Title: Pirate Wench
Author: Frank Shay
Cover artist: uncredited
Yours for: SOLD (July '09)
Best things about this cover:
- Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in ... "Braless Zombie II: Zombie's Revenge"
- As I scanned this image, the Violent Femmes "Prove My Love" was playing on iTunes. It contains the lyric, "... we've all been through some shit." In the case of Pirate Wench, this appears to be literally true. Who draws their braless heroine with brown stink lines emanating from her body?
- "Outlove?!" "Outfuck" really works better here. It's more alliterative. And, I'm guessing, more accurate.
- Shirtless man: "I have a gun ... and yet I am powerless to resist her magical pirate dance."
- Shirtless man: "I wonder where I can get a shirt like that ... I'm tired of the crew teasing me about how manly and ungay I look"
Best things about this back cover:
- If you like your sex "raw" and "blood-stained," you'll love "Pirate Wench!"
- " ... a night below deck": That is one, tough, tiring way to "win men's allegiance." How is one woman supposed to put a whole crew together. No wonder this book is "raw" and "blood-stained."
- She's pro-vocative. Screw you, ablative!
There were nine pirates captured and there were nine gibbets; no one about to go on trial would be found not guilty.
"No one ... would be found not guilty." Is that litotes? (Def: A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite, as in This is no small problem.) Pretty fucking uppity for pirate smut.
P.S. A Portuguese reader (yes, I have one) sent me a link to the following book cover: a Portuguese version of Gil Brewer's "Wild to Possess" (you can see part of the American cover in my header, between "Pop" and "Sensation" ... the redhead w/ the gun). Very cool to see pulpy covers redone for foreign markets.