Oct 08

She made us stand like this till someone turned up to see how awesome we are.Click for full image

WELLL! How about Lois sitting on a rocking chair right next to a lovely log fire with a couple of cats curled up nicely beside her. To amplify the warmness we’ll have three people in space-age uniforms standing right best her, one of them holding a laser rifle. And for the finishing touch, put a mustache and bandana in there too.

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: 8.25 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “The Vorkosigan Companion”

  1. SI Says:

    I do believe every head in this one is in perfect size relation to everything else…..

  2. little mi Says:

    I have a wonderful vision of this nice lady with her kittens in her nice house making nice cups of tea and cookies for all the strange uniformed people with guns that appear to be hanging out in her livingroom.
    I bet she makes them all take their muddy shoes off before coming in the house.

  3. SI Says:

    hehe you’ve just alerted me to something there….

    Where the hell are their legs? I’m pretty sure the mustache guy and the girl don’t have any legs at all. Maybe the rocking chair has ate them!

  4. little mi Says:

    Cor…your right!

    Maybe the nice lady isn’t so darn nice after all. She has clearly cut of their legs and is keeping them hostage like an extreme version of the scary lady in Misery.

  5. CSA Says:

    Your definately onto something there mi, but i think she chops off their legs at the shins and makes them Cosplay as 80’s action and scifi characters. If the she and her cats aren’t entertained then they lose another inch of thier legs.

    Their legless torsos are hung from the rafters by think wires where the womans inbred children use them to reinact their favourite scenes from thunderbirds…. its a chilling tale

  6. Roses Says:

    You guys are sooo warped.

    I’m afraid that’s my only comment I care to make on this cover. It’s too disturbing.

  7. SI Says:

    I see.. so in fact the viewer is thinking everything is fine while they are actually trapped there. Unable to move because of lack of legs.

    We’re not warped. Clinically unstable I believe is a better term 😛

  8. admin's vassal Says:

    I just want you to know that whenever I update the tags for a piece of Darrell K Sweet cover art then, yes, I really do mutter “sweeeeet” under my breath!

    For lo, his covers are truly sweet.

  9. Adam Roberts Says:

    Is that Stalin standing behind the chair? And a young Michael J Fox with the laser rifle? When did *they* become friends?

  10. CSA Says:

    wow, your so right!
    they may not be friends though
    Teen Wolf Vs. Russia

    Who will win?

  11. Sorcha Says:

    That one poor cat looks like it’s about to get cut in half by the rocking chair.

  12. anon Says:

    Wait, who was it that actually wrote this book?

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Actually, lots of family homes in the Deep South look exactly like that.

  14. lctwice Says:

    So Janet Reno, Sly Stallone, Tom Selleck and ’80s video girl walk into a cabin…

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Every Thanksgiving was the same: The family waited for Uncle Joe to get drunk and start ranting about the glory days of the Soviet Union…

  16. THX 1138 Says:

    Why is that cat pooing out another cat?

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @THX: Categorical imperative. And since yesterday you won the game, I shan’t charge you £1.

  18. fred Says:

    Should be tags for
    ‘author on the cover of a book hobnobbing with some of her literary creations while reading a book most likely about said literary creations whose reading caused said literary creations to appear or the book could just be esoteric Victorian pornography explaining her smile’
    ‘the cats may or may not be fictitious’
    ‘rude host for not breaking out the good sherry for her guests’
    ‘rude guests for not parking their weapons at the front door’
    ‘lady, stop holding your space helmet like it was your first born’

  19. Francis Boyle Says:

    Say what you like about Stalin’s genocidal tendencies he knew how to rock a puffy shirt.

  20. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Francis Boyle – Yes! Joe Stalin in a “puffy shirt.” With a “mighty moustache.” C’mon Tag Wizard.

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    She’s sitting in a rocker to get some relief for her terrible varicose veins, poor thing. Meanwhile, Commando Boy bears an unsettling resemblance to Scott Baio. Maybe he’s gotten a job in the new administration.

  22. Tag Wizard Says:

    Times were simpler back then. Tags were fewer. Didn’t even have a “Stalin” tag.

  23. Ray P Says:

    So who just walked into the room causing everyone including cats to look in his/her direction?

  24. JuanPaul Says:

    I hope Lois Bujold’s universe is more interesting than what’s on this cover, otherwise I’m dubbing her “Lois Lame”.

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    @8 Too true. I just clicked on his tag and the first cover is truly sweet, as are many of the others. D.K. Sweet deserves a GSS lifetime achievement award.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’ve looked closely (why?) and spacesuit lady does have feet. Can neither confirm nor deny whether Stalin does.

    I’m racking my brain trying to figure out who the people on the cover are supposed to be, other than Lois. (And I’m only inferring it’s her) I’ve read all the books and am coming up with nothing.

    Unlike Mr. Sweet’s other illustrations, at least everyone’s fully clothed.

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