Title: The Odd Kind
Author: Arthur Adlon
Cover artist: Milo
From The Doug Peterson Collection (recent addition)
Best things about this cover:
- This title answers the question: "What kind of face did the angry lesbian ghost have?"
- "Ancient rituals" is some through-the-looking-glass euphemism. I guess it's tied to some idea of ancient Lesbos. Or child sacrifice. One or the other.
- This artist liked to get his models so drunk they pass out. Then wait. Then just as they're awakening from their stupor, bam—paint them!
- This model's stupor must be considerable. I mean, normally, when a murderous, vengeful, crudely painted ghost materializes in your bedroom in a big cloud of smoke, you'd turn around and look.
Best things about this back cover:
- Whoa. "Bisexual." You don't see that word a lot on paperbacks. Interesting.
- Re: LA MODENA—The "town in Italy" thing kind of undermines the whole "strange name" thing. "Oooh, your name's so strange." "It's a town in Italy." "Oh ... I see."
- Oh, sure, LA MODENA is "strange," but *that* dude's name is *totally* normal.
- I have flipped through this book and that question, "did they want him or each other?" Well, it's each other ... for a while. But then it's him. Pam dies. LA MODENA and Jorge end up together. P.S. Spoiler alert.
Mod laughed nervously. "What will you tell them, baby?"
"How the hell do I know, until they ask me?" Pam answered half seriously. She swung around and regarded Mod critically. "You don't expect me to get up and announce I got married—to a girl—do you?"
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