Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, February 6, 2017


  • Paul Bishop, Sand Against the Tide.  Crime novel.  "Calico Jack Walker has just retired after thirty years on the LAPD, but it doesn't look like he's going to get a chance to enjoy life on his fishing boat, Thieftaker.   Thieftaker had been chartered by a couple of hardcases who looked like they were more interested in feeding the fishes than in catching them -- but a lot of people like deepsea fishing.  It's a mistake for a cop to ignore his instincts...Now Jack, and his ex-partner tina, are going to find out just who is stupid enough, or dangerous enough, to try to hijack a cop's boat, and murder a cop's son."
  • William Hopson, High Saddle.  Western.  "Who was the stranger riding into town alone?  He was hard, cold, spoke only a little and when he did they wondered about his strange accent.  The questions he asked chilled the townspeople.  Was he a bounty hunter, tracking down his prey with quiet cunning?  Or a man with a memory which he would not allow to touch him?  He cared for no human being, it seemed.  Had the Apaches seen to that?"  Looks like someone needs a much better blurb writer.
  • Richard Laymon, Dark Mountain.  Horror.  "for two families, it was supposed to be a relaxing camping trip in the California mountains.  They thought it would be fun to get away from everything for a while.  But they're not alone.  The woods are also home to two terrifying residents who don't take kindly to strangers -- an old hag with unholy powers, and her hulking son, a half-wild brute with uncontrollable, violent urges.  The campers till need to get away -- but now their lives depend on it!"
  • Dana Stabenow, editor, Powers of Detection.  Fantasy/mystery anthology with  twelve stories "set in in worlds where sleuths may wield wands instead of firearms -- and criminals may be as inhuman as the crimes they commit."  The copyright notice includes Martin H. Greenberg's Tekno Books. 


  1. I've probably asked before and forgotten your answer, but are you a fast reader? Seems to me, based on your comments on Mondays on my blog, that your much be.

    1. Moderately fast, Richard, but I can't hold a candle to my wife, who outshines me in every department.