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Aug 22

... and the lady is trying to make like a tree and leave.Click for larger image

Rick Deckard Comments: The Cheshire Cat is trying to hurry up and disappear from this godawful cover.

Published 1954

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: 8.50 out of 10)
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15 Responses to “Line to Tomorrow”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Book… or Yma Sumac LP cover?

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    I share the cat’s bewilderment.

  3. fred Says:

    I thought ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ was published much later than 1954.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Well this cover is sure a hot mess. There’d better be a story about a pair of scissors in this book.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    Robert Helpmann as Treebeard.

  6. daard23 Says:

    I might start lobbying for an “interpretative dance” tag.

  7. THX 1139 Says:

    I know pedantry is so passé on the internet (?) but that’s not a spider if it has twelve legs. It’s also not a spider if it has a cat head and a frog head, but that’s by the by.

  8. Raoul Says:

    @THX – Whoa! Looks like GSS now has a resident arachnologist.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s the new meme: “WTFcats”.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @THX 1139: could be this guy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baal_(demon) , although he seems to have left his human head at home. Perhaps Satan in the back is looking for him?

    The baby clearly has gotten himself all tangled up in the Line to Tomorrow, and the scissors [1] are there to cut him loose. The Nymph seems horrified to see Satan (perhaps her ex?) and the little tree dudes from Princess Mononoke are presumably hanging out with her. And as @Richard Decker said, the floating cat head looks like it doesn’t want to be there.

    [1] Possibly wielded telekinetically by the little alien in back of Baal.

  11. THX 1139 Says:

    @Bruce: I knew someone would make sense of this. Are you a scientist, or do you play one on television?

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @daard23—either that or an “interpretive cat” tag.

  13. JuanPaul Says:

    Is the cat’s name Mr. Hooks? That would be cute.

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @THX 1139: just a man with a vast store of trivial knowledge.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    That cat absolutely has the “What has been seen cannot be unseen” look on its face, as well it should.

    The little Mononoke dudes really miss their own forest. Even with wolf gods, shapeshifting toxic things, and guns, it’s friendlier than this cover.

    @JP: It would be an excellent name for a cat.

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