Apr 24

The relic is sitting on his couch, firing up a bowlClick for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: The Most Interesting Man in the World says: I don’t always drink beer. Cause I’m usually smokin’ opium.

Published 1991

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: 7.63 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “The Illusionists”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    The fish on the wall behind the ‘The’ is the clue: he’s letting the daemons escape so he can tell people “you shoulda seen the ones that got away’. It’ll be a small comfort in the last hours of life in this dimension.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Oh yeah, he’s so laid back he can inhale smoke through his nipples.

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Intricate, enigmatic, and as colorful as a fifty dollar box of crayons.”
    —Gene Wolfe, award-winning author of Stupid Similes and When to Use Them.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Hm…how to write the kids out of my will…hm…’

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s really amazing that the text is casting shadows on this guy.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    If you were clickbaited to this post because of some #nipslip hashtag, you must be sorely disappointed.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    “I like this position because it shows off my good nipple.”

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    You darned kids and your cricket balls! You’ll have to pay for that!

  9. Ray P Says:

    One should never sit with one’s back to a demonic lantern. Denis Healey is Lord Byron is J. R. R. Tolkien is Thomas de Quincy.

  10. Raoul Says:

    Best ever use of the “tasteful smoke” tag.

  11. fred Says:

    Gene don’t know crayons. $50+ bulk boxes 16 colors. Ultimate Crayon Collection $17.99 – 152 colors.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    The old man in white clothing showing off his hairy chest is so, so ’70s.

  13. Francis Boyle Says:

    The relic isn’t as insane as this cover. Well, actually, no. This cover isn’t insane at all; it’s just naff. Insane is a woman on stage in a bear suit eating a chicken leg and this cover’s not even in the running.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: that book was retitled ‘The Castle of the Otter’

  15. fred Says:

    All right, which one of you Illusionists is making me read relic when it is clearly spelled relict.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anna T.—And maybe early Eighties too, with some variation on the clothing/hair coloring.

  17. MisterBob Says:

    Wot no …Khaaaan !!! Tag ?
    Otherwise love the green text on green background – so easy to read !

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    Nothing in the sleeve, eh? Now watch:


    And behold!


    And again…


    And one more:


    Thank you very much! HE TOILS I INSULT

  19. JuanPaul Says:

    @MisterBob Now that you mention the green text, it seems like everything on this cover is trying to hide.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:



  21. Tom Noir Says:

    How GOB Bluth sees himself.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The book is blowing a raspberry!

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:


    1. Did the original paperback have gold-embossed lettering that looks darker on this photo? (Actually, gold-embossed lettering is even worse.)

    2. Did the Art Department forget the rule about how to make text legible in a detailed cover painting?

    3. Is the old man too deaf or too stoned to hear the relic crack RIGHT BEHIND HIS HEAD?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @MisterBob: Can you blame the text for wanting to hide and not be associated with this “art”? I can’t. Poor text.

  25. ProfBeetle Says:

    Later in life, after the divorce, Lucius Malfoy still fancied himself quite the ladies man though he had turned to opiates and vengeful house-elfs kept breaking his stuff.

  26. infoqueen Says:

    Ricardo Montalban seems to be reading several different books at once, since most of the ones in that stack are open.

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