Author Rating: A+

The Ferryman Institute (Read 11/15/2016) Highly recommended

I absolutely love this book. It is perfect. (Well, there was one typo toward the end but hey).

It’s the story of Charlie Dawson who has labored for 250 years helping people cross over after their death, never failing at his task but heartbroken by the effort. It is well paced, hilarious at times, and utterly convincing in the universe revealed. I won’t give away any more than that because you want to discover it for yourself.

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to read this lovely book and look forward patiently to whatever Colin Gigl comes up with next.


Author Rating: B+

Every Demon Has His Day (read 10/26/11) Recommended

This was a random pick from the library shelf that turned out to be terrific! This well-written, humorous, fast-paced story about a woman who discovers she’s a prophet who has to save the world by preventing Satan from fathering the anti-Christ after her husband is killed by a demon and everyone thinks she killed him. Reminiscent of Christopher Moore.

The only reason I gave Lockwood a B+ instead of an A was the lame final chapter.

Can’t Teach An Old Demon New Tricks (read 11/9/11) Recommended

This is a sequel to Every Demon Has His Day and again Lockwood does a good job although, as before, she doesn’t know when to put down the pen. The maudlin sappiness of the last chapter is unfortunately. My only other complaint is Lockwood dumbing-down Frank, a pug in the first book and a novice angel in this one.

Author Rating: Unknown

I’ve seen the movie Catch-22 but I’ve never read the book.  After reading this review, I’ve put it on my short list.

Author Rating: B+

Another Fine Myth (read 12/4/11) Recommended

First published in 1978, this is the first in Asprin’s long-running Myth series.  In the reality that Asprin creates, mythical creatures like devils and imps are actually from beings other dimensions, popping from one “world” to another through a variety of means, including being “summoned” by magicians.  Another Fine Myth is a clever, amusing and well written science fiction novel that leaves me looking forward to reading the next.

Myth Adventures series

  • Another Fine Myth (1978)
  • Myth Conceptions (1980)
  • Myth Directions (1982)
  • Hit or Myth (1983)
  • Myth-ing Persons (1984)
  • Little Myth Marker (1985)
  • M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link (1986)
  • Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections (1987)
  • M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action (1990)
  • Sweet Myth-tery of Life (1993)
  • Myth-Ion Improbable (2001) chronologically set between Myth Directions and Hit or Myth
  • Something M.Y.T.H. Inc. (2002)
  • Myth-told Tales (2003) with Jody Lynn Nye
  • Myth Alliances (2003) with Jody Lynn Nye
  • Myth-taken Identity (2004) with Jody Lynn Nye
  • Class Dis-Mythed (2005) with Jody Lynn Nye
  • Myth-Gotten Gains (2006) with Jody Lynn Nye
  • Myth-Chief (2008) with Jody Lynn Nye
  • Myth-Fortunes (2008) with Jody Lynn Nye

Duncan and Mallory series

  • Duncan and Mallory (1986) with Mel White
  • The Bar None Ranch (1987) with Mel White
  • The Raiders (1988) with Mel White

Phule’s Company series

  • Phule’s Company (1990)
  • Phule’s Paradise (1992)
  • A Phule and His Money (1999) with Peter J. Heck
  • Phule Me Twice (2000) with Peter J. Heck
  • No Phule Like an Old Phule (2004) with Peter J. Heck
  • Phule’s Errand (2006) with Peter J. Heck

Time Scout series

  • Time Scout (1995) with Linda Evans
  • Wagers of Sin (1995) with Linda Evans
  • Ripping Time (2000) with Linda Evans
  • The House that Jack Built (2000) with Linda Evans
  • License Invoked (February 2001) with Jody Lynn Nye

Cold Cash series

  • The Cold Cash War (1977)
  • Cold Cash Warrior (1989) with Bill Fawcett

Wartorn series

  • Resurrection (2004) with Eric Del Carlo
  • Obliteration (2006) with Eric Del Carlo

Griffen McCandles (Dragons) series

  • Dragons Wild (April 2008)
  • Dragons Luck (April 2009)
  • Dragons Deal (December 2010)(with Jody Lynn Nye )

Other Novels

  • Tambu (1979)
  • The Bug Wars (1979)
  • Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe (1979) with George Takei
  • Catwoman (1992) with Lynn Abbey
  • For King and Country (July 2002) with Linda Evans
  • E.Godz (March 2005) with Esther M Friesner
  • NO Quarter (October 2009) with Eric Del Carlo and Teresa Patterson

Selected short fiction

  • “The Ex-Khan” in Angels in Hell (1987), part of the Heroes in Hell series
  • “Two Gentlemen of the Trade” in Festival Moon (1987), part of the Merovingen Nights series
  • “A Harmless Excursion” in Smugglers Gold (1988), also from Merovingen Nights
  • “Mything in Dreamland” with Jody Lynn Nye in Masters of Fantasy (2004), part of the Myth series

Thieves’ World series (Editor)

  • Thieves’ World (1979)
  • Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (1980)
  • Shadows of Sanctuary (1981)
  • Storm Season (1982)
  • The Face of Chaos (1983)
  • Wings of Omen (1984)
  • The Dead of Winter (1985)
  • Soul of the City (1986)
  • Blood Ties (1986)
  • Aftermath (1987)
  • Uneasy Alliances (1988)
  • Stealers’ Sky (1989)

Other writing

The Capture, cartoon slide show written by Asprin and illustrated by Phil Foglio; nominated for a 1976 Hugo Award

Author Rating: A+

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) is one of my all-time favorite writers. If I am feeling out of sorts, sitting down with “Plum,” as he was known to his friends and family, never fails to cheer me up.

Since there are so many, I am just going to list the titles I have read. They are all highly recommended.

Something New

Psmith, Journalist

Psmith In The City

The Man Upstairs (short stories)

Picadilly Jim

The Inimitable Jeeves


Carry On, Jeeves

The Small Bachelor

Meet Mr. Mulliner

Summer Lightning

Very Good, Jeeves

Big Money

Hot Water

Mulliner Nights (short stories)

Heavy Weather

The Luck of the Bodkins

Laughing Gas

Summer Moonshine

Quick Service

Bertie Wooster Sees It Through

French Leave

Cocktail Time

How Right You Are, Jeeves

Service With A Smile

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

The Brinkmanship of Galahad Threepwood

No Nudes Is Good Nudes

The Girl In Blue

Plum Pie (short stories)

I found four new ones and have two of them on order from the library! Sadly, the fourth is not in the system.

Indiscretions of Archie (read 11/30/11)

This is one of Wodehouse’s best. Published in 1921, this feels more like a collection of short stories which follow chronologically from the first where we are introduced to Archie Moffam (pronounced “Moom”), an impoverished upper-class young man from England who meets and marries Lucille Brewster, daughter of a millionaire hotelier. Archie’s father-in-law is less than thrilled with his new son-in-law but by the end, despite all the crazy adventures Archie has inadvertently involved him in, Daniel Brewster discovers Archie is not as bad as all that. Laugh-out-loud funny.

The Purloined Paperweight (reread 11/25/11)

Published in 1967, this is “mature” Wodehouse. Earlier Wodehouse, from the 1920s, is much more frenetic while his later work, from the 1960s, is more polished, and he never lost the ability to be extraordinarily entertaining. Interestingly, there is a character in this novel with the same name (Binstead) as a completely difference character in the 1921 Indiscretions of Archie, the only instance I have come across where Wodehouse did this. Anyone know of another?

A Wodehouse Bestiary

Barmy in Wonderland

Love Among The Chickens (read 2/3/2014)

I am, to my surprise, still finding Wodehouse novels I wasn’t aware of; and this one is a definite keeper. How is it not among his most popular? I don’t know. As the title infers, it’s a love story, but with Wodehouse the course of love is never straight or certain, with plenty of diversions along the way. Very entertaining.

Jill the Reckless (read 3/11/2014)

No, no, this is his best! How to choose? One of the great things about Wodehouse is his ability to create strong female characters. This novel is exhibit A. I am thrilled that so much of his out-of-print work is available either free or very low cost on Kindle.

Author Rating: B

The Man Who Ate The 747 (read 5/7/09) Meh

J.J. Smith travels the world for The Book of Records, certifying and confirming world records in everything under the sun. He winds up in Superior, Nebraska where a man is eating a 747 for love.

There is nothing complicated or exciting about this book but it is well written and engaging. A nice read for the beach or hammock.

Author Rating: A

Royal Highness (read 1980s) Highly recommended

A wonderful story about a prince who tries to do the right thing.

The Black Swan(read 1980s) Highly recommended

Breathtaking story written from the point of view of a woman at a crossroad in her life.

Transposed Heads: A Legend of India(read 1980s) Highly recommended

Sita of the beautiful hips, daughter of the cattle-breeder Sumantra of the warrior caste has a problem. She loves two men, one for his mind, the other for his body. Which one is actually her husband?

Magic Mountain (read 1980s) AVOID

The single most overrated book in the history of literature.

Death In Venice (read 1980s) Meh.

I think it is so unfortunate for the reading public that Magic Mountain is pretty much the only book by Mann that they ever hear about. I have tried to finish it several times but it is one of the most excruciatingly boring books ever published. Death In Venice is only a hair better.

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