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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.

House of Stairs – Friday Fiction

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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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Paging Dr. Obnoxious!

hospital across the bridge cover

Hospital Across The Bridge
Cooper
1982

We have a romance with a nurse trying to shape up a surgery department.  Rosemary, our featured nurse, is appalled at the lack of standards and procedures. The autoclave is broken and sterilization is haphazard at best. (My inner germaphobe was screaming!) Naturally, there is a dynamic with an obnoxious doctor that doesn’t appreciate a bossy nurse talking to him about safe procedures.

However, just like every other romance of the time, Rosemary falls for Nicaise, our obnoxious surgeon. She has even seen him with a girlfriend. Spoiler alert! In the last chapter, Nicaise comes to appreciate Rosemary and stands up with other surgeons to endorse her procedures. Nicaise makes the moves on her and she hesitates because of the girlfriend issue, but come to find out the “girlfriend” is really his sister! So, instead of being a two-timing asshat, he is just an asshat. Ain’t love grand!

Mary

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