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Dec 14

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Good Show Sir Comments: Group Mime Time! Everyone pretend we’re trapped in a box.
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: 7.75 out of 10)
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29 Responses to “Picnic on Paradise”

  1. Ray P Says:

    Extraordinary books demand extraordinary covers.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I see no evidence of cheeseburgers. I remain skeptical.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Next time I climb Everest I’m going to pay more for real Sherpas.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    It has two virtues: it’s at least approximately like incidents in the book and it’s not the 1976 Star Books cover.

    https://sciencefictionruminations.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/book-review-picnic-on-paradise-joanna-russ-1968/

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    We don’t talk about the year Holiday on Ice went avant garde.

  6. Anna T. Says:

    Shoulder rings: the epitome of future fashion. That’s how we know they’re from the future, people.

  7. fred Says:

    Abominable Mimes.

  8. GSS noob Says:

    Anna T. is correct: you only see shoulder rings in the future.

    @DSWBT: No hot dogs, sammiches, or ants either.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Wood—I guess that’s why they say De Gustibus Non Disputandem Est, cuz I kind of like that cover. At least it’s free of these vamping poseurs half of whom seem to have their heads wrapped in dry-cleaning plastic bags (don’t they know? “This is not a toy”).

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    its like everyone just got distracted by a different shiny object.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: horses for courses but given that the book’s about a Phoenician thief on a mountaineering expedition the use of a topless white chick’s a bit weird, even if the neck-brace and shoulder-guard in the picture can in fact be worn like that. Unless she dislocates her scapula that pose isn’t possible.

    I’m fairly sure I sent that cover in five years ago.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is that a crossbow or a crucifiIIIIIX
    He holds so tightly in his hand?

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    In the large view, those are some lumpy, unappealing-looking suits.

    “The new Toad-Man line of winter wear – now with hip fat-blisters!”

    Is that guy in back preparing to throw a snowball?

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This reminds me of that time Management decided we should all go on a “team-building seminar”… by busing the entire office staff to a Norwegian mountain top.

    A busload of IT people, some of us dressed in sneakers and jeans… on a snowy mountain peak! Don’t get me started!

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR: perhaps they wanted you all to freeze to death as a cost-saving measure?

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    @dswbt I had assumed it was an ice axe. But then that would be too practical, wouldn’t it.

  17. RachelJ Says:

    @Juan Paul and Dead Stuff. It appears to be a crossbow- there’s a string, if you look closely. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem to have any moving parts, so…

  18. GSS noob Says:

    Since it has no moving parts, I was figuring it was a T-square, and the mime in chartreuse was going to draft his way out of there.

  19. Hammy Says:

    @GSS noob, that one is going to draft his way out; the one in gold near the back is looking to summit the peak by doing the Australian crawl….

  20. classicOz Says:

    The instructions on ‘how to do a high-five’ were incomplete

  21. HappyBookworm Says:

    I think this is what mimes have nightmares about after eating bad picnic food.

    Perhaps this is all in the head of the inexplicably small, pink-clad figure frolicking especially cheerfully in front. It would explain the lack of visible picnic and the snow covered mountains…

    P.S. Tomorrow at work people are going to stare at me, I know, because I am going to think of “Group Mime Time!” and laugh for no discernible reason.

  22. GSS noob Says:

    @HappyBookworm: the phrase “Group Mime Time!”, the age of this book, and AR Yingve’s group exercise make me think that the cover illustrates “That time Shields and Yarnell’s class field trip went horribly wrong”.

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    GSS [email protected]: I didn’t think Jimmy Buffett was so obscure!

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff: it must be one of those ‘universal’ American things, like ‘Gilligan’s Island’ or Dunkin Donuts. I was at the 4th July events at Bristol, Rhode Island, and they wheeled on a Buffett tribute band. They do this a lot; they don’t have a huge pot of money for booking acts. Nobody under fifty knows any of the songs but the band can never comprehend why they’re having such a hard time getting the crowd to join in. I was relieved that my utter innocence of this berk’s existence wasn’t just me being a furriner.

    (That said, they were inoffensive enough and made sound while people bought stuffies: they got a more polite reception than a Soft Machine tribute band would have had, or a couple of Pet Shop Boys impersonators at a Trump rally).

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: Actually, it was my wife who insisted I listen to her JB/Alan Jackson album. It’s fascinating to me what of American culture she knows: she can still list most of the cast of the Muppet Show and listens to Country and Western music on the radio, but had never heard of Andy Griffith or Otis Redding.

    Speaking of Rhode Island and Dunkin’ Donuts, she heard that there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts Arena in Providence, and now she wants to take a road trip! Maybe I’ll visit the gravesite of the author of the Doom that Came to Sarnath if we go.

  26. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff: It’s actually the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. I made the usual joke about ‘what a hole!’ and was looked at oddly. Dunkin’ not only eschew holes in their products but sell ‘Munchkins’, which purport to be the excluded middles. So that old gag about dieting by only eating the holes also fell flat. Considering what is considered edible in the Biggest Little State, and the weird names they give things, I have no yardstick for what’s acceptable.

    I’d not heard of Andy Griffith until I arrived; now I’m just amazed that ‘Salvage One’ was broadcast or even commissioned. I watch oldies station MeTV to find out who the guests on The Muppet Show were (apart from Bruce Forsyth and Chris Langham, obviously)..

    If you do pop to Friartown, bear in mind that Lovecraft’s house and environs are part of the Brown University complex and that, assuming you find somewhere to park, you’ll need pitons and ropes to get up and down the street: it’s like a sunnier Edinburgh or the proper Bristol in that regard. In the 70s Buddy Cianci had to be dissuaded from putting a heliport where the Dunky Center is now but I can’t help thinking it would have been the best way to commute to campus.
    (And maybe try Cellar Stories, just of Westminster Street, where many GSS-worthy 60 paperbacks wind up.)

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Not at all! You’d taken the “paradise” part, so I was only left with the “picnic” part to joke about. Nobody wanted “on”.

    Clearly these people should have vacationed in Margaritaville instead. Tiny person in front seems to have suffered frostbite damage to both hands.

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS Salt Shaker: I may be in the minority here, but I’m claiming there’s a woman to blame for that frostbite.

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWB Parrots: It might be your own damn fault. And fix your flip-flop.

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