Thursday, November 22, 2007

Paperback 46: Fawcett / Gold Medal M2268

Paperback 46: Fawcett / Gold Medal M2268 (3rd ptg, 1971)

Title: The Crossroads
Author: John D. MacDonald
Cover artist: Uncredited

Best things about this cover:

  • "Look at my shoulder holster! Look at it! Yeah, that's right. You better be afraid!"
  • Floating Head says: "You dance funny, little man."
  • This book has much better cover copy than it does art. See back cover...

Best things about this back cover:

  • Centeredness makes back cover copy look like a poem - an awesome poem. Not sure which is my favorite phrase here: "sadistic chiseler" or "musclebound lover-boy." Probably the latter. Also, I love Anything having to do with a motel. Motels are my second-biggest thematic obsession, after Revenge.
  • Ridiculous, arbitrary formatting - the gun-toting fist breaks up the text in absurd ways. It's like someone opened up a little door in a wall and is now about to shoot through it blindly.
  • John D. MacDonald looks like the biggest Poindexter ever. His glasses are positively Asimovian. Awesome.



Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, and Thanks for all the Books!

Michael5000 said...

HATE the inset gun! To my eye, it renders the text thus:

"A perfect set-up for robbery murder. perfect setting for and And a this expert chiller by...."

Bad formating can really undermine great poetry.