Sunday, October 15, 2006

For your amusement

In making room on the bookshelf by my computer desk for new purchases, I came across some older hardcovers - shortly to be relocated downstairs - with covers that were too irresistible not to mention. (So I didn't - resist, that is.) Here they are.


Did you know Cher was posing for book jackets back in 1975?


This is Costain's novel about Attila the Hun. Three questions come to mind:

(1) Is the horse on steroids?
(2) How is she managing to stay on?
(3) What's up with the purple leather boots?



The jacket includes a positive blurb from Rosemary Sutcliff, so this may be a case of don't-judge-the-book... etc. But aside from the interesting title, who knew that disco was so popular in 1850s Sussex? (Mark thinks the hero resembles Derek Sanderson from the Boston Bruins.)

We should be thanking our lucky stars for the headless woman trend.

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:10 PM

    These were hoots! But where's the ladder it must have taken to get astride that horse?

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  2. Omitted by the artist, as it didn't fit well with the action scene.

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  3. Sarah:

    LOL! I love the Cher picture. That one certainly would've grabbed my attention. {g}

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  4. Isn't the resemblance uncanny? It has to be deliberate!

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  5. (1) Is the horse on steroids?
    No, horses do that when sufficiently pissed off, or trained to do it.

    (2) How is she managing to stay on?
    By pressing her knees to the horse's rump. It's actually a lot easier than staying on a bucking rodeo horse.

    (3) What's up with the purple leather boots?
    I have no idea. :)

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  6. About (1), I was referring to the fact that the horse seems disproportionately large... or the woman unusually tiny :)

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  7. Could be a Frisian - even I look tiny on those. :)

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  8. Hilarious. I actually remember reading Taylor Caldwell's "Romance of Atlantis" when I was about 13 years old. It was well-written but very fanciful, based on a dream/vision the author said she had. Her serious historical novels were better, such as "Captains and the Kings" and "Grandmother and the Priests."

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