Jul 12

From the gates of hell I keep tabs on thee!Click for larger image

Rick Deckard Comments: Oh shit, it’s the wife!

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: 6.78 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “No Earthly Sunne”

  1. fred Says:

    This is what happens when you appear on a Baen cover without a weapon. Beaten to death by a Faery Queen wielding a firefly laden shrub.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    No Reading Funne

  3. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Hey, no Anne McCaffrey blurb? Ms Ball was a sometime co-author with Ms McCaffrey, notably on the first Acorna book.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Titania’s furious the Shakespeare nerds want to remake A Midsummer Night’s Dream without her in it – but Mary Sue senses a chance for glory.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hey, I don’t want to hear the word ‘ripoff.’ Around here we say, if it’s good enough for Fleetwood Mac it’s good enough for Baen!”

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    “Ow … milady… my arm doth not bend that way.”

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    @Tor: she’s unfamiliar with human articulation. Look at her left leg.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    I assume he’s both seducing her and inviting her to come to the otherworld with him. He’s probably also promising that his sorceress friend won’t take offence to her presence. Whether or not the sorceress/fairy queen lady is also the guy’s ex is unknown at this time.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    O what can ail thee, Bendy Arms
    Alone and palely loitering?
    The gilt has withered from the font
    and no Baen ting.

    I met a lady with a glow
    Full beautiful, a faerie child
    Her dress lit up, her wand did too
    And her hair was piled

    I saw pale kings, and princes too
    Pale warriors, goth-pale they all.
    They cried – La Ball dame sans McCaffrey
    Hath thee in thrall

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    Sir Philip, don’t you have some Spanish porn you need to fight.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Wood—Baen called and they want to appoint you Poet Laureate, but they don’t know how to spell “laureate” (or Sun). Good Show, Sir!

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    Bravo, Tat. I lolled, and made sweet moan.

  13. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    @Tat: GSS! If a trifle anachronistic.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Just looking at the font let me know it was BAEN!harp arpeggios, fireballs, angry women

    Who’s the gawking crowd behind the magickal lady? Nosy neighbors or faery posse?

    Why’s Mary Sue in the Canadian tuxedo being awkwardly face-palmed by skinny Chris Pratt? He’s not sure what’s going on either.

    (1) true
    (3) good question — did they end up not getting along?

    @Tat: Bravo and GSS!

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    For a sec I thought the title was The Farty Sun

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @AS: This is also a valid reading, with that font. Maybe that’s where the glowing torch is coming from — Faery Queen lit the gas on fire?

    (Alas, she’s too clothed to be Empress Fairy Peg O’Ribble.)

    Other possible title: No Earthly Reasonne (for this to exist).

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @GSS quite right!

    The cover also looks like Pirates of the Caribbean Meets The Hobbit.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Ask me any favor, fair maiden from another time, and tis’ shall be done.”

    “Just brush your teeth! You’ve got some serious Elizabethan halitosis!”

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