Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, May 9, 2016


  • "Richard Avery" (Edmund Cooper), The Expendables #3:  The War Games of Zelos.  Sf novel.  The Expendables are a group of criminals and misfits selected to explore new planets for colonization.  The planet Zelos was not supposed to harbor human life.  Nonetheless, the Expendables find a Viking-like civilization of human descendants from Terra.  Hoping not to have to eliminate this population, the Expendables find themselves in peril.  Short, short chapters and (hopefully) fast action in this, the penultimate book in the series.
  • L. Sprague de Camp & Catherine Crook de Camp, The Stones of Nomuru.  SF/fantasy novel.  "Mild-mannered Terran archeologist Keith Salazar was just minding his own business, digging up the alien past on an out-of-the-way planet Kukulcan, when suddenly he was beseigedby ibtruderss on his scholarly peace:  hostile natives, an indifferent ex-wife, and a demon developer with rapacious eyes glued on both his site and his true love."  This one has giant reptilian predators.  This 1989 book is the ninth novel in L. Sprague de Camp's Viagens Interplanetarias series that began in 1949.
  • James B. Johnson, Daystar and Shadow.  Post-apocalyptic SF novel.  Daystar and Shadow, two wanderers in the desert that once was America.  'When the two finally met and joined minds, the world would be transformed -- and the final struggle for Earth's dominion would be launched."
  • E Phillips Oppenheim, The Man from Sing Sing.  Old style thriller.  Also published as Moran Chambers Smiled.  Reuben Angels testified against his former partner Moran Chambers, resulting in a ten-year sentence for Chambers.  Since then Angels has living in fear of Chambers' revenge.  Between 1887 and 1943, Oppenheim produced some 150 books, in addition to plays and scripts.  Oppenheim, along with Edgar Wallace and Sydney Horler, ruled the British thriller scene during the first half of the Twentieth Century.
  • Richard Pini, editor, Dark Hours:  Blood of the Ten Chiefs, Vol. 5.  Graphic novel tie-in anthology with nine stories.
  • Steven Popkes, Caliban Landing.  SF novel.  The scout ship Shenendoah lands on the planet Caliban, a world of brightly colored trees and the fur-colored Calabi, who could neither speak no hear.  When a native is accidently killed, the crew of the Shenendoah must somehow prove their innocence to this entire strange world.
  • Richard Purtil, The Stolen Goddess.  Fantasy novel, the second in the pre-Grecian Kaphtu trilogy.  Ducalion has a quest set upon him by Apollo himself, leading to "a descent into the fabled regions of darkness and shadow where the lord of the deathlands had taken the daughter of a jealous goddess."  A journey into Thomas Burnett Swann land by an expert on Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
  • Bob Shaw, Medusa's Children.  SF novel.  "The Clan knew almost nothing of the giant globe of water in which they lived.  They knew only of the unending quest for precious bubbles of air, the omnipresent fear of the giant tentacled Horra,,,and Ka, the dark, brooding prescence at the core of the world.  But Ka, age-old master of the Horra, knew that the liquid planetoid, the ancestors of the Clan -- and Ka himself -- had originated on earth.  The way was open for return...and conquest."  Shaw was a much-loved writer and fan.
  • Hugh Zachary, Munday.  Mystery.  Fortier Beach is suppposed to a quiet, peaceful Noth Carolina town.  But then there's the high school girl's supposed suicide, the two runaway girls,   As the body count begins to climb, Police Chief Dan Munday's daughter disappears.

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