Showing posts with label Snow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snow. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Paperback 678: Four From Planet 5 / Murray Leinster (Gold Medal s937)

Paperback 678: Gold Medal s937 (PBO, 1959)

Title: Four From Planet 5
Author: Murray Leinster
Cover artist: [Paul] Lehr

Yours for: $10


Best things about this cover:
  • Yes, if I were in Antarctica, these kids would indeed freak me the fuck out. I would make that exact trepidatious gesture with my left hand ("Fear Hand!"). But wait ... he has a camera on a tripod. Maybe they're a singing group and he's their manager and they're terribly lost and he's decided to use this free time to take some promotional photographs. Yes, that makes sense.
  • I really, really wish I could see the guy's face. Seems crucial. I need to know how I'm supposed to feel about this Aryan Children's Brigade. My default position is "terrified." 
  • The cover copy does imply that "unknown terror" is a given, and we're just waiting around to figure out what kind. 


Best things about this back cover:
  • "Utterly invincible telepaths will broadcast your shabby sins to the world! Gird yourselves!"
  • I assume this ends with the kids forming a band and singing their way into civilization's heart. Or with the revelation that one of the kids is really Jesus. 

Page 123~

"The kid got past three electric fences, and we don't know how. He must know plenty about electricity."

Brilliant. I'm now rooting for the kid.


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Paperback 599: Wild Drums Beat / F. Van Wyck Mason (Pocket Books 977)

Paperback 599: Pocket Books 977 (1st ptg, 1953)

Title: Wild Drums Beat
Author: F. Van Wyck Mason
Cover artist: Richard Cardiff

Yours for: $7


Best things about this cover:
  • "Uh ... he was like this when I found him."
  • "Shhh. Be vewy, vewy quiet. We're hunting wabbits..."
  • Real men make snow angels "Indian-style."
  • Margery made the rather large mistake of trying to ride the Black Horse of Death sidesaddle. 


Best things about this back cover:
  • "Renegade trapper" would look great on a business card.
  • Random trivia: Googling ["scalp-hungry"] returns 4100+ hits. So ... it's an adjective with a life beyond this cover.
  • Remember when men's courage and women's love could solve world problems? And now look at us. Lousy Obama.

Pag 123~

He nodded, mimicked the shadow of his head wrought black and distorted upon the lean-to's roof.

Grammatically, I'm not really sure what to do with this (how do you mimic a shadow that you yourself are creating?), but I do love a good lean-to reference.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Paperback 597: The Blackbirder / Dorothy B. Hughes (Dell 149)

Paperback 597: Dell 149 (1st ptg, 1947)

Title: The Blackbirder
Author: Dorothy B. Hughes
Cover artist: Uncredited [Gerald Gregg]

Yours for: $10


Best things about this cover:
  • I'm no ornithologist, but ... blackbird? Really? Is there a purple-taloned raptor variety I'm not aware of?
  • Those are the most intestinal-looking talons I've ever seen. 
  • I hope that guy's dead, because otherwise—that crotch-talon, ouch.
  • His feet are so dainty. If I don't look at his weird facial expression, I could almost feel moved by his unfortunate circumstances.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Well clearly the best things is Jacques (not pictured).
  • Ironically, Popin didn't like it when people just popped in. This is why he lives in the middle of fucking nowhere, with only Jacques to ... do whatever Jacques does.
  • I like the geographical / regional touches: snow, mountains, adobe house ...

Page 123~
Her skirt was a thin sheet of ice from below her hips.
Well, that's one way to call a woman 'frigid,' I guess.


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