Title: The Dispossessed
Author: Geoffrey Wagner
Cover artist: Uncredited [Walter Popp]
Yours for: $17
Best things about this cover:
- Nice variation on the tormented gay man pose. Love his expression: "Uh ... Christ, what am I supposed to do with this?"
- Actually, I think he's just applying product to his hair, using a mirror we can't see, just off-screen.
- She's in one of those impossible poses where she appears to be looking at something/someone (namely, Confused Neanderthal there) she could not possibly see, given his position / the laws of physics. Maybe the dude is a ghost and she's really eying some hunky guy who just walked into her hotel room.
- Two continents!? TWO!? No way ...
Best things about this back cover:
- I see that it's unblushingly told, but is it frank? That's really all I want to know.
- Love how the blurbs are a. miniscule, b. in not-terribly-contrastive font color, and c. insanely brief—I imagine they were culled from terrible reviews, i.e. "This novel gave me a POWERFUL headache" or "the author shows a REMARKABLE TALENT for shallow characterization and hackneyed turns of phrase."
"How was Klee?" she asked.
"Okay. The opposing bloke turned out to be my old school fag."
Wow, your school gave you your very own fag? Lucky...
Seriously, does "fag" mean "chum?" I've never seen that usage before ... well, what d'ya know? There's my answer:
1. A student at a British public school who is required to perform menial tasks for a student in a higher class.~RP
2. A drudge.
[Follow Rex Parker on Twitter and Tumblr]