Nov 22

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Good Show Sir Comments: “When he said he was a headhunter I thought he wanted me because of my LinkedIn® profile”.

Published 1975

Finally, the trilogy of terrible Corgi GSS covers is complete. See here and here.

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: 7.25 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Neq the Sword”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Don’t you mean “Sword the Neck”?

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    So this is a story about a baby George Washington beheading people. IJust rename it “Very Young George Washington, Zombie Killer” and it’ll be a surefire hit.

  3. fred Says:

    Higher resolution. He be Capt. Hook without the hook. Capt. Neq Sword?

    Back cover panorama-rama. Looks like the previous two meatheads effed things up royally, so Neq has to put things aright.

  4. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Only a trilogy? For shame, Mr. Anthony. I mean, these titles practically write themselves; Jin the Wrench. Poc the Mug. Brf the Pen. Kuz the Fork. I’m not even typing with both hands, and I’m building a whole pointless universe.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    I didn’t know that corgis read sci-fi, but if they did I would think they’d have better taste than this.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    First you sword the neck, then you …

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Great! Now we have enough to start our barbershop quartet!

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Prostho Plus’ dear, has such teeth, dear
    And he keeps them nearly white
    Just a rope has Mr Sos, dear,
    But his book is just as shite.

    And when Var hits with his stick, dear,
    Scarlet billows start to spread
    Just a sword has Mr Neq, dear –
    Neither book is widely read.

    In the bedroom, rainy morning
    Lies a reader, deeply bored
    Someone’s writing a lousy book, sir,
    could that book be Neq the Sword?

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    I think I finally get it. Stick, rope, sword; it’s like rock ,paper, scissors, except sword always wins.

  10. Raoul Says:

    ♫ Neq the Sword with skulls-a-poppin’
    Var Var Var Var Var
    and Sos the Rope ♫

  11. Anna T. Says:

    He’s a stranded man from some first-world country with a sword grafted to his left wrist. So he’s taken to headhunting in the ripped-off remains of his khaki pants, leaving his trophies on spears to give trespassers fair warning.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    I imagine that Sos and Var are always having to explain to people how Neq is actually a good guy once you get to know him.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    It occurs to me how mixed-up all of this is. Really, you can rope a neck and stick a sword. Perhaps some index cards got spilled on the floor and picked up in the wrong order.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Wood–

    The reviews are in!

    “Brilliant!”–Kurt Weill

    “I’ve heard better.”–Bobby Darin

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat Wood

    “In a class by itself” — Gordon R. 🍆son

  16. fred Says:

    Sos has a bird, Var has a Bird, Neq has…..what looks like a far off granite pluton covered in ginormous lichen. Or any one of innumerable pieces of foliage which may or may not be hiding birds or Birds or both or neither.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Um… it’s less homoerotic than the others?

    I really don’t understand his anatomy. It’s a manly body with a giant child size head pasted on. Anatomical issues. Perhaps he beheads people and then swaps their cabeza for his, which explains how his head in no way matches his body.

    @fred: Oooh, the covers did get worse and more stupid, didn’t they? Oh, for our innocent days when we thought Sos was as bad as it got.

    I can see why Neq is last — really, a sword is much more effective than a rope and a stick.

    @Lillie: And knowing the way Piers has milked Xanth for decades, it’s a wonder he didn’t go on with Brf and Kuz.

    @Tat: bravo. Swingin’. Which this artist should do, on the end of Sos’ rope.

  18. Hammy Says:

    I don’t think Neq-ing with a sword is a very good idea. See what happened to the last person to try it?

  19. Tracy Says:

    Should there be a “small men with big heads” tag?

  20. Anna T. Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: After a second look, I am in complete agreement over the anatomical issues. Summoning the Tag Wizard! Hopefully!

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Corgi Serial Killer Library

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    While I still maintain Neq has a child-proportion head, another look has me thinking his head appears to be copied off some portrait more suited to appearing on US currency or maybe a painting in a stately home. Definitely Georgian (both Washington and King III).

    Which looks even odder on the beach with skulls.

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