May 21


Jessie Comments: This cover is so atrocious that every time I go to read it, I just can’t. It’s definitely among the top three worst covers I’ve ever seen.
Published 1995

That is epic. Simply epic! Thanks to Jessie!

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: 8.93 out of 10)

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36 Responses to “Dagger’s Point”

  1. SophaLoaf Says:

    Shadow’s niece just won a piece of her soul at the expense of mine with that book cover.

  2. nicholas Says:

    Ooh goody – a return to the world of Shadow, the elvan thief. I wonder if there’ll be dwerves and giblins too.

  3. Agrajag Says:

    I kind of like the cat-man-taur, even if the lighting is coming from about three directions. On Anne Logsto’s website she claims

    “I started to write fiction as soon as I could put intelligible words on paper.”

    I haven’t read the book but if the art is anything to go by…. well!

    Doesn’t really look like a woman trapped in childhood though.

  4. SI Says:

    Haha I actually love this cover. Hands down this is simply outstanding.

    The art isn’t terrible but what greets your eyes is awesome. The man-cat-centaur’s head kinda looks like it has been photoshopped on there. Like they drew a cetaur and someone had to fix it, with a cats head.

    Maybe he’s been for a flee treatment, hence the shaved chest.

  5. CSA Says:

    Brilliant. Never has a Cat-man-polarbear been so well drawn.

    The “Elvan” girl looks like she has come straight from Larping.

  6. DeadRobot Says:

    I can haz Nair kit and nife!?

    oh and “YIF IN HELL!”

  7. Herm Says:

    Cat-centaurs? CAT-CENTAURS? I thought Steven Brust invented those in his Taltos novels… as a semi-joke…

    I mean, horse-centaurs have some practical application, because horses are tireless runners and can potentially give a bipedal friend a ride. But CATS? You want to take a snarling, scratching, furniture-ruining monster from hell and give it TWO MORE LIMBS?

  8. Sage Tyrtle Says:

    Agrajag – Ah, but if you’d read the book you’d know that the artist was very subtly showing the light of the three sons that shine over this planet!

  9. e.lee Says:

    “My lower body and lynx head want to roll around in the catnip, yet my manly torso wants to hack it down! ”

  10. SophaLoaf Says:

    To some women… this would be the perfect man.

  11. anon Says:

    “To some women… this would be the perfect man.”

    I feel like asking.. no, I’ve decided I don’t want to go there.

    What are those things on D and P? Torches?

    And that late 80’s/early 90’s style sweatband just tops it off.

  12. Simon Says:

    Centaurs have human heads of course. Do you think they were worried that if they carried that through with this bizarre Cataur people would just think it was a rubbish centaur so they gave it a cat’s head as well?

    I want to see a book with a hippotaur on the front.

  13. Phil Says:

    Let’s think this through for a moment. That’s a cat’s body, and a cat’s head. In between the body and the head – where usually would be a NECK – is the torso of a man.

    This isn’t so much a centaur as a cat with a man-torso-neck. Weird.

    In any case, he must be related to the I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC centaur with mini-me forearms.

  14. David Cowie Says:

    The cat head is in proportion to the man torso, which makes it too small for the cat body.

  15. DeadRobot Says:

    The cat head is in proportion to the man torso, which makes it too small for the cat body.

    Dude. It’s a cat’s head on a human body (on a Puma’s body too). I don’t think proportions even come into play here.

  16. CSA Says:

    I still think there’s been some polar bear ancestory there. The front paws are definately bear.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    For a 7-feet-tall, four-legged humanoid I don’t think a huge unbalanced poleaxe is a safe weapon.

    Imagine him hitting his own back with the pole every time…

    Also, the title is more derivative than anything the Fantasy Title Generator can come up with:

    “Dagger’s Point?” Yes, a dagger has a point… and this is profound because…?

    (Sequels: Dagger’s Handle, Dagger’s Hilt, Dagger’s Cut, Dagger’s All Mucked Up With Orc Blood…)

  18. Librariman Says:

    Though I have to say that I do find the concept of a cat-centaur is kinda cool…though…why is he dipped in bronzer?

  19. Repton Says:

    Teal and orange — not just for movies!

  20. Nobu Says:

    I loved these books as a teen. The cover is a little strange, but it does depict characters from the books (though I recall the cat-man having two sets of arms, but maybe I’m not remembering it properly).

  21. farnarkle Says:

    They are so cute in the pet shop window, but now we must quest for the one who can empty the litter tray?

  22. Stevie T Says:

    I liked the Shadow trilogy that preceded this, so, assuming it too would be good, I read it…

    However, DeadRobot’s comment at No. 6 ( “YIF IN HELL!”) is an unfortunately accurate summary of the last half of the book.

    Considering the comments on this cover, I guess it gets the idea across fairly well. I should have taken warning.

    By the way, @ A. R. at No.17, this was actually the sequel to “Dagger’s Edge”. I’m sure that if the series was continued, your suggestions would have been next.

    @ nicholas at No. 2: The author spelled it “Elvan” through the whole series. We can’t blame the cover designer for that one.

  23. Rachel J Says:

    @Stevie T. “Considering the comments on this cover, I guess it gets the idea across fairly well. I should have taken warning.”

    It’s *that* bad?

    “The author spelled it “Elvan” through the whole series.”

    I always wonder what mental process leads authors to do that kind of thing. Do they really believe stock fantasy race + name change = originality?

  24. Stevie T Says:

    @Rachel– The concept of the cover getting across the idea wasn’t bad, It’s that the story ended up being what most people think of the cover (the yiffy furry stuff), that was not what I was wanting in a book.

    I didn’t actually get that from the cover when I read it, it was only later that I realized that people get that vibe from it.

    As for “Elvan”, I always kind of wondered if it was “world creation by typo.”

  25. Stevie T Says:

    @ Rachel again–Sorry, I misread your comment as “Is that bad?” instead of “It’s that bad?” so if my previous reply seemed a little odd, that’s why.

    Yes, it really is *that* bad when the story gets to the cat-centaurs. Kind of disturbing, actually.

  26. rev Says:

    This makes me grin so my face hurts. Good show.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Well, I think I’ve clicked past this cover a dozen times.

    But I never noticed the long, dangly hairs between the Cat-taur’s front limbs until now…*shudder*

  28. anon Says:

    @DSWBT: You mean the fur sausage. Now, there’s a vomit-inducing idea for a tag.

    BTW, that creature is HUGE: Its hind legs seem to be sitting down!

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @A.R. Yngve 17—I think what’s significant about this Dagger’s Point is that it has embedded itself in her upper right thigh.

    Smarts, I imagine.

  30. Jon K. Says:

    @agrajag #3 (feels weird to be replying to a post that’s almost six years old. Maybe I should stop now. Naaaaaaaaahhhhhh….)

    Anne Logston started writing fiction “as soon as I could put intelligible words on paper”? Late-bloomer – I know a few writers who were writinig fiction before they knew intelligible words. 😉

  31. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JonK: never you mind! Welcome to GSS, where the party never ends and the threads never die!

  32. anon Says:

    Welcome to GSS where threads get old but not unused (see picture).

  33. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Really, I would only worry if she keeps adopting them until she has 12 and she smells like wee.

  34. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘…but don’t you poop out of that hole?’

  35. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Why does the blurb command an Elvan thief to return to the “World of Shadow”?

  36. GSS noob Says:

    Cat-taur seems to have a puma body, but the head of a smaller cat, possibly a lynx or bobcat, yet enlarged. (Come to think of it, the puma bit is too big as well.)
    Which makes “sense”, since he has the shaved, buff chest of a male model.

    Something’s scrambling mammals along with stealing souls. It’s like those kids’ books where everything’s divided into 3 sections so you get a cat head, businessman torso, and high heeled woman’s legs.

    YIFF. Yikes. Particularly with cat-people. You know what’s on a cat’s wedding tackle, don’t you? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeesh.

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