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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Paperback Book Club 



Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol, 1990, Graeme Curry
The Doctor overthrows the government of a thinly veiled Margaret Thatcher in a single night. Ah, the 90s...

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Witches Abroad, 1991, Terry Pratchett
And the parade of...interesting character interpretations continues.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Hogfather, 1996, Terry Pratchett
That's certainly an...interesting artistic interpretation of Susan.
(I forewent my annual re-reading of this book this year in favor of rereading the witch books. I'm more in a Nanny Ogg mood.)

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Cats Have No Lord, 1985, Will Shetterly
Well, maybe if they did, they would know to use proper spelling and grammar.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Jem, 1979, fifth edition, Frederik Pohl
This book is outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



X-Men: Prisoner X, 1998, Ann Nocenti
This year, I was thankful that the 90s are well and truly over.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Dragons of Autumn Twilight, 1984, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Just a reminder that teeny-bopper vampires aren't the first ineptly written children's novels with heavy Mormon subtext.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Sentinel, 1974, tenth printing, Jeffrey Konvitz
There was a time when the film based on this seemed to be playing every other day on cable.

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



1984, 1949, 48th printing, George Orwell
Yes, this does probably count as "teasing the conservatives" at this point.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Marked for Murder, 1959, Brett Halliday
What better way to top off a week devoted to films inspired by pulp thrillers than with a pulp thriller?

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Night Mare, 1970, Morton J. Golding
A little pre-Halloween disturbing imagery for you.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Red as Blood, 1983, Tanith Lee
In just a couple days, I get to play a video-game I'm possibly looking forward to a little too much, and so now I have fairy-tales on my mind.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Battiste, 1915, D. T. Trombley
This is the oldest book I own. It's a dialect novel, aping a nearly unintelligible French-immigrant patois.

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Year of Consent, 1954, Kendell Foster Crossen

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paperback Book Club 


Taxi Driver, 1976, Richard Elman
Because some days you just need to see an underage Jodie Foster in hotpants.
Wait, that came out wrong...

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Paperback Book Club 


Logan's World, 1977, William F. Nolan
Sequelitis is a terrible thing...

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Divine Invasion, 1981, Philip K. Dick
You know, people really shouldn't try to literalize Dick novels in cover illustrations. It just comes out creepier than it needs to be.

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Battlefield Earth, 1982, L. Ron Hubbard
You know, for a "religion" that hates gay people so much, they sure do put some hunky guys on their book covers.

[For the record, no, I did not buy this book. No one buys Battlefield Earth. It just shows up in your book-cases one day.]

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Star Fox, 1978, Poul Anderson
This book wasn't at all what I expected...

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Tom Swift: Cyborg Kickboxer, 1991, Victor Appleton
Given how every single world-threatening crisis Tom Swift deals with is caused by his own scientific arrogance, it's a wonder the kid didn't have his lab privileges revoked years ago.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Reliquary, 1997, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
As a sequel to last week's post, I bring you...the sequel to last week's post.

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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Relic, 1995, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The film cut the most interesting character and killed off the characters neccessary for a sequel. Film-makers can be incredibly stupid sometimes.
Oh, the book's good, utterly insane in a good way, filled with exciting chases through, er, museums. Too bad DNA doesn't work that way.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Paperback Book Club: Beach Party Edition 



Gidget Goes to Rome, 1963, Frederick Kohner
There are no Beach Party books in my collection, so you'll have to settle for a (ugh) Gidget book.




Beach Bums
MoonBully brings us some Beach Party inspired MST3K shenanigans.

Meanwhile, the DJ of Armagideon Beach brings us two musical interludes inspired by the Beach films.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Brak: When the Idols Walked, 1978, 1980 edition, John Jakes
A pony-tail and a skirt...the 80s certainly were an interesting time for images of masculinity...

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Untold Legend of the Batman, 1982, Len Wein, Jim Aparo and John Byrne
The definitive origin for Batman and all his friends and foes! Well, for a year or two it was, anyway...

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Paperback Book Club--Santa Barbara Pride Version 



...and so, this is YOUR life, Miss Thing, 1973, Joe Johnson

Here's a bonus cartoon:


Yes, these cartoons are a bit dated and no longer politically correct; but they're funny!

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Cat from Outer Space, 1978, Ted Key
"Starring" is an interesting word to use in reference to McLean Stevenson...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Ursus of Ultima Thule, 1973, Avram Davidson
According to the back-cover copy, Urus is "swarthy, hairy, ostracized by others of his tribe"...Ursus sounds like a fun Saturday night.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Other Than A Man, 1968, W.F. Mosher
The story of a young Air Force cadet who finds love with another man and marries him. Yes, in 1968.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Earthman's Burden, 1979, Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson
Hokas are the only people I will permit to LARP.

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Neveryona, 1983, Samuel R. Delany
Neveryona: feminist parable or gay porn?

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



A Planet for Texans, 1958, H. Beam Poper and John J. McGuire
Today's cover selected because I'm off to Book Expo to meet up with Bully...and not because I saw the title and thought "putting Texas on another planet...well, it's a start I suppose..."

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Midwich Cuckoos, 1957, Ninth Printing, John Wyndham
I've been in Oregon since Thursday, for my sister-in-law's wedding, and to meet the new nephew. I'm sure he'll turn out a lot nicer than the kids in this book do.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Puppies of Terra (Mankind Under the Leash), 1980, Thomas M. Disch
Sometimes I buy books just for the covers...this rarely works out well...

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Book of Philip Jose Farmer, 1973, Philip Jose Farmer
Why is Tarzan in a top-hat? Because Philip Jose Farmer, that's why.
For more "why: because" statements, the management recomends:

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Unidentified Flying Oddball, 1979, Vic Crume
This is the closest thing I've got to an Iron Man-ish cover.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Sword Woman, 1979, Robert E. Howard
Dark Agnes would totally kick Red Sonja's ass.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Dungeon of Dread, 1982, Rose Estes

Walking down the dank dungeon corridor, the hall splits into right-hand and left-hand passages.
1. If you want to go down the right hand passage, turn to page 13.
2. If you want to go down the left hand passage, turn to page 27.

PAGE 13
Walking down the passage, you clumsily trigger a trap. Poisoned spikes spring out of the wall and crush you to death.
THE END
"Well, fuck that! What's on page 27?"

PAGE 27
Walking down the passage, a huge orc leaps from the shadows and impales you with on a spear. You die, but not before your last vision is of the orc ripping off your legs and devouring them.
THE END

"These books aren't as fun as I remember them being..."

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Paperback Book Club 

Does it count as a spoiler if it's the cover illustration?



The Wicker Man, 1978, 1979 ed., Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



A Case of Conscience, 1979 fifth printing, James Blish

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



In The Green Star's Glow, 1976, Lin Carter
I thought you needed some more beef-cake this week.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Barba the Slaver, 1978, Dael Forest
It took some work, but I think I finally found something that out-Gors Gor.
As near as I can tell, this is also the only book in the series that features as much man-flesh on display as woman-flesh.

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



The Space Vampires, 1977, Colin Wilson
Vampires. In Space! Later turned into the film Lifeforce, featuring Patrick Stewart in one of his more regrettable roles.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Faculty Relations, copyright unknown, Max Martin
Honestly, the covers really are the best things about books like this.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Paperback Book Club 





The Tombs of Atuan, 1981-14th printing, 1989-22nd printing, Ursula K. Le Guin
The back-cover copy of the 1981 edition emphasizes Tenar's role in the story. The 1989 edition pushes the "great fantasy epic" and "isn't Ged just swell?" angles. Not that I'm drawing any explicit comparisons to the evolution in how fantasy novels are marketed, mind you...

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Exile's Honor, 2003, Mercedes Lackey
This cover is notable for being one of the very few Mercedes Lackey novels with a) a man on the cover who b) is not a wispy androgyne.

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Paperback Book Club 



Shot in the Dark, 1950, edited by Judith Merril.
Cover illustration by H.E. Bishcoff of Leigh Brackett's The Halfling

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