Dec 14

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Good Show Sir Comments: Closing time at the pub, you leave with whatever you can pick up.

Published 1994

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: 6.90 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “A Cast of Corbies”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Me chips are on fire!”

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s the biggest blunt ever!

  3. Ray P Says:

    Nice to see Roj Blake still getting some action.

  4. fred Says:

    Pretty easy Bardic Choice there, choosing not to burn.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Questionable Bardic Choice: rescuing a mannequin instead of a princess.

  6. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Corbies? Wasn’t a corbie a crow? No crows there.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    From the World of The Lark and the Wren and The Robin and the Kestrel comes—another book for the birds!

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    As it happens, I spent my teens and early twenties in a town called ‘Corby’, a one-industry town that lost its one industry and was sort of like a post-apocalyptic episode of ‘Rab C Nesbit’ (but less fun than that sounds). Imagine if ‘Threads’ had been redubbed with a soundtrack of Jimmy Shand and you’re getting there.

    This cover flatters the town somewhat.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Guy in the mid-ground: “Hey, my left eye is hurting too! Why can’t I get a cool eyepatch?”

  10. fred Says:

    My Bardic Choice would be The Puffin and The Kiwi.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Wha? Corbies!

    As I was walking all alane
    I ken a Corbies book by Baen
    A savage scene with art lain bare,
    This cover sall blaw for evermair

    by Bardicmancer

  12. Tom Noir Says:

    It’s called “A Cast of Corbies” but all I see are white people. Typical Hollywood whitewashing.

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    Opinion: if this were “Cast of Corgis” it would have sold much better.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—Gude Showe Sir! Lhude sing cuccu 😉

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    As far as Wikipedia is concerned, a corbie is a Tasmanian moth.
    There are no moths on the cover, so I’m going to assume they all died flying into the flaming fish and chips.

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – Thankee! Jist bide fur mah parody ay Burns, “Tae a Moose “.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I saw the title, without even reading it, and sez to myself BAEN!Orange*

    Kudos to the submitter for managing to actually get this… thing in focus. It’s a good thing there’s a larger image, because that’s the only way I could make out the words under “A Novel of” (Does this get “a novel” tag, TW? And “shiny”?). I keep my monitor pretty dim so it looked like “A Novel of FUSSY EMBOSSED SHINY BLOTCH”.

    (3) Roj went a tad heavy on the bleach in the later, bardic years. And apparently could only get the ladies when they were unconscious. Or plastic.

    (6) I thought so too. A series with all sorts of avian titles, and there’s not a bird to be seen on this cover.

    (9) Is his eye hurting, his head aching, or is he just facepalming at the whole situation?

    (11) Och, bonnie.

    (13) And had a much cuter cover.

    * I say that this orange color, as is usual for this publisher, is indeed audible.

  18. Tag Wizard Says:

    @GSSxN – Ah yes, the underused “a novel” tag. I have so many some get overlooked.

  19. Anna T. Says:

    Why is the torch in the background wrapped in butcher paper?

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Maybe it’s all butcher paper, so it flames up real quick. Maybe it wasn’t supposed to be a torch, and guy in the hood (is that a tag? it should be) is surprised that whatever he was carrying has spontaneously combusted.

    Perhaps he had something else wrapped in it originally, but the artist was forced to turn it into a torch to add to the ambiance. Note how it isn’t actually illuminating anything. Could have been a nice bunch of flowers and then the art department was told to make it more BAEN!fwoosh

  21. Raoul Says:

    Mercedes’ lackey: Josepha Sherman

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Raoul: Good Show, Sir. Looking at past GSS posts, there are many other lackeys. This one, however… really, I frown at her parents for naming their girl Josepha. Bet I know what Mr. Sherman’s first name was.

    Regarding Mercedes’ writing style, I saw a button at a con in the 80’s which read “Lackey, Lackey, Lackey, Get Your Adverbs Here”, which caused me to as they say now LOL. You’d have to be of the age and citizenship to remember “Schoolhouse Rock!” to get the joke. But indeed the woman never met a word ending in “-ly” she didn’t like.

    (For the young’uns and furriners who missed out on this educational experience:

    (Note it’s not as good as Conjunction Junction or I’m Just A Bill)

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “You’re listening to Bardic Choices here on BAEN Radio, and tonight’s first caller is a bard from the 17th century… What’s your choice, good sir?”

    “I’d like to hear ‘Greensleeves’.”

  24. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Anna T. – Butcher Paper? Do other sinister robed figures use less butch paper to make their torches? – maybe pastel shades with flower designs on the edges.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Vlttp: ha! Good pun. Maybe this one’s overcompensating.

    (I never would have thought of that joke: I read @Anna T’s comment, looked, and thought “Yep, that’s butcher paper all right.”)

  26. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn: And I swear it didn’t take me a year and eight months to think of it. I just looked at this page today due to ARY’s epic quest across the website.

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