Friday, November 8, 2013

#34 THE SECRET OF THE WOODEN LADY - 1995

#34 The Secret of the Wooden Lady by Carolyn Keene; Copyright © 1995 Simon & Schuster. Original © 1950. Cover artist, Rudy Nappi.


"Adventure abounds on the Bony Scot in Boston Harbor as Nancy Drew Helps Captain Easterly uncover the mystery of his ghostly visitors." - Inside page summary

Friday, October 25, 2013

#33 HOPALONG CASSIDY'S SADDLE MATE - 1926

#33 Hopalong Cassidy's Saddle Mate by Clarence E. Mulford; Copyright © 1926 Doublday, Page and Company. Original © 1925 by Clarence E. Mulford (original title: Hopalong Cassidy's Protege). Cover artist unknown.

"Mesquite Jenkins was a hard-riding package of dynamite with no respect for anything on two legs, or four, except Holalong Cassidy, and with a deep-rooted contempt for the law." - back cover blurb

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

#32 SAINT'S GETAWAY - 1952

#32 Saint's Getaway by Leslie Charteris; Copyright © 1952 Avon Reprint Edition. Original © 1933 by Leslie Charteris. Cover artist unknown.


" . . . The Saint, who had come to the continent for rest and quiet but found it much more to his tasts to embark on one of his most exciting escapades, as he trails a fortune in stolen gems along a path of blood and murder." - back cover blurb

Friday, June 14, 2013

# 31 SLAVERS OF SPACE - 1960

#31 Slavers of Space by John Brunner. Copyright © 1960 Ace Books. Cover by Emsh (Ed Emshwiller).
 
"There were robots and there were androids. A man of quality and wealth like Derry Horn could have either for the purchasing. The robots were fine, if you like a machine that could talk and do your bidding exactly. But in some ways the androids were even better." - Publisher's blurb

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

#30 THE HATERS - 1951

#30 The Haters by Theodore Strauss (original title: Night at Hogwallow)  © Little Brown Edition, 1931; Bantam Books January 1951. Cover artist unknown.  
 
 
"This gut wrenching story of a man who dared to help an accused Negro in the South. The Charge was rape. The girl was white." - Title page blurb
 
"About THE COVER: She came walking along in the sun pretty slow, pretending not to notice anybody, but she wasn't moving her legs that way because she thought nobody was looking. She was looking for trouble. She Found it."  - Inside page blurb

Thursday, October 11, 2012

#29 JOURNEYMAN - 1953

#28 Journeyman by Erskine Caldwell - Original Copyright © 1935 by the author. Signet 26th Printing May, 1953. Cover painting by James Avati.
 
"Semon Dye was a lecherous, gun-toting preacher who cheated men out of their money and made love to their wives. This is the story of how he took a tiny Southern settlement by storm - a vivid, earthy novel of primitive instinncts and actions." - publisher's blurb - back cover

Sunday, September 23, 2012

#28 MAZA OF THE MOON - 1965

#28 Maza of the Moon by Otis Aderlbert Kilne - Original Copyright © 1930 by A.C. McClurg & Co. Ace edition 1965. Cover painting by Frank Frazetta.
 
"This astonishing science-fiction classic begins like a prophecy of today's space achievements - a missile is fired from Earth to hit the surface of the Moon. It is successful and the missilemen are heroes, until . . . the Moon fires back!" - from back cover

Friday, September 21, 2012

#27 WORLD'S FAIR GOBLIN - 1969

World's Fair Goblin by Kenneth Robeson Copyright © 1960 Bantam Books - originally appeared in Doc Savage Magazine 1939. Cover painting by James Bama. Personal note: The youthful memory of seeing these terrific Bama covers on the Bantam Doc Savage series reprints, displayed in the racks of my local bookstore like an exhibit at the louver, has not lost its revelatory power.
 
"THE TERROR OF TOMORROW! The thing call MAXIMUS was eight feet tall and matted with hair. It ran amok among the sophisticated, scientific marvel of the fair, striking stark, cringing fear in to the sightseers. THE MAN OF BRONZE, battles the brilliant brain that controls the monster - an evil genius capable of creating an army of huge horrors." - From the back cover

Monday, September 17, 2012

#26 KIAWA TRAIL - 1964

#26 Kiowa Trail by Louis L'Amour - Copyright © 1964 Bantam Books 1964. Cover painting by James Bama (forgive the poor condition of cover, but Bama's genius shines through).

 
"Conn Dury has seen no-goods, drifters, gunslingers and killers-for-money - but the railroad town was the first place he'd run up against a skunk who'd shoot a woman. A MAN THAT EVIL HAD TO DIE!" - Publisher's Blurb

Friday, September 14, 2012

# 25 AGAINST THE FALL OF NIGHT - 1960

Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke, Copyright © 1960 Pyramid Books. Copyright © 1953, Aurthur C. Clarke. Cover painting by Robert V. Engle.

 
"One billion years from now mankind has reached the heights of civilization. Men live thousands of years in perfect freedom and leisure - their wants are attended to by ingenious machines - peace and culture flourish in ways undreamed of in our time. And yet . . . mankind is dying." - Publisher's blurb