Apr 11

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JuanPaul Comments: They are DAMN confident that they are DAMN comfortable.
Published 2015

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: 8.36 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Into the Maelstrom”

  1. fred Says:

    When the waiter brings you the bill at The Maelstrom you had better pay up.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Less science fiction, more mail order clothing catalogue.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    I can’t even. . . whatever it was* that Booklist recommended.

    *Probably not be seen on the bus reading this if you’re closeted.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    What a bunch of Hornblowers,

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    If it’s a malestorm it must be raining men!

  6. Raoul Says:

    @Tat – Good Show Sir!
    I believe that gentleman in the back is Rear Admiral Hornblower.

  7. fred Says:

    Thigh pads, knee pads, nothing above the waist. If they are fighting Ewoks hand-to-hand they are prepared.

  8. Lillie Awesome Says:

    @Francis – “Umm…well, their other book was…not, terrible, I guess. This one? Yeah no; we’re not wading into that question, thanks anyway.”

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Gotta be one of the most “damning with faint praise” blurbs I’ve ever seen.

    “Intriguing tale, if you have nothing else to do with your time. Recommended over taking an overdose of barbiturates. Actually we’re not even referring to this book.”

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    All of the actions figures come with kung-fu grip.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JP—And giant moveable chins!

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    @BC pull the cord on the back and they mansplain the art of war.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JP—I’m sure it’s . . . an intriguing tale. . . . Recommended . . .

  14. Mellie M. Says:

    They are the very models of a modern Major General!

  15. Anna T. Says:

    Well . . . those are certainly uniforms. Tacky uniforms.

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    Gentlemen, you can’t play football here. This is a war room.

  17. MakkaPakka Says:

    Who could have predicted a space officers dress uniform would include an elaborate chastity belt.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Manly men! In The Navy! Wouldn’t you like to be their Cabin Boy?

    Apparently the title is being sucked down into the maelstrom, or a black hole, or something… sliding right out of parallel and off the bottom of the cover.

    Baldy Bald Man seems to be overcompensating. And I don’t even want to speculate what all that stuff on the belt of guy at right is for. They all seem to have some, but Mr. Lower Rank on the right has a lot.

    I don’t understand the thigh pads at all. I understand them in football (Not At All Sissy Type), but not in the Space Navy context.

    Were the models actually football action figures with kung-fu grip and Barbie’s Dream Party coat draped over them? Or were they real people that Mr. Seeley stuffed into football pants, his dad’s old turtlenecks, and his mom’s old jackets?

    GSS to Tat (4), B’mancer (5), BC (9), Tor (16), and JuanPaul (12) and finding this one.

    BAEN!manly grunt

  19. RachelJ Says:

    I’ve said before we need a tag for blurbs like this.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    @RachelJ (19): Shatner Blurb? Or ‘This… Is A… Book’?

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    When Boy-Bands Attack

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @RachelJ: “…blurb…” “It’s a… blurb”

    @Tat: Overage boy bands, like the ones from the 80s(?) who are still touring.

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The 18th century called. It wants it’s jackets back.

    (Seriously, I can’t get over the way they seem to be wearing the classic White Futuristic Jumpsuit, and then some vaguely old navy-ish jackets over them. It’s like someone wearing a business suit with a cuirass, or possibly a codpiece. )

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Now, now, we shouldn’t be judging. Whatever their kink is, if the boys need 18th-century jackets over their Obligatory Jumpsuit for their little “play sessions”, it’s fine as long as they’re consenting adults. Though they shouldn’t do it in public where the guy on the right can catch them at it.

  25. RachelJ Says:

    @Tat Wood (#20) I like “Shatner blurb”. Or should it be “Shatner… blurb”?

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @RachelJ: But what if the actual Shatner gives a blurb that doesn’t have ellipses? Or worse, if it does and we get Dot-ception?

    I just… don’tknow. Plus the smooshing together of the next words is equally Shat.

    “It’s a… blurb” isn’t as funny, but does match the existing “a novel” tag.

    We should probably leave it up to Tag Wizard, it’s his job.

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The guy in the middle is obviously struggling to get his iPad’s wi-fi to work.

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