Tuesday, March 30, 2010

57 Books from the University Book Sale: Book 55

Titles: Catch-as-Catch-Can / Then Came Two Women
Author: Charlotte Armstrong
Cover artists: Uncredited / Uncredited

Yours for: $9

  • Had mainstream cover artists / designers just given up by the mid-60s. I'm seeing a lot of slop lately. What is the concept here? Girl in pink dress running — OK. But then, what, a rough pencil sketch of her shins from a different angle, blown up as a background + random EMT running to check her gigantic left ankle + wee man tickling her right heel??? Maybe the lady in the pink looks so nauseous and is running so fast because she's trying desperately to escape from this cover concept. "Oh god, it's terrible, boo hoo, save me!"
  • When Drexel Drake talks, people ... honestly, I don't know what people do. Drexel Drake is a porn name.

  • Responsible housewife by day, trashy Cougar by night...
  • Love the attire on the women. Also love little miss Bad Seed in her best buggy-riding attire.
  • "God, I hate my two moms..."
  • That is some supernatural shit that Bad Seed's hair is doing at the tips.

Page 123~ (from Catch-as-Catch-Can)

But she could see. That his hand and arms moved nervously and secretly to thrust the gun into the thick shrub beside which he was standing. He turned his body and wavered like a shadow.

Who let her break that first sentence in two like that?! Jebus! Also, I'm trying to imagine what that last sentence is supposed to look like. And failing.


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shushie said...

"I'm trying to imagine what that last sentence is supposed to look like. And failing."

Dammit! Imagining a body turning and "wavering like a shadow" has broken my brain and I have 7 more hours left of work. That whole section looks as if it were written by a fifth grader with MadLibs who's not really sure where the nouns and verbs are supposed to go.

Frank said...

"Very stimulating and unusual" is yet another "You couldn't find anything better to put on the cover?" blurb.

Tulse said...

Frank, they made that blurb better by the crea-
tive hyphena

And is that a female child in the bottom cover, 'cuz the figure looks like Boy George to me.

Jen Alien-Spouse said...

It can't be the same girl's legs from a different angle; the giant legs are wearing a pencil skirt and heels. Mini-Girl is wearing a circle skirt, and looks to be barefoot.

I therefore deduce that "Catch-As-Catch-Can" was an early version of "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman", but with a more ambiguous title.

On "Then Came Two Women" I am getting a strong drag vibe from the cougar.

Nicole "Gidget" Kalstein said...

I almost spit out my coffee for a second there. I misread the bottom cover as "Then Two Women Came", and I suddenly got a mental picture of a threesome involving some sort of double orgasm.

Although, I'm a little confused...of the three people pictured on the cover, I can't for the life of me figure out which two are women.

Unknown said...

I think there are two women on the cover of Catch as Catch Can, as the woman-in-pink appears to be an amputee.

I looked up Charlotte Armstrong on Wikipedia to discover that she never managed the art of the snappy title in her long career. What's the point of having an editor/publisher if no one says "...you want to call it Then Came Two Women? Are you sure? You wouldn't like to think it over for a few minutes?"

Unknown said...

Cougar-woman is definitely doing I'm a little teapot! Short and stout! ... but in a grumpy Joan Crawford kind of way.