Feb 06

Wizards, well known for their harp riffs.Click for full image

Alessandra Comments: There’s a failure of perspective in the building. Where exactly is it supposed to be? Is it falling down? How big is it? Oh never mind, just keep your eyes on the guy in the bright purple Renaissance fair outfit.
Published 1978

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: 5.52 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “The Riddle-Master of Hed”

  1. Claire Says:

    Ooh, purple and orange. I predict that this style will be making a huge comeback in 2012.

  2. Rachel J Says:

    Lego Minas Tirith there looks like it’s at *least* nine feet tall, and must use *thousands* of individual Lego bricks. Really, I don’t know what you’re laughing about!

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Looks like the chap with the crown is in the wrong aspect ratio. Or maybe he is that wide.

    Oh, and is it Hed or Med? Biiig difference.

  4. Phil Says:

    Riddle-Master of Med or Riddle-Haster of Hed or…

    Liking his frilly boots. Not liking the odd “let’s build more turrets on these turrets, but only on the one side” castle architecture.

  5. Chris Reynolds Says:

    Maybe the tiny turrets jutting out of the bigger turrets are supposed to be the latrines?

  6. Topy Says:

    If M C Escher designed a castle, it might look something like this.

  7. Frank Says:

    ..The Riddle Master ON Med….

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Hey, Merlin! Play some Stones!

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Actually, medieval buildings were not only built that way, they could also shift because of bad foundations. So the castle is not so bad…

    …and the guy in the Renaissance Fair getup is FA-BU-LOUS!

  10. fred Says:

    A dedicated follower of fashion.

  11. Ian Says:

    Oh Gandalf, go harp on someone else!

    (those boot frills are amazing. Sure to catch every drop of rain.)

  12. Phil Says:

    Latrines, eh? They’d be more effective if they all hung over the outer edge of the castle…

  13. Fred Zimmerman Says:

    This was a pretty decent novel as I recall.

  14. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    @Fred: Oh sure, the book is a good one. It’s only the cover we’re taking issue with here.

    Recall earlier comments on poor Ursula K. LeGuin, who had some really atrocious covers slapped on quite good novels.

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    Hey Tag Wizard, can we get a ‘behind you’ tag over here?

  16. Tag Wizard Says:

    Sure can, Tom!

    …is that Prince Adam of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe?

  17. FearöfMusic Says:

    Very good book. And I’ll make the standard comment that Morgan of Hed and Deth, the High Ones harpist don’t look anything like how they are portayed. The stars on Morgan’s forehead are small, up near his hairline and easily concealed. Deth is described as clean shaven, but hey, he has a harp at least! I understand Darryl K. Sweet was the go to generic Fantasy Cover Artist in the ’80s, but lord almighty! Was he color blind? What a lovely monochromatic color scheme, broken only by the screaming font of the title and the outrageously impractical clothing on the Prince of Hed, who, by the way, was primarily a farmer, so I guess that’s suitable wardrobe.

  18. anon Says:

    That’s a sweet sandcastle!
    Possibly not the most practical attire for building one, but you can’t argue with the results.

  19. Anna T. Says:

    Hey, guy in horrid purple clothing! Old Father Time is trying to jump you!

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Mr. Deth: ‘Wait, one last one. Listen. LISTEN to me! Thirty red horses on a white hill, first they–come back!’

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