Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, January 9, 2017


  • Ben Bova, The Sam Gunn Omnibus.  A 2007 SF collection featuring "every story ever written about Sam Gunn, and then some."  Space jockey Sam Gunn is one of Bova's most popular creations and this book gives us over 700 pages of his adventures.  Bova is a natural storyteller but he's so darned prolific that people sometimes overlook how darned good a writer he is.
  • Lee Child, One Shot.  A Jack Reacher thriller.  This is the one that started the film franchise.  (Can two Tom Cruise flicks thus far be called a franchise?)  "Six shots.  Five dead.  One heartland city thrown into a state of terror.  But within hours the cops have it solved:  a slam-dunk case.  Except for one thing.  The accused man says:  You got the wrong guy.  Then he says:  Get Reacher for me.  And sure enough, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming.  He knows this shooter -- a trained military sniper who should never have missed a shot.  Reacher is certain something is not right -- and soon the slam-dunk case explodes.'
  • Nick Harris, A Seal Walks into a Club.  British joke book, some of which are just too lame to be on Bad Joke Wednesday, to wit:  Why did the blonde climb over the glass wall?  To see what was on the other side.  (Laughter is optional.)
  • Will Henry" (Henry Wilson Allen), The Bear Paw Horses.  Western.  "The magnificent Bear Paw horses were hidden high in a rock-walled pasture.  They had been stolen when the Oglala Sioux came into the reservation.  Then one old medicine mad and a knife-wielding squaw rounded up and drove out the nearly 400 ponies over Bad Face Pass.  And with the surprising help of a horse-thieving con man with a lightning draw, they dared to carry out the last desperate orders of the great, feared warrior chief -- Crazy Horse."
  • Nick Kyne & Lindsey Priestley, editors, Planterkill.  SF gaming (Warhammer 40,000) tie-in anthology with seven stories.  "Brutal green-skinned orcs, mysterious eldar and the deadly champions of the Chaos powers all seek to conquer the galaxy.  The forces of the Immortal emperor, the stalwart Imperil Guard and the superhuman Adeptus Astartes are the only defence against enslavement and slaughter.  Fro in the grim darkness of the far future there is only war!"
  • Chris Wangler, Ghost Stories of Georgia:  True Tales of Ghastly Hauntings.  True?  Yeah, right.

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