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JuanPaul Comments: Aww, nice, they allow pets!

Published 1987

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: 7.57 out of 10)
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23 Responses to “Death Quest”

  1. fred Says:

    When service pets run amok.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Guy with the chain looks like he can’t decide if he’s Indiana Jones or Lieutenant Columbo. Guy on the bike looks like he can’t decide whether he’s wielding a gun or a chainsaw. I just can’t decide what I hate most about this cover.

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    You just know this is airbrushed on the side of David Miscavige’s van.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Nothing to see here. Just a typical Wednesday at the Mucky Motel.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    The pajama bottoms are taking the edge off his otherwise fearsome appearance.

  6. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    I never thought I would ever really see someone with a dagger between their teeth – even here. It made me start making snorting noises at approximately two minute intervals and I haven’t stopped. Is there any term for a cliché so powerful that you suspect it came into the world as a fully formed cliché and never existed before then?

    – Francis Boyle: It’s 2019, he can be Indiana Jones AND Lt. Columbo

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    @Verylatetotheparty: This is from Wikipedia’s article on the First Barbary War.:
    “… the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.”

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    I wonder what their rating on Trip Advisor is like.

  9. Leak Says:

    @Tat Wood: On a scale from 1 to 10 I’d rate it All The Nope…

  10. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Tor Mented: The dangers of posting comments without doing thorough historical research. That must be his “striking terror into the foe” face he’s wearing.

    Responsible gun users should never glare in one direction while firing in another.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Francis B—guy on the bike can’t decide if he’s wielding a gun or a chainsaw—or a banjo!

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Wrangling the new generation of Republican candidates is a tough job.

    @Tor Mented: jumping from the deck of one boat to another, both hands occupied, and with a knife in your mouth as well? The potential for frankly hilarious oopsies seems almost unlimited.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    I should have mentioned that my post was about the infamous Barbary pirates. That must be where we get the image of pirates with dagger clutched in their teeth.
    @Bruce: And you can always spot the dumbest pirates. They’re the ones who put a double-edged dagger in their mouths and, amid concentrating on ship-to-ship swinging, they forget to keep their lips drawn back. Followed by a scream and the dagger dropping point-down onto their foot.

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tor Mented: I assumed you were talking about Barbary Pirates, but I still don’t see how you can swing from ship to ship when you have daggers in both hands. Is some sort of harness involved?

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I have nothing to say here but GSS to everyone.

    Er, everyone here. Not at all to anyone involved in any way with this book.

  16. Ray P Says:

    Down those mean streets a detective must walk his tartan-clad dog. And make certain he never attacks cyclists.

  17. Tor Mented Says:

    @Bruce: Good point. The Wikipedia excerpt talks about boarding a ship and notes that some pirates sprang to the deck. Then I mistakenly added the bit about swinging ship to ship. So they sprang but didn’t swang.

  18. Ray P Says:

    Fear and loathing on the honeymoon trail ’87.

    A bold use of teal and orange. The background cabin looks like it’s undergoing a Quantum Leap and will be inhabited by Scott Bakula imminently.

    This cover is BAEN worthy. Perhaps if the motorcycle was aflame: more orange!

  19. Francis Boyle Says:

    @B. Chiclitz

    This banjo kills SPs.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @RayP: Well, I’m looking forward to how many times Al has to smack Ziggy when the explanation for this scenario comes up.

    The front fender looks like the motorcycle died with its tongue hanging out, making the indistinct stuff below it possibly a puddle of bike puke. Give it some niacin, it’ll perk right up.

  21. anon Says:

    So, is it a best-selling series because it’s required reading in certain circles?

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @anon: Spot on. They also had to use their own money to buy up copies of the books at the particular bookstores which were polled to create the various bestseller lists. Which they’d return later to get the money back, thus stiffing the bookstores, but ElRon and Co. already had the cash by then.

    A random google will expand upon this, but that’s the gist of it.

  23. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Looks like Iron Maiden is still popular well into the future…

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