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May 01

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Tat Wood Comments: I just popped back to France and found some more ripe examples of 70s French cover-art. This has all the worst features of inept collage but was painstakingly painted by a professional artist.

Published 1978

You might remember this from here.

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: 8.29 out of 10)
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20 Responses to “Echange Standard”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I expect the cover to start singing the praises of science fiction double features any moment.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    With the Blue Man Group finally destroyed, the giant lizards can rule the earth unopposed!

  3. fred Says:

    You can’t make a good cover without breaking a few devil’s dumplings.

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Bosch meets de Chirico meets the Giant Gila Monster!

  5. Ray P Says:

    Surrealism is European intellectual sophistication.

  6. FrankN.Stein Says:

    Pas des moutons pour les francaise! 🙂

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RayP: sophistication or sophistry?

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBigT—hey, those Europeans are heavy philosophical cats (and I do mean cats, ou les chats).

  9. Francis Boyle Says:

    France 1978: Yves Tanguy was starting to run out of ideas, not surprisingly since by then he’d been dead for 23 years – even chain-smoking Gauloises can’t preserve a zombie that long. (Only the Walking Dead universe can do that.)

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    Just waiting for the big foot to descend…

  11. Anna T. Says:

    Someone’s left a couple headless nude statues in the desert under a giant half-egg, and they’re being harassed by the Dairy Queen mascot (the flying mouth). The random, tilted architectural folly and the giant iguana do nothing for the confusion.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It is… ‘ow you say… zee LSD.

    Apparently, if vous echange, you lose body parts and your head catches on fire.

    The book is seemingly a wacky comedy of errors, so I suspect this is another case of “throw something weird on the cover so people know it’s SF, as opposed to an illustration.

    Although even if this was an illustration, it’s not for this book. And I don’t want to read the book it’s for.

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    Space Sheep must be on bank holiday.

  14. DaveM Says:

    We’ve seen this book before. It’s English title was Mindswap, and had an equally useless cover.
    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=5193

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Professional Musing:
    I wonder if SF books *in general* would sell better to mainstream audiences if they all had these “Surrealist” covers instead of the usual skiffy stuff…

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Doubt it. Skiffy stuff is at least familiar to them through movies and TV. Surrealism scares the punters.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Another thing I noticed about French and European skiffy book releases: They don’t use blurbs much.

    French blurb:
    They ventured to the edge of the known cosmos — but found only existential ennui, a broken croissant and a discarded cigarette…

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: (Parisian edition) They ventured to the edge of the known cosmos – but found only les Banlieues.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I doff my cap to Tat Wood for a blurb magnifique that has a certain je ne sais quois.

  20. L.B. Says:

    @DSWBT (#1) – Take Samuel Beckett and Billie Whitelaw’s lips, add a liberal dose of ergot, and stir violently while listening to ‘Not I’. Voila! You have this book cover!

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