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Buddha really just wanted to be a hair stylist.Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Good Show Sir Comments: Sooo Mandy, going on holiday this summer?
Published 1974

Many thanks to Perry!

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: 8.56 out of 10)
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26 Responses to “The Disappearance”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    So that’s what The Lady in the Lake looks like!

    Nice trick. Kind of like pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Nitty Norman the Head Explorer” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BM: thanks a lot, mister! Now, I can’t help but imagine her showing her udders and saying, ‘Now here’s something you’ll REALLY enjoy!’ in the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    An unexplained cosmic “blink” splits humanity along gender lines into two divergent timelines: from the men’s perspective, all the women disappear and from the women’s, all men vanish. Colour me startled, then.

  5. Jonathan Oliver Says:

    £5.50! For a tatty second hand copy? Fuck right off.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    If I didn’t know better, I’d suspect this was a sequel to ‘The Day the Worm Turned’ by Gerald Wylie.

  7. fred Says:

    How can she stand erect when everything below the waters surface is nothing but bones. X-ray water? Unfathomable metaphorical mumbo jumbo? A Star Trekian interdimensional rift? Bad plot device?

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    I call “font problems” here. No blurb should be allowed to have a font size larger than the book title.

  9. Ray P Says:

    Like the label on a bottle of far-eastern shampoo.

  10. Anna T. Says:

    So the book is “startling” because Our Heroine has a sky-god as her personal hairdresser. Or does it have something to do with the sky-eyes behind him?

  11. HappyBookworm Says:

    @Bibliomancer – I agree. I thought for a moment that the book was called “The World’s Most Startling Novel.” First of all, it would take a lot of hubris to name one’s book “the most [any adjective] novel in the world.” Second of all, readers wouldn’t know what it was was about…not sure that’s clear anyway…

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Now, hold very still. You’ll love this trick. It’ll feel just like I’ve broken an egg on your head and the yolk is slowly oozing through your hair. Great party act!”

  13. Perry Armstrong Says:

    This cover gives off a similar ‘Health Spa’ vibe as did Brian Aldiss’ ‘The Primal Urge’: http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=11186

    @Jonathan Oliver: price is in Aussie dollars which are approx. half UK£, but still seems steep given condition of the book.

  14. Jonathan Oliver Says:

    Ah, fair enough. Still, though…

  15. infoqueen Says:

    @fred: She’s standing on the turtles.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    How the Heimlich Manoeuvre works in Perelandra.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: water with an unhealthy amount of caesium-137 in it might explain the bones and colour: either the Cherenkov radiation or ferricyanide to clean up the mess.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Women without men are naught but skeletons waiting to emerge? Or something.

    @Dead Stuff @4: sperm banks have been a thing since 1965. Did all the little sperms end up in the men’s world as well?

  19. THX 1139 Says:

    Strange dreams when you miss getting your hair cut under Lockdown.

  20. fred Says:

    Not knowing how easy or hard it is to startle the Daily Express to begin with makes the statement useless in helping me decide whether to purchase the book. Now if they said ‘Soon to be a Russ Myer production’, take my money.

  21. A. R.Yngve Says:

    God, not ANOTHER stupid Herbal Essences ad!

  22. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: the Daily Express, home of Rupert Bear and Jean Rook, is still slightly surprised that women have the vote.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I find her hand gesture rather—intriguing. Is she indicating what is about to emerge next from the x-ray lake?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Luckily Wylie was dead by then — daresay he wouldn’t have approved of the giant blurb that’s impossible to live up to.

    @Tat: Heh. So the Daily Express is easily startled, and probably even more so at the time. Book was originally published in 1951, so they must have really been gobsmacked.

  25. Bruce A Munro Says:

    1951? So definitely pre-sperm banks.

    That cover really doesn’t have anything to do with the story, and seems to promise Sexy Oriental Mysticism more than anything else.

    Of course, there have been other confusing covers:

    The sexy mime in a box in an actual box: https://www.amazon.com/Disappearance-Bison-Frontiers-Imagination/dp/0803298412

    Or the sexy mystery novel:
    https://www.amazon.com/Disappearance-Philip-Wylie-ebook/dp/B00OPJW8R0

    (There’s also the Naked Hippies in Space cover of the edition I had.)

    OTOH, Cardinal books has a decent symbolic cover, and just flat out gives away the plot.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/915vEXVIikL.jpg

  26. DaveM Says:

    DSWBT (3) GSS! GSS Indeed (and damn you, because I can’t get that Rocky the flying Squirrel quote out of my head)!

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