel Woodrell, The Maid's Version.  Novel about a 1929 explosion at a Missouri dance hall which killed 42 people.


  1. Mr. Clarinet was my favourite book the year I read it. It was a surprise find in a WH Smith bookstore while I was visitng in England a few years ago.

  2. I'm hoping to get to it soon, Kent.

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