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Looks like dinner is going to be space meat balls again!Click for full image

Perry Comments: John & Marsha stared in horror as hate-criminals threw rocks at the Toilet Door People’s picnic.

Published 2000

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: 6.55 out of 10)
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21 Responses to “The Day of the Triffids”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Considering the public toilet theme, I’d be worried about exactly what those missiles were too.

  2. anon Says:

    @THX 1138: “One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life”

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @THX, anon: as God is my witness, I actually read the quote as attributed to the Sunday Turds. šŸ™

  4. fred Says:

    What will Dr Who do first? Stop the meteor bombardment or deal with the invasion of the Restroom People?

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    every time it rains it rains
    poop balls from heaven
    oh, don’t you know each cloud contains
    poop balls from heaven

    those methane bombs are falling
    all over town
    make sure that your umbrella
    ain’t upside down!

    lookin’ for a package of
    new toilet tissue
    whoa, hope those nasty things above
    will somehow miss you

    and when you hear it thunder
    that’s cosmic flatulence, see?
    just those poop balls from heaven forā€”youā€”andā€”me . . . .

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Like The Day of the Triffids covers? Here’s a bunch more:

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/titlecovers.cgi?2139

    Sadly, today’s post is not one of them.

  7. misterbob Says:

    Surely,that isn’t a real cover ? Its awful.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    There IS a meteor shower in the book, but isn’t it mostly about killer plants? Where are those? The Toilet Horde probably killed them. Fear the Toilet Horde.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Life Hacks: fish a dozen copies of this book out of the Remaindered bin, and tear the covers off. Fashion your own camouflage trousers from them!

    Or, just tear the covers off and put the books back.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    This is apparently from 2010 but even Penguin’s cover-art site refuses to name the guilty party.

  11. fred Says:

    Also, wassup with the in the fog female Restroom Person on the right? Does being in the fog make her the Restroom Person version of a Star Trek Red Shirt, about to be devoured like the poor blind woman in the movie?

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: the penguin got ‘er, and ‘ees goin’ after that fellah next!

  13. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @misterbob (7): oh this is absolutely a real book, and I’ve got it right in front of me. The back cover identifies the artist as Spencer Wilson (aka the publisher’s nephew?), who did covers for other Wyndham books in a similar style.

    @Tat Wood (10): the Copyright page is strangely bereft of dates other than 1951 & 1954. From my recollection of purchasing this (new, not second-hand), your estimated 2010 publication date sounds about right.

    Backstory: My wife was keen on buying a copy of Wyndham’s classic, and we deliberately went looking for it in a local retailer. Upon seeing this terrible cover, however, I actively tried talking her out of it, saying I was sure I could find a copy with a better cover somewhere. She went ahead anyway (I think she was in need of some airplane reading at the time), and in retrospect I’m kinda glad she did šŸ™‚

  14. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @misterbob (7): … and don’t call me Shirley.

  15. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Perry – Thanks. Artist added to tags. Publishing date is late 90’s/2000.

    Here’s the whole gallery of Wyndham cover art. Feast your eyes:

    http://causticcovercritic.blogspot.com/2008/08/john-wyndham-post-that-made-my-brain.html

  16. anon Says:

    Butt-Head: Huh, huh, huh. Turds. Huh, huh.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Whoever made the cover was paid with ice cream and candy bars.

  18. anon Says:

    Triffids sounds like a medical condition.

  19. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @AnnaT (8): ‘Fear the Toilet Horde’ sounds suspiciously like a Steven Moffat Repeated Memeā„¢. Please don’t give him any ideas.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    @Perry Armstrong: No, please SOMEONE give Oor Moffie a new idea. He’s been playing with the old one so long he’s broken it.

  21. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @Tat: Be careful what you wish for (cue creepy children chanting):

    “They will get you on the loo
    They will get you when you poo
    They will get you on the khazi
    They’re the nightmare toilet Stasi
    … Fear the Toilet Horde”

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