Sunday, May 18, 2008

Paperback 96: Jeopardy Is My Job / Stephen Marlowe (Gold Medal s1214)

Paperback 96: Gold Medal s1214 (PBO, 1962)
Title: Jeopardy Is My Job
Author: Stephen Marlowe
Cover artist: uncredited

Yours for: SOLD! (5/19/08)

Best things about this cover:

  • "Jeopardy Is My Job: The Alex Trebek Story" - exciting!
  • If you cover up or otherwise ignore the dot on the "i" in SPAIN, it really really looks like SPAM. I imagine that Chester Drum there is putting on his spam-handling gloves.
  • What is he doing with that glove? Is he about to commit a crime? Or give some kind of probing examination? The whole thing is very O.J.
  • I like how he's balancing Madrid on the very tip of his index finger

Best things about this back cover:

  • Ugh, too much text
  • "Robbie Hartshorn" - Well that's a silly name. I wonder if his heart (or hart) has been shorn, and if so, what that means.
  • "They were paid a monthly stipend to do their drinking on foreign shores" - How do I get that job
  • This whole description sounded boring to me until I got to "... the cave where Ruy lived with a gypsy woman ..." That has narrative possibilities.
PAGE 123~

"You are free to go," one of the Guardia said in English. "The Colonel says to tell you if you do not leave Rondo before dark," he added, the words heavily accented and hard to understand, "you are being in bad trouble."



Orange said...

Hart's horn = antler?

Michael5000 said...

Chester Drum - (his hat + his hands) = Portugal!

Anonymous said...

I am being in bad writer.

justjack said...

"Robbie Hartshorn"

No no, this is from before smileys were in widespread use. It's the old-fashioned way of writing "Robbie 'hearts' horn." That is, he digs trumpet players, maaaaaan.

Say, when he gets out of Rondo, do you think he might drive away in a Sonata-Allegro?

Anonymous said...

Man, I missed those caves last time I was on the Costa del Sol.

xenobiologista said...

Sorry to nitpick, but I think the name reads as "hart's horn" (as in the antlers of a deer). Only comes to mind because of Orson Scott Card's "Hart's Hope".

I like Jack's interpretation though.