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Bibliomancer Comments:  Baen Got Back.     ♬I like big books and I can not lie

Published 2017

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: 7.76 out of 10)

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35 Responses to “Monster Hunter Siege”

  1. Raoul Says:

    Monster Hunter Badonkadonk

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    She: “Have you ever considered collectivism? In general, you know, the needs of the many outweigh the wants of the few…”

    Monster: “Aaaargh!”

  3. RachelJ Says:

    At last! The long-awaited sequel to that timeless fantasy classic Monster Hunter Alpha. And it scores higher on the Baen Scale too!

    I wonder how many of these there are.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    BGM by monster hunters Sigue Sigue Sputnik, of course.

  5. Raoul Says:

    Please tell me everything on the cover is embossed and not just the title font.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Vampire Baker Retreat.

    That’s a triple point score, isn’t it?

  7. MisterBob Says:

    I’m guessing Druuna doesn’t need a recoil butt on her ArmaLite AR-15 .

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    Can’t think why Baen’s always the butt of jokes round here.

  9. L.B. Says:

    Judging from the position of the prodigious posterior, the artist had a certain inclination. I just don’t know if it’s something I could look up to.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @MisterBob: from our POV, the butt is built in as part of the equipment.

    @Anna T: compare the (reasonable) portrait of an AR-15 here to the compacted depiction of its predecessor, the M16, which we’ve discussed previously.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Goodness, if any GSS regulars live in the greater Austin metropolitan area, you can get behind today’s author at a book signing! That sounds like fun.

  12. DaveM Says:

    Baens tribute to Frank Miller.

  13. Iluvm Says:

    Thank God!! Finally they’re at the same page, though it was a pain in the……
    to capture this special angle of collectivism.

  14. fred Says:

    Big guy must be packing the siege tower/battering ram combo.

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    You know, for collectivism to work, it has to be established from the bottom up.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    There seem to be some chiropteran folks flapping around in the sky.

  17. MisterBob Says:

    Just noticed the big guy isn’t packing a jewel encrusted dagger ! Perhaps the artist hasn’t got the Guns Digest Supplement – Ornate Knives part 24 and he hasn’t even bothered to future proof the rifle with giant red laser wires kitsch – was the baen editor on holiday ?

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    Big guy needs a manicure before he goes into battle with this supermodel.

  19. Ray P Says:

    “I like a woman with an arse you can park a bike in and balance a pint on.”

  20. Anna T. Says:

    @DSWBT: Well, at least the gun is the right size, in comparison to the woman. Maybe.

    Otherwise, this cover is so emblematic of your average Baen cover that it simply bores me. I mean, come on, where are the explosions? There are some Baen covers with explosions – could’ve made this more interesting.

  21. Raoul Says:

    @Anna T. – I shudder to think what an explosion coming out of this cover would look like.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    For BAEN!pew pew this is positively restrained. No orange, no cleavage (er… no front cleavage), only shades of gray. No ‘splosions, no Manly Men, and only one not-ridiculous gun.

    I give the artist props for correctly depicting that a woman with Sir Mix-appeal also has thunder thighs, not scrawny little stems like many artists depict.

    However, the damsel doesn’t have her weapon in firing position, and doesn’t seem to be looking at the monster. Monster is about to big hand her big butt. Terrible situational awareness.

    It is however missing the “This is the thin-skinned, big-ego’d, insecure right-wing cry baby who started the whole Puppy shit that tried to ruin the Hugos” label, which it ought to have as a warning.

    (Seriously. F him repeatedly with all his giant weapons inserted into his version of the prominent anatomical section of this cover.)

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Anthony Scaramucci and Sarah Huckabee Sanders react to the hiring of General John Kelly?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This here is much Baenier:

    @DSWBT: I didn’t even see the guy hiding in the corner till your comment. He’s definitely The Mooch, on his way out. If there were bushes, he’d be Spicer.

  25. RachelJ Says:

    @GSS ex-noob #22 and Bibliomancer. Is the cover grey, or silver and a victim of its own CCD-flooding brilliance (as usual)?

    It’s pretty thought-provoking, actually, this cover. Raises all kinds of interesting questions. Like-

    Is the monster cross-eyed?
    Why are its horns crooked?
    Is the damsel planning to smack in the monstrous family jewels with her gun?
    Has she previously whacked it on the head, and that’s why the monster is cross-eyed with crooked horns?
    Is all the above the reason for her confident little smirk?

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @RachelJ: No, you can make out the background bats in amongst the gray-brown sky. The silver CCD killers usually come out solid black/gray, no cloud details. This cover really is that dull.

    Don’t know why she’s smirking — that critter looks pretty dangerous still, and her eyes seem to be fixed slightly behind her, on the tip of the barrel of her rifle. Which is not pointing towards the monster! At least the guy in the corner is aiming at the monster.

    My gun-fu is limited, but I know that pointing the business end towards the threat is how the damn things work. Also funner and safer.

  27. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Monster Chiller Horror Theater Presents Monster Hunter Siege—Thursday at 9 on SCTV aaaawwwwoooooo!!!!

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: Really scary, huh kids?

    SCTV would probably do a swell adaptation of this, actually…

  29. A.R.Yngve Says:

    So many wonderful comments.
    (“Monster Hunter Badonkadonk” just floored me. :-D)

  30. Tom Noir Says:

    OK, what the hell is the blonde Kardashian sister looking at? The gigantic angry monster right in front of her isn’t interesting enough to hold her attention??

  31. fred Says:

    Monster Hunter

    Crack of BOOM!

  32. THX 1139 Says:

    I don’t want to start a frenzy of excitement here at GSS, but the recent Milla Jovovich film Monster Hunter features an actual cat person, just like ones on book covers.

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: Not based on these books, thankfully.* Milla (and the cat people) deserve better.

    What sort of cat people? Furry, or extra-furry? Normal cat colors, or something completely unnatural?

    *Which no doubt hurts Larry’s famously tender fee-fees. Must have pouted and stomped his feet every time an ad for that came on.

  34. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS xn: He was a basic ginger moggy person, not extra-furry. He was a chef or something, imagine the amount of cat hair you would have to be picking from your tongue after one of those meals.

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: I have enough cat hair in my cooking just from the ambient (counting the people who owned the house before, there’s been 40 years unbroken cat occupation). Can’t imagine how bad a cat chef would be, and it’s not like you could put him in a full-body hairnet.

    Perhaps if the fillum comes on basic cable on a lazy afternoon, I will look upon the mog.

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