Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Paperback 650: Hospital Hill / Adeline McElfresh (Dell First Edition B201)

Paperback 650: Dell First Edition B201 (PBO, 1961)

Title: Hospital Hill
Author: Adeline McElfresh
Cover artist: Bob Abbett

Yours for: $8


Best things about this cover:
  • Smoking doctor. Smoking car. Smoking lady friend. Like flying, being a doctor used to be so fucking glamorous.
  • I hate when reality shatters my dreams.
  • If there were a Hall of Fame for author names, I'd immediately induct Adeline McElfresh.


Best things about this back cover:
  • I like how the ellipsis makes it look like Doctor Chris Chiselface is thinking the whole thing.
  • I think the cover nicely captures his noble ideals (/sarcasm).

Page 123~
Old Mrs. Pearce was in the kitchen, nursing a steaming bowl filled with a greenish, pungent-smelling liquid. She greeted him with a sly smile.

"I reckon I'm catched," she wheezed.

Chris grinned. "I guess you are, Grandma."
Chris then shot her in the head for being a witch.


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Tulse said...

Wait, so the doc is fighting for socialized medicine?

And everyone knows that the Scots get very irate about stale elves.

DemetriosX said...

The picture was kind of slow loading, so that at first the doctor looked like a dead ringer for Rex Morgan. Once he was all there, though, it took me while to figure out who he looked like. I finally decided it was Dietmar Schönherr as he appeared in the German SF series Raumpatrouille.

The car is probably the best thing on this cover.

Unknown said...

Tulse said...

Wait, so the doc is fighting for socialized medicine?

Either that or he expects everyone at the hospital to come in every day and do their jobs without getting paid -- doctors, nurses, lab techs, administrators, maintenance, etc..

Also, any loans should be forgiven, even if the bond-holders are pensioners, widows and orphans -- perhaps even hospital patients themselves!