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Jun 11

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JuanPaul Comments: They are slowly realizing that she may have lied a little on her otherworld-hero resume.

Published 1990

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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24 Responses to “The Calling of the Three”

  1. fred Says:

    The trees showed up and everyone looks extremely delighted.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Or pyjamas as they’re otherwise known.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Crap, typo in the comment. You have my permission to edit, admin!

  4. MisterBob Says:

    Did no one tell her you can’t take a Rubik’s Cube through a inter-dimensional doorway !

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The entire blurb:
    “Emerson writes delightfully clear prose, with a deft and loving touch. . . . Of course, that’s Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ru Emerson is a semi-literate dropout from the Unknown Writers institute.”

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    “So that’s why you were five hours in the nail salon.”

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Rod, Jane and Freddie Kruger

  8. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Make fun if you must, but since the only other magical powers in evidence are sitting on a giant walnut without one’s posterior actually touching the walnut, and the ol’ bent-leg-is-the-same-length-as-the-straight-leg trick, I submit that rainbow finger streamers are not the lamest ability on this quest.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    @Lillie The bar does seem pretty low in this realm. For all we know, they were just looking for someone to jazz up a birthday party.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    C’mon, they’re triplets, right? That must be part of the plot? Or else the artist can only draw one face?

  11. Raoul Says:

    Is that you, Julia Louis-Dreyfus?

  12. Tracy Says:

    The girl at the right has taffy fingers and seems quite pleased about it. Taffy fingers can be found on many other covers from the same era.

  13. Francis Boyle Says:

    Fidget spinners are so DEAD! Long live rainbow finger streamers!

    @Raoul

    Couldn’t be anyone else. The others are, I think, a young richard Burton and a generic manic pixie dream girl who, in this case, might just be an actual pixie.

  14. Daard23 Says:

    From the cover artist’s crumpled up post-it note:
    Night Threads…..
    1. Did Emerson say it was about a raiding adventure or a braiding adventure?
    2. Find reference photo for cat’s cradle.

  15. Anna T. Says:

    Even if the clothing and hair of our two heroines Trapped in Another World™ wasn’t enough of a giveaway, the Rainbow Brite finger-streamers would have told me that this book was published in the late ’80s.

  16. drlemaster Says:

    “Yes, Mr. Elmore, the character blurb we sent you did say the character took pride in her fingernails, but I don’t think that’s what the author meant.”

  17. Tor Mented Says:

    Thank you for Calling the Three. Please listen carefully because our menu options might have changed. For Patrick Swayze in a tunic, please press one. For Rita Coolidge on an acid trip, please press two. …

  18. fred Says:

    Figured out her power. She can make a pub out of light. First the sign hanger, next the sign. In three weeks they’ll be tossing back a pint or two.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m going to dub the two on the left, respectively “Oh shit” and “We’re fucked” as that’s exactly what their expressions say.

    Ms. 80s Jeans and Jacket was, as Juan Paul said, padding her resume as to magical abilities. Sure, she’s got the bitchin-est poodle perm in her suburban mom group, and gets a lot of attention during the weekend dancefests down at the TGI Friday’s, but a few feet of fingerbeams isn’t going to conquer the Evil Overlord.

    I think she deserves “Haircut 100”. And this for sure needs “mullet”. They’ve gotta stop choosing their Magickal Champions by hairstyle.

    If Book One is “The Calling of the Three”, does the last book of the trilogy contain the number 6? Or 9? How bad would that make the cover art?

    It’s not quite a frame, but there ought to be some mention of that swirly bracket that’s holding up the series title.

    Unless @Fred is right and it’s a trilogy about the wacky goings-on at a pub called “Night-Threads”. Those trees are going to be in the way at the front.

    @Tor: GSS.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Please, no more stupid serpentine tricks! We have to go!”
    “Just one more…”

  21. StevenLP Says:

    Those of us who are Adventure Time fans immediately think “it’s Abracadaniel’s slightly more talented sister”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn3gKSeDXVQ

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor (17): For Kristy McNichol unmedicated, please press three. To repeat this message, please press four. For all other options, hang up and try a better bookstore.

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    Thanks, GSSxn. I couldn’t quite pin down the middle one.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: No problem. It did take me a few days and a trawl through links.

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