From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.5, Junior Unsubscriber Pays A Visit

After making an idle suggestion during a previous article about the possibility of asking Junior Unsubscriber to pick the next random selection of books for your enjoyment, the thought began to grow in my head. Not long ago, I mentioned that she could choose any five books whose covers she liked for whatever reason. It wasn’t long before my pristinely ordered bookcases looked like a series of incendiary devices had gone off across the shelves.

Not much later however, Junior Unsubscriber handed me a small pile of books and exited the room with a happy demeanour, seeming to have enjoyed the whole experience immensely. After tidying up the aftermath of this onslaught I turned my attention to the pile of selected paperbacks and was quite pleasantly surprised that a non-SF reading twelve year old can assemble such a great collection of book covers without knowing anything of the authors or artists involved.

It’s been an interesting experiment and with results like this maybe I ought let Junior Unsubscriber loose on my library a little more often to see what sort of collections she’s capable of putting together. I do dread the tidying up afterwards however… See what you think of her choices and annotated comments regarding the covers;

A Trace Of Memory by Keith Laumer
This version was published in 1968 by Mayflower Books
The cover artist is uncredited

“The man has big writing in his crazy hair and his neck is melting.”

Laumer A Trace Of Memory

A Spectre Is Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber
This version was published in 1971 by Mayflower Books
The cover artist is uncredited

“This is pretty scary, an alien skeleton who is also a vampire because he’s wearing a cape.”

Leiber A Spectre Is Haunting Texas

Analogue Men by Damon Knight
This version was published in 1967 by Sphere Books
The cover artist is David Davis

“These people are climbing over some railings in the nude but it’s ok because they’re made out of wood.”

Knight Analogue Men

Psychogeist by L. P. Davis
This version was published in 1967 by Mayflower-Dell Books
The cover artist is uncredited

“Someone has done very hard sums on this man’s head, the other bit of his head looks like a machine.”

Davies Psychogeist

Prostho Plus by Piers Anthony
This version was published in 1973 by Berkley Medallion
The cover artist is uncredited

“This is what happens in your mouth at night if you don’t brush your teeth properly”

Anthony Prostho Plus

The Purple Armchair by Olga Hesky
This version was published in 1963 by Mayflower Books
The cover artist is uncredited

“Lots of aliens are crammed into this chair. It looks a bit uncomfortable to me so I’d find another chair to sit on.”

Hesky The Purple Armchair

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4 thoughts on “From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.5, Junior Unsubscriber Pays A Visit

  1. Bernie 13/10/2014 / 12:37 pm

    I love your daughter’s comments 🙂 She seems to have inherited your penchant for skulls and skeletons. My favourite this time is A Spectre is Haunting Texas. Do please let her loose again, great fun!

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    • unsubscriber 13/10/2014 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks Bernie, I’ll pass on your thanks to my daughter too.The post was a lot of fun to do and a decent selection gathered as well, she thinks my skeleton obsession is a bit freaky so i’ll be sure to point that out to her. I’m sure there’ll be more of these to come now – might even persuade one of the senior subscribers to participate! Hope you’re well xx

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    • unsubscriber 15/10/2014 / 4:30 pm

      Why thank you Mr Franzwesten, the junior one does come out with the odd classic in her time. She’ll be back soon with another selection. I’m thinking of asking the two senior subscribers to pick a batch too.

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