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Jul 06

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Corwin Comments: Where to start… A truly wretched color scheme with a bright pink neon title, two title fonts that go in four different directions. Then the rest of the cover is way too busy including a blue shark, a green sub with pink polka dots, and a man hole cover. And lest we forget, the story has a computerized Ayn Rand as one of its characters.
Published 1998

Flying shark!
Many thanks to Corwin.

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: 8.85 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “Sewer, Gas & Electric”

  1. SI Says:

    This is glorious… simply glorious…

    Someone is throwing a giant Frisbee at the trade tower buidlings!

  2. SophaLoaf Says:

    somehow i am waiting for the shark to turn to face me from the cover to sing me ‘”Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

  3. Phil Says:

    I think I saw this discussed on a Channel 5 documentary called “The Twin Towers – What Really Happened?”. Hijacked aircraft? No, ’twas a flying shark, a spotty submarine and a huge manhole cover what brought them towers down.

  4. anon Says:

    What is the purpose of writing “a novel” on a book cover?

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    anon asked:
    “What is the purpose of writing ‘a novel’ on a book cover?”

    Well… it’s a desperation device of sorts. Like shouting “We’re RESPECTABLE people! Honestly!”

  6. SI Says:

    Anon> Possibly to let people know it is a novel. Not some drug endued hallucination you might be having in a book shop… not that I have had any experience with that type of thing.

  7. Andy Says:

    I sense a connection between the “Sewer” in the title and the cover…..

  8. DeadRobot Says:

    Ceci n’est pas une pile of crap

  9. John T Says:

    In Soviet Russia, shark jumps *you*…

    Thomas Pynchon thinks it’s “dizzyingly readable” – I love that. I always judge the quality of books by how nauseous they make me feel.

  10. NickG Says:

    @John T

    Do you suppose they made the title “dizzyingly readable” to mirror the review of the contents?

    Maybe I’m giving “them” too much credit.

  11. Chris Says:

    There is this, though, which makes the whole thing slightly more reasonable, if not any less garish:

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0907_050907_glowingshark.html

  12. e.lee Says:

    We all live in the pink polka-dotted submarine!

  13. Moggy Says:

    I remember that novel. My gosh it was wretched.

  14. David Traver Adolphus Says:

    Man, I have that one. I really gotta get some of my collection shot before you do them all.

  15. stand Says:

    My! I seem to have gotten a case of whiplash from reading the text on this cover.

  16. Kathleen Says:

    cover shark says “I’m just a dolphin, ma’am”

  17. cutmanmike Says:

    This would look fantastic next to “Hunters of Red Moon”

  18. H Says:

    Sewer, gas, electric? That’s the author’s ‘bills to pay’ list, surely. There must’ve been a ghastly communication error.

  19. biogrrl Says:

    I read this book years ago and remember really loving it. Not the cover, however. The cover makes my eyes ache. All the more incentive to keep reading, though. As long as you’ve got the book open, you don’t have to look at what’s on the outside.

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