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Art Direction: I want this one looking exactly like a scary leaflet you’d get from some crazed new age cult! Naked opaque giant men, lens flares, rings of fire and eighties squiggles! We’ll double our congregation with this. Sorry, I mean readers… or… do I?
Published 1989

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: 5.83 out of 10)
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12 Responses to “Riddle of the Seven Realms”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    Is that a mountain in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?

  2. SI Says:

    Best interpretive dance ever…

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    …And that’s why World in Action was cancelled.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Michael Flatley is… the Looord of the Seven Reeaalms…!!

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Riddle me this! I am naked, transparent and six storeys tall. I’m a bubble boy twice, til the meteors fall. A zig-zagging river flows where I tread. If you look at my cover you will damage your head.

  6. Simon Says:

    Someone in editorial has registered the success of Julian May’s Many Coloured Land books methinks…

  7. Frank Says:

    …I’m melllting!….

  8. Dalton H. Says:

    Apparently, the giant is missing half of his left leg.

  9. Marcel Bakker Says:

    I think the point is made, there are many silly covers. Wouldn’t it be interesting to sometimes show a combination with some real good covers? Or are these too rare in sci-fi and fantasy?

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Riddle me this! I am naked, transparent and six storeys tall. I’m a bubble boy twice, til the meteors fall. A zig-zagging river flows where I tread. If you look at my cover you will damage your head.”

    OK, I’ll guess. The answer is…

    …um…

    …uh…

    … Glenn Beck on acid?

  11. Herm Says:

    @Dalton H #8: Bottom of his right leg looks like a knee to me. He’s down on one knee.

    I especially like the random jagged S runes, and how they’re echoed by the shape of the river, and how this cover makes me want to sing Mormon hymns somehow.

  12. IZ Says:

    I didn’t think this cover was that bad. A little cheesy and it could lose that random comet but otherwise pretty decent. No?

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