Title: The Strange Brigade
Author: John Jennings
Cover artist: Rudy Nappi
Yours for: $8
Best things about this cover:
- If 'love' wasn't just a word, what else was it??! A deed? Are you talking about sex? You are, aren't you.
- Speaking of sex, this book is at least in part about trappers, i.e. beaver.
- "Hey … hey baby … hey … I like your ears …" Ugh, I can practically feel his grog breath on my shoulder.
- Steve did not take well to losing the "Who Wore It Best?" competition to Lionel. Even the awkward consolations of a concerned squaw could not alleviate Steve's fist-clenching fury.
Best things about this back cover:
- Mmm, I love bois brûlés. My favorite dessert. Always puts me in the mood for bone-cracking / love-making.
- I do love a woman who acts "quite otherwise."
- "Sinister half-breed"—I would think that in vintage paperback-speak, that would be redundant.
Here were abundant varieties of smaller game: hares and rabbits, chattering squirrels, the white partridge, and spruce grouse, foxes, beaver, martins, musquash, otter and a dozen others.This is a really weird list, not so much for what's on it, but for how it's set up. Why do the squirrels get a behavioral detail? Why is there a "the" with the white partridge? Why do we start a new list with a new "and" just before spruce grouse? Why do you list so many and then say "a dozen others?" Why not keep going? You're half way there, for god's sake. Also, "a dozen"? That's a pretty specific number. Are you sure it wasn't a baker's dozen? 10? This is what happens when you think too much about a random filler sentence in a middling historical novel from 60 years ago.
[Alternative comment: "Musquash Susie / Musquash Sam / Do the jitterbug out in Musquash Land …"]
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