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Rod Comments: Nothing defines fratricide better than man taking on giant praying mantis. Or this that tiny man, regular bug? Either way, it’s a gas, gas, gas …
Published 1979

Many thanks to Rod!

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: 8.72 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “Fratricide is a Gas”

  1. Mat T Says:

    I’m not sure those two are biological brothers…

  2. Sage Tyrtle Says:

    Most cheerful praying mantis EVER.

  3. Parker Says:

    He’s ripping that mans straw skirt!

  4. DeadRobot Says:

    I’d like to know what the giant Praying Mantis did to piss off the Pu Pu platter waiter.

  5. SI Says:

    Do you think the mantis’ antenna stops? I like to think it goes on… forever….

  6. peticanoe Says:

    It really makes me wonder what happened in the first two volumes.

  7. CSA Says:

    The first two were “Fratricide is a Solid”, and “Fratricide is a Liquid”.
    There was some fan fiction stufff which went a deeper into the nature of fratricide, such as “Fratricide is the Act of Killing One’s Brother”, “Fratricide is the Murder of Your Sibling” and “Fratricide is Bad, mmmkay”, but Lindsay Gutteridge says they aren’t cannon because they read too much like online definitions and don’t contain semi naked men battling with huge bugs.

    Some authors are too controlling of their work. I mean, JK Rowling and 20th Century Fox havn’t complained about my erotic fan fiction “Harry Potter vs Alien vs Predator”

  8. Kristin Says:

    Fratricide is a gas baby, can you dig it?

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    “Third volume in a superb trilogy… which cannot be named at this time for legal reasons.”

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    Incidentally, the first book in the series is called “Genocide is a Blast.”

  11. Nix Says:

    Hey, this makes sense. After all, all men are our bug-ers…

  12. JujuQuisp Says:

    I’ll bet the mantis is really a female and that guy just tried mating with her. Time for the ol’ postcoital mantid guillotine, mate.

  13. Jose @ Daemon's Says:

    Get your green stinking claws off me you dirty mantis!

    Honey I shrunk the loin cloth wearing neighbor!

    Seriously though, I am actually curious of a book trilogy where the third bock is called Fratricide is a Gas and has this kind of bizarre cover.

  14. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re: Post #4
    What Giant Mantis…?
    As the thread originator points out, it’s a case of “Normal Size Bug, Extremely Tiny Man”, in this case 1/4 inch tall man…
    Our hero, Matthew Dilke, was the subject of a experiment to shrink men to relieve overcrowding, on a future Earth…
    Unfortunately, the experiment got botched, with the result, our hero was stuck at this size…
    Said book is the third of the “Matthew Dulke” trilogy, the first being Cold War in A Country Garden, while the second was called either Size Matters or Killer Pine.
    The plot of said book, has our hero, now working for British Intellegence, going to South America, to determine if a certain country has delevoped a chemical weapon, hence the book’s title…

  15. SI Says:

    CSA> No you fool its not erotic, It’s exotic! Although you did interweave that strange love triangle between Harry, Dumbledore and that face hugger. *shudders*

    Mark> That’s amazing! Nothing beats tiny men! Sounds like a roller coaster of a ride.

  16. Simon Says:

    Well they were always going to have to go some to come up with a cover as bad as the title. Think they just fell short.

  17. Adam Roberts Says:

    Was it not Oscar Wilde who said: ‘we are all of us in the Gutteridge, but some of us are looking at the gigantic preying mantis’?

    What’s that? It wasn’t Oscar Wilde who said that? Oh.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @MVT: now I’m curious to know whether British Intelligence dispatched him to South America sans trousers and cum spear.

    ‘M’Lud, the most honourable thing that we can do to combat the terrible menace of gas attack is to send a teeny-tiny man down to South America, bum to the breezes.’

    ‘Mm, rather. But, er, what if he should be assaulted by the fauna?’

    ‘…is that a toothpick in M’Lud’s martini’s olive?’

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