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J Greely Comments: I’d love to snark about Saa the ancient fish-man, but the truth is that I loved this book so much that I stole it from my second-grade teacher.

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: 7.00 out of 10)
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13 Responses to “Stranger from the Depths”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Someone’s just told him he’ll be on GSS in 47 years’ time.

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    If I had a cool area rug like that, I wouldn’t let anyone else sit on it either.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Aerial view of someone in a very singular hat.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Hi! My name is Gil.

  5. Richard Says:

    Looks like Harold from Harold and The Purple Crayon

  6. fred Says:

    His expression suggests he is watching scuba diving pirate monkeys.

  7. J Greely Says:

    The rare unabridged hardcover edition had a wraparound cover. I’ve never found a copy, and it tends to be priced at $200-$300 online.

    -j

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Just trying to figure out why anyone would go to the trouble of editing and abridging this in the first place. Did they delete all the watersports scenes?

  9. J Greely Says:

    Why choose this one to edit and abridge? Most likely because he had previously sold some of his non-SF children’s books to Scholastic, making him a safe, affordable choice. My guess is that most of the edits were to hit their target page count and reading level.

    -j

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @J Greely might have liked the content, but I’m thinking this artwork might have scared some of the less brave 7-8 year olds!

    I don’t remember this at all, and I must have seen it back then.

    The wraparound cover is pretty effective.

    GSS to comments #1-6. We’re not always vicious, sometimes we only poke gentle fun.

    Someone on Amazon said they found the unabridged version in a library.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Ugh! Who spilled all this 1960s into my sea?

  12. Tracy Says:

    Is anyone else reminded of Teeva from the French animated classic Fantastic Planet?

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Are we SURE this art isn’t borrowed from some 19th-century Japanese print?

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