Apr 20


Craig Comments: Best use for a catman? Disco Slave! Don’t forget your feathers and white go-go boots!
Published 1984

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: 8.59 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Game of Empire”

  1. James Says:

    Clever how the cage breaks out of the frame at the top….. sort of..

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Hi-diddly-ho, neighborino! The first new Flanders novel in years!

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    At first glance I thought she was lifting up the hem of her skirt for that thing.

    “Oh yeah, show a little leg, Native American Wonder Woman! I’ve been locked in this cage a long time.”

  4. fred Says:

    If a catman is in a birdcage, and the birdcage isn’t made of iron, is it still ironic?

  5. NGpm Says:

    @THX, I’m still struggling to breath laughing at the idea of a Flanders novel. Hey Homer, would you and Marge care to come over for a friendly game of Empire?

  6. Phil Says:

    As “flandry” is in quotes, I assume it’s a euphemism. As in:

    How was the book?
    It was a bit, you know, “flandry”.

  7. Smith Says:

    Who here is not wondering at the cover of the book seen on the right with the title “Hoka! Hoka! Hoka!”?

  8. Smith Says:

    Oh and as for this one, is she saying, to pinch from Airplane!

    “I take my coffee like I take my catmen: black.”

  9. Don Hilliard Says:

    @Smith: This does it.

    (Were the Hoka books not deliberate comedy, I’d probably submit the cover of its previous printing Earthman’s Burden hereabouts.)

  10. Don Hilliard Says:

    Or, er, not. Try again.

  11. Dear Prudynce Says:

    Her name’s Diana and she looks like Wonder Woman…Funny that. And what does “Flandry” mean and why is it in quotes?

  12. Adam Roberts Says:

    If they can source regular-sized ‘E’s for ‘GAME’ why can’t they for ‘EMPIRE’? Did the supply of regular-sized dry up, and they had to make do with mega?

  13. NGpm Says:

    @Adam: I believe that the mighty mighty E’s are intended to be representative of Doric columns, and therefore indicative of a mighty EmpirE like RomE or GreecE.

  14. Dalton H. Says:

    In the name of Hera, dance in my 60’s club and do it in a cage hanging on nothing!

  15. Dear Prudynce Says:

    The cage is hanging from the I in Empire.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “The first new Flandry novel in years!”
    Do I detect a note of resentment from the copy editor…?

  17. arch9enius Says:

    Is Diana as round heeled as her father?

  18. Beth Says:

    I thot I saw a puddy tat! …*waggles eyebrows*…

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘So now tell me what you want, what you really really want.’

    ‘Well I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want…is to be LET OUT OF THIS BLOODY CAGE!’

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