Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Paperback 235: The Unfair Fare Affair (The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #18) / Peter Leslie (Ace 51701)

Paperback 235: Ace 51701 (PBO, 1968)

Title: The Unfair Fare Affair (The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #18)
Author: Peter Leslie
Cover artist: photo

Yours for: $12


Best things about this cover:

  • Illya Kuryakin shows how he won first place at the Gun Shuffleboard Tournament of 1963
  • "And then I swam over to my gun, like so..."
  • "That fare was so unfair that ... oh ... I'm just going to lie here ..."

Best things about this back cover:

  • I love that the publishers could give a flying !@##$ what stills they use on their covers. "Boss, we need two pics for the "Man From U.N.C.L.E." book. Which ones should we use?" / "I don't know, just grab two off the top." / "But ... in this one the guy's just holding a tape measure. That doesn't really conv—" / "Just do what I say and shut yer yap!"
  • I was too young ever to have seen an ep of this show. I think that for some reason the paperback tie-ins numbered 14 and over are rarer than those with lower numbers. Forget where I heard this. Anyway ... maybe I can find the show on TV or DVD somewhere. I think I should at least see one ep — it was a huge hit in the 60s.

Page 123~

Now that the mechanics of Bartoluzzi's one-man escape network were known, now that he was morally sure that he had in fact been approached by THRUSH on the lines that Waverly had feared, Kuryakin felt justified in throwing the Corsican, as it were, to the wolves.


~RP

14 comments:

Wade said...

"Goddammit, Waverly, we're going to have to do better than this if we want to be able to show our faces after the big UNCLE Metric System Tournament."

Brian Busby said...

'Even afterwards, Napoleon Solo had to chase half across Europe and Illy Kuryakin was...' And then my eyes begin to glaze over. Twenty-nine words later, I regain focus wondering whether I've just coasted over a run-on sentence. Can't even be troubled to go back and check. Isn't it the purpose of cover copy to capture the reader's attention?

PB said...

Looks like seasons 1-4 of the show are available on Netflix...

JamiSings said...

I'm sure soon someone in Hollywood will think it's a great idea to make a modern day movie version of this. Staring Tom Cruise and Steve Carrell directed by JJ Abrams even if he's never seen a single episode....

Lisa in Oz said...

You've never seen The Man From U.N.C.L.E.??? Wow. You need to find a season to rent, stat! (Or borrow - my childhood library had them, which is where I was introduced to the awesome cheesyness).

Anonymous said...

No need to wait -- you can at least find parts of the shows on youtube.

Maughta said...

The Unfair Fare Affair is by far the coolest title ever. It just screams, "I thought of this title and now have to think up a plot that kinda sorta fits it!!!!"

Maughta said...

The Unfair Fare Affair is by far the coolest title ever. It just screams, "I thought of this title and now have to think up a plot that kinda sorta fits it!!!!"

libwitch said...

You know, after trying to tie the pictures, the back blurb and the title together, I am completely confused as to what the book is actually about.

Which means it probably is as a great tv series as everyone says it is, at least if you are drunk.

Dirt Diggler said...

Not being familiar with "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." tv program, I submit to you the series title is mistakenly reversed ... and should read, "The uncle from Mann"! ;-)

justjack said...

"The uncle from Mann"

Thomas, or Horace? If he's from Scotland, would his nickname be "Hoot"?

Alix said...

Back cover: "Missed it by... that much."

Thomas Miller said...

The 1st season B&W eps are best. Highest recommendation for Season 1, disc 6 - contains 3 eps including the absolutely classic "The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair."

Mo said...

Why is it noteworthy that they were pitting their wits against "a single man"? Would a married one have been less determined?