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Published 1987

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: 8.00 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “A Gathering of Heroes”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    The Faux-nan we never knew we needed: Mr Daniel Radcliffe, everyone.

  2. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Finally a science fiction novel set in a deli!

  3. fred Says:

    There seems to be some artistic confusion with the archer concerning a bow, an arrow, and whatever he is holding in his right hand.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    This is why in fantasy worlds the spray can is always invented before the wheel. (It’s true I read it in a book.)

  5. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Is this the Sword of Fire that was conspicuously absent from the Flashback Friday cover? I’m not sure if it’s supposed to look fiery or fluffy, so it might be a Sword of Fur, it’s difficult to tell.

    Also, is he really going out dressed like that? He seems to be wearing one of the skimpier outfits from some fair maidens wardrobe – wife? sister? mother? – well, maybe not mother. Ok it isn’t technically a dress, but it’s only just technically clothes – one light gust of wind away from needing a space sheep. No wonder he needs two sword belts to safeguard against wardrobe malfunction.

  6. MakkaPakka Says:

    What does a dude have to do to get noticed? He’s got out his best furry sword and girdle and the hunters are looking at a fat squirrel out of camera top right.

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  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    In Philly, this would be called “A Gathering of Hoagies”. Yummy.

  9. Tracy Says:

    He looks like an escapee from a male harem in that single flowing scarf that’s so artfully hiding his nads.

  10. Ryan Says:

    Fauxnan looks like he is a three-year old who got dressed by raiding his grandmother’s laundry hamper and make-up desk.

    – Old bedsheet? Check.
    – Fancy long green felt belt you can wrap around yourself twice for modesty? Check.
    – Costume jewelry shell necklace and matching brooch? Check.
    – Knee-high winter boots? Check.
    – World’s Shortest Cutlass (TM)? Check.
    – Fur Sword of Destiny? Check.

    It is no wonder passers-by flinch away in repugnance at this fashion disaster, he is only slightly ahead of Paul Winer in his glorious raiment: Actually, I probably saw this book in Winer’s bookstore last month when I was there.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Aaah! The cross-dresser with no body hair spoken of in the prophecy!”

    @fred: maybe it’s not a weapon? Perhaps the archer was just about to nosh on a tasty pemmican stick when the weirdo with the magic sword appeared.

    Is this an attempt to confuse readers looking for Marion Zimmer Bradley books? “A Dark Border” novel rather than a “Darkover” novel, Paul Edwin Zimmer rather than Marion Zimmer…

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Finally, a fantasy hero dressed the same as your average fantasy heroine!

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    Chris de Burgh in a negligee. I may never be well again.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:


  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Weird elbows and ribs on Faux-nan, and WTF is with the bumps under the other guys’ skin?

    Damsel’s clothing, grandma’s sheets, negligee — all close but no furry cigar. He’s wearing a sheer window drape. Along with the decorative rosette from the tieback. Like the classic Carol Burnett sketch, he saw it in the window and just couldn’t resist.

    I see the Dark Border and the Gathering, but no real Heroes.

  16. anon Says:

    Dearvale-born dork!
    Wild Zuman Empire

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @anon: perfect. He’s certainly a goof and a dork.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Ow – ow – ow – ow….”

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