Monday, November 24, 2014

No cats, just books

Book Carnival in Orange was closed when I was in the neighborhood Sunday, but no worries; I bought some books from them in the dealers' room at Bouchercon in Long Beach last week.

A trip to the nearby Bookman yielded two novels by Joe Gores and three Executioner novels. The latter fit a trend I've noticed in secondhand bookshops here to take vintage paperback originals in general and men's adventure in particular more seriously than do bookshops on the uncivilized East Coast.

Here's the men's adventure section at The Bookman:

Here's my photographic version of an, er, iconic American painting, as shot by me at Knott's Berry Farm:

And here's what Orange County looks like after a hard day's driving, eating, and book shopping:
© Peter Rozovsky 2014

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12 Comments:

Blogger R.T. said...

I wonder what the women's adventure section looks like. Hmmm. I guess there is none. Hmmm.

November 24, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Well, Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, and Marcia Muller came along and started writing P.I. stories with women as protagonists, but I'm not sure there have been too many female counterparts to the Eecutioner, the Destroyer, and so on. If you wonder what the women's adventure section looks like, I wonder the same about men's romance.

November 24, 2014  
Blogger R.T. said...

Good points. Have I offended? Perhaps I should not kibitz so wantonly.

November 24, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Not at. The questions opens the way to serious, probing questions. Wanton, even irresponsible, kidding is welcome here.

November 24, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

I spent several of my grade school years living in Buena Park and knew Knott's Berry Farm quite well, at least as it was back then.

I'm glad Bookman is a kind of repository for vintage paperbacks. Our local large used store seems to be letting the stock of old pocket book size volumes dwindle away, following the trend in new book stores. It really seems a shame.

November 24, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Maybe it's just Southern California that remains a center of interest in vintage paperbacks. That took up the entire first section of that long bank of shelves.

"As it was back then ... " I have heard about the vanished low-key Knott's Berry Farm of the past. I also passed a sign for Buena Park today.

November 24, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

I can see that Southern California would be the main concern down there.

Knott's Berry Farm was a different thing from Disneyland even way back then. On the other hand we did ride around in a stage coach which was stopped by rider on horseback, which was pretty exciting. Actually, it was all pretty fun, and I think even kids today would like it.

November 25, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The place was packed with kids last night, I can tell you. And I hear tell that it was a real western type of place years ago, that the restaurant started a a small building serving just fresh chicken dinners, and so on. Even today, that old, original building is visible beneath later accretions.

November 25, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

I have fond memories of the place. I think it was a great combination of low tech and high tech for that era.

November 25, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The roller-coaster still clatters over its old-fashioned, at least partly wooden frame.

November 25, 2014  
Blogger Richard said...

Too bad Book Carnival was closed. Yep, Orange. I get the Tustin-Orange border mixed up sometimes. Great little place, though I sure don't recall much in the way of "romance" ever being there. It may have changed hands after Ed passed away.

November 25, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

And I didn't see much romance at Bouchercon. Some, but not much. I did get a kick out of seeing "Romantic suspense" displayed so prominently on the sign.

November 25, 2014  

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