Sep 02

If I can just cut this sash I can lose the midget and outrun these angry aliens. Click for full image

Bibliomancer’s Art Direction: A centaur-babe with an evil papoose devil-baby being chased by an alien army that looks like surfboards with eyes. Have that on my desk by five! And don’t forget the┬ápurse!
Published 1977

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: 7.07 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Midnight at the Well of Souls”

  1. Perry Armstrong Says:

    That’s no centaur – that’s the mother of all transporter accidents!

  2. Claire Says:

    There’s something seriously wrong ( well, along with the whole thing obviously ) with that centaurs legs.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    This has centaur round the bend.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Ooga-chaka, ooga-ooga, ooga-chaka, ooga-ooga…’

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the painting began with the horse bit of the Posh Spice Centaur running away from us towards the pointy-headed horde then the artist decided otherwise but couldn’t remember how a horse’s chest went so just stuck the tail on the neck and grafted a fashionista on its hind-quarters and a beat-poet on hers. Then gave Neddy three front legs and a back leg instead of two and two bigger hind legs. Then replaced her cocktail with a broadsword.

    But of course I do know better and this theme of transformation, using a computer-aided Kabbala, runs through the book and the many sequels so it must be deliberate.

  6. fred Says:

    One of my favorite book titles, any genre.
    There be ‘glorious’ covers in this series. BAEN.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: My copy was the incomparable Penguin, cover by Peter Goodfellow It’s the moose in the background that does it for me – Monarch of the Dune.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat Wood – Let me zoom in on that “moose” on your glorious cover:

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Evacuation of Nathan Brazil?

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bibliomancer: there is only one legitimate response

  11. Anna T. Says:

    The leg from the guy, that’s just hanging in midair – it looks like a goat leg.

    Which makes this a seriously messed up centaur-satyr hybrid.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why is it always at midnight, then? Why not at 00:23:56.4409? Or every hour between 14 and 18 minutes after? And, if it’s a strange and distant planet, what if the day-night cycle is irregular?

  13. Tom Noir Says:


  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    How the Moai got to Easter Island.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Horse: “And I thought I was going to show those humans that a horse can also go to a costume party! Well, is my face red! Can somebody please get this thing off my head! HELLLP!!”

  16. Yamamanama Says:

    Baen reprinted these books. Somehow *cough* the covers are worse than this one.

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