Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gimmie Some Sugar, Baby

Take a look at this vintage ad taken from Life Magazine, July 25, 1969, extolling the benefits of sugar.

When's your "Fat Time" and what, exactly is your "appestat"?

Eat a candy bar before dinner to reduce your appetite! Er... appestat! 

Sugar... only 18 calories per teaspoon, AND IT'S ALL ENERGY!

I'm not sure if you can see the fine print, but it's not a disclaimer like we'd see today, or a reference to a scientific study; it's a passage from Webster's Dictionary defining "appestat". 

Yes. I need serious help with my diet and sugar is just the thing to do it!

Sugar... It's what's for dinner!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

Robin Williams died yesterday. He was a hero of mine for so many years. I was going to include a bunch of pictures here, but this one makes me the happiest.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dog Days of Covers

Recently, I was sent a link to a great blog post showing tons of science fiction/fantasy novels which featured cats on their covers. You can check that post here. In the tweet, I was asked where all the covers were with dogs? Good question. I needed to remedy that. So I set about sniffing out all the dog covers I could find.

So here, in no particular order, are a number of genre book covers with dogs on the cover. I tried to stay with scifi and fantasy, but strayed a bit. It's sooo easy to find horror covers with dogs - I used a few werewolf covers - but tried to keep those to a minimum. I also strayed (STRAYED! I didn't even do that on purpose!) and added a couple of non-genre books, just because I liked the covers. I stayed away from romance novels mostly because there are a LOT of werewolf covers. A lot. 

Now, while I've tried to pack as many covers as I could into this post, this list is by no means exhaustive. I'll do another post if I need to and would be happy to take suggestions. Admittedly, in this first round, I went for the low hanging fruit. There are a lot of covers with 'dog' or 'hound' or 'wolf' in the title. Sorry. I tried scanning databases of covers based just in the categories of science fiction and fantasy, but man, there are just scads of books out there. 

Finally, I know 'dog' does not equal 'wolf'. Work with me here. 

With that out of the way. 





 Finally, some covers from Stephen King. I included a number of the variations for Cujo: