Nov 16

I the great spirit of this bone say... ow hot hot hot hot!Click for full image

MisterBob’s Art Direction: Okay, the book is called Reindeer Moon so be sure to paint a reindeer with a Moon and if you any paint left, add a floating bone with flames.
Published 1988

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: 4.82 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Reindeer Moon”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    No, no, keep the bone, you can make soup.

  2. Phil Says:

    …and if you can’t paint a reindeer, just do a sheep’s head and plonk on some left-over moose antlers.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    (Huh-huh, huh-huh…)

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    When the Were-Reindeers attacked, all that was left of Rudolph was a thighbone and a smouldering red nose

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Right foreground. Why is that snaggle-toothed crocodile glaring at us with his fiery eye of doom? Or do I not want to know?

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    That’s no moon…

  7. FearofMusic Says:

    You know what they say about reindeer…big antlers, big…bone. Yup
    Actually if you squint just so it looks a bit like a giant cobweb draped fruit bat ai it’s flees madly down a subway tunnel to avoid the Evening Commuter Special, only to encounter a small fire started by hooligans…and a weird bone,uh thingy.
    You have to squint ‘just’ right though.

  8. fred Says:

    Why is this book all reindeery when there are clearly hippopotami engraved on the bone?

  9. Yoss Says:

    Definitely not a modern reindeer, which got me to thinking maybe it’s supposed to be some kind of extinct beastie. Sure enough, it’s modeled after an Irish elk. If you run a Google image search on ye olde Irish elk, you’ll find a couple other illustrations that almost surely served as inspiration for this one, or possibly vice versa. Close enough anyway that the original artist is going to be either irritated or flattered.

  10. Greg M. Says:

    Certainly a hideous cover. My favourite part of it, though, is the disclaimer at the bottom:

    “For everyone who loved THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR”.

    It’s essentially saying “I’m not that author, but I write like them! Honest!”

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Greg M:I don’t think any author would publicly admit to writing like Jean M. Auel. This is a desperate publisher’s ploy. Or fair warning…

  12. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Desecrate the remains of the deer by turning one of its longbones into a really crappy sex toy, get haunted by an angry deer ghost. It’s that simple.

  13. Greg M. Says:

    @Tat Wood – Having read neither book, I don’t know how close the authors are to each other. So I do have to agree it’s probably more the publisher’s doing than the author’s. Presumably for filming rights. “They filmed that other book, so why not this one?”

  14. Jane Says:

    Smokey the Reindeer says only you can prevent forest fires.

  15. Anna T. Says:

    There’s a murderous Irish elk who is also possibly a wizard here.

    I see NO WAY in which this could possibly be misinterpreted.

  16. lctwice Says:

    Looks like that reindeer is trying very hard to hold it until he can find the loo.

  17. FluffyGhostKitten Says:

    That bone thing is a primitive woodworking tool called a ‘shaft straightener’. Make as many puns as you think proper. Or just go nuts, it’s all the same to me.

  18. Raoul Says:

    “Shaft straightener”? I think the technical term is a “boner”.

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