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Jan 05

I can't fight a war! I've got shells for legs!Click for full image

Amy Comments: Letters invoking Art Nouveau is an interesting choice for a book where a modern man travels back to ancient Rome. Speaking of which, those are Roman sandals he is wearing. I just wanted to point that out because you might think he has his feet jammed into slimy cornucopias. Also, he is -traveling- -back- -in- -time-, people, not being served for dinner. Note the collaged photograph of an ancient city, how it is juxtaposed against the crudely watercolored landscapes and forms in the foreground, making us question, which is the -real- world?
Published 1969

Many thanks to Amy!

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: 8.37 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “Lest Darkness Fall”

  1. SI Says:

    I like that somehow traveling back in time has instantly changed his clothes!

    Of course not that I know anything about this book. It could be depicting his return to the present.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A deleted scene from Yellow Submarine.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Dang, I’ll never get to grips with hula-hoops!”

  4. Carolyn B Says:

    Hey, everybody, let’s limbo!

  5. Anrkist Says:

    His feet are made from the children’s toy Glow Worm.

  6. Phil Says:

    One foot, and one pointy stump. Stripy shirt from Primark, or is that pyjamas under there? I thought he was being revealed from beneath a giant wizard’s hat.

    Unusual to replace the name of an author with a possessive credit. What do they think this is, Hollywood?

  7. Kris Says:

    If you squint, his legs look like drills. Now that would make for an interesting story…

  8. Kristin Says:

    “I’m a beautiful butterfly!”

  9. Dalton H. Says:

    That author’s name just rolls off the tounge, eh?

  10. Don Hilliard Says:

    One foot, and one pointy stump.

    And two left knees, apparently.

  11. Hep Says:

    That’s a weird kind of body modification – replacing one’s feet with croissants.

  12. HappyBookwyrm Says:

    I read (and enjoyed) this book when I found a paperback copy in the “trash” pile in the donation bin of the library where I worked. The cover had been torn off completely. Perhaps this cover. Perhaps I’m grateful.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ELF SELLS TANKARDS by CARAMEL SPUD PEG
    SANDALS TREK SF ELL by PALACE DUMPS ERG
    DRANK STALLS, FLEES by CAMERA GELDS PUP
    DEF TARSALS KNELLS by PLUM DREGS APACE
    LANK SERFS STALLED by PASCAL MERGED UP
    TELLS SNARED FLASK by RASCAL UPPED GEM
    FLAKED RANTS SELLS by CLUMP ADAGE REPS
    ALL FLANKED STRESS by ALARM CUP PEGS
    LARD FLASK NESTLES by SCUD PREP AGLEAM
    SALTED FRANKS SELL by CRUMPLED AGAPES
    FLARED LENS STALKS by CAMPED EARPLUGS
    DAFTER LASS KNELLS by CRAMPED PLAGUES
    STERN SLAKED FALLS by CARPED PLUMAGES
    RANKED LAST SF SELL by CALDERA PEG SUMP
    SELFLESS LAND KART by ARCADE LEG PUMPS
    LANDLESS ELK FARTS by SMUG PLACARD PEE
    SAND STALKS FELLER by CAUDAL GERM PEPS
    NERDS FLAKE STALLS by MADCAP SLEEP RUG

  14. FeárofMusic Says:

    Mock Hula Hoop Extra Knee Croissant Feet man all you want – but don’t do it to his face. He’s obviously a Super Hero Certified Bad Ass. He didn’t fight ‘in’ a war.He fought ‘a’ war. A strange and bloody one at that. Apparently single handedly. Those croissant feet could kick your butt clear 1400 years into the future, no doubt.

  15. anon Says:

    Mr. Bean. Just sayin’.

  16. GSS noob Says:

    It’s a good book, though I never would have read it with this cover. Thankfully, my copy has this one

    http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/3/38/LSTDRKNSSD1979.jpg

    in which you see people who look like people, one of whom is obviously from the 20th century instructing Romans in engineering — which is the plot of the book. Also, the font has sobered up a bit.

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