Wednesday, March 31, 2010

They said it couldn't be done! - Dark Interval

Yep, that's right. They said it couldn't be done but with today's offering I will have judged exactly 100 books by their covers!

On our journey we have seen beautiful illustrations and childlike scrawls. We have seen lovely ladies and frightening drag queens. We have seen looming castles, Greek ruins, crypts, swamps and turbulent seas. And we were even lucky enough to see a wheelchair.

So I wanted to thank you for stopping by as Women Running from Houses celebrates its 100th book and vows to bring you 100 more!

Dark Interval by Joan Aiken
published by Pocket Books
Copyright 1974

She Woke to Terror

When Caroline awakened, she didn't know where
she was. Then a name pricked at her memory.
Beaumont - a word from her childhood at the
manor. Beaumont - where the hopelessly mad
were committed. Beaumont - great, gloomy
home of the living dead.

And now she was there, watched over by hard-
eyed nurses, visited by a doctor whose smile could
not hide the icy indifference of his gaze. Why was
she there? How could she escape? And above all,
where was the man who had claimed her body
and destroyed her mind - and who she so des-
perately loved?

This cover brings many questions to mind the least of which concerns that woman's creepy man-hands. Yikes! Questions like how much does it cost to check into a mental health facility located in a castle? Does that floor length pink gown come in a straight jacket? And is it really a good idea to have crumbling archway structures dotting the landscape outside of a madhouse?

All sensible questions.

But my real question is if there is really anything unhealthy about "desperately" loving someone who wants to destroy your mind? Isn't that the whole bad-boy thing taken to a super extreme? And EVERYBODY knows that if a little of something is good for you a whole lot more is even better,

If loving a man who wants to destroy my mind is wrong I don't want to be right!


  1. I know! I think that high collar must be hiding an adam's apple.

  2. Spectergirl: 100 books judged solely on their covers. I am proud of you. And with reference to the this girl's husky mitts, I refer you back to your own "Tell Spectergirl" post regarding one young lady with "sausage fingers." There's nothing quite like a girl with a vice-like grip that can crack her knuckles just by making a fist! -- Mykal

  3. Congratulations on 100! And I've read each and everyone of your reviews. Keep up the great work! --- Clark Brady

  4. Mykal: HA! What a visual! I think little Miss Sausage Fingers' mother may have done a little modeling back in the day.

    CLARK!!! Glad you're still with me. You're the first to show any real enthusiasm for this blog and I've always really appreciated it. Thanks!

  5. Congratulations on 100 posts, Spectergirl!