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Durbin Comments: Book officials were shocked when it was revealed that an elderly parishioner had painted over a deteriorating fresco with a haphazard splattering of paint. “The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic,” one official says.
Published 2010 (maybe)

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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: 7.13 out of 10)
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12 Responses to “Young Miles”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Sean Bean’s pretty desperate for work, huh?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I vastly prefer the eco-friendly edition, Green Miles.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    OK, now I want to know what’s the on the back cover!

  4. Phil Says:

    Yes, back cover image please. This isn’t the first Baen-Bujold to have this tantalising footnote.

    If only the upside-down chap had held his dagger closer to his head, he could have got himself a free TING! by merging dagger with background star.

  5. fred Says:

    TWO hands to hold that little dagger? Really? TWO?

  6. Mike G. Says:

    Another case of “Horrible cover, but great book!” It’s a repackaging of 2 novels and a short story. The short story and the 2nd novel both won major SF awards.

    Get the ebook, you won’t have to worry about looking at the cover :)

    http://www.baenebooks.com/p-481-young-miles.aspx

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The “HUGO AND NEBULA WINNER!” splash is boilerplate Baen, but Baen also has in store some last-case splashes for hopeless cases and also-rans:

    - “The author is WINNER OF THE MINNESOTA STATE LOTTERY!”

    - “WINNER OF HEARTS AND MINDS!”

    - “WINNER OF THE EDITOR’S SPECIAL AWARD FOR FIRST RELEASES”

    - “WINNER OF FUTURE AWARDS”

  8. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I see someone’s been screwing around with the fashion department’s mannequins again. Artsier than just witching all their heads around again i guess.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    And here’s the full paragraph from which the editor cut out those suspiciously brief “review quotes”:

    “If baby poop were delicious, this book release would make a superb (1) meal. Instead it makes compelling (2) evidence that Baen Books has lost all standards of quality and all respect for its readers. I can’t remember the last time someone greeted a Baen release with the words ‘Highly recommended (3) — and it probably won’t happen ever again. Expect no wit, style, versatility (4) or basic editing competence from this wretched publication, because those things are apparently no longer in any high regard at Baen. Avoid!”

  10. Frank Says:

    “. .. wit, style, versatility. . . .” –Locus

    “. . . all the ‘right stuff.’” — Science Fiction Review

    “. . . extraordinary . . . deserving of the highest
    recommendation.” –Booklist

    “. . . superb . . . one of the great voices of speculative
    fuction.” –Rave Reviews

    That’s what’s on the back cover, funny spacing in ellipses and all. Second printing, 2005. Cover art by Larry Dixon.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Coming soon from Baen:

    BEST OF THE REVIEW QUOTES
    Re-live the golden oldies of our past book covers! Featuring evergreens like “…highly recommended…”, “…superb”, and “…extraordinary”!

    The critics rave about BEST OF THE REVIEW QUOTES:
    “. .. wit, style, versatility. . . .”
    “. . . all the ‘right stuff.’”
    “. . . extraordinary . . . deserving of the highest
    recommendation.”
    “. . . superb . . . one of the great voices of speculative
    fuction.”

  12. B. Durbin Says:

    I just got a copy of Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, and the cover was fairly bland. At least, until I looked at the back… and there was a picture of the three main characters, technically correct but indifferently rendered. I will be sending that one in soon—it’s the first time I’ve seen the back of a cover used as a principle concept, instead of the front.

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