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MisterBob Comments: What if William Morris painted Fantasy covers?
Published 1987

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: 6.59 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “War for the Oaks”

  1. SI Says:

    “Darling… let me barter with the magical woodland imp over the price of wallpaper!” Said the Labrador werewolf.

  2. Jaouad Says:

    The walls have ears. And eyes. And teeth and goatees and collars. And a faint garlicky smell which we all hope isn’t arsenic.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “I thought you said your dog didn’t bite!”

    “That’s not my dog.”

  4. Phil Says:

    Ah, a young Annie Lennox!

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    William Morris DID do Fantasy covers, most of them better than this (e.g. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/432142.William_Morris http://www.unimelb.edu.au/culturalcollections/research/libraryjournal/vol2no2/wills.pdf ) Deep down, he was hoping this wallpaper thing would blow over and he could get back to his real love, pretending to be Virgil Finlay.

  6. fred Says:

    If they are in the streets is that hand coming out of a manhole?

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Does this bug you? I’m not touching you.’

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    When Wallpapers Attack!

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is driving me mad. First, it’s supposed to be an unearthly war. Fine. BUT, it’s brewing in the streets. What sort of streets? Unearthly streets? Streets in Arkham? Streets on Saturn? And it’s the war for the oaks. The oaks in the streets? Does this take place on boulevards, or what? Are the oaks earthly, but the streets aren’t? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND, and the art isn’t helping a whit.

  10. Stevie T Says:

    So..does this qualify for one of DC’s “Teal and Orange” flags?

    Because now he’s making me notice when those colors appear!

  11. FearofMusic Says:

    By odd concidence ACE books is the featured article on Wikipedia today. The sample cover they display ia a Good Show Sir worthy example of “The Eternal Savage” by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Sadly the article makes no mention of ACE books frequent starring role on this site. Shame on you Wikipedia! Do your research!

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Ok, let me have a look at your dog…..Rover, can you say “ahhhh” for me?

  13. David Cowie Says:

    @ Stevie T: “teal and orange contrast” is something that’s supposed to feature in a lot of modern films. I haven’t noticed any myself (yet) but after I first heard about it GSS had three or four covers in a row with the effect, and now I keep on seeing it.

  14. Stevie T Says:

    @David Cowie: Actually, I can think of one film that features it an abundance: “The Fifth Element”. But nothing else is coming to mind.

    I never noticed how often it cropped up here until you started pointing them out. Maybe it should have it’s own tag? It’s almost seems cliche for a bad cover: “What else can we do to attract readers? I know, let’s put two wildly contrasting colors on the front, that’ll get us noticed!”

  15. Rachel J Says:

    @David & Stevie. You may not notice the teal-and-orange scheme in modern films because a.) : it’s *generally* more subtle than what you’re probably imagining and b.) it’s so common that you’ve quite likely come to accept it as “how movies look these days”. Usually manifests as orange-toned skin + teal-toned background.

  16. Jaouad Says:

    Some examples of teal-and-orange in the movies.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    @Jaouad: thanks for the link! Unfortunately, now I’ll probably notice whenever it crops up. Then my “willing suspension of disbelief” goes right out the window. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You wouldn’t hardly guess this book was an urban fantasy, now, would you? I blame the art department for this travesty.

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