Title: The White Brigand
Author: Edison Marshall
Cover artist: Uncredited
Best things about this cover:
- From the man who brought you "Great Smith" (seriously - same guy) comes ... "The White Brigand!"
- This book raises the question: What color are brigands normally?
- This novel appears to be set in China somewhere. I wonder how the natives will be depicted by Mr. Marshall. Hmm ... let's see. Just opened this book to a random page and the first word I saw was: "slant-eyed." Nice.
- You don't really see the word "Brigand" much these days. I always thought it meant someone who is lawless, violent, at least vaguely piratic - yes, a member of a band of thieves.
- The floating, glowing, jade pseudo-Buddha alien tiki is more than a little disturbing. First, he has jointless, perhaps even boneless limbs. Second, he has the world's shortest pigtails. That, or his head has both a positive and a negative terminal. Third, he appears to be made of plutonium. Fourth, his toothless grin will haunt my dreams tonight and possibly forever. I could go on.
Best things about this back cover:
- This is the first of many Dell "mapbacks" that we will see over the course of my paperback project. All early Dell paperbacks (or nearly all) featured a map on the back cover that depicted some scene in the book. This one is pretty crudely drawn, as mapbacks go, but it's still cool.
- Any book that features both a "reliquary" and a "chasm" can't be all bad, I say.
- Do we really need to be told that that is a "cliff?"