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Most Fridays we feature a fiction title that is usually anything pulp, odd covers, odd titles and anything else worth discussing! These are NOT necessarily awful.

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Alien Pets – Friday Fiction

alien pets cover art

Alien Pets
Little, ed.
1998

This is an anthology of some decent science fiction/fantasy authors. Not necessarily a weeder at all, but this poor volume had some serious water damage on the inside. Sci-fi and fantasy is usually a good source of interesting cover art. This one is no exception. I was staring at it for quite a while and trying to discern the multiple animals on the cover.The “dad” on the cover seems less impressed with the critters. Not exactly my version of cuddly, but I guess cuteness is in the eye of the beholder.

I think I will stick to my judgmental cats.

Mary

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Man in Charge – Friday Fiction

Man in Charge - cover

Man in Charge
Peake
1973

Another romance title from yesteryear, this time from the exciting world of retail! Our story opens with Juliet and her mother making a visit to a retail mogul. Evidently Juliet’s mother was formerly engaged to said mogul and now wants a favor of a job for Juliet.

Mogul and his bitchy wife, Mrs. Mogul are lording their wealth and position over Juliet and her mother. Naturally, Mr. and Mrs. Mogul have a son, Drew. Drew tells Juliet he is the real boss who does all the work while dad is just a figurehead. Drew wastes no time in telling Juliet that she will have to work for her salary and he will be watching her so she doesn’t slack off. Of course these two are bound for a romance since the love of a good woman cures jackassery all the time.

The cover also bothers me since our “hero” is slouching or he looks out of proportion. I see a long life with back trouble. How romantic.

Mary

 

 

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Dear Santa, I want a husband!

The Christmas Husband
Wilson
1995

It is that time of year when all the holiday themed romances start getting some circulation action. Today’s choice seems to be a book mashup of Sleepless in Seattle and Christmas in Connecticut.

Radio love doctor, Madison, dispenses relationship advice to the folks of San Francisco. Of course, she is has no boyfriend or family. Her staff at the radio keeps her personal life under wraps so she can continue her mystique as Dr. Love. At the same time we have Steven, a widower with a kid. Steven is lonely and of course “meet cute” circumstances bring our loveless Dr. Love and Steven, the lonely single dad together. Romance and Christmas follows. Of course there is a happily ever after!

Mary

More Holidays at ALB:

‘Tis the Holiday Season

Leadership Secrets of Santa

Yule Be Mine

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