Apr 26

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Good Show Sir Comments: When you wake up – again – tied-up, drugged, beaten … blame the UFOs!

Published 1967

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: 8.21 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “The Ring-A-Ding UFOs”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    These aliens really don’t get the concept of ‘elbows’, do they?

    (I read this first as ‘The Miss from ISIS’. Is that wrong of me? Is there a jihadi version of Napoleon Solo as well?)

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Laziest go-go dancer … ever!

  3. Raoul Says:

    She’s close to the Man from U.N.C.L.E. He’s like the Brother from Another M.O.T.H.E.R.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The blurb writer will be happy to know, the book did get me.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Odds are it’s Wandl the Invader behind it all…

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    I have the feeling that this is actually a far better cover than the book deserves.

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Stefanie Powers’ lawyer on the phone for you, Mr Tralins.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “So I said, like, whoever you are, if you’re gonna tie me up and like beat me and all, at least, like, tie me up so that I can still do my nails, willya?”

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Is that logo silhouette supposed to be a bullet? a lipstick? a dildo?
    I can’t decide.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @B’mancer: remind me not to be around if you ever load a gun.

  11. fred Says:

    Mr. Tralins obit. Interesting.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Where’d the rest of her cape go? Because she’s apparently wearing one.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T.: It unravelled around her upper arms. You know how it is, you pull on a thread and next thing you know you’re tangled up in really flimsy yarn.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Anna: She’s tied by her neck to the background… o_O

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Skin tight catsuits, buffed nails, faux bondage, dildo bullets, cute names like The Miss from S.I.S.—that’s all well and good for the OLD danger game. But what are we gonna do about the NEW
    danger game?

  16. Ray P Says:

    Good job it’s not the Bitch from S.C.U.M..

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Huh. The author was an interesting guy. Shame he didn’t write more “serious” work.

    As for this cover, sheesh. The missing cape, her air of ennui, the weird joints, the excessive and not very grammatical text… Did the aliens design this?

    And the Miss isn’t ever going to get out of even that flimsy “tied-up” stuff if she keeps her gloves on all the time. But she’s a proper lady, she is, always wearing her matching gloves.

    @B’mancer: yes.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    And the 1967 winner of the Creepiest Basement-Dweller Blurb of The Year Award goes to…

  19. HappyBookworm Says:

    I can’t take UFOs seriously named like a poorly-branded circus.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Was “ring-a-ding” (the slang phrase) used that late by anyone save Sinatra? I think of it as being earlier. Makes the cover tacky AND out of date.

    ETA: I can’t find a dictionary cite as to the year, but Sinatra’s album came out 6 years before this book.

    The UFOs should have been groovy or far out.

  21. fred Says:

    Her life can’t be as exciting as Electra Woman.

  22. Francis Boyle Says:


    Ah, Sid and Marty Krofft. That sort of explains it. Though for a while I was convinced it was a very clever modern parody like the “if Game of Thrones had been made in the 90s” thing.

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    Can anyone find out what S.I.S. is an abbreviation for?
    My first hunch was Secret Intelligence Service, but that seems too practical and mundane for this type of book. Better candidates for an “S” letter are softcore sadism and sex.
    @GSSxnb: At Marvel comics, Stan “The Man” Lee was in the habit of giving everyone nicknames. Artist John Romita was dubbed John “Ring-A-Ding” Romita, at least for a while. (I think the nickname changed later.) Anyway, Romita joined Marvel sometime around 1966, so the “Ring-A-Ding” thing was in use at least that late.
    It does show how older writers are often badly out of date with their slang. I remember Marvel using the catch phrase “What a revoltin’ development this is!” It dates back to a radio program called “Life of Riley,” which began airing in 1941.

  24. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tor – Society for International Security

    Sounds more like a group that runs the Met Gala than a spy agency

  25. fred Says:

    Ring-a-ding isn’t in my Partridges Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 7th Ed..

  26. Tor Mented Says:

    fred, it’s in Urban Dictionary. But as usual with that anyone-can-contribute site, there are a lot of definitions that aren’t cool, jake, copacetic, spot on or kosher.

  27. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “If the UFOs don’t get you – this book will”

    ‘The Ring-a-Ding UFOs’: the one reading experience that can be equated to being anally probed.

  28. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Once again, the blurb needs a teesny tiny puncuation tweak:

    It’s Lee Crosley
    The Miss from Sis,
    back at the old danger
    game . . . Tied-up
    drugged, beaten-
    by whom?* . . .but
    ever undaunted!

    *by Bob Tralins

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Now I’m picturing ring-shaped UFOs.

    Possibly ending up over stakes like a ring toss or horseshoes.

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