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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DemetriosX said...

Swann was really popular among fans of literary SF in the 60s and 70s. He was nominated twice for a Hugo, but he died fairly young and faded from the scene pretty quickly. I've never actually read any of his stuff, but he's supposed to be really good.

I think this cover suffers slightly from the perspective. Looking up at her like this gives her a bit of double chin and makes her face look fat. I see the Teri Garr resemblance, though.

Jean said...

With her face, it's almost like an imitation of some of those Art Nouveau posters. And, yeah, her hands are a problem. Nobody goes around bending their wrists like that.

OK, so take a look at this awesome quilt I saw (in real life) the other night. It's just like an old SF paperback cover! I need to sew something like it one day. There was another one with orange that was pretty good too, but this was my favorite quilt in the whole extensive lineup of the artist's work.