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Portraits in the future are wayyyyy more awesome!Click for slightly larger image

Rachel and Thomas Comment: Fun fact! Megalatemeskephalesigakertomesephobia is the actual Greek for the fear that a large decapitated head is silently sneering at you.
Published 2012

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: 7.62 out of 10)
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23 Responses to “The Apocalypse Codex”

  1. Elvraie Says:

    Very, Very Large Brother is watching you!

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    Welcome back.

    Can I just say ‘Behind You’?

  3. SI Says:

    If I get an artist to do my portrait. I definitely want it to be within a stargate.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Hey, someone’s in need of a gameshow.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘My name is Bob Roberts Robertson, and I’m running for councilman of the Apocalypse.’

  6. Tag Wizard Says:

    Is that the Ace Books logo or a neat little ice pyramid?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Kind of like that giant head in Zardoz. Except with more people-friendly skills.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Laundry Files…
    A series of science fiction spy thrillers…set in a world where a computer and the right mathematical equations is just as useful a tool-set for calling up horrors from other dimensions as a spell-book and a pentagram on the floor.

    Goodness, my computer has certainly called up a horror from another dimension to-day!

  9. Adam Roberts Says:

    I like to think the kneeling figure is actually modelling a particularly impressive Ascot Lady’s Day hat.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Whoa, I know there was a giant sneering head of Tim Robbins floating around here somewhere. Where the heck did it go?”

    BTW, too many “esses” in this guy’s name for my taste.

  11. NGpm Says:

    When the blurb says “literate, etc.” is it speaking of Lev Grossman? If so, why is it on this book?

    What does it mean that a book is literate? I think it best quoted from Michael Dirda: “… to praise an author’s prose as literate is to offer faint praise at best. Sentences should always be literate—isn’t that the rock-bottom desideratum of any writing?”

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @NGpm—Yeah, just like “demonstrates the author’s story-telling skills.”

    Speaking of blurbs, there’s been a good bit of witty GSS commentary over time regarding the nearly ubiquitous “NY Times Bestselling Author” meme. Perhaps this canard can be put to rest for good by noting that the current purveyor of that august claim is Rush Bloody Limbaugh’s Rush Revere and the First Patriots. ‘Nuff said, perhaps?

  13. Kripslod Says:

    I knew the invention of front-loading washing machines would lead to no good.

    Anyway, It’s good to see our beloved GSS back in service once again.
    The Chinese site is OK, but after I visit it, my screen saver changes to a disembodied head of some guy named Admiral Zheng He and the word, 服从 flashing in multi-colours along with a suggestion that I by Scrill Toothpaste!

    In fact I think I’ll go out and purchase thirty cases of Scrill toothpaste right now.

  14. fred Says:

    Speaking of the Times blurb, why does the second set of footprints in the snow disappear when it hits the blurb?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s as if the book is sneering at us in contempt.
    Perhaps the cover artist confused “smart” with “feeling superior.” A very common fallacy.

  16. Scott B Says:

    The sneer is probably intentional, as I believe the Floating Head is that of the megalomaniacal old-time-religion preacher character, not that of Our Hero.

  17. Jaouad Says:

    @B. Chiclitz #10:
    I believe the author’s name was originally Karel Stroß.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Easter Island’s Moai Heads, Special Remastered Edition, proved a costly failure.

  19. GDwarf Says:

    It’s a decent enough book, and part of a very good series, but Mr. Strauss has had nothing but trouble with covers. This is probably the best one any of his books has ever gotten, alas.

    It’s almost-sorta excused by claiming that it happens in the book, because something vaguely similar (people go through a portal to another dimension) happens, but at no point does a giant sneering human face appear behind two people in a wintry forest.

  20. ash966 Says:

    I dunno, I think this one’s OK.

    http://thewordofward.co.uk/?p=298

  21. FearöfMüsic Says:

    Why do I feel like punching this book right in the cover?

  22. anon2342 Says:

    I’m telling you: That’s Vince McMahon.

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is exactly what it was like for me to upgrade my Macintosh to OS X. Only more colourful.

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