Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, October 3, 2016


  • Martin H. Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh, editors, Vamps. Vampire anthology with 18 stories, some from newer writers (Stephen King, Tanith lee), some from older writers (Robert Bloch, Manly Wade Wellman, William Tenn), some from mucho older writers (Julian Hawthorne, F. Marion Crawford, Theophile Gautier, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Sheridan LeFanu).  A lot of familiar stories here.
  • Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Acorna's Rebels.  SF novel. the eighth in the Acorna (The Unicorn Girl) series.  "acorna's people, the Linyaari, have begun reclaiming their homeworld from the ravages of the brutal Khleevi.  But the first wave of explorers has unlkocked a larger mystery about the origins of the Linyaari -- one that has led Aari, Acorna's beloved lifemate, on a dangerous journey from which he may never return."
  • Frederik Pohl, The Boy Who Would Live Forever.  Fixup SF novel in the Gateway/Heechee series.  "Stan and Estrella, two young people from Earth, journey to the Gateway asteroid looking for adventure, and discover each other during a flight on a Heechee ship.  they settle among the Heechee on a planet in the galactic core, never suspecting that the two of them may be the last, best hope to save the humans and Heechee in the core from destruction be a crazed madman."  Pohl was one of the most consistently good SF writers of the last sixty-five years.
  • John Ringo & Brian M Thomsen, editors, Citizens.  A posthumous (for Thomsen) military SF anthology with 15 stories written by (mostly) familar writers who have served in the military.  Every anthology has to have a hook, right?  Luckily, the stories (at least those I'm familiar with) are first-rate.
  • Dan Simmons, Black Hills.  Supernatural thriller, and much more.  Another big, fat book (618 pages) from Simmons, this time he ranges from the Battle of Little Big Horn to the creation of the Mt. Rushmore monument.  Every Simmons book is an event.
  • Jon Tuska, editor, The Lawless West and The Untamed West.  Western anthologies with three novellas by Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, and Max Brand in each.  Tuska, who dies earlier this year, was a knowledgable editor and literary agent in the western field; his passing left a great hole.

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