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Jan 27

I my minions... am the King of dance!Click for full image

Greengerg Comments: Poor Lin Carter, surely he won the lifetime award for the biggest string of terrible paperback covers. In this classic, the sad golden gargoyle refuses to join the revelers with their horns of ale, perhaps because he cannot figure out why a guy with such bizarre body proportions got to be the hero.
Published 1976

Many thanks to Green!

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: 8.11 out of 10)
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17 Responses to “In the Green Star’s Glow”

  1. SI Says:

    Is it wrong I want them to dance?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I must’ve gone male-pattern colourblind. It says (in a terrible font) “The Green Star’s Glow”, not “The Red Star’s Discotheque.”

    Speaking of terrible fonts, the author’s name almost reads, “Un Carter”. Is the Un Carter the Stoppable Sex Machine? :)

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    Need his white loincloth be quite so long? Really?

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Adam–that’s a rather personal question, but based on the angle of the dangle, I say, “No.”

  5. Herm Says:

    Equal opportunity eye candy in this strip club. Gargoyle, female human and male human. I like that.

    Whatever that’s meant to be spreading all over the ceiling, or if the vaulting is as distorted as the chap’s torso, I just can’t tell.

  6. Amy Says:

    Okay, for a minute, I honestly thought that the blue window on the left, which has the jolly chap raising a horn to our malproportioned friend, was an R2-type robot (the blue window) with little, fleshy baby arms (the horn) and the orange sleeve was just a robot racing stripe. Anyone else?

  7. Kris Says:

    That pose is just so…fabulous!

  8. Raygunslinger Says:

    The fantasy float for the pride parade was a hit, but Joe just couldn’t get comfortable in his gargoyle costume.

  9. THX 1138 Says:

    “The Milky Bars are on me! There’s one hanging from my belt, actually.”

  10. Kristin Says:

    I-i-i-ive, staying aliiive! Big finish and, yeah! nailed it. Suck it, Travolta!

  11. Dalton H. Says:

    Does anyone else notice the large tree looking thing in the background?

  12. Phil Says:

    He wins the award for longest thighs. Or shortest calves. Or both.

  13. Phil Says:

    If you look very very carefully, the lady seems to be holding something in her right hand, and the gentleman is holding his left hand as if sneakily trying to receive said object without anyone noticing. They must be the Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee of their world.

    This hypothesis is supported by the gentleman’s substantial toupee.

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    Tragically, nobody noticed the shadow of the giant octopus falling over the room.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Nick Lowe has a lot to say about the stylistic and artistic qualities of Lin Carter, which actually makes the cover art seem like a perfect match:

    http://news.ansible.co.uk/plotdev.html

  16. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Michael Whelan!? Seriously?

    What is this, his first cover ever? It’s barely recognisable as his style. It certainly gives hope that one laughable cover doesn’t mean the artist can’t go on to a brilliant and meaningful career.

    As for Lin Carter, he once wrote a how-to-write-fantasy essay that laid out techniques which would generate the most trite, most clichéd Conan knockoffs ever, including naming advice which specifically mocked Michael Moorcock as an example of How Not to Do It. The Eye of Argon could easily have been generated using Carter’s advice.

  17. Jed Clodhead Says:

    Lin Carter apparently wrote a novel a week for about thirty years. Barely a day goes by without me missing him.

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