Thursday, September 20, 2012

Must You Critique Author Photos? Yes, I Must.


Severe Clear by Stuart Woods.  Stone Barrington does something in an airplane.  Author phot looks to be taken in a restaurant.  Photo is by Harry Benson who HOLY-MOLY! took these Beatles photos!

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown.  A thriller.  Brown's photo completely covers the back cover.  That means she is a Big Deal.  Probably because lots of people enjoy her books.  Author photo by Andrew Eccles.  Go to Eccles's obscurities section for shots of chimpanzees and nudes.  And nude chimpanzees.

Winter of the World by Ken Follett.  "Book Two of the Century Trilogy."  Follett got a haircut.  Remember those 1980s author photos with the bouffant?  A relative of his, Barbara Follett, took his author photo.

Hiss and Hers by M.C. Beaton.  Agatha Raisin.  M.C. Beaton is also a Big Deal, not that you could tell by the tiny black-and-white shot inside the flyleaf.  Heck, the photo does not even receive an author credit.

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Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman.  Parker has returned from the grave, inhabited Brandmand, and written a Jesse Stone novel.

Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs. No they are not.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. Sounds like the title to a John Irving novel.

Severe Clear by Stuart Woods.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Zeltersman Wanted Stardust


Monster: a novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltersman.  I've read many nice comments about this.  Bill Crider says it is a "whiz bang" version of the tale.

Stardust by Carla Stewart.  Gal in East Texas buries her cheating husband and buys a rundown motel.  Cover is very bright and cheerful which, to me, is incongruous with the neon sign in the background and the title.

A Wanted Man by Lee Child.  Let me guess...Reach is traveling, Reacher meets people, Reacher gets into trouble, Reacher punches people, Reacher finds a Steyr GB, Reacher has sex, Reacher catches the bad guys and hits the bricks, you and I eat up every word.


The Long Walk: A story of war and the life that follows by Brian Castner. Memoir of explosive ordinance disposal guy  in Iraq.  That cover sure looks familiar.

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