That over the shoulder come hither smoulder look

June 20, 2012

Double treat today. Is there a name for this over the shoulder come hither smoulder look that is on both of these covers? I will have to investigate if I have any more examples of this on other book covers.

Blue Hussar by Roger Nimier

Back cover of Blue Hussar by Roger Nimier

Also, due to this cover I keep thinking that this book is called the Blue Hussy.

Loose Change by Sara Davidson

Back cover of Loose Change by Sara Davidson



Monster of a book

June 14, 2012

So, what else do I have on my book shelf that I bought with no intention of reading. How about this one? I think keeping the original price tag on it just adds to the charm of this item.

Demon Samurai by Clay Grant

back cover of Demon Samurai by Clay Grant

Woman meets man

May 16, 2012



Following on from the romance covers we looked at last week, here is a book about a woman looking for a man.

Bring back the romance

May 11, 2012

I am sorry. I have neglected you. Can you ever forgive me?

Perhaps a whole bunch of book covers will convince you of my sincerity and I will try to make it up to you and blog more regularly. Please understand; it’s not you, it’s me. I lead a busy life. No, I am not seeing anyone else. Sure, there are the other blogs in my life such as Barchivists and also Dead BBQs but they mean nothing to me. Really.

Here, I brought you these some romance covers. To try and put some spark back into our online lives.

weekend honeymoon

A Terrible Choice

Back cover of A Terrible Choice

The back cover of A Terrible Choice features an advertisement for Wedding rings. A terrible choice indeed of which romance book to use for this product.

Remember without wanting

Back cover of Remember without wanting

Back cover of Remember Without Wanting features some other great romance titles.

secret studio

Santana morning

April 13, 2012

Well, where have I been? I never intended to be away from my blog for this long, but in the meantime I have not had any adventures in vinyl hunting until Sunday just gone. Maybe Easter Sunday brought the sellers out or maybe it was just because I had been away from the scene for so long. Either way I came away with quite a sizeable haul from the Belmont swap meet.

Simple Minds

If you buy one album on Easter Sunday it should probably look like this

The sounds of the 1980s were the flavour of the day (how is that for mixed metaphors) with selections from The Vapours, The Stranglers, Simple Minds, Merle Haggard, The Flirts and even Topper Headon.


'ear, what is this?


How many albums by a former drummer for The Clash do you own?


Merle, Haggard as always

I also got a Stars of 69 that features Long John Baldry and a cover that I just could not pass by.


"And will I get another gold star if I pose for the camera like this?"

Crazy Horses by The Osmonds is one of those albums I often hear about, both positively and negatively. So for $1 I thought to give it a shot.

Crazy Horses

For a second there I thought Crazy Horse did an album called The Osmonds

I even bought some books. I am starting to worry now that seriously I have reached that stage where I have more books than I can possibly read in the remainder of my lifetime but oh well, I am going to try. I got two Frank Herbert short story collections and the book “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” which I have wanted to read ever since I saw the film (boy, what a devastating film that was).

worlds of Frank Herbert

And yes, I did buy one book for the cover but also the title and hey I just might try and read it in this lifetime. It is called Santana Morning. And I bet you were waiting for me to mention a heap of Santana records that I had bought.

santana morning

Modesty Prevails

December 7, 2011

I’m back, and let’s continue where we left off with another Girls and Guns cover. Today, we have Modesty Blaise.

Impossible Virgin by Peter O'Donnell

I think the publishers chose a model with a striking likeness to the comic stip character. Whatever you may think of Modesty Blaise I feel you have to give credit to Peter O’Donnell. Not only did he create the character but he wrote the comic strip and numerous novels for decades.

Shall we turn to the back cover to see adventure Modesty is in for in this book? 

Back cover of Impossible Virgin by Peter O'Donnell

I can’t really tell you what the story is about based on the back cover blurb other than that it is set in Africa and has killers and gorillas. I feel the New York Times says it best though when they point out that this novel has it all, including medicine.

Got Gun? Fur Sure!

October 26, 2011

Girls with Guns continues on. James Hadley Chase, a prolific thriller writer of the 20th Century provides todays book. Publishers the world over seem to think that thrillers are made more thrilling by including a scantily clad woman on the cover. Give her a gun though and you have sex and violence. And if she is a cold blooded killer at least she is warm with that fur coat on.


But A Short Time To Live by James Hadley Chase

I do love the interaction on this cover between the model and the authors name. Are you checking out her legs or checking the spelling of Hadley?

But A Short Time To Live by James Hadley Chase back cover blurb