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Feb 19

Don't eat that laser! Bad dra GON. Bad!Click for full image

Look the font is just too big we can’t fit the whole word in there. But hold on… Hold on a god damn second. What if we spelt it, DRA – GON and put it on two separate lines? Then all we’d have to do is add a dragon firing a laser from its mouth. God, I’m good.

It has come to our attention that this book is not Sci-fi nor fantasy. It is in fact a political thriller.
We appologise, but the cover is still amazing!

- Good Show Sir

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 8.82 out of 10)
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23 Responses to “Dra-gon”

  1. SI Says:

    I’m no english language scientist but doesn’t, ‘Truely Horrific’ usually mean something you’d want to avoid?

  2. CSA Says:

    That font is a disaster. I really love the word “the” they squashed inside the “D” letter.

    time to fill in the “…” i think.

    Truely Horrific font, btw an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile roughly moves with the speed of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

  3. SI Says:

    After a quick search. This book really is just called ‘The Dragon’. I can’t see any obvious reasons why they split the words.

    Though could be something to do with the story. Maybe? I do enjoy:

    “Along the way, the reader finds the expected sex scenes with full-breasted female Russian military officers seducing those who stand as a threat.”

    Probably should have bought this one then…

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    I’ve read it. Standard cold-war thriller fare, neither SF nor Fantasy. No scaly dragons with lightsabres jammed in their throats, handle-first. It goes without saying that the latter would have improved the book enormously.

  5. SI Says:

    What this isn’t sc-fi/fantasy. D’oh. It even confused the second hand book shop we found it in.

    The missile thing makes a little bit more sense though.

  6. little mi Says:

    Aaahh..that old deadly laser cunningly disguised as a dragon trick. Gets ‘um everytime!

  7. CSA Says:

    I think the fact it’s not scifi, makes this cover even more impressive.

    Any scifi fan will look at it then read the back, then quickly put it back on the shelf.
    Anyone looking for a cold-war thriller won’t even touch it because of the laser breathing dragon on the cover… except for maybe Adam ;-)

    Surely there must be some sort of dragon, even in a metaphorical sense? How did it ever get published with that cover? And why Dra-gon and not Dragon?
    very confusing

  8. SI Says:

    Yea the dragon is representing the Chinese. The book is about the treat of an all out nuclear strike on them. Scary enough… I think that’s actually a nuke being fired into its mouth! haha

    There is simply no reason for the dragon to be seperate though. Check out the orginal cover:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/THE-DRAGON-By-ALFRED-COPPEL-1977-FIRST-EDITION_W0QQitemZ380206628640QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20100216?IMSfp=TL1002161410008r25386

  9. James Lovegrove Says:

    Just think if they’d put the hyphen in the wrong place: Drag-On. Wouldn’t exactly sell the book, would it?

  10. Adam Roberts Says:

    Full title: Drag-On: A Saturday Night at Lovegrove’s House.

  11. Simon Says:

    Adam! James! Leave it! It’s not worth it!

  12. CSA Says:

    Hmm, i think somebody is upset they weren’t invited to a certain saturday night party. or not.
    Do you think Ann Summers do drag parties?

  13. James Lovegrove Says:

    Yeah, not up to Adam’s usual standard of wit or of benevolence. But (*sigh*) I shall rise above.

  14. SI Says:

    That sounds like an invite to lovegroves house!

    Paaaarrrrty!!!

  15. SI Says:

    Though I did neglect to notice the drag.. Part of the party.

    Time to buy a new frock ;-)

  16. CSA Says:

    I like to dress like a tomboy when in drag.

  17. James Lovegrove Says:

    It actually sounds like Adam may have started something here. All right, then. Everyone round to mine. Bring your bets frocks and frillies, and I’ll put on the Abba.

  18. Adam Roberts Says:

    I’m just jealous that James looks so much sexier in a dress than I do.

  19. James Lovegrove Says:

    I do, it’s true.

  20. JustinLeego Says:

    “Truly horrific”, quoth the cover.

    Truly terrific, morelike. Majestic. Love the surprised look on the dragon’s face. “Whut? Lazorz?”

  21. Meander Says:

    Not a sci-fi or fantasy novel? That’s probably why they had trouble with the word “dragon”.

  22. Nix Says:

    This thread is really dragging on.

  23. Terry Says:

    You can’t leave out the visually impaired, you know. They might want to know what they’re reading. Oh, you mean they were only visually impaired AFTER looking at this cover . . .

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