Aug 18

Was it the top hat and cane that gave me away?Click for a larger image. Make sure that is really a man.

Bibliomancer Comments: They Walked Like Men. But a trained eye can tell the difference.

Published 1963

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: 7.86 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “They Walked Like Men”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Dare I ask where the thumb-hole is?

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be…oh nevermind.”

  3. fred Says:

    …but have no fashion sense. The pinky ring is OK but the cane just doesn’t work with formal attire.

  4. Ray P Says:

    Relentless Hitchcock self-promotion extended to sf book-covers.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    They walked like men. They talked like men. But never mention ‘jelly-beans’ in their presence.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    They walked like men. They shopped like my auntie and her girlfriends.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Yo! We walked like men. That’s how we rolled.”

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    Eyes or nostrils? That, Shakespeare, is the real question.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    My compliments to the artist: most commercial illustrators, told that it was a story of people who try to look normal but have bowling-balls for heads, would have done a routine Magritte pastiche with a civil-service type in a bowler and wing-collar but not this lad. No, he’s opted for a blue-blood in evening-dress against a lilac background. Fortunately, he’s elected not to give him a monocle. That would have looked silly.

  10. Anna T. Says:

    I bet you he speaks with the poshest English accent you have ever heard.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    They see me rollin
    They hatin
    Patrolling they tryin to catch me fakin human
    Tryin to catch me fakin human
    Tryin to catch me fakin human
    Tryin to catch me fakin human

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Your disguise isn’t fooling anyone, Sr. Conger. Please come off the airplane quickly and quietly.’

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    They walked like men but they bowled like fools.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’mancer—I think that’s my copy.

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.Chiclitz – That’s my home shelf I photographed it on.
    Want it back?

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—nah. I’m happy with The Sheep Look Up. Also in the Science Fiction Book Club Edition.

  17. Elvraie Says:

    … And looked like bowling balls trying to sneak out of the bowling hall!

  18. RachelJ Says:

    Is this-

    a.) a completely random piece of pre-existing artwork?

    b.) vaguely representative of the book’s contents in an abstract, metaphorical way?

    c.) precisely representative of the book’s contents in a concrete, literal way?

    One moment…

  19. RachelJ Says:

    And the answer is…


    Of course!

  20. Francis Boyle Says:

    They tasted like Maltesers.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There are STILL people who think the super-rich “one percent” actually look like this.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Perhaps it’s a rebus. ‘They walked like top hat men. Bowling suit hand rings cane.’ Perhaps it’s not a rebus, sorry, I don’t know what I was thinking.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Pac-Man’s let himself go. The success has corrupted him.

  24. HappyBookworm Says:

    It’s time to separate the men from the bowling balls. I mean boys.

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