Dec 21

How do you like my... MOUSTACHE!! Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Good Show Sir Comments: I’m sorry Sir, we just can’t have passengers on this bus reading… whatever that is you are reading. You’ll have to get off at the next stop. But… know where I can get a copy?
Published 1970

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: 8.52 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “The Chalk Giants”

  1. Noel Says:

    A lovely pair of mandibles.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    New from Findus… our tasty codpiece surprise!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Coccolithophores do not look like that!

  4. Ray P Says:

    The literature of ideas.

  5. fred Says:

    Is he from Cerne Abbas, Dorset by any chance? I’ll let y’all GOOGLE this one.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Peter Dunn, Esq., via goodreads:I have really been getting into Roberts lately with his fascination for pre or post technological societies and with his hankering for elements mystical “lost” old Britain, but this book rather put me off with its constant use of rape as a plot device. Thank you, moving on.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Just post a police stakeout around this cover, OK? Someone with bad intentions is bound to show up.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What it feels like for a woman when Republican Congressmen debate reproductive rights.

  9. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: conversely, assuming damsel represents the broad concept of ‘Lady Liberty’, this is how G.O.P. feels whenever ‘uppity’ LGBTI/ethnic communities seek proper recognition within society!

  10. Anna T. Says:

    Why does she look like she’s in mid-run despite being sitting on the ground?

  11. Flash Morningside Says:

    Aw, the unsheeped image is actually still sheeped. 🙁

  12. anon Says:

    Too late, Mandy realized inviting Steve the Luchadore for a “one-on-one wrestling picnic (clothes optional)” might not have been as clear and unambiguous as she’d thought.

  13. GSS Admin Says:

    @Flash! No longer! Now the link will show you… everything!

  14. Flash Morningside Says:

    Yay! It’s… disappointing!

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Does this cover look a bit “spare”? That’s because the first edition contained review quotes which were removed in this later edition:

    “Not as good as the cover.”
    – Harvey Weinstein

    “Could use some Viagra.”
    – Hugh Hefner

    “It wasn’t me!”
    – Dominique Strauss-Kahn

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    “I was going to complain about the cover, no, honest to gosh I was.”
    – Quentin Tarantino

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Testify, Dead Stuff.


  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The one good thing about this whole scandal (for me personally, as opposed to womankind as a whole) is that my intuition has been confirmed. Every man in various fields who’s been revealed of late, I’ve always thought was a skeevy guy who gave me the creeps. So… I dunno, it’s been affirming in an odd way.

    At this point I’m shocked that anyone’s shocked, frankly.

    Some of them, I already knew of their reputation, because women have always quietly told others. It’s men who don’t realize what their brethren have been up to.

  19. THX 1138 Says:

    I knew Weinstein was a bullying creep years ago, and I’m a man. There used to be a column in Film Threat (when it was a print mag) called Tales from the Casting Couch that recounted horror stories from women and men, and it was ignored. It’s not a new scandal by any means, but the #MeToo movement has made it a difficult time to be a movie fan knowing we’ve been giving our money to fund these awful people. Not just movies, either, all entertainment has been tarnished. Still, now the issue is out in the open, a solution can be found. I hope.

    Not very funny, though.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: it’s all fields, frankly. Yesterday I read a “shocking expose” of a tech guy (Scoble) who had been a major harasser some years ago, and I’m on the very very outermost fringes of things tech, the Oort Cloud of Silicon Valley, as it were, out where Voyager cruises now…

    But even I knew at the time that he was a bully and groper and all that. Other women both in the Oort cloud and closer in knew it too. And here was a clueful, good-hearted guy being all heartsick about how he used to follow this guy’s blog or whatever it was called before blogs, etc.

    And all the women in the comments (none of whom know each other) were all “Oh him. Yeah. Total creep. You didn’t know?”

    One of the fannish creeps who caused such a kerfuffle (“but he’s a nice guy, he’s our friend!”) surprised me not at all. Because 10 years previously, I’d been told by an older female fan that he couldn’t be left alone with women. I looked across the room and saw him talking to a barely-legal girl who could have posed for Frazetta and shuddered. That was the one and only time I’ve seen him in person. Yet the most enlightened and SMOFiest man I know was gobsmacked when I related this anecdote mid-kerfuffle. The inner-planet men had no idea but the Oort cloud women knew.

    I’m just glad we’re coming in from the Oort cloud, and MAYBE men will start listening and believing.

    construction workers wolf-whistling at 11 year old girls…

  21. THX 1138 Says:

    @GSSen: I certainly hope so, it should be the occasion of a #notallmen tag, but as it has continued this past fortnight you do indeed start to question all men. It’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers (to use a SF analogy) where you’re wondering who is and who isn’t a creep. That every one is capable makes it all the more disturbing. And the fact these stories have not appeared from nowhere and women were making complaints in private and in public for decades makes it even more harrowing. But I’d say a watershed has been reached, and that can only be a good thing.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: I hope the revelations continue, that this isn’t just a passing fad.

    Your Body Snatchers parallel is indeed how your average woman has felt for centuries. Sure, it’s NotAllMen, but it’s MaybeAnyMan. You never know. You can’t tell. He might be perfectly fine in some situations, or with some women, but are you willing to risk it? Knowing that men and authorities won’t believe it of him, or care if they do?

    If more than one woman says “he’s a creep”, he is. Particularly if they don’t know each other. The woman who tipped me off about the fannish creeper is a not super close acquaintance of a good friend, lives thousands of miles away, I don’t remember her name or face. Hardly collusion.

    I read a good analogy yesterday for men on how it feels and how you know if it’s inappropriate.

    Men: how would you feel if a man said/did these things to you in prison?

    If it would creep you out if a larger man did/said this stuff when you were alone with him or when you were just going about your life in public, DON’T SAY/DO IT TO WOMEN.

    Perhaps now men will begin to intellectually understand Margaret Atwood’s wise words, the ones I grokked in my gut:

    “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

    (or ruin their careers, or their reputation, or cause them to lose their children…)

  23. THX 1138 Says:

    @GSSen: Coincidentally, recently I’ve been reading comedian and actor Robert Webb’s new book How Not To Be a Boy, part autobiography and part critique of masculinity, and he is drawing the conclusion that aiming to be as masculine as possible, with all the womanising, hard drinking, aggressive competitiveness, and so on, is just ridiculous. Not only ridiculous, but actively perilous (yes, there are accounts of bad behaviour you wouldn’t think any sane society would put up with, but here we are, and we all have our stories no matter what our gender). I don’t know when he started the book, but it couldn’t be more timely, and it’s recommended. Not sci-fi, though he does like Doctor Who.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat Wood: indeed, toxic masculinity is harmful to men as well. Leads to a lot of early death.

    The Doctor’s not ridiculously overly macho, preferring to think his way out of problems and trying to negotiate first with violence as a very last resort, so I’m not surprised Mr. Webb likes him.
    (Which makes the new Doctor even more reasonable; it’s not like replacing Rambo with a woman.)

  25. THX 1138 Says:

    @GSSen: I’m flattered, but I’m not Tat Wood(!).

    As for the Doc, we have Bradley Walsh to provide the benevolent space dad role in the new series. He might even sing.

    Although I’d happily watch Rambette. Well, maybe not happily, more curiously.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: Whoops, sorry. Perils of having two computer windows open and low blood sugar.

    Perhaps my comparison would have been better had I said Chuck Norris.

    I do rather hope the new Doctor gets loads of startlingly good-looking young blokes as companions, without any hanky-panky. Just for us ladies to look at after the decades of babes for the dads.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    …I’m Tat Wood. 😛

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