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Nov 23

Whack-a-Mole: The NovelClick for larger image

Marge Comments: My eyes! The burning!

Published 1972

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: 6.80 out of 10)
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26 Responses to “The Burning”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It must be difficult to astrogate when a caiman is humping your Antikythera mechanism.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    She’s a witch! Burn her, anyway, burn her!

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    The age of science was over but the age of ridiculous gender stereotypes was still going strong.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    How are these damn space toilets supposed to work?

  5. fred Says:

    Not quite tentacle sex (yet), but it is zero G and for some strange reason there happens to be octopus near by.

  6. Lillie Awesome Says:

    I don’t want to be that person making a goatse joke, but that astrolabe is kind of begging for one.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Lillie: we’ll hand it to you, then. 😛

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    Followed by the sequels “The Itching,” “The Scratching” and “Call Now And You Get This Free, Patented Applicator at No Extra Charge as Our Free Gift to You.”
    DSWBT: Is it the Antikythera mechanism or just a croc clock?

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tor: It’s a crock either way. 😉

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Alors, what did zee recipé call for? Ah, mais oui! Just a peench of ground tentacle scale and voila! Zee love potion she is complete, n’est ce pas?”

  11. fred Says:

    Back cover. Mr. Gunn apparently forgot the whole witch/warlock thing. Or maybe not.
    https://sep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-135796431451137/the-burning-by-james-e-gunn-1st-printing-feb-1972-dell-sf-paperback-book-5.gif

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    Do we have a croctopus tag? Or maybe an octocroc? Cephalogator?
    I should stop before I give the SyFy channel ideas for new movies.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    A clockwork croco-octopus ought to be the best episode of ‘Wild Wild West’ ever but somehow I’m thinking of ‘Camberwick Green’ instead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTIWWupaaZE
    I must have missed the episodes about Dr Cummerbund, the Mad Scientist and Miss Gotobed, the Village Bike.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    On examination, he looks a little like noted medieval historian Terry Jones.

  15. fred Says:

    That croc looks a whole lot like Reptilicus, the Danish Godzilla.

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    @fred: Nope, too realistic and not nearly as much fun.

  17. Tracy Says:

    I KNEW we shouldn’t have brought back that baby alligator from Florida!

  18. JuanPaul Says:

    @dswbt #14 I was thinking Gabriel Byrne.

  19. JuanPaul Says:

    Why does every dystopian sci-fi book cover blurb sound like a commentary on present day society?

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    @DeadStuff (14): I thought a young-ish Denis Lawson,post ‘Jedi’ but maybe around the time of ‘Dead Head’.

  21. THX 1138 Says:

    On the plus side, you do get to read about the early adventures of Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander.

  22. Tor Mented Says:

    B’mancer, did you mean that comment for Space Ship X.S.22?

  23. Anna T. Says:

    What were they doing in the manhole system?

  24. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Tor – Poof. It’s gone!

  25. Tor Mented Says:

    @Tag Wizard: My comment now makes no sense. But I’m sure everyone is used to that by now.

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The book may be good, but the cover is riveting!

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