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Sep 25

You can't escape from L. Ron Humpday by sleeping through it!Click for larger image

Alice Comments: Hear me out. What if when we are awake we are actually dreaming … but when we are asleep … what was I saying … this is great pot!

Published 1979

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: 7.86 out of 10)
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24 Responses to “Slaves of Sleep”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What that blurb is essentially saying is: “His dreams sucked, and his life sucked even more.”
    Now that’s good copy.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    His waking life was worse: licking David Miscavige’s Ferraris clean for no money and having to thank him for the privilege!

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    The L and the A seem to be engaging in some kind of font hanky panky.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    I can and frequently do sleep through days I don’t like. I just choose not to do so in this case. Also the cover is horrible in a generic sort of way.

    @JuanPaul: Also the the E and the S though I’m not sure that’s consensual since it seems to be happening from behind. At least the A is lifting its leg which I suppose implies consent.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    @FB It was the 70s, after all. Font liberation and all that.

  6. fred Says:

    A plural title with a singular protagonist usually means it’s agenda pushing, but Mr Hubbard doesn’t go there, ever.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Ray Harryhausen’s ‘Zardoz’.

    Which, to be fair, is pretty much my waking life these days.

  8. Ryan Says:

    Why does the green, disgruntled, scimitar-wielding dwarf’s shield feature four small breasts?

    Also, he is not a big guy, so why compound this fact by selecting the least menacing shield and sword combo in history to complement his loin-towel, fancy beard and caste mark?

  9. THX 1139 Says:

    You’re definitely on the wrong cover, Aslan.

  10. Anna T. Says:

    Oh, it’s that guy. Well, it’s no surprise that a talentless hack such as himself would garner equally awful cover art.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Ryan—I don’t think those are breasts, I think they are bolts. Since he appears to have no right arm at all, I imagine the shield is bolted directly to his shoulder. This must only add to his self-esteem issues and general disgruntlement.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    Satan not happy finding himself on an L. Ron Hubbard cover.
    “This Scientology stuff is too evil even for me.”

  13. Raoul Says:

    The little guy is overcompensating with that loincloth extension.

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    Good Show Sir presents “The Story Behind the Modeling Session.”
    Giant Blue Face: Would you hurry it up? These cheap vampire teeth are beginning to hurt.
    Bikini Woman: We would have been done ages ago, but “Almost Topless Woman” keeps having second thoughts and covering up.
    Almost Topless Woman: That’s easy for you to say, Debbie. You get to wear a bikini.
    Green Swordsman: I don’t mind showing off mine.
    Buff Swordsman: Mine are better.
    First Ship: Hey, are we supposed to be two ships that pass in the night?
    Second Ship: If we are, then you’re going the wrong way, moron.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Yay for L. Ron Humpday continuing!

    LRH was on a whole lotta drugs, which of course cause bad dreams. Like the first blurb line. Wonder if this is autobiographical?

    This cover is such a ridiculous mishmash that I expect it accurately depicts the contents. Even the font hanky panky.

    I’d like to know what’s burning in that cauldron to produce these images.

    A hearty GSS to all commenters; impossible to decide who’s best today. And a LOL for @Tweet Jane.

  16. Tweet Jane Says:

    @GSSXN – De nada. Thanks for noticing!

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tweet Jane: I always do, after all it’s right there and always worth the few seconds it takes to read. Unlike other Tweeters we know and loathe.

    Ooh, the blue guy is an evil genie, not Satan! Who cursed our hero, who has to lead the slaves when he dozes off. He’s accused of murder IRL.

    Book originally written in 1939, so might be OK as light reading.

    I wonder what the interior illustrations look like? They’re the originals from Unknown magazine.

    The sequel gets into The Evils of Psychiatry, so I’m sure it’s not as much fun. That was written in 1950, so LRH was well on his way to crazy town.

    My favorite Goodreads quote:

    “…constant use of unnecessarily specific nautical terms. I feel like the author dissected a boat and tricked me into reading about it by promising jinnis.”

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—no dialogue lines for the lion and the skull? Or maybe that’s the title of the sequel.

    @GSSxn (15)—”mishmash” is exactly right. I just noticed that the pareidolic castle up on the hill is agape at the mess below. There even appear to be cartoon-lines of astonishment coming out of his head.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: I thought the castle on a hill was related to “The Singing Citadel” but you’re correct, it looks more astonished.

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS: ELRON always wanted to be a heroic navy captain. In his later years he titled himself commodore and sailed his yacht from port to port in hopes of finding a place without extradition laws.

    After seeing the comments on the earlier cover, I find myself imagining the green guy as an Oompa Loompa warrior, ready to take on any Wangdoodles or Hornswogglers that may appear. (They’re not green, you say? well, they’ve already been orange, chocolate brown, and a uniform shade of Deep Roy, so why not green?)

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn (19)—I checked out that singing citadel and there is definitely a family resemblance, although that castle-face (I’m guessing a cousin) seems not so much astonished as resigned to a life of loss and disappointment. He probably wishes he’d gotten on to the cover of a work by an no-talent hack who somehow managed to become a world-class grifter, and totally insane the whole way through, rather than the cover of a book by a real writer with genuine talent—much less wacky fun there.*

    *Except for Michael’s full name, of course, which has prompted many a great exchange on GSS 😉

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Yep, Elron was always compensating for being a terrible Naval officer, removed from command a couple times, and sinking his own boats.

    Oompa Loompa, doopity dead.

    @BC: I count myself a real grown-up for not even cracking a smile when I met Michael Moorcock. Which was after I’d been on GSS for some time! A proud moment of adulting.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—Did you at least ask him about his fictional hero Elric of Melniboné? 😉

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I did not. Just mentioned that Mr. XN has a Hawkwind album.

    He was at a comic con, and I literally did a double-take upon seeing him there and said so. He said the con was annoyed that he was giving autographs for free and therefore the con had nothing to take a cut of. I congratulated him (And got the autograph).

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