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Bellatrix Comments: Giddy up D’Artagnan. Oh, and have you met my new sexbot?

Published 1982

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: 8.67 out of 10)
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25 Responses to “Double Exposure”

  1. MakkaPakka Says:

    It appears the unicorn was born with front legs too short and has learnt to walk on its hind legs.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Sexbot has given her a bad case of the back creases.

  3. fred Says:

    Stile shouldn’t be normal sized but jockey sized. Fail.

  4. THX 1139 Says:

    I always had my doubts about H.E.R.B.I.E. from the Fantastic Four.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    For those fortunate enough to have never read this book, it takes place in a world where nudity is the norm and wearing clothes is considered sensual. Imagine that, from the mind of Piers Anthony.

  6. Raoul Says:

    This is an omnibus of three Apprentice Adept novels. So shouldn’t they have called it “Triple Exposure”. Or better yet “Indecent Exposure”?

  7. Ray P Says:

    Bot has a bad case of hover-hand over the bot.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Welcome to Objectifying Covers Inc., where our women rank almost as highly as our robots!

    (The naked woman might actually be a robot herself)

    There’s something about that hat/belt sash combo that just says “Dudebro” to me.

    @MakkaPakka: maybe it’s one of those kangarooicorns and it gets around by hopping.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    I know this seems like a sexist and objectifying cover, but going by the societal standards of the book’s world, it’s the guy that’s being exploited! Piers Anthony. What a genius.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    @JuanPaul

    There’s something I imagined from the mind Piers Anthony sometime ago and frankly I wish I knew how to stop it.

  11. Alice Says:

    I shall sally forth to the Pride Parade!

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    So I put on my anaglyph 3D glasses since that’s what the cover seems to be calling for and what do you know? D’Artagnan becomes naked, the naked damsel turns into the Unicorns!, the Unicorns! turns into the sexbot and the sexbot is wearing a puffy shirt and a big hat and is abusing itself! And it’s still a really really bad cover! Double exposure, double the fun, double the WTF!

  13. Anna T. Says:

    This book has the right title. Those alternating stripes are the book cover art equivalent of strobe lighting.

  14. Longtime _Lurker Says:

    Took me this long to work out that the cover really is striped—not just faded from sitting before a window or something!

    Rowena can just about draw feet, but there’s something a little odd about the Unicorns!’s hind hooves—looks like it has toes.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    @Longtime Lurker: she can do feet but not knees.

    The horse seems to be wearing stilts on his hind legs and is disguising this with those 80s socks with knitted individual toes. They ought to have gone on the front feet, as MakkaPakka suggested.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I might also mention that with the 3D glasses the title becomes
    Bloudee Pox Euros, a Brexit slogan, I believe.

  17. fred Says:

    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=2436

    Unicorns! and Stile to the proper scale.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: Unicorns do, in fact, turn into naked damsels in this book.

    The font looks more “Late 70s groovy-lite” rather than “1980s punk” mode. Not sure how appropriate for 1983, but works with Anthony’s interspecies swinger sexuality.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I don’t think the metal being is the sexbot. I think the woman-form is its sexbot. Weird back wrinkles and hair partings, oddly-placed sideboob, Barbie feet, etc.

    Judging by the expression on his face, dudebro on the toesocks-wearing kangaroonicorn isn’t sure either. Must be tough keeping his seat on that thing with no saddle or stirrups.

    Don’t blame Rowena for this one; it’s by Victoria Poyser. Who, as we’ve seen before, is the perfect cover artist for Piers Anthony. Moderately disturbing porny stuff? Right up her alley. At least her style fits his stuff better than some other books she did covers for.

  20. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    GSSxn @ 19: Whoops! humble apologies to Rowena Morrill from me and my brain-fart.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @L_L: Poyser does come off like a Rowena ripoff, right down to the style of her signature. But with that extra added soupcon of interspecies perv.

    I get the idea behind the stripes, which I’m sure was done by some bright spark in the art department after the painting came in, and I suppose it’s right for the book, but damn if it doesn’t cause eyestrain. But SFBC never fails to fail.

    Is the thing over on the right one of those giant TV/VCR all in one combos they used to make? So they can load up jumbo cassettes of life-size pron?

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob – the machines probably were made by the same company that produced this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqa2STJXvXE

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Darn it! Who left the book out in the sun, next to the fence?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Probably. But they only had mono sound, so the cover characters had to buy two of them and stand between them.

  25. Outis Says:

    I never read the book, but I could venture a hypotesis… the stripes actually exist, and may act as prison bars, separating the unicorn rider from the metallic environment in the foreground. You can see the reflection of said bars on the floor, at the bottom (ahem) of the image. It may therefore be possible that our bravely plumed rider is kept in an artificial environment, separated from the rest of society. After all, look at him, he’s cantering around completely, lubriciously dressed! And in that future society, that’s a no-no, I understand. Keep that dangerous maniac well away from decently nude people, it’s the only way.

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