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Friday Fiction

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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Friday Fiction – Bridget of Cat’s Head Point

Bridget of Cat's Head PointBridget of Cat’s Head Point
Winters
1994

Submitter: I think the man on the cover (that look on his face!) and Bridget’s hair are what struck me at first. Apparently there really is a Cat’s Head Point in northern Michigan! I had to keep the book, personally, just for a laugh from time to time.

Holly: 1994? I would have guessed early 1980s for a publication date on this one. This “Great Lakes Romances” series was a slam-dunk collection choice, especially in Michigan, when it was published almost 24 years ago. Libraries in the Traverse City, MI area might have a reason to keep it. The rest of us can let it go if it no longer circulates. There is a reader survey form (included with the images below) that is completely useless now. That guy on the cover does have an odd look. Is he supposed to look mad? Is the sun in his eyes? Is he plotting her demise?

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House of Stairs – Friday Fiction

house of stairs cover

House of Stairs
Sleator
1974 (originally published)
1991 (paperback edition)

I remember this book from when I was a teen and it was pretty cool. I was a fan of those dystopian society/social experiment movies and books. My favorites from that era: Stepford Wives, the original Planet of the Apes, and Soylent Green. I know there wouldn’t be a Hunger Games without these classics paving the way.

I really liked the artwork on previous editions and wish that the publishers hadn’t tried to make it more modern. The late 80s fashion and hair are hardly selling this book in 2017.

Think I will go check Netflix for a few old time sci fi choices.

Mary

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Friday Fiction: Paging Doctor Charm!

doctor woodward ambition cover

Dr. Woodward’s Ambition
Seifert
1945
Paperback edition: 1948

Direct from the Carolyn Lehr Memorial Hospital, we get to pick into the drama of Doctor Woodward, who is capitalizing on his good looks and charm to climb to the top in the hospital hierarchy. This University teaching hospital was understaffed and hoping Doctor Woodward would pick up the slack. Unfortunately, Doctor Woodward was making his rounds on all the women in the hospital.

I only started this book, but it is a lot juicier than I expected. It isn’t a traditional romance (although Dr Woodward is a scheming ass). Woodward does not get the girl in the end.

Mary

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