Dec 13

Ok lets do this gun fight. Everyone got your... ah who am I kidding. Crane... you are screwed!Click for full image

Marmontoast Comments: Evidently, there really is a bird-like entity in the novel, deciding humanity’s fate. If only it could answer its mobile phone!
Published 1994

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: 8.52 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Spoils of War”

  1. Phil Says:

    Look, armed lizards and armed rat-face hominids are gonna scare people away. Please add a cute bird. If not a cute bird, then an unarmed one. Thank you.

  2. L.B. Says:

    Are the spoils of war really 4 pounds 75? War is not only Hell, but it’s also cheap!

  3. PulpCovers Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: The Spoils of War

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    RAT DUDE: “Somebody close the freaking door! Were you guys born in a barn?!?

    Wait, nevermind.”

  5. Jon Says:

    I think what it says is that this book is the spoils of 4 pounds 75.

    Which seems a pretty bad deal to me.

  6. Kwyjor Says:

    Ahh, I remember that one. Final book of a trilogy. Alan Dean Foster was rarely particularly deep, but he could tell a good yarn.

    Until I saw this cover, it never really clicked that the Wais were bird-like. I got that they were covered in feathers, but my mind kept conjuring images of really ugly-looking muppets…

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Never mind smash it up, this thing could break your arm.

  8. David Cowie Says:

    “A Novel By Alan Dean Foster”
    Was anybody expecting it to be a memoir?

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Dude, your cock’s looking a bit droopy.


  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Horrid lizard-man. The head is awkwardly forced onto the body, with no sense that, you know, there might be muscles running under that skin. The left and right arms look nothing like each other, and the hands and abdomen both defy description, as though there were some kind of dense object behind the gun bending the light. The right thigh is much more muscular than the left. The two legs are foreshortened radically different lengths, so the lizard-man looks to be standing on a different surface than everything else.

  11. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Is that supposed to be a rat guy? With fangs instead of giant incisors?

    At least the artist was nice enough to give the drooping bird little hands.

  12. Phil Says:

    Just realised where I’ve seen that bird before:

  13. Phil Says:

    Sorry, simpler link:

  14. Adam Roberts Says:

    Strong light-source from front and left. Shadows running towards us. Nooo!

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Everyone is getting down on the placement of the bird for nothing…Don’t you guys see? It’s a means of transportation for our Mad Max there. This is a sci-fi novel after all, so he’s gotta ride something more “exotic” than a suped-up Ford Falcon XB Coupe!

  16. Stevie T Says:

    Human guy: “These are my spoils? I want a different war!”

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Irked-looking bird: “These are my spoils?”

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    He says that in the voice of Johnny Morris, obviously.

  19. FearofMusic Says:

    What the heck kind of guns are thosr supposed to be? And is it just me or does ratman appear to be a large black man with a poorly drawn rat head photo-shoppef onto it? Fur on the head, but none on the body? And apparently although the ratmen have weapons technology they haven’t mastered the technology required to weave cloth. Then again, naked rat people with guns…much scarier then sensibly clothed rat people with guns.

  20. Phil Says:

    On the matter of clothing, only the man on the left is fully clothed, with his Simon Cowell high-waisted trousers. All other species are mostly bare…except for boots. You’d think a lizard would have tough enough skin to go without boots. Maybe there’s lots of broken glass among the spoils of this war.

  21. FearofMusic Says:

    Perhaps lizardy man is a closet Nancy Sinatra fan (but then, aren’t they all?)

  22. Don Hilliard Says:

    So we’ve gone from Hieronymus Bosch to heron-ymus bosh?

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Old MacDonald had a farm, eee-ie, eee-ie, ooh…
    And on that farm he had some freaks, eee-ie, eee-ie, ooh…

  24. Arch9enius Says:

    “naked rat people with guns…much scarier then sensibly clothed rat people with guns.”

    Can’t speak for Homo Rattus, but such a thing as the ‘Butt Naked Brigade’ did actually exist.

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