Oct 16

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Marvin Comments: “Trick or Treat!”

“And what are you supposed to be dressed as? A Klansman?”

“Uh, no. I’m an animated cloud!”

Published 1963

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: 8.29 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Negative Minus”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Ben Kingsley’s greatest role!

  2. fred Says:

    Forewarned, Ebenezer donned a hazmat suit before the Ghost of Christmas Food Poisoning made its visitation.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Which one is ‘the terror”?

  4. jrdelirio Says:

    So that’s a positive, then?

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Trump, his forward comb over gone ghastly awry, attempts to inspire his base which, for the first time, appears to be getting a glimpse of the awful truth.

  6. drlemaster Says:

    Even the Badger Books badger could use a little work. They really need to decide if they are going for cute badger (Frances) or fierce badger (honey). Bucky is the only badger I know to successfully straddle that line.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Ok kids, it’s time to play “Scramble the Simile.” Today’s entry:
    The darkness swooped out of the cloud like an animated thing.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – How about:
    The thing swooped out of the other thing like a different thing

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    An the out cloud, like, animated the swooped-of-darkness thing.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    Where are its enormous boobs???

    Oh, sorry, I thought that said ‘anime cloud’.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Badger Books and RL Fanthorpe? Be still my beating heart.

    drlemaster@6: how about Badger from “Wind in the Willows?”

    Tom Noir@10: don’t stereotype anime. There are also the flat-chested cloud girls who look ten in spite of being supposedly hundreds of years old.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    That is very Fanthorpean, in “art”, title, and blurb.

    Negative minus what, RL?

    The thing swooped out of the darkness like a guy who couldn’t afford a decent Halloween costume. (“I got a rock.”)

    His eyes are terribly bloodshot. Lost his clothes somewhere in the drunken revel? Tossed the sheet over himself in shame after the toga party?

    Badger wants nothing to do with this. He’s making a break for the edge of the book.

  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “I see that the new hair growth formula didn’t quite work as advertised for you either.”

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Come to think of it, the term “animated cloud” doesn’t really have the ring of terror, at least for the modern reader.

    Perhaps people were more scared of clouds sixty years ago?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Perhaps this blurb would have been a bit more effective:
    The thing, born of darkness, moved like a living cloud

    Or how about going for brutal honesty:
    The author’s prose swooped onto the page like a badly animated cartoon

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A little demon behind my ear made a naughty suggestion: “Change the book title to SECRETS OF Q ANON EXPOSED and sell it to Americans. Easy money!”

  17. anon Says:

    N.L. Rapefroth
    Hairless woman helped a geek dude out of thin cottons and kit.
    2/6: Conic feces in it

    I found a rather nice anagram “not scenic if ice”, but sadly there’s no travel motif in this one.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @anon: “Hairless woman helped a geek dude out of thin cottons and kit” is perfect.

    I don’t know about conic feces, but I know wombats have cubic ones.

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