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JuanPaul Comments: *hypnotic music* They are not internment camps. They are summer camps.

Published 1967

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: 7.57 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “The Master”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “That’s it… that’s it… apply the maple syrup…”

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Look into my eyes.
    You are getting sleepy
    You will buy a copy of this book …

    … Hey stop walking away laughing!

  3. fred Says:

    ‘…for a moment you could not recall the color of his eyes.’

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    If you look through the peephole and see this, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Wish I could escape the charm and humor of this cover. Actually, I wish I could find the charm and humor of this cover.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    An out-take from ‘Dark Crystal’ where one of the Pod People developed hypnotic powers. Still more plausible casting than John Simm, Anthony Ainley or TV’s Eric Roberts.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    @Tat Wood: Why, do you think this looks like one of those three? Because I’m really not seeing the resemblance in this picture.

    Mind you, with some Masters this appearance could only be an improvement.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T: what are you on about? I didn’t say it looked like them, I said it looked like a Pod Person.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Does “Master” mean “Zen Master”? Because if it does, I think I know the sorts of charm and humor we can expect:

    What did the Zen Master say to the Hot Dog vendor?
    Make me one with everything.

  10. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It’s obviously Yoda applying his Jedi mind tricks on us all…Say, I’m suddenly in the mood to go out and fill up on avocados.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    And when he paid the Hot Dog vendor, the Zen Master asked for his change. But the vendor said ‘change must come from within.’

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—Ah, it seems you know the way of Zen. Surely then, you know the most famous of all Zen koans:

    Student: Master, doth the hot dog possess Buddha nature?
    Master: Mu(stard)!!

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Do we have a tag for “bilious”? Because that’s what this cover is, in several senses of the word.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—Well struck with “bilious,” le mot juste, GSS! 😉

  15. Hammy Says:

    @B. C. (# 12) –

    …and the student asked Joshu, the Master, “Master, does an electrical appliance have Buddha-nature?” Joshu said only “mu(metal)”.

    Kinda lame, but the best I can do this evening.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Hammy—Hey, not bad. At GSS it’s all in the trying! 😉

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    “Master, does a cow have Buddha-nature?”
    “Knock it off, that’s an old joke.”
    “Mooooo…” giggle
    “100 laps around the monastery, smart ass, and no more ‘herbal medicine’ for you.”

    @BC: thanks!

  18. Cat Mara Says:

    I read that when I was a kid! A creepy, 180-year old mad-scientist type living inside a hollowed-out Rockall tries to take over the world with a sonic weapon and is foiled by a pair of twins and their mongrel dog. Written by the guy who wrote The Sword in the Stone. Totally bonkers. Make it into a serial, Netflix!

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @Cat Mara: Southern Television adapted it in 1966, with Olaf Pooley in the title role as I recall.

  20. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Editor: “So you’ve got the cover art done, finally. Did you try to capture T.H. White’s inescapable charm and humour?”

    Artist: “Damn! DAMN IT! I knew there were two things I’d forgotten!”

  21. fred Says:

    The back cover. It’s ‘rousing entertainment’.

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    IIRC, the Master is finally defeated in a very stereotypically old person way – he (SPOILER)

    trips over the dog and breaks his hip.
    Really, a bit anticlimactic.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Rousing entertainment.

    I do not think that phrase means what the blurb thinks it does.

    Two annoying kids and a dog (all having names ending in Y) (why?) cause an old man to break a hip. Woo-ee, so rousing.

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