Aardy R. DeVarque (aardy) wrote,
Aardy R. DeVarque

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More fun with paperbacks

Remember how my library recently received a sizable donation of "men's adventure" paperbacks? It took us a while, but we've gotten them out of their bins and semi-arranged on carts so that we can get a better idea of what we actually have here. (This also enables us to give back the postal bins and thereby avoid prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.)

For example:

#1-100 of The Destroyer (better known as the stories on which the Remo Williams movie was based)

#1-150+ of Lone Star, by Wesley Ellis

#1-320+ of Longarm, by Tabor Evans

#1-300+ of Mack Bolan: The Executioner (A Vietnam veteran's family is murdered by the Mafia and he becomes a one man revenge squad, hunting down and killing anyone who has anything to do with organized crime. Sound familiar?) Plus at least another hundred volumes of "Mack Bolan: Stony Man" and another fifty of "Mack Bolan Adventures"

#1-30+ of Phoenix Force

Several dozen Zane Grey westerns

The first dozen or so Spencer novels by Robert Parker

The entire Badge of Honor series by W.E.B. Griffin, plus several of his other novels.

Several hundred miscellaneous action/adventures, westerns, and mysteries, including a few dozen shorter action/adventure series.

Before I go any further, let me explain that every month when we get in our regular shipment of monthly Harlequin & Silhouette romance novels, a few of us look over them and have a "worst titles" contest. So far, the reigning champions are "Bargain Basement Baby", "Cowboy for Christmas", and the subseries "The Wrong Bed." Modern detective mysteries are as bad; chock full of awful, painful puns. We don't have/get much in the way of men's adventure at the library--I guess it's just not as popular in and of itself anymore as it might have been in the 70's--but I now see that those titles can sink as far as the monthly romance titles.

One title that caught my eye and made me do a double-take was Hardman #4: Pimp for the Dead. You read that right, Hardman #4: Pimp for the Dead. That sounds like the sort of thing jim_smith or mightygodking might toss out as a joke title for a sequel to Shaun of the Dead as produced by Vivid. It has absolutely nothing to do with zombies--it's actually a something of hard-boiled mystery/adventure novel, with our hero tracking down the ringleaders of a prostitution racket. But in true 70's blaxploitation fashion, our hero--a white ex-cop from Atlanta--has a black sidekick. Named Hump Evans.

Oh, the hurting. Make it stop...

Feudalism: Serf & Turf
Tags: books, libraries, wtf

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