Feb 14

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JuanPaul Comments: She has an earthy quality about her.

Published 1992

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: 6.38 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “The Watcher’s Mask”

  1. fred Says:

    Bird’s lucky it’s just the crown and not the throne.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “She’s got smoke panther hair…” (with apologies to the Super Furry Animals)

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    It is quite symbolic that the Eagle has the the crown. Go Philly!

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    Just like it said in ‘De Rerum Natura’: the universe is made from Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Squirrels and Lipgloss.

  5. Anna T. Says:

    The disconnect between how her mouth is open on one side and closed on the other is giving me a headache. Seriously, the point of this kind of artwork is that the body parts MATCH UP – something that the artist clearly didn’t care about.

    Also, the dragon coming out of the volcano’s plume is a truly unconvincing depiction of its kind.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    Nice try, lady, but Apple’s face recognition technology is still going to know who you are.

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Don’t you just hate it when people can’t get portrait and landscape sorted out on their camera phones?

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So she’s got a big pimple above her right eye and a discharge from her left ear.

    Lovely, eh?

    Not to mention she seems to have had some terrible wound across the center of her face that was badly repaired, to cause her partly-open, partly-closed lips, and… whatever happened to her nose. I see @Anna T agrees.

    @JP: She might escape recognition — at that scale, she’s more liable to show up on Apple Maps. And can you imagine going for a hike near the volcano and falling into a giant eyeball? Ewww. Her eyes don’t line up either.

    Mr. x-n chortled.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Over the centuries many graduates of the Unknown Artist’s Institute have tried to recreate the profound ambiguity of DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. None has succeeded, and some, frankly, just shouldn’t have bothered trying.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I like the art, but the blurb is meh.

    Time for the Blurbinator ™:

    “She was the [1] most feared [2] – and the only hope for the [3] of her [4]…”

    a) Emperor’s
    b) “MeToo” movement’s
    c) Petaluma Bowling Team’s
    d) art school’s
    e) Navy SEAL’s
    f) knitting circle’s

    a) weapon
    b) social media influencer
    c) player
    d) Post-Modern intersectionalist painter
    e) elite soldier
    f) member

    a) future
    b) re-election
    c) victory
    d) Fall exhibition
    e) liberation
    f) completion

    a) race
    b) congresswoman
    c) home town
    d) installation of Mona Lisa in vat of pig’s blood
    e) country
    f) Christmas quilt

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Regarding #3 — they were the pride of AMF Boulevard Lanes!

  12. Bruce Munro Says:

    Considering how long it takes to put on makeup, I shudder to think how long it takes to put on a landscape when she goes to work in the mornings.

    Darn birds, always flying off with shiny things.

    @Anna T.: maybe it’s not a dragon, just a smoke monster on its way to some disappointingly metaphorical island. And maybe the artist is trying to draw a contrast between the Angry Orange (we all know about angry orange nowadays) and Cool Blue sides of her persona? It’s art, it’s a metaphor, it’s an exploration of the psyche!

    (Or not.)

    “The only hope for the future of her race?”

    So the landscape-face people are a threatened minority or something even though _she_ is vital to the Emperor? The tropes just write themselves.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Maybe it’s like that permanent eye makeup?

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    ♪ I see littoral silhouetto of a man
    Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango? ♪

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