Jan 11

Ok so you have the magical one... did you really need to get into the rose bush though?Click for full image

Frank Comments: I suppose I can understand how this got sorted in with the romance paperbacks, just from the color.  But this is why I look through theromance paperbacks, so I can rescue the books that need it and put them over in the SF&F section.
Published 2002

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: 7.71 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    You know what this cover needs? More roses. There are two blank spots on the page.

  2. Smith Says:

    Is “Stealing the Elf King’s Roses” an over elaborate euphemism?

  3. RachelJ Says:

    That’s some font, that is. It very closely corresponds to my eight-year-old conception of “grown-up fancy writing”.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses
    So you can make lovely posies
    That sweet scent fills your noses
    Before they turn on the hoses
    Whereupon you cry “Holy Moses!”
    And on your heads put tea cosies.

  5. Phil Says:

    Is that the Elf-King in question, or the accursed rose thief? And is that glowing golden rose floating in space or emblazoned on his/her breastplate?


  6. Tom Noir Says:

    “I don’t understand how it’s only January and we’ve already blown through our entire Ornate Fonts budget and… Oh, god. What is THIS?!?”

  7. Phil Says:

    How many authors have first names and surnames that differ by just a single letter?

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Ohmigod, I’ve summoned Calyxthulu!’

  9. fred Says:

    I would like to meet an unskilled master.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is the background a candelabra?

  11. Greg M. Says:

    Two things. First, no matter where they put it, that Warner’s logo still manages to catch my eye. Which, given the entire cover design, is mighty impressive.
    Second, whoever that is on the cover (Elf-King or Thief), is being played by the mighty actress Mariette Hartley.

  12. FearofMusic Says:

    @Phil-You know, I was so entranced by those oddly ornate capital letters in her name, yet, my God, that is strange, her name, that Diane Duane. Now I will be forced to look at every author to see if…wait, there’s artwork too?

  13. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    It occurs to me you that could just as easily steal someone else’s fancy magic roses, and then claim they came from the Elf King’s garden.

  14. Adam Roberts Says:

    What makes the title for me are the emoticons embedded within it. ‘Stealing [Three-Eyed Smiley] The Elf-King’s [Three-Eyed Frowny Face] Roses’. Adds another layer of meaning.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    See also the sequels

    Catching The Caliph’s Cactuses – A Tale Of A Thousand Small Nicks


    Pilfering The Paladin’s Petunias

  16. Rags Says:

    I got a fever, and the only cure is more roses!

  17. Tom Noir Says:

    Finally, cover art that the blind can enjoy!

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