Saturday, October 29, 2016

Paperback 978: Pemmican / Vardis Fisher (Cardinal C-253)

Paperback 978: Cardinal C-253 (1st ptg, 1957)

Title: Pemmican
Author: Vardis Fisher
Cover artist: Daniel Schwartz

Estimated value: $7-10
Condition: 7/10

[from the Laura R. Braunstein Collection]

Best things about this cover:
  • The only thing scarier than her fright makeup is her linebacker hands. Look at those meat claws, dear god!
  • Why would you kneel in the river like that? Serious question.
  • Her mouth! We get it, she's "savage," dial it back.
  • I do like the way the light shines off her hip.
  • Chief Wahoo on Cleveland Indians uniforms. Dakota Access Pipeline. This dehumanizing shit must be exhausting.

Best things about this back cover:
  • Ah, the "savage white girl" trope. See Natalie Wood in "The Searchers."
  • I wish this were titled "A Virile Young Scotsman, or, The Debauchery"
  • Rawboned! The bones of this book have not seen fire! Like sushi, are these bones!

Page 123~

"Coming!" he whispered.

He whispered with an exclamation point? Wow. Graphic.


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Paperback 977: The Weirwoods / Thomas Burnett Swann (Ace 87941)

Paperback 977: Ace 87941 (PBO, 1977)

Title: The Weirwoods
Author: Thomas Burnett Swann
Cover artist: Stephen Hickman

Estimated value: $5-10
Condition: 8/10

[Part of the Laura R. Braunstein Collection]

Best things about this cover:
  • Where woods? There woods.
  • Slow your roll, fantasy fiction Teri Garr.
  • That dress is pretty hot.
  • She doesn't have Fear Hand™but somethin' ain't right.
  • "Welcome ... to the Land of Towering Sex Toys. The pegasi will be here shortly to take you to pleasures unknown..."
Best things about this back cover:
  • Those are some respectable blurbs right there. Makes me wanna read this. LADY OF THE BEES also sounds promising.
  • This back cover's sense of the boundary between reality and fantasy seems a little feeble. Rome, real, Etruscans, real, Centaurs, uh ...
  • Well, sure, you name a guy Lars Velcha, what do you expect him to become?

Page 123~

She skittered down the trunk with the speed of a hungry squirrel.


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