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Good Show Sir Comments: Land Ho!
Published 1979

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: 8.73 out of 10)
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20 Responses to “The Land”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    You’re not fooling us, Charles Bronson, we know your secret pen name.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    The best part is the big, yellow, attention-grabbing arrow pointing to nowhere.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Let’s learn a little bit about our author:

    http://www.maryviglianteszydlowski.com/bio.htm

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Hey, look—it’s Freedom! She took her saddle, dumped her horse (the legendary Savage Plateau) and took up with a beast. Good thing she kept those tassels and ribbons and all (as well as her signature pose), so we’d be sure to recognize her.

  5. fred Says:

    ‘After a terrible holocaust 300 years before, only the Land survives. Tayla, crown princess of the realm, senses a secret bond between the sisters and the beasts of burden who serve them. Unlike cows, horses, and swine, these two-legged beasts are treated with extreme cruelty and contempt. They are either worked to death or ritually slaughtered. It is not until Tayla finds the ancient texts that she realizes who and what the beasts are. The ancient ones called them men!’
    Never heard it referred to as ‘a secret bond’ before.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This land is your land,
    And I’m not touching it…

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    For some reason, this book is found in the row above the Robot Series by Asimov, if it is found at all in bookstores.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    Sounds like someone dozed off during ‘Spock’s Brain’ (and who wouldn’t?) and then woke up with a brilliant new idea for a story.

    Although the cover-art suggests they’re ripping off an as-yet-unmade ‘Blakes 7’ with a similar set-up.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @B’mancer: In addition to writing novels and short stories for adults, she began creating stories for children. Frequently using her daughter Carrie as a model for her characters. Even the antics of their family pets found their way into her stories.

    Articles of furniture made appearances. Added the lawn and flower beds. Peeped in the neighbours’ windows for more ideas. Never a complete sentence. 🙁

  10. Billy Awesome Says:

    Nothing subtextual about that stone pillar, nosiree Bob. Not a thing.

    Maybe the yellow arrow is trying to indicate that the Editor’s Choice is actually whatever title — any title — is on the shelf below this one?

  11. Anna T. Says:

    So, as I understand it, this book is one of those “stereotypical Lady Land finds out men aren’t so bad after all” tales. Yeah, that really explains why she’s so . . . happy . . . on the cover.

    I don’t really want to know what’s actually supposed to be going on in this picture.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    Her face is so dark and it is obviously not shadows.
    Is she taking part in some kind of satanic minstrel show?

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Does the artist’s mum know what he does for a living?

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Her sisters were shocked when their Princess loved a menhir!

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: Lares and the Real Girl.

  16. Ray P Says:

    She so loved a beast, she had it skinned and turned into a rug with the tail still attached.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    When Fonts Clash!

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tag Wizard: surely the menhir deserves a ‘skulls-a-poppin’ tag?

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Her sisters were shocked when their princess loved a beast!

    “Why, Ivanka, why??”

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Picking up from @6…

    The Land is your land
    The Land is my land
    Something’s on your hand
    That ought to be banned
    Face swathed in shadow
    Enormous dildo
    And a bright yellow arrow from a tree!

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