Nov 15

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Tom Noir Comments: Good god man, you’re under attack by a four-armed giant! This is hardly the time for rubbing fun bits!
Published 1969

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: 8.53 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Light a Last Candle”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Kali On Camping?

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    I know you want this rated a “10” Tom Noir. But you don’t have to be so obvious.

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    hE wAs WhOle, unModifIeD—aNd tHEreFore iLLiteRatE . . .

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think the giant is molting.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    What’s up with that “A” in the title? Not a font problem?

  6. fred Says:

    He looks remarkably unwhale like for an unModified whale.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    It looks like the artist was trying to replicate an old, cheesy B-movie poster with cut-outs from equally old magazines, and this was the unfortunate result.

    Also, the giant is clearly the victim of a mad scientist – I mean, just look at his arms! You have to wonder what unfortunate gorillas “donated” their arms to SCIENCE! for this questionable purpose. Hang on . . .

    Is Dr. Moreau about?

  8. Ikari Gendo Says:

    That giant knew they were coming. Four-armed is forewarned and all that.

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    @Bibliomancer: no no, I was rating the giant! Look at those four strapping, grasping limbs… mmmm

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Just sitting here thinking about how much this guy has to spend on deodorant . . .

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Four-armed Jesus appears to be tossing snack cakes in his search efforts.

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    If he’s chucking loaves and fish he’ll have a plentiful supply.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    LIGHT A LAST CANDLE is so jam-packed with so many rich ideas, so many new concepts, so many differing cultures, layer on layer, that in the hands of a less terse writer its material might have encomapssed several novels.

    Terse, mind. Not good. Terse. Hemingway, James, Salinger were ‘good’. Vincent King is ‘terse’.

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    Somebody out of frame is lobbing rocks to the giant.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Wait, maybe they’ve gone back in time to the Devonian and those are the fruiting bodies of Prototaxites.

    (Actually, I just found where I’d linked to that video, and I wanted to share. 🙂 )

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Damn! I’m running short of rocks floating low enough to reach!”

  17. FearöfMusic Says:

    @DeadStuffWithQuitelovelyTeeth..Damn you and your fruiting, man! It made me realize that all those plants look like Gummi treats. Chewy lovely fruit snacks. And now I’ll likely put myself into a fructose coma devouring bag after bag in search of the rare ‘mystery flavored’ four arm mutant giant man Gummi.

    Perhaps I’ll just go with Swedish Fish

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @FöM: my sister was bitten by a fish, once. No, really!

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The scribbled message “ID” is clearly trying to tell us something about the subtext of this cover.

  20. Ray P Says:

    More imaginative than Stranger in a strange land.

  21. Vyrmis Says:

    DSWBT: I hear fish bites can be pretti nasti.

    (I’m so ashamed, and yet… not)

  22. Bibliomancer Says:

    @A.R.Yngve – The “NOT RETURNABLE” stamp speaks volumes.

  23. RachelJ Says:

    @Anna T. “Victim”? If the blurb is anything to go by* this book depicts a future society where having gorilla arms grafted onto one’s torso is quite the done thing!

    *Which it may not be, of course

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Note the tiny, feeble, half-hearted “ORIGINAL” tag in the upper right corner… now that’s a self-defeating trick if I ever saw one.

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