Jun 17

Looks like I choose the wrong henchman for stealth!Click for full image

Tom Noir Comments: “Don’t use your fearsome claws and thick, scaly hide for protection, dragon! Use this unwieldy sword and shield instead! And for God’s sakes, wear a loincloth, we’re civilized here.”
Published 1998 (maybe)

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: 8.85 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “A Sword for a Dragon”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Sequel to A Bicycle for a Fish?

  2. anon Says:

    You sure it’s not “dragoon”?

  3. anon Says:

    The harlequin man isn’t entirely happy with his cape being used as a loin cloth.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Sequel to An Opposable Thumb for a Dragon

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    There’s this think you have, Mr. Artist, called a spinal column, and it runs down your back and connects to that tiny little thing behind your eyeballs called your brain. Now, you can see where Sir Cant-put-on-his-helmet has a back, and you can see where he has an occipital region. But–and I cannot stress this enough!–they are not connected in any way, shape or form. Your dragon’s head is just floating on top of its torso, and it looks very, very stupid.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    If this whole dragons-in-loincloths thing feels oddly familiar, well, it may be because it’s something of a specialty for the author.

  7. Jeff vader Says:

    @THX 1138:

    “A Unicycle for a Unicorn”?


    “A Mace for a Manticore”

    “A Cutlass for a Chimaera”

    “A Glaive for a Griffin”

    “A Halberd for a Hydra”

    “A Battle Axe for a Basilisk”

    “A …” Ah, screw it…

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @THX, Jeff: A Rock for a Roc?

  9. fred Says:

    If I had a real dragon I don’t think I would even consider that trade. Whatever that is on this cover ain’t a dragon, it’s more like a Roc dino people person version of Ye Olde Baen Cat People Person.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    OK, I’ll bite:

    A Dagger For a Dinosaur
    A Bazooka For a Baboon
    A Shank For a Shark
    A Hammer For a Hummingbird

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “HI! How are ya?”
    Cheerful dragon, that…

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    That mouth looks awfully familiar…maybe he turns into an ordinary dragon when anyone is watching him?

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I worry where this trend is going… if Generic Fantasy is “turning out” dragons to do just about anything but dragon business, what extremes will we see soon?

    A spellbinding fantasy of dragon lawyers

    A spellbinding fantasy of dragon chefs

    A spellbinding fantasy of dragons gone bad

    (With cold dread I anticipate the complaints from hordes of fanfic writers that I’m trying to “steal their ideas”….)

  14. RachelJ Says:

    @Tom Noir. That’s nothing. Google the author and you’ll find he’s cornered the market (such as it is) for books about loin-cloth-wearing, sword-wielding therapod dinosaurs posing as dragons.

  15. Noel Says:

    Behind you!

  16. Jeff vader Says:


    I did google it. Apparently the humanoid dragon is the main protagonist of the series. Also, apparently, he goes under the name “Bazil Broketail”.

    I may have lost what little faith I had left in humanity (and dragonkind).

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Bazil Broketail”, eh? So the human sidekick must be either Mr Derek or Mr Rodney.

    Boom Boom!

  18. Anna T. Says:

    You know something? This cover deserves the “WTF” tag.

    Also, I suspect this book is absolutely terrible.

  19. DaveM Says:

    Looks like Mr human and Mr lizard thing are practising for a mediaeval music hall act.

    (singing) “Me and my shadow…”
    Human: ‘No no lizard, lead with your Left foot, Left! Honestly, we’ll never get the choreography down in time..”

  20. Ian Says:

    “Christopher, trust me. This new cover artist will have the books flying off the shelves. It will be bigger than Potter! Also I have a bridge you should invest in…”

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @DaveM: oh, yes! I think they’ll play the B-team in the Wall Around a Star musical. And what everyone learns at the end of the story is that the real magic is in being loved and helping others! 🙂

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