Dec 21

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Good Show Sir Comments: I’m going to make a fur loincloth out of you… and you… and you… especially you…
Published 1979

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: 6.53 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Werenight”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    Permit me to be the first to say: “Werenight?” “THERENIGHT!”

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Axe too heavy! Woooah!” (topples backwards)

  3. David Cowie Says:

    It weren’t night, it were evening.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Apparently they all studied the martial art of Leaving Oneself Wide-open. Also known as “Doggy Wanting Belly Rub”.

  5. Anna T. Says:

    Not only are the werebeasts fighting Gerin and his friend, some of them are also fighting each other. Or disagreeing about the battle plan – it’s up to you to decide.

    Speaking of which . . . which one of those men is Gerin. We have the options of Axe, Helmet and Battle Underwear or Tight Breastplate. Who do you choose?

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Emerson, Lake and Slaughter.

  7. fred Says:

    Wereheads. Werebodies?

  8. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Anna T. – You have it exactly right. “Uh, Gerin, let’s get the hell out of here. The Werebeasts seem to be just fighting each other.”

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    There’s some Ting! missing.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    While helmet-head is smugly posing with that giant inflatable axe, the dagger homing in on his rather too obvious turquoise belt buckle is about to launch his second career, as a soprano in an opera company.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    There are also once again scabbard issues.

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    The were-beasts are all either fleeing from something we can’t see to the right of the picture or towards something we can’t see to the left. A lamp-post?

    The humans standing aside and letting them pass seem to be Frank Oz and Jim Henson. Maybe this was what ‘Dark Crystal’ was supposed to have been like.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: ‘…but today, the desperate slaughter of the werebeasts give them no comfort.’

    Or maybe…

    ‘Turquoise belt buckle? I don’t have a turquoise belt buckle.’
    ‘Of course not. You’re a boy.’

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Although I like Turtledove’s work, this early offering is definitely not one of his best works. It almost reads as a narration of a role playing game and not until it gets to the final chapter does it really seem to have any heartfelt action.

  15. Ray P Says:

    I never realized were-Scotty dogs existed until now.

  16. Tom Hering Says:

    We few, we happy few, we band of barbarians;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall surely have had his buttocks bitten;
    Be he unseemly portrayed upon a paperback,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in Elabon now a-bed
    Shall think themselves lucky they were not here,
    And hold their “manhoods” safe in their hands whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon this Werenight’s day.

  17. GSS noob Says:

    I read a later edition, which has a more appropriate cover. These faux-nans suggest epic grimdark, while the book is pretty goofy and has sensible armor.

    Everything on this cover deserves to die.

  18. GSS noob Says:

    @Ray 15: there are were-birds too big to fly, and were-elephants a couple feet tall — because this book observes conservation of mass. So much of the were-army is useless. Nobody knew that until it happened.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “It was Gerin the Fox against a legion of weasels in a desperate effort to save Toad Hall from destruction!”

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