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Apr 27

Behold my magic.... uh you're behind me aren't you? Not again..Click for full Image

Magical orb, merlin apparition, surprised expression, terrible haircuts, horrific blue robe, cheesy green and gold crest, nerd throne, chains leading to nowhere, potions, books…. huh? Oh I’m just saying random words… think you could get it all in there?

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: 5.86 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “Deryni Checkmate”

  1. CSA Says:

    Thats special… its a brilliant cover anyway, but the expression King Slickbackhair bumps it up a star or two…

  2. JustinLeego Says:

    It’s entirely possible that the great illustrative illusionist M.C.Escher might have been art consultant for this cover – the size of the wizened mage apparition is perfect for both foreground and background. Wonderful.

  3. CSA Says:

    …and… are those chains hanging from the ceiling really, REALLY huge, or just close up?

    whats the architectural reason for having them anyway? are they holding up the floor? AHHH, but if they’re holding up the floor, then whats supporting the ceiling? wait, nevermind… its magic…

  4. Albertosaurus Rex Says:

    I actually really like this cover.

  5. SI Says:

    It’s got a magical orb with a flaming wizard coming out of it. hehe

    To be fair if you were reading it in public it possibly wouldn’t attract too much attention because of its dark colours.

    Definatly not the worst we have! 🙂

  6. Zazu Yen Says:

    Is that better or worse than the original cover, which just screams the 70’s and highlights a straw haired guys head-on-a-pike.

    The first 6 Deryni books were pretty good though. They went slowly downhill after that. I’ll have to try one of the Morgan series ones.

  7. Jim Ryan Says:

    I suggest a new strategy, R2: Let the Deryni win!

  8. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    This is not Darrell K. Sweet’s art. Sweet’s cover for Deryni Checkmate has a guy in iridescent Robin Hoody clothes with his back to us talking to an old hag in a yellow cave of bones.

    (See here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/784086.Deryni_Checkmate )

    I don’t know who this artist is — it looks a bit like Tim Hildebrandt’s work — but it is decidedly not Darrell K. Sweet.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘You..you told me a lovely buxom blonde would appear if I bought this piece of trash!’

    ‘He’s blond, and he’s got a good chest for his age. Caveat emptor, my good fellow.’

    ‘I want my bloody money back again!’

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    HACKNEYED METRIC
    RACKETED CHIMNEY
    ARCHENEMY TICKED
    THICKENED CREAMY
    CEMENTED HAYRICK
    DYNAMITE CHECKER
    A MERCY THICKENED
    ACCEDE TRIKE HYMN
    RENT MY CHICKADEE
    IN CHECKMATED RYE
    CADENCE RHYME KIT
    MY ACCENTED HIKER
    TYKE MINER CACHED
    CRACKED ENEMY HIT
    MECHANIC DYE TREK
    MET CHANCIER DYKE
    CHANCERY KITED ME
    MERE DINKY CACHET
    THYME DIKE CANCER
    DEEM TRIKE CHANCY
    DENIM REEK CATCHY
    CACTI RHYMED KEEN
    MY DACE THICKENER
    ACED CHYME TINKER
    MY REENACTED HICK
    MERCY INKED CHEAT
    HECK, A TINY MERCED
    THEY CREAMED NICK!

    OK, I give up.

  11. Jaouad Says:

    I love how it’s ‘Revised and Expanded by the Author’. Usually they hire a team of sales consultants to do those revisions, don’t they? Or possibly they ask the canteen lady.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Let the Wookie win!”

  13. Severian 67 Says:

    I suspect that Mr. Blue Robe’s facial expression is coincidental with his thinking, “Hey! Maybe I can use this thing to look at naked ladies rather than elderly bearded gentlemen…”

  14. anon Says:

    Why am I looking at this guy’s butt again?!
    Doesn’t he own gowns that aren’t open in the back?
    Why won’t he face the other way?
    The guy in the shop said this model wouldn’t do that! WTF!

  15. anon Says:

    “Check My Drain, Tee” by Inez Rutthakker,
    “Hey E.C., Drink McTea” by Zikkurat Therne, or
    “Dyin’ Meatchecker” by The Trukker Nazi

    Anyone else think it a bit presumptious to have the Author as your nom de plume?

  16. GSS noob Says:

    Behind you! Dude.

    This is really just averagely mediocre, save for the facial expression of left dude.

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