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In retrospect... my choice of duelling weapon wasn't the best... Click for full image

E’s Art Direction: If you could work a lime green fur shawl and a jedi-master rip off in there, that’d be great.
Published 1980

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: 7.06 out of 10)
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21 Responses to “Changeling”

  1. FeàrofMuşic Says:

    I’m going to rather charitably assume the artist was aiming for a comic book style here. Green fuzzy shawl poofster man has a rather malformed head, and a sword(?) made of vanilla taffy.
    More importantly, is his pirate posing opponent wielding a guitar?
    If this is an actual scene from the book, it must take several chapters to describe.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “You just try playing Kumbaya again.”

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    He can’t use the guitar in combat because his waistcoat prevents him from moving his shoulders. However, the other guy’s torso-wear isn’t actually green. He simply moves so slowly that moss grows on him.

    That’s right, our first Sloth-Person, mere hours after his Tag was denied him. No wonder he’s in a fightin’ mood.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    No, that’s it! Sloth-Barbarian is the gnomon on Obi-Wan’s action-figure sundial. It’s just coming up to space-buggy-o’clock, and in an hour it’ll be Jim West O’Clock.

  5. Tom Hering Says:

    Full dust jacket: http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/1/13/CHNGLNGQZN1980.jpg

    Paperback with blurbs: http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/1/1c/CHNGLNG1980.jpg

  6. Tom Hering Says:

    @ The Tag Wizard. Codpiece. (Gold plated, no less.)

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Obi-wannabe to guitar-fighter: “This isn’t the poofster warrior you are looking for”.

  8. Kripslod Says:

    What we’re seeing here is the first reaction of the test group to the prototype Official Smart* [automobile] Pull-Behind Grocery Trailer.

    “The paradigm of city driving it is now forever Changeling!”

    *Trade-Mark of Daimler AG it is

  9. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Ooh Tom H, I don’t know, I just don’t know.

    It looks like it’s the Conan-type fur which being held in place by the Warrior Utility Belt (buy today on 555-0-WARRIOR), and said belt’s Pterugal strips are, by pure happenstance, framing the lower rug in a suggestive manner.

    Or maybe I just can’t handle the truth.

    …what is Sloth-Barbarian staring at so intently, anyway? Eew. No.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    “I’ll rest my hand on my improbably high waist, you stand like an invisible man has grabbed you from behind.”

  11. Phil Says:

    What climatic conditions could possibly require one to wear thick fur on the shoulders yet simultaneously bear one’s chest and torso? Is it perhaps a very hot planet with an annoying cold draft?

  12. Phil Says:

    Or do I mean “draught” ?

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Nice try, giving me the “Behind You” look! I’ll not fall for it. I seriously doubt there’s a giant Nestor in a blue cowl lurking at my rear. Now according to this script I have cleverly tucked into my massive utility belt, you’re supposed to say “I’m wearing two different colored boots for a reason, one you will soon discover.” And I’m supposed to laugh knowingly, yet with a soupçon of apprehension.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Centre, there’s a bat with a ‘Wrong turn, get me OUT OF HERE!’ look about him.

  15. NGpm Says:

    What a fool, bringing a sword for dueling banjos …

  16. fred Says:

    Green replaces orange as the new black. I want me a flying raptor-cycle.

  17. Neal Says:

    I have this book, with this exact cover. Have had it since I was a kid. Now get off my lawn!!!

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Aha! So YOU’re the fiend who has been kidnapping and mutating Eagle Transporters from the Alpha Moonbase!”

  19. Stevie T Says:

    Jimmy the RockLord looks with approval upon the new recruits for his Village People tribute group.

  20. Ian Says:

    Hats off to you B. Chiclitz for using soupçon in your reply.

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Thanks, Ian, although it pales beside “Narwhals upon the vestry.” :-)

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