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Jessie Comments: I really don’t know what to say about this, but I recommend noticing not only the shag carpet flames but also the subtle nuances of how the model’s head is too small for her body, which is wearing a very modern pair of socks.
Published 1985

Many thanks to Jessie!

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: 5.85 out of 10)
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10 Responses to “The Door Into Shadow”

  1. SI Says:

    “A rousing trumpet voluntary”

    Does that hurt anyone else’s head?

  2. cutmanmike Says:

    What’s with the giant ghost with flame breasts that have been ripped off in the background? Or are they supposed to be eyes? Yeah after seeing enough of these you have to point these things out.

  3. Brian B Says:

    I think those boob eyes are supposed to be the eyes of grey alien? I love it when my fantasy gets a little scifi mixed in. It would be even more amusing to me if said grey aliens are not featured in the novel at all and the artist just threw them in for fun.

  4. NickG Says:

    What was going through McCaffrey’s head? I mean caring and sharing and daring?

    Anne: “I’m a poet and you don’t know it, but my feet sure show it ’cause they’re long fellows”

    Friend: “Ms. McCaffrey, have you been taking someone else’s prescription painkillers again?”

  5. anon Says:

    Hey! With a beautiful woman and a romantic sunset, a shag carpet sounds like an excellent idea!
    However, whoever positioned it must be brain-damaged.

  6. FeârofMüsïc Says:

    Winner worst blurb FOR FREAKIN’ EVER!!
    Seriously, all you other blurbs pack it in and head back to your covers. There be none that shall even rise to within striking distance of this incoherence.

    Nice bit of brilliance though, when you think of all the people it had to get past before it went to the printer.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FoM—truly, only a blurb another writer could have written. Should be erased and replaced with a single word: “Precious!”

  8. DaveM Says:

    I knew I’d seen this woman somewhere.

    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2009/11/the-giant-of-inishkerry/

  9. RachelJ Says:

    What I admire about this blurb is the way it manages to be so weird and nonsensical, while still somehow making the book it “praises” sound as repellent as possible. And McCaffrey makes this tricky balancing act look so effortless! What a master!

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