For those who think I’ve gone over to the dark side, please note that each of the books here is an actual paper-and-ink book and not an e-book.
As usual, click on a cover to enlarge.
1: The Isotope Man – Charles Eric Maine: Jerry House first mentioned this book in his post on Overlooked Movie: The Atomic Man and it sounded good. He’d given a bit of history there, first a shorter television work, then the movie, then the novel. The copy I got says Book Club edition and the style of the dust jacket resembles some I got from the Science Fiction Book Club in the late sixties/early seventies.
2: The Lost Gate – Orson Scott Card: first book in a new series by local author Card. Danny North grew up in the rambling old house with dozens of children, aunts and uncles, all ruled by his iron handed father. Danny was the only one that didn’t have the talent, the ability to form an outself, those things that regular people called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles.
The North house was far from anyone else and filled with secrets. Theirs was a family of mages lost to their homeworld and was one of many such families scattered throughout the world. Unknown to Danny, he did have a talent. He was a gatemage, the first born in a thousand years, and could open a portal to the homeworld of Westil. A war with enemy clans was about to open up to acquire his services.
3: Still Among The Living – Zachary Klein: first in the Matt Jacob, Boston private eye series. A man with a cloudy past, family killed in an accident, his P.I. license somewhere in his apartment, he maintains an existence watching television and doing drugs, staying out of sight of the rest of the world. Then two separate cases, one from his psychiatrist and one from his best friend, attempts to break him out of his shell. Seemingly unrelated, they suddenly combine to involve him in a web of adultery, betrayal, and murder.
4: No Place To Die – James L. Thane: Beverly Thompson, an attorney, was snatched from her home, her husband shot to death in the grab, and the weapon used had killed an elderly woman a few days earlier. Phoenix homicide detective Sean Richardson must find the killer, four more were shot in the next few days, and save Beverly. But she’s no shrinking violet that sets back and waits for rescue, working from her own end.
5: Welcome To The Greenhouse -edited by Gordon Van Gelder: an anthology of original SF stories dealing with the possible effects of global warming on future Earth. There are stories here from Brian W. Aldiss, Gregory Benford, Bruce Sterling, Alan Dean Foster, and other writers.
6: Hull Zero Three – Greg Bear: a starship hurtles through space, it’s destination unknown, it’s purpose a mystery. One man wakes up, ripped from a dream of a new home on a new planet with the woman of his dreams. Wet, naked, and freezing to death, he wanders through the ship looking for answers, instead finding halls full of monsters and other wandering people, possibly more dangerous than the former.
7: Halo: Cryptum – Greg Bear: first book in the Forerunner saga based on the X-Box game Halo.
8: The Human Blend – Alan Dean Foster: first book of a trilogy, a near future thriller where criminals are altered through genetic manipulation and bodily manipulation. Whispr is one such, so named by his preturnatural thinness, and his partner Jiminy Cricket, with nanocarbonic prosthetic legs and high-strength fast-twitch muscles that give him great jumping ability is another. When the pair murder a random tourist to amputate his sophisticated artificial hand, they get involved in something much more dangerous.
9: The Devil’s Eye – Jack McDevitt: the fourth Alex Benedict novel. Interstellar antiquities dealer Benedict, on vacation, receives a cryptic message from famous writer Vicki Greene, whom he’d never met, asking for his help. By the time he returns, Greene had received a mind-wipe, which she’d asked for, and leaves Benedict with a mystery, nevermind the huge chunk of funds she’d transferred to his account. She wanted him to do something. But what? She was in no shape to tell him now.
10: Echo – Jack McDevitt: the fifth Alex Benedict novel. In eight thousand years of space travel, humanity had encountered only one alien species. Now there may be evidence of another. Sunset Tuttle had spent a lifetime looking for a second. Twenty-five years after his death, an astonishing discovery is made: a stone tablet inscribed with strange symbols now in the possession of Tuttle’s former lover, Rachel Bannister, Benedict wants a look at it. But is refused. Determined to find out what she’s hiding, Benedict and his partner egin an investigation of their own.
That’s when the assassin appears.
11: Nolan: Hush Money – Max (Allan) Collins: fourth book in the Nolan series, the homage to Richard Stark’s(Westlake) Parker series.
12: Matt Jensen, The Last Mountain Man: Dakota Ambush – William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone: latest in the series of the young man raised by Smoke Jensen, who adopted the Jensen name. Matt goes to help newspaperman John Bryce, who’d saved him from a hangman’s noose twelve years before, from a feared English Lord, a master duelist, with an army of gunman and a desire to take over the Dakotas.
13: The Loner: Trail of Blood – J. A. Johnstone: Conrad Browning, aka Kid Morgan, has a new mission. He learned recently(previous novel, The Bounty Killers) that he was the father of twins, from his vengeful ex-fiancee, Pamela Tarleton. She’d already had his wife, Rebel, killed and died herself in an accident. But she’d already wrote him a letter, to be delivered after her death, letting him know how she had hidden them from him and he’d never find them, knowing all the time he’d go looking. Traps had been set up along the way, hired gunmen who’d get extra money from her lawyer after his death.
14: Jack: Secret Vengeance – F. Paul Wilson: the third novel of the teenage Jack, learning the skills that would serve him in his career as an urban guerilla helping people that could get no other aid. His best friend, Weezy, had been attacked by the local high school football jock, senior quarterback Carson Tolliver. Jack was the only one she told and wanted it ended. But Tolliver was already spreading the word about how she threw herself at him and she’d became the butt of jokes, Easy Weezy, all over the school.
Fourteen year old Jack is outraged and starts planning Tolliver’s comeuppance. The first plan, whacking his kneecaps and elbows with a bat, is rejected. The plan must not lead back to him or Weezy. But make no mistake, Tolliver would pay.
15: Eloise E. C. Tubb: the twelfth book in the Dumarest of Terra series. The Cyclans, those human computers, still wanted what was in Dumarest’s mind, a formula stolen from them that would give them control of other minds which ahd ended up in Earl’s hands. Not an easy man to grab, he was skilled in many forms of self defense. But Cyber Prime has a new plan to take the elusive Earth man. But the girl Eloise gets to him first, the random factor they hadn’t been able to predict.