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It’s a Two-fer Tuesday:
The Sun Grows Cold: Someone Remind the Cover Artists

Pish Posh Comments: The Sun Grows Cold But We Refuse to Put On Jumpers

Good Show Sir Comments: The Sun Grows Cold But Still We Melt

Published 1972, 1974

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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22 Responses to “The Sun Grows Cold”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    #1:”We must solve this problem or lose our tans.”

    #2: “I just flew back from the sun, and boy are my arms tired.”

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    1: “And here we are in Mallorca… and this is when we holidayed in Crete… oh, and here’s where the sun grew cold…”

    2: This artist can’t draw for toffee. But he can draw toffee.

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    BERK! FEED ME!

  4. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @THX 1139: I think it’s meant to be ice, although it does look more like toffee, candle wax, or possibly soft-serve ice cream.Also, the sun seems to have turned into a supermassive black hole (if I remember “Interstellar” correctly [1]). Perhaps they tried topping it off the cooling sun with fresh fuel and they overdid it by a few thousand stellar masses?

    [1] Looks like I did: https://www.wired.com/2014/10/astrophysics-interstellar-black-hole/

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    1. [It was just like my old sick dying pet dog] I couldn’t put it down! — [Super] Mario Puzo

    2. These Halloween candles are creeping me out.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    1. “Hey Babe, thanks for keeping my shady side warm.” , said young Albert Finney.

    2. So much for Endless Summer. No sun, no surf, and the surfer turns to sand.

  7. fred Says:

    ‘ Successful on its galvanic terms.’ – Kirkus Review

    https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/howard-berk/the-sun-grows-cold/

    Wonder what an unsuccessful on its galvanic terms book would be like.

  8. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well we’ve got cheesy bad and pretentious bad. You pays your money and you takes your. . . wait a minute I’m not paying money for either of these.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cover #2 brings back childhood memories… of toy soldiers and matches…

  10. THX 1139 Says:

    @ARY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HB0HcINjWs

  11. Raoul Says:

    Howard Berk. A one hit wonder gets a two-fer.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    ” . . . I couldn’t put it down.”—Mario Puzo

    Dell finally figures out how to infuse superglue into its covers.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    1. They printed it upside-down: it’s supposed to be waxworks of Val Kilmer and Susan Oliver dropping onto an airstrip to stop it cracking when ice forms.

    2. If they’d shown the brass monkey fron the front we’d know exactly how cold it was.

  14. MisterBob Says:

    No.1 Could do with a ” Am i bothered,thou , does this face look bothered ” tag .

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    Cover 2: “I’ll stop the world and melt with you” sounded a lot better as a song lyric.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    #1: The sun grows cold, and we have a giant game of Guitar Hero. We’ve lost our shirts at it.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    1.
    Sex will never
    Be the same
    When the sun grows cold
    On hunk and dame

    2.
    Do you dream
    Of being svelte?
    The sun grows cold
    And soon you’ll melt

    —Burma Shave

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Q: What that’s huge gadget hanging over the heads of the nude couple on cover #1?

    A: IBM’s prototype smartphone from 1972.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: GSS! I was enjoying the verses and the last line was perfect.

    Isn’t Berk an insult in British? Could that have inspired cover #2? The melting person could be looking at the text and saying “Howard, you berk!”

  20. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS xn: Berk is Cockney rhyming slang, “Berkeley Hunt”. Though curiously, a berk is not really what that rhymes with, they’re more like a galoot.

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX, GSSxN: I thought it was ‘Berkshire’ (which doesn’t even sound like ‘berk’). The voiced plosive labial makes it more satisfying to say than ‘jerk’, the US equivalent in terms of offensiveness. (Yes, obviously a word with that derivation ought to be more scathing but, after a while, everyone forgot where it came from and it became a sort of G-rated swear-word for school playgrounds and sitcoms.)

    Gene Barry never sussed that we were all laughing at him.

  22. THX 1139 Says:

    @Tat: I just looked this up in an actual book, and it says it could derive from either Berkeley or Berkshire. The swear remains the same!

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