Friday, July 26, 2013

dear, deadly beloved

Next up in this stack of paperbacks is Dear, Deadly Beloved by John Flagg, aka John Gearon.

Cover painting by Barye Phillips

A book I read on vacation a couple years back but, apparently, had little impact on me as I've retained nothing. Perhaps I'll try it again if I make it back to the beach this Summer.

Friday, July 19, 2013

too hot to hold

Continuing our journey to the bottom of this pile of pulp fiction - via each book's front and back cover - tonight's entry is Too Hot To Hold by Day Keene.

Particularly appropriate, title-wise at least, as it is so disgustingly warm and humid in Philly today my laptop keeps getting overheated and is literally too hot to hold. Sigh...

(On the bright side, after I hit publish on this post I am pretty much done with this work week and off to spent the rest of the night in the relatively comfortable confines of our bedroom, aka the only room in our house with air conditioning, enjoying a movie and watermelon lime granita a la the Kommandant. Hope you have a great evening / weekend, whatever you have planned!)

Friday, July 12, 2013

the judas hour

Next up in this stack of thrifted / flea marketed paperbacks is The Judas Hour by Howard Hunt, aka E. Howard Hunt.

I have no credit or other information to offer on the cover art but, to paraphrase the old adage, the author's truth is stranger - or at least more scandalous - than his fictional works; see here.

(For those who don't feel like following the link the Reader's Digest version of the story is, aside from authoring many a spy novel under this and a few other pseudonyms less like his real name, Hunt was a CIA agent during the Nixon administration and - to butcher / paraphrase another old adage - sunk with the ship during Watergate. Escandalo!)

Friday, July 5, 2013

what mad universe

Tonight we continue our stroll through this pile of pulp fiction with what is apparently a very well known and influential example of the science fiction novel, What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown.

Cover by Herman E. Bischoff

Genre-wise, I have to admit this is a bit outside our normal fare - both in terms of what the husband and I tend to read and what tends to be featured on the blog - but, based on the cover, we couldn't resist rescuing it's tattered, taped-up pages from the 25 cent bin at a local thrift store.

(Actually, the more I investigate, it seems like a cool book. Perhaps I'll give it a shot on my next trip to the beach.)

Speaking of it's cover, interested parties can see a larger color version of the version seen on the back, plus another Bantam alternate, on the book's Wikipedia page (linked above) and a fabulous cover for a French edition here.