Jan 29

These two guys? They're my cat spawn.Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Got my neck chain, my walkin’ stick and my entourage. Let’s go prowling!
Published 1987

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: 7.16 out of 10)

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33 Responses to “Cat’s Pawn”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The only real criticism I have of the cover is that there is something more interesting than, and in the opposite direction from, a miles-wide spacecraft taking off in the downtown area of a major metropolis.

    Oh, and the story was written by Leslie Galalalalalala.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Leslie God-Allah? That’s a tad redundant.

  3. Perry Armstrong Says:

    “A book about two humans in Lycra and a cat-person? Who’d pay to read that?”

  4. Ray P Says:

    Spaceship looks like wigged George Washington wearing a kendo mask and bulky headphones.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Is that Wonder Woman’s mom?

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    Nice to see kitty got the silver medal in… javelin?

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “What’s this?? The Dynamic Duo getting tricked out by a giant alien pimp-cat? Tune in next week, same bat-time, same bat-channel!”

  8. Anna T. Says:

    @Tom Noir: A better question to ask is “What convention did these two escape from?”

    And, for that matter, what mad scientist has been creating giant, sapient cats? I mean, you know what normal cats act like already, so who thought making giant sapient ones was a good idea?

    Or maybe all three of them were dropped off by the spaceship departing in the background. Your choice.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Is that guy wearing a catsuit? And the cat is wearing his birthday suit? I’m very confused.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It may be her pursed lips and air of superiority, but she reminds me too much of Mawgawet Thahchaw. Whose figure certainly wouldn’t be flattered in that top. 🙁

  11. Ray P Says:

    Cat person seems to have the body of a kangaroo from the neck downwards.

  12. fred Says:

    The Sartre play that was obviously the inspiration for ‘Taxi Driver’. You got your pimp, your tranny hooker and your ticking time bomb rocket taxi driver.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    Jerboa-cat and the Lycra Twins looked on in horror as Mile End tube station was trashed by Godzilla.

  14. Ray P Says:

    Hell is other people’s lycra outfits.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Cat-Beast: ‘So, I’ve got this slightly-used medallion from off a Wookie rebel…any idea where I could fence it?’

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Homesick and stranded on an alien world, he wasn’t looking for dendrobranchs–but freshwater dendrobranchs were looking for him!


  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    From the overall feel of this cover, it might be


  18. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @Ray P(14): Hell is other cat-people.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RayP, Perry: Hell is putting lycra outfits on cat-people. 😀

  20. NGpm Says:

    @RayP, Perry, Dead Stuff: Hell is cleaning cat fur out of other people’s lycra outfits.

  21. Tom Noir Says:


  22. Tat Wood Says:

    What do cats have that’s worth hocking? Other than the odd knobkerrie and old-guy medallion, of course.

  23. HappyBookworm Says:

    Should we assume that it’s the cat or the man who is stranded and homesick on an alien world?

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @HBw: in a Shocking Twist ™ it is revealed that the man, the lady and the cat are all the same person!

  25. HappyBookworm Says:

    @DSWBT – Wow, I should have seen that coming! (How much does it cost to trademark a Shocking Twist?)

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @HBw: buy me Lunch ™ and I’ll tell you. $_$

  27. Noel Says:

    I can haz cheezburger?

  28. Bibliomancer Says:

    CAT’S UP

  29. Ben Johnson Says:

    If you actually read it, it is a very good and quite original story.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Ben Johnson: I read that so-called novel your grandfather Samuel wrote, and it was bollocks. No narrative at all, and the hero George made only a few brief appearances. I certainly hope you’re a better judge of quality writing than he.

  31. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Ben Johnson—Ben Jonson? Ben Ionson?

    This Figure, that thou here seest put,
    It was for gentle Shakescat cut:
    Wherein the painter had a strife
    with publishers, to pay the price:
    O, could he but have drawne his wit
    As well for Ballantine as he hath hit
    His flagon, the Print would then surpasse
    What toddler ever writ in brass.
    But, since he cannot, Brother, over-
    Look the Booke: just dig the cover.

  32. Bibliomancer Says:

    Jeez guys. What a way to scare off a new member of the commenting community 🙂

    Now I’ll never know if that cover is an actual scene in the book.

  33. Tat Wood Says:

    @Ben Johnson: it’s not so much whether the content is any good, it’s whether the cover-art gets in the way of anyone wanting to give it a shot.

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