Ace On Sunday #19

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Before I introduce today’s reading companion, I must apologise for my recent lack of activity here at unsubscribedblog. There has been a lot going on recently that has prevented me from reading the books I love on a regular basis and photographing their beautiful covers. In October I reach the ripe old age of fifty and have therefore been thinking hard about what the next decade should look like, this has resulted in some readjustments and a pretty major career change. Suffice to say everything is working perfectly after a short bedding in period and so I feel I can return to the twin loves of my life – music and reading. Thanks for bearing with me through this short hiatus, I promise I’ll keep the pictures coming.

Ok, so that said let’s get to this week’s pick from the Ace Double shelves of my library. I’ve chosen serial number F-199, Samuel R. Delaney’s 1963 novel Captives Of The Flame – time to check out the blurb;

The Empire of Toromon had finally declared war.The attacks on its planes had been nothing compared to the final insult – the kidnapping of the Crown Prince. The enemy must be dealt with, and when they were, Toromon would be able to get back on its economic feet.

But how would the members of this civilisation – one of the few that survived the Great Fire – get beyond the deadly radiation barrier, behind which the enemy lay? And assuming they got behind the barrier, how would they deal with the enemy – The Lord of the Flames – whose very presence was unknown to the people among who he lived?

I must say I’m digging the sound of this Lord of the Flames character! Now, onto the artwork – the always brilliant Jack Gaughan turns in another compelling piece featuring three figures confronting a tentacular foe armed with nothing but pointy sticks. That doesn’t bode well in my mind. The main title typography is fantastic too, Gaughan has created each letter using red and yellow flames.

It’s time to find out how the citizens of Toromon get on against the Lord of the Flame now so I’d best put the kettle on and polish up my glasses before I start reading. I’ll be back again next weekend to read the flip side of this book so be sure to join me. Feel free as always to share your thoughts in the comments.

Captives Of The Flame by Samuel R. Delany
(Serial Number F-199)
This version was published in 1963 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

F-199 Captives Of The Flame by Samuel R. Delany

6 thoughts on “Ace On Sunday #19

  1. John C Nash 04/09/2016 / 12:22 pm

    Great to see you back, Mr. Scriber! Sunday’s just haven’t been the same without a dip into your collection. And what a cover! You’re absolutely right of course, those toothpicks look no match for that tentacular monstrosity. I bet that raggedy girl on the left has something up her orange sleeve though.
    All the best to you!

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    • unsubscriber 04/09/2016 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you for the kind words my friend, it’s good to be back. Glad you liked this cover, it really caught my eye. I’m forty pages in so far and still no mention of the pointy stick battle…I’m counting on orange raggedy girl to come up with goods when the time is right though!

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  2. Guy 05/09/2016 / 4:19 pm

    Hi My Friend

    I have been missing our glimpses of your collection with your superb photos, so I was delighted to return from the cabin Saturday and wake up Sunday to a new post. I just purchased some of the beautiful Tenn’s 1968 Ballantine editions you featured and am contemplating the purchase of some Stars of the Lid albums for relaxation. Later today I will be digging up my Captive of the Flame to see if Toromon can defeat the Lord of the Flames.

    Welcome back

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    • unsubscriber 06/09/2016 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Guy, it’s good to know that I’ve been missed. I’ll be getting back to something resembling a normal posting schedule over the next few weeks so lots more lovely covers to come. I can highly recommend Stars of the Lid too, let me know how you get on with them. Enjoy your read and all the best.


  3. lcmt 05/09/2016 / 9:59 pm

    How lovely to open my gmail account this morning and see notifications from you! Plus a venerable cover from the pure untroubled heart of Sci-Fi. This makes me realize how much I’ve missed your posts.

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    • unsubscriber 06/09/2016 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Lin, I hope to get things back to normal soon enough. I’ve missed your posts too x

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