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Aug 10

My cross seems attracted to your boobs...Click for full image

Tommi’s Art Direction: A bunch of barely dressed devil-types in a tornado, going after the barely dressed voluptuous blonde (who probably twisted her ankle just a moment ago and has perfect hair) and a heavily muscled monk (in deranged wardrobe so you can see the muscles … oh and perfect hair).
Published 1983

Many thanks to Tommi!

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: 6.66 out of 10)
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20 Responses to “Faith of Tarot”

  1. cutmanmike Says:

    Very American

  2. Parker Says:

    The guy looks jealous he isn’t escaping from a daemonic cloud in a bikini!

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Funny, how all SF titles get a different sort of vibe in German… especially if you, like me, haven’t mastered German and imagine the German translations incorrectly:

    ENDER’S ÃœBERWAFFENSPILLE (Ender’s Game)

    ICH, EISENMANN (I, Robot)

    DAS DUNE VINDSCHAFT (Winds of Dune)

    LUFT (Air)

  4. SI Says:

    They must have spent hours getting their hair ready before running away stylishly.

    I’m not sure that poor girl has a waist instead of just some hips and a rib cage, connected with a spine and some tissue paper.

    That’s probably not funny… I’m still really tired!

  5. Austin Says:

    Correct my German if I’m wrong, but I think that literally translates as “The Hell of Tarot.”

  6. NGpm Says:

    Yes it would literally be “The Hell of Tarot.” Could mean nether realm or some such I believe. My German’s only so good though … could be a colloquialism with which I am not familiar.

  7. anon Says:

    “The Hell of Tarot”? I don’t think they’re quite that bad.

    Anyway, they seem to be taking the whole demons-being-shot-up-from-underground affair incredibly well.

  8. anon Says:

    “The Hell of Tarot”? I don’t think they’re quite that bad.

    Anyway, they seem to be taking the whole demons-being-shot-from-underground affair incredibly well.

  9. Pat Says:

    I have noticed before a distinct prejudice here. Bikini-clad lovelies with ankle bracelets and perfect hair and make-up deserve to be rescued just as much as the decently-clad maidens. If the only available help is an ex-news anchor who has become a monk are you going to refuse? You know there are so many glamour model shoots going on at any one time some must be, by the law of probability, next to a demonically-plagued monastery.

    Is the monk’s left leg coming out of his belly button?

    Shame the artist hasn’t got prints available on her website.
    http://www.rowenaart.com/index.html

  10. cathal Says:

    The monk looks exactly like the comedian Peter Serafinowicz. I’m sure I’d hear his dialogue in his “Fran-tastic” voice from Black Books.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    By the way, have you noticed how often cover art is recycled?

    I swear the first time I saw the above image was on the cover of a Swedish edition of L. Sprague De Camp’s LEST DARKNESS FALL.

    Beats me for which title the art is the most appropriate…

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Good heavens, Asuka and Shinji don’t seem to be taking on the end of the world after all.

  13. NGpm Says:

    I think our mistake is that the ex-news anchor is a monk. Is this based purely upon the gold “rosary?”

    His “robes” have lapels.

    My theory is that he’s a flasher, albeit a buff and coiffed flasher, in a trench coat wearing a bit of bling.

    This changes the dynamic quite a bit don’t you think?

  14. Pat Says:

    So, NGpm, you think that is not his leg?

  15. Zar Says:

    Being a student of the Tarot at the time,I read the entire series when it first came out. somewhat entertaining, but the main character is a guy that has to deny his sexual urges, not unlike Bink in the Xanth series. I mean, c’mon!

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    This cover was actually re-used from TOM NOIR: The Unauthorized Autobiography.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Indeed. The scene illustrated is from chapter 6, ‘That Time Tom Noir Summoned a Magical Cyclone to Pursue Dead Stuff With Big Teeth and His Beautiful, Devoted Wife.’

  18. Tor Mented Says:

    “Die Holle Mit Tarot” is a book I might read.

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @Cathal (10) assuming he’s still around somewhere: Thanks, Piers Anthony… Thanthony.

    (It never gets old.)

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Boob-dowsing cross aside, what’s with the string around her leg? A spare in case any of the strings that hold up her “clothes” break? Such a weird detail.

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