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Dec 02

I love a man... with the same hair cut as me...Click for full image

JuanPaul Comments: This was the album cover art Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had proposed for Rumors. Mick wasn’t too keen on it. Good to see it’s been re-purposed.
Published 1989

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.07 out of 10)
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35 Responses to “Lord of Cragsclaw”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Giddy-up, we’ll be there by suppertime.”

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    Cat people with 80’s hair. Now I can die in peace.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I have nothing bad to say about a person who wrote a book called It Seemed Like a Good Idea. All I want to know is, why are you guarding an integer?

  4. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Performance anxiety issues are written all over cat dude’s face.

  5. SI Says:

    I don’t even know what to joke about… this is just purrrfect. Haha Get it?

    I always said I could rest easy if we found a cover to challenge the greatness of I Sing the Body Electric. Today… I think we have a contender!

    EDIT – Though looking at the ratings there are two already voted higher! I should have been resting for a while!

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    What do you suppose the art direction was like? ‘I want two people, maybe cat people, maybe badly-rendered humans. Make them all hunched over, as if they’re riding. But don’t show what it is that they’re riding. Or where they’re going. Or where they’re coming from. Or where they are. Give them hair, big hair, obscuring everything but Fred, my plant over there in the corner. He’s my friend, he is. The people. Dress him in what could be plate armour or leather armour. Dress her in a dress that could be any time from Queen Anne to the end of the Regency, and colour it the colour of my sherbet here on my desk. Background? Oh, right. Put Fred in the background. I want you to paint the sky some time between midnight and dawn, and both cloudy and clear, with a full moon and a rising sun. Wait–wait just a moment–hold that expression! Yes! Go into the WC, and look in the mirror, just like that. Make that his expression. Perfect. And take Fred with you. Fred can model from life.’

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Doin’ it cat-people style.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Lord of Coleslaw.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Lord of Craigslist

  10. SI Says:

    I’m not sure what he’s doing with that pineapple back there and I’m not sure I want to!

  11. anon Says:

    @Bibliomancer: Curiously, neither seems very interested.

    1 Golden Atrium for the Haves, E.U.
    Crow Falls: Arc, Dog

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Even cat people should be concerned about the dangers of botox.

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    The art style reminds me of those horrendous ‘realistic’ covers for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @anon – That’s cat-people style.
    Him: Grrrreaattt!
    Her: Me. Ow.

  15. fred Says:

    So much subtle symbolism. May I suggest the tag ‘opposites attract’ to alert people to the delicate emotional nuances deeply embedded behind the soft colors.

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    What we can’t see is a giant ball of wool off to our left, which is distracting them.

    (It occurs to me that, if she wasn’t in the picture, his stance is very much ‘Del-Boy leaning on a bar that isn’t there’.)

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You’ve seen covers with some kinds of Cats
    And my opinion now is that
    You should need no interpreter
    To understand their character.
    You’ve GSS’d enough to see
    That Cats are much like you and me
    And other people whom we find
    Possessed of various types of mind.
    For some are sane and some are mad
    And some are good and some are bad
    And some are better, some are worse–
    These are just awful.

    (with apologies to T. S. Elliot)

  18. Anna T. Says:

    The cat guy kind of looks like Mark Hamill. Just saying.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This cover has PATHOS written all over it.

    “Somewhere, my love… somewhere out there is a world for us. With a ball of yarn… some people we can ignore… and a mouse we can torture to death!”
    [Background music: “To dream… the impossible dream…”]

  20. Ray P Says:

    Stevie Nicks needs more catnip. Beauty and the Beast: the historical chronicles. Andrew Lloyd Weber demands royalties.

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—nice 😉

  22. Noel Says:

    Wow, imagine if a red laser light was introduced into the equation.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    LORD OF FUR BALLS

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I do believe these two be two mrem, Sruss at left and Talwe at right. Someone please issue the author some orthography.

  25. GSS noob Says:

    @DSWBT: also apparently, Bill came up with this crap and then farmed it out to some poor sod called Neil Randal to slog through all the kitty litter and bad orthography.

  26. Hammy Says:

    @DSWBT(#3):

    I’m surprised it’s taken so long to answer your question – it’s because Three Is A Magic Number!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVfe6rdHRKI

  27. Tor Mented Says:

    The dog-people spinoff is called Guardians of the Tree.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Discuss:

    – was Neil Randall better off NOT having his name on this cover?

    – how did they clean and comb those perms with just their tongues?

    – and how large were the hairballs afterwards?

    – why do they have the built-up tissue on the upper lip suitable for whiskers, and yet have no whiskers?

    – should they also yiff in hell?

  29. Tor Mented Says:

    I just learned what yiff means.
    Why, oh why, did I look that up?

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tor: goodness, if you’ve been on the Internet for more than five minutes you should know better than to use it for information retrieval.

  31. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Oh dear, I’ve injured Tor.

    I’d no idea we had any innocents among us.

    I did mean to say, of course “should they also yiff in hell, like Myhrrrrr?”

  32. Tor Mented Says:

    DSWBT: I love words, so I always look up news ones that I find. You think I’d have learned by now.
    Then again, I’ll probably use this one the next time a furry cover is posted.

    GSSxN: Nuh-uh. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor Mented: I do sincerely apologize.

    Somewhat recently, there was a cover posted here about a lion-man named Myrr. Or Myhr. Or something like that. It was, of course, from BAEN!meow and apparently consists of fanfic about the cover artist’s furry alter ego. I was attempting a callback to that.

    There was no actual yiffing involved, honest. Just bad cover art and ego.

  34. Tor Mented Says:

    @GSSxn: Lol, no apologies needed. Just kidding.
    I actually came across the David Bowie catman while browsing through the Baen tags and immediately knew it was the one you mentioned.

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: He’s actually a Ron Perlman rip-off.

    Yes, not only does Baen have terrible covers, they publish and expect money for furry fanfic. With terrible covers.

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