Monday, November 14, 2011

Paperback 476: Karla / Vern Wade (Saber SA-2)

Paperback 476: Saber Books SA-2 (PBO? 1957?) 

Title: Karla
Author: Vern Wade
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $28


Best things about this cover:
  • These people look like video game avatars, or character in "Polar Express." They are going to have creepy, sweat-less, human-like sex on that sad pristine bed in 3, 2 ...
  • Heflin (really?) had not quite mastered the whole vampire thing. You can't nuzzle the blood out of her, Hef!
  • Now that I look at her more closely, I'm pretty sure she's inflatable and Hef is blowing her up.
  • In my mind, Madame Fronzeh rides a motorcycle, wears a leather jacket, says "Ehhhhhh!," and people call her "The Fronz."

Best things about this back cover:
  • More sadness from the Sanford Aday publishing houses (see also here). I've never, ever seen a publisher foreground their own economic / legal woes so aggressively. The fact that they're publishing under fire becomes part of their identity in those early years (you know, before the 25-year prison sentence ...).

Page 123~

Her hazel eyes widened. Her lips curved in an ironic smile as she rose, and moved toward me. She extended her hand to me, and her body undulated provocatively in a gesture that was confusingly familiar.

He's confused because he's repressed the memory of his mother's own ironic smiling and provocative undulation as she fixed him scrambled eggs as a child.


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Karla said...

Hey, about time I see a smutty book with my name on it! :D

warren said...

How, precisely, does a woman's body undulate? (Or does he mean ... no, he can't mean 'ovulate'. 'Her body ovulated provocatively...' Ecch.)