Aug 06

And I raise your stereotype with my light beam!Click for full image

Two words for you…. pirates vs kinky police officers. Well you know what I mean! Have the officers in long knee highs and holding a large batons. Have a large magic beam hitting a stereotypical pirate in the chest and him grimacing in pain. It’s almost too perfect.

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: 6.35 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Natural Ordermage”

  1. SI Says:

    Can you see the ninjas? Can you?

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    This has to be the most awkward book title ever.

  3. CSA Says:

    The author’s name is fairly unpronounceable at first glance. Unsure of which syllables need the emphasis.

    I read most of the Recluse saga books a number of years ago in my early teens, and picked up one or two of the later ones as they were released. And i will admit i loved them. I knew at the time they were extremely formulaic and the main characters in each book had identical personalities, and i even remember spoting a fair number of typos, but for whatever reason i enjoyed the very casual writing style. I don’t think i would enjoy a re-read, but they hold a special place in my heart because “The Magic of Recluce” was the first fantasy book i purchased with my own money after i borrowed Lord of the Rings off my brother.

    However, the covers on the books are some of the worst i’ve ever read in public, i’m not even sure i appreciated their badness at the time. If i bought this again, i wouldnt make eye contact with the shot assistant and it would be straight into a brown paper bag

    btw, I spy Adam Roberts’ “Swiftly”.

  4. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    It’s magic-using Nazis *and* brightly-colored pirates, all awkwardy posed in some of the least convincing sepia brown architecture this side of one of those miniature ceramic Christmas cottages.

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The characters on the cover look very much like miniatures, the sort used in RPGs…

    Which is of course the selling point — the target audience is more familiar with painted RPG miniatures than real people.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  7. Jaouad Says:

    What is that they’re standing on? Rice wafers?

  8. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Everybody limbo!

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    I always read the title as ‘Natural Odor-mage’. I guess that’s a mage that doesn’t wear scented deodorants…

  10. Anna T. Says:

    Bad anatomy strikes again. And given that this is a fantasy setting, where’d that man get his raygun?

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Confess, English schweinhund! Ve haff spells of making you talk!”

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Is this magic land in HO scale or 1:72?

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