Jul 21

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Good Show Sir Comments: Faux-nan knows how to bring the Ting!

Published 1972

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Tower at the Edge of Time”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    The WTF? demeanours of the dinos is what makes this cover.

  2. Tag Wizard Says:

    OK. I’ve seen enough tiny dinosaurs now to add a new tag: dino-mites.
    Send me links to more of these critters and I’ll tag ’em and bag ’em.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Thane of the Two Swords’? Is that supposed to be him on the cover?

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It just hit me…that because Akira Toriyama never wrote sword-n-sorcery…and Lin Carter never wrote Dragonball Z…the world forever will have a void…

    *drinks cuppa and stares out window*

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Hold me closer, tiny dinosaur
    You’ll be roadkill on the highway

  6. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Modesty Stegosaurus?

  7. Ikari Gendo Says:

    Thane of Two Swords: warrior, hero, toy dinosaur collector.

  8. fred Says:

    Big deal Thane, Thongor can also count to two.

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    Look at the awkward way he holds both swords. Maybe he needs to put one down and work on his technique. Walk before you crawl.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Two things, my lord, must thee know of Thane of the Two Swords. First…he has swords…

  11. Billy Awesome Says:

    I’ll wager he’d have a lot easier time crossing the Abyss of the Ages if he’d sprung for the full human leg prostheses instead of the mismatched toy dinosaur model, even if he is saving some gold in the short term.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    I think I can see the reflection of the artist in one of the swords…rookie mistake.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Thane’, a good old Anglo-Saxon title. If his mum called him that, rather than the local king, it’s like the boy called ‘Marshall’ who never got picked to play football in the school playground. Or, at best, Screaming Lord Sutch.

    Or Queen Latifah.

    (Or Prince, in which case the dinosaurs must be minuscule).

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Thane the Brain there has no legs, therefore no place to hang a scabbard, therefore he has to just stand there holding those swords (can’t put one down or he would no longer be “Thane of the Two Swords” but merely “Thane of the One Sword”), therefore the bemused tiny dinos simply have to wait for the right moment to strike at the vulnerable tickle zones under his armpits. I think they’re about to attack.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    ‘Mr. Thane, the doctor will see you now.’

    ‘It’s pronounced “Thah-NAY”.’

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tag Wizard—”dino-mites” is brilliant! I know it’s a bit esoteric, but that blurb deserves a “tortured syntax” tag.

  17. Anna T. Says:

    Is that guy a giant who eats whole dinosaurs for lunch or what?

    Also, he’s clearly had some sub-par weapons training.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that ting
    (doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
    You’re just gonna fall if you got no legs at all
    (doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
    It makes no difference
    If it’s one sword or two
    Those little tiny dinos
    Got no respect for you, ’cause
    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that ting
    (doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    No, no, no, Thane! You’re supposed to jump out of a birthday cake!

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    Don’t forget to tag Lost Worlds of Cronus TW!

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    I think I’ve got it: instead of legs he has a little trolley and he propels himself with swords but now that he has to out-run a forest fire he needs tiny dinos to pull him along.

    Having two from the same species might be a better idea; if T Rex goes faster than Steggy he’ll go round in circles and get his hair burned.

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The dinosaurs have become quite blase about giant glowy visions of conquering barbarian heroes.

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    Dinosaur Beach features an undersized trex that just can’t compete with all the phallic imagery on the cover.

    In Lights of Zetar, a tiny winged dinosaur cavorts beneath a man’s armpit.

  24. Tag Wizard Says:

    Done and Done.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: like this guy?

  26. David Cowie Says:

    Having watched a few Historical European Martial Arts videos, I can confidently inform you that wielding two swords may look badass, but one sword and a shield is much better for winning a fight.
    Do we have a “dual wielding” tag?

  27. RachelJ Says:

    More dino-mites?

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RachelJ: I presume that those are Zartiwegians.

    NB: my spell-checker keeps flagging ‘Zartiwegians’, so the proper term may be ‘Zartivians’, or even ‘Zartiuonans’. This is what comes from having your dictionary set to American English, I suppose.

  29. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Tonight’s guest is ‘Two Swords’ Jackson…”

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