Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Paperback 965: Ruby MacLaine / John Roeburt (Hillman 151)

Paperback 965: Hillman Books 151 (PBO, 1960)

Title: Ruby MacLaine
Author: John Roeburt
Cover artist: Uncredited

Estimated value: $6-9
Condition: 3/10

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Best things about this cover:
  • So ... that is a plausibly human head, torso, and backside. After that, the wheels come off. She would have to have 10-ft-long legs for that foot size to be right. Also, no one can stand like that and not put at least *some* pressure on the bedclothes. But mostly, the problem is perspective. The bed looks like it's for a child, and the lamp and bedstand are comically small. Trump-hand tiny. Dollhouse tiny.
  • Still, credit where credit is due: the backside makes it highly unlikely anyone's fretting too much about the mini-furniture.
  • "FEEL MY MORBID POWER!" exclaimed a drunk and exultant John Roeburt as he stumbled along Broadway, a rumpled New York Times in his hand.

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Best things about this back cover:
  • See. Back cover designer knew what to do with that front cover: CROP.
  • "Backstreet"? Take that, N*SYNC!
  • "There'll be compensations" is an utterly implausible bit of dialogue. Also, I was proposing ... asking ..." makes no sense. You were proposing or you were asking, but you were not proposing asking. Although maybe a guy who ruffles a girl's hair as a come-on has bigger problems than grammar.

Page 123~

"I want to be admired for my mind," Ruby said winkingly.
Coulter looked critically at her. "That was on the square," he said slowly.
She looked levelly at him. "I want resources other than just my sex."

Later, Coulter says, "I get the dig." That makes one of us, Coulter.

~RP

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P.S. the first line on the first (teaser) page of this novel is: "They made their agreement in a motel." I probably would've bought this book on the strength of that premise alone.

2 comments:

DemetriosX said...

The proposing/asking thing works. Put a long beat in there between the two words. The meat of his proposition was asking her to take her chances with him. That or he thought she didn't know what "proposing" meant.

But, hey, backside.

Jean said...

Winkingly, critically, slowly, levelly....is there an adverb this guy won't use? WINKINGLY?