Nov 19

You all seem to be on fire. Here let me put you out with my sword! Ah HAClick for full image

A heavily armoured sword wielding knight on a metal horse attacks some smoking animals. Why are they smoking? For effect my dear boy! And possibly magic. Anyway, make sure those animals are mean! I want red eyes and snarls!

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: 7.50 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Warlock Enraged”

  1. little mi Says:

    Just the title made me laugh!
    He’s a warlock and he’s really rather angry, I tell you. Those damnable animals and their smoking really are more then a enough to drive any self respecting magical type to waving their sword around in any annoyed fashion..

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    Phrases we don’t hear enough of in everyday conversation: ‘excuse me, sir, your purple grizzly bear appears to be on fire.’

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    Nice placement of the price sticker, too.

    ‘___ AND SORCERY CLASH ONCE AGAIN!’ What fills the blank? I’m torn between (a) ‘CHEESE’, (b) HOVERCRAFTS and (c) ‘REALLY, REALLY STINKY-REEKING ANIMALS’ That last would be tough to fit under the sticker, I know, but would at least explain the cover animals. And I’m sure with judicious use of font size …

  4. SI Says:

    Maybe they are all offended he’s riding a metal horse and not an actual animal.

    “Get away from here you beasts! This is a no smoking area!”

  5. little mi Says:

    Smokey the Bear and Socery Clash Once Again

    My money is on Smokey

  6. SI Says:

    ‘Tweed Jackets and sorcery clash once again’

  7. CSA Says:

    Again with the orange sky? I think it must be done by the same colour blind artist as the last book. Would explain the purple bear alright.

    Adam, i’m gonna go with (b) HOVERCRAFTS and Sorcery, it could explain the robotic horse… er… maybe not

  8. Roses Says:

    I’m sorry, we’re British here. We’ve a stereo-type to live up to.

    The book should have been called ‘The Slightly Miffed Sorcerer’, or ‘The Cross Sorcerer’, or even ‘The Put Out Sorcerer’.

  9. Oberonsson Says:

    Well, actually, I do own this original painting of Steve Hickman’s, and I love it. But all of the covers to the Warlock books, both Hickman’s and those that followed him, had the robot horse look like a robot instead of a real horse. “He” was a robot, but did not look like one. But the metallic horse did look cool on tose covers… but it is misleading…

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    At first I thought the title read “The Warlock Engaged,” which sounds like an interesting book that I would absolutely buy.

    Is this an entire series about The Warlock’s mental states? “The Warlock Relieved.” “The Warlock Relaxed.” “The Warlock Comfortable.” “The Warlock Outwardly Calm But Inwardly Consumed By Ennui And Existential Angst.” “The Warlock Mildly Interested.”

  11. Jen Says:

    Let me put it this way: the other books in the series that I own include “The Warlock in Spite of Himself,” “The Warlock Unlocked,” “The Warlock Heretical” and “The Warlock is Missing.” So pretty much, yes.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Remember: Only YOU can prevent Fairy Forest fires!

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Imagining the bear saying Rawr and stuff reminded me of VG Cats.

    @Adam, @Roses, @Tom: Perhaps ‘Irritation and Sorcery Clash Once Again!’ can satisfy all of your demands at once. 🙂

  14. RachelJ Says:

    @Jen. And then (Google informs me) there’s “The Warlock Wandering”, “The Warlock Insane”, “Warlock Rock” and “Warlock & Son”. Which may explain why whoever wrote the copy for the front cover sounds so very jaded: “Yeah, yeah —- and sorcery clash ONCE AGAIN! Like in every other book in the whole interminable bloody series- what did you expect?”

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    Is there such a thing as cuppery?

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    That knight has some epic B.O.

  17. Anna T. Says:

    So the horse actually is a robot in story! Amazing. For once, partial truth in advertising. Also, did that bear and lion just escape from a forest fire or something? Because it would explain the smoke.
    Or maybe the warlock hit them with a fireball.

  18. anon Says:

    The lion is mad because his pompadour is ruined.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cheech & Chong’s SMOKIN’ THE BEAR

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