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Marvin Comments: Gaakk! My eyes!

Published 1965

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: 8.75 out of 10)
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17 Responses to “Now Then”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Sorry Captain. Not even the magical enhance button can make sense of this one.”

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    There must be a YouTube video tutorial to fix this cover… ah, here we are, VHS Bad Tracking Overlay.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Now What?

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Released in the UK with the alternate title WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?

  5. Lillie Awesome Says:

    █rilliant science fantasy by ███ ██ █ts mo██ b███████ ███ctit██████ Jo██ ██unner

    What they don’t want you to see:

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    Clearly we must don our scaly calcium deposit armor, for the Mandrill People invade at dawn.

  6. fred Says:

    Brilliant practitioner or not, the sheep still threw up.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    The sequel, “Owzabout that then, Guys and Gals’ is no longer available.

  8. Raoul Says:

    Art Direction: “Mayflower Books is very proud to have signed a prestige author such as John Brunner. Let’s not do anything to mess up this cover. It’s all yours Jacks.”

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    Maybe I’m seeing things, so somebody help me out. In the lower left corner, is that a freaky purple ass?

  10. J Greely Says:

    “Dear Jeff Jacks, please work your magic on the complete works of Jack Chalker.”

    -j

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    @JuanPaul – Is this like a Rorschach Test? Always say it looks like a butterfly; never a purple ass.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Now then, what the hell am I looking at?

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @fred—GSS! I was thinking “The Gloop Looks Up” but yours is better.

  14. Ikari Gendo Says:

    @fred – I don’t know about the sheep throwing up. but they can’t stand this on Zanzibar.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m sure John Brunner was thrilled to see his name so obscured.

    Also, the blurb is 11 words long, yet 2 of them are “brilliant”. I guess the Unknown Copywriters’ School doesn’t recommend thesauri.

    Although who could blame him, he knew it was a futile effort with that artwork and the title font. And why no “and” in the title? Didn’t fit with that stupid purple font taking up so much room? Running low on their word supply? (see above para)

    Mr. Jacks seems to have quite the eye for eyes.

    @ARY (4): GSS! Also a better description of the artwork. But I think you mean “re-released”. Price is 3/6, so it must be UK. And some gall Mayflower (which seems such an American name to me) had asking nearly half a crown for this. I’d have asked them for a crown just to take it home, and a plain brown wrapper to hide the cover on the bus. Rather be thought reading naughty books than seen with this.

    @fred: GSS!

    @Lillie: Excellently sussed out. Possibly only the warriors put on the calcium armor and the rest were evacuated in a couple of random spaceships. Unless the Mandrill People are the ones in the armor?

    @JP: Lillie thought so.

    @Ikari: Nor anywhere else.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Now there’s some serious blurb placement fail. “Let’s make it a visual puzzle readers will have to squint at to make out – they like that sort of thing!”

    Calcium armor? It also might be a failed invisibility helmet that only makes your meats (and eyeballs) disappear and leaves the bones and nerves and cartilage all too visible.

    The guy on the left could be an early design for this Star Wars Jedi-victim:

    https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/1/10/Pondababa.png/revision/latest?cb=20130225025836

  17. Ray P Says:

    The Jimmy Savile story certainly reads like science fantasy – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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