Sep 29

The Big Kahuna of crowd surfingClick for full image

Bibliomancer Comments: Trump shows up for the second debate even more unprepared and out of shape.

Published 1960

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: 8.26 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Atlantic Abomination”

  1. Tom Noir Says:

    “Look ma I’m crowd surfing. Woooooo.”

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    You’re really going to have to lose weight if you want this sedan chair idea to take off.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The reviews keep discussing how perfect the cover is for the contents. And those contents?

    “How many times had the weaklings of this world fled cowering before the wrath of Ruagh and others of his kind? It was of no comfort to recall and count such occasions. Now he, Ruagh—the unquestioned master of thousands—was himself in flight, before the terrible and not-to-be-withstood anger of blind nature. . . .” (p 5)

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    @3 If the human powered sedan is Ruagh’s plan of escape, he is totally screwed.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JP: well, his mother named him Ruagh…fate wasn’t going to be nice to him no matter what.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The reviews keep rolling in:

    I’ve noticed that in the novels I’ve read, Brunner will take some otherwise admirable prose and do something wrong with it: give it a bad structure, or poor word choice, maybe add some British inflection which doesn’t translate well.’

    ‘What we see is the Abomination himself, looking a bit like a fat blue crab/bird while terrified humans look off to the distance. This, in essence, is the whole story of The Atlantic Abomination, published in 1960’

  7. fred Says:

    @DSWBT – No, this is a Kaiju story according to this back cover.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @DSWBT – Ruagh sounds like a fine old Celtic name.

  9. Anna T. Says:

    Er . . . the Abomination looks like a teenage relative of King Kong causing a sports stadium to collapse.

    I think this might be a good candidate for the “WTF” tag, even if apparently it has some bearing on the book.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: Thanks for the blurb, but let’s move the hyphens, shall we?

    ‘The Bruner-talent is manifest in this edge of the seat-novel about what happened when the first sea bottom-explorers brought up-the-not-so dead body of an inhuman intelligence that had been sealed up for innumerable eons.’

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @fred—I like the way that blurb puts quotes around “Hugo” award. As though it’s not really an award? Or not really a Hugo? Maybe a Yugo award?

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Nothing says “unspeakably horrific abomination of undead monstrosity” like cute little red ribbons dangling from your sedan chair.

  13. Tag Wizard Says:

    @B.Chiclitz – Sedan chair? More like a surrey with the fringe on top.

    Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry …

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: I was going to threaten you with shooting violence for getting Oklahoma! stuck in my head…but now I know, that’s how Ruagh manipulated humans to doing his bidding…

    ‘My lord, we, your humble serfs, beseech you for more bread.’

    hElLo DaRkNeSs My OlD fRiEnD

    ‘No! Please! Mercy!’

    iF yOuRe AlL aLoNe WhEn ThE pReTtY bIrDs HaVe FlOwN hOnEy Im StIlL fReE tAkE a ChAnCe On Me

  15. fred Says:

    Bigger cropped shot of the cover. There are some big dudes doing the heavy lifting. Like 10-12 ft tall. Also some breasts and butt. And possible ‘hanky panky’. And what appears to be a spermatozoa on the red flag. And a serious lack of non-Caucasians so the Trump allusion seems apt.

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    @fred These Trumpers would be begging for immigrants to come take their jobs.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    ” ‘Bokrug’? what the heck kind of name is that. Why, it’s unpronounceable!”

    “Oh, right,—Ruagh

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    – “Mr. Trump, what’s your opinion about Ruagh, The Atlantic Abomination?”
    – “I would get along, I think, with Ruagh and I would get along with others.”

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ruagh: “ARE WE THERE YET??”

  20. THX 1138 Says:

    Rod Stewart’s experimental follow up to Atlantic Crossing suffered poor sales.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @THX: Ruagh looks like the sort of fellow to shack up with Alana Hamilton, right enough.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    B-side: The Martian Missile by Donald A. Wollheim.

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