Ok, ok, I know I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but am I the only person who only just now realized that “Narabedla” is just “Aldebaran” backwards? Did you all see that immediately? Do I need to resign from GSS for requiring five whole minutes of cover study before seeing that?
@Bibliomancer, B.Chiclitz: I think most people thought it was too obvious to need saying. It was an old 40s gag, like ‘Ghod’. There was a Pohl book used it (‘Narabedla Inc’) Quite why ‘Astra’ (MZB’s old fangirl name, I’m told) bothered to revive it would entail me having read this book, and I gave up on ‘Darkover’ around the time Then Jericho were in the charts.
@Tat Wood—I usually get whole bushels full of enlightenment from your posts, but I must confess this last one (17) has me just saying “Wha?” I think I am missing an entire continent of cultural references somewhere. No need to supply them, just accept my apologies for being dumbfounded.
Meanwhile, hordes of marauding lizard beings from the Legir system have invaded and are locked in mortal combat with the faceless worm people of Esuegleteb. Only reinforcements from the Surutcra Empire can save them! But will they arrive in time?
The 40s fan-culture thing is something that kept surfacing as in-jokes in later books once the fans got famous and I’m slowly piecing it all together myself. In particular, there’s a whole lot of stuff about lizard-men at the centre of the Earth, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Sharpe_Shaver#The_Shaver_Mystery
the ‘missing’ planet Vulcan (a Victorian idea that Mercury’s wobble was caused by an unseen inner planet right up next to the sun, disproved when Einstein had a better explanation) and a made-up religion involving ‘Ghod’ and drinking ‘bheer’.
But this! Mr. 70’s (in 1991?) and a giant regular (not alien) eagle. Does the dude remind anyone of Dick BLADE! if he was forced to wear clothes? Did the artist put cloth trousers on him so we wouldn’t think Village People?
@DSWBT: Mmmm, no, just about the right timing. I was amused.
@B. Chiclitz: cough No, no, it’s fine! snicker
@Tat Wood: The deity rather quickly became Ghu, and you still occasionally see references to Ghu in writing, though nobody says it aloud any more, even the old trufen. As in, “Great Ghu! $1.75 for a novella that you could still find the Ace Double versions of at the time, for less money and with another batch of words attached?”
This book predates Darkover, it’s kind of a bog-standard planetary sword and sorcery thingy; guy from our time has to free the oppressed people of the future from nasty aristos who have giant killer birds.
While it’s usually humans or humanoids with anatomy problems, that bird, which is by no stretch a falcon, cannot have the binocular vision needed for hunting. Perhaps it’s a scavenger instead. Mayhap a buzzard from Esuegleteb.
@Yoss: Brilliant! You win the thread. That’s exactly what it looks like.
@DaveM, I read one of her books once (it was free, in paperback) and it was… shrug a’ight. The spelling and punctuation were perfect, there was good if standard characterization, and I could follow the plot. Mostly. The background was a bit WTF.
HOWEVER, it had a nice abstract cover, with symbols. It wasn’t embarrassing like the current one is. So it was properly shelved in the Urban Fantasy, Werewolves/Hunters/Evil Ghostie, sub-sub-genre. There was no romance with happy ending.
These new covers are probably what (wrongly) gets it in Romance, indistinguishable from all the others. The people who buy it looking for Romance are going to be disappointed, what with the disembowlings and no lurve. It doesn’t seem a smart marketing move to me. Neither does not updating her website in 8 months.
And in other self-published news, I came across a “novel” that has the strap line
“MERMAIDS ARE REAL.And they’re going to kill us all.”
Plus, most of it’s plagiarized from Wikipedia and other web sites, some of them conspiracy theory troll sites. Also, it’s only half the book. Sadly, the cover isn’t terrible, so it’s not eligible here.
@GSS noob #37. I had never even suspected the existance of the Great Mermaid Conspiracy, but now that I check I find that quite a number of people have been conducting Google searches on such crucial topics as:
“Are mermaids real and do they exist?”
“Are mermaids evil?”
“How long have mermaids been around?”
“Are mermaids in the Bible?”
“Where do mermaids live?”
“Do mermaids eat humans?”
It’s heartening to see the public is becoming aware of the existential threat to humanity posed by cannibal fish-women!
@RachelJ: That was the scary part. (Nobody’s scared of a were-chihuahua.)
The romance also seemed implausible. I could maybe understand fancying a man who turned into something large and powerful, like a wolf or tiger, but how could you possibly respect a Chihuahua? Looking at your partner in his human form and knowing he’s a little yappy beast deep inside. Nope.
@GSS noob. It’s okay- seems the book’s purpose is to tell the little ones that if they join the mermaids, Mummy and Daddy won’t love them anymore. It’s actually a powerful weapon in the ongoing fight against the Mermenace!
Now anywhere else on the Internets, you tell them that you were discussing werechihuahas’ impact on the mermaid conspiracy in regards a picture of a roc rogering a Queen groupie, they look at you like you were mad. But GSS is not anywhere else!