Mar 21

A ghost, a hair beast and a bagpiper walk into a tavern ...Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Back in the day I was a much better bagpiper. I practiced day and night. Before my roommates bludgeoned me to death.

Published 1989

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: 6.60 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Water King’s Laughter”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Keep sucking in, your urine has a loooong way to go.’

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Over on the other side of yon barrel, an unlicensed massage therapist is getting his game on. Perhaps we need a ‘barrels’ tag.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    “A Tail I Intend To Follow”
    — also said by Husky #2 in the Iditarod

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    The title is a little strange. Clearly an anagram! Let’s see what hidden messages it contains:

    – A Streetwalker Thigh Gun
    – A Retreating Whelks Thug
    – A Wagering Kettle Thrush
    – A Nightwear Kettle Shrug
    – A Watertight Greens Hulk
    – A Lager Weeknights Truth
    – A Reggae Lent Whisk Truth

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    “Aye, laddie, ye’ve unleashed the genie o’ the bagpipes! But before ye get yer wishes, Thrug here has one wish left, so brace yerself!”

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    This cover is a poignant depiction of the social alienation of the bagpiper.

  7. fred Says:

    Bare feet. Element of classic fantasy number thirty seven.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    Methinks the bagpiper wants the ghost to shut his damn mouth, or he’ll start playing again.

    I don’t know what the yeti is doing there, however.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    Jester: Hey, Water King, why do bagpipers always walk when they play?

    Water King: ?

    Jester: Moving targets are harder to hit!

    Water King: *gurgle, gurgle, gurgle*

  10. Yoss Says:

    Fergus is forced to finally choose his path. Does he follow his heart and his love for the pipes? Or honor his father’s dying wish that he take over the family sporran beast farm?

  11. fred Says:

    Change the L in title to a D and the cover actually makes sense.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: or the ‘au’ to an ‘i’.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    What the yeti’s doing with a levitating Sean Connery and a bagpiping Owen Wilson in drag, nobody knows.

  14. classicOz Says:

    I only see some of the elements of classic fantasy on the cover, and not the most common ones

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    After the trouble they’d had with ‘Smell the Glove’, Spinal Tap thought moving in a direction more like Magnum or Marillion was playing safe.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Damn you, Tat Wood — you beat me to the punch with the Spinal Tap joke! I doff my hat, and hand over my “Master Of The Obvious” prize buckle to you, the new Master.

  17. Tracy Says:

    When I saw this cover I thought, “Why is Khan playing the bagpipes?”

  18. JuanPaul Says:

    @Tracy Kirk’s reaction would be much the same as in the movie, ” KAAAAAAAAAAAHHN!!!”

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