Dec 09

In someones head, this probably made sense.Click for full image

I’m speechless. I asked you for a mermaid, riding a merhorse on an ocean wave with a rainbow coming out of her back. But this… this is so much more. A picture like this should be kept in the Louvre.

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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40 Responses to “Moonsinger’s Friends”

  1. SI Says:

    Wow… why does a merhorse need legs anyway?

    It’s not like it’s going to help it swim. Horses only really use them for.. you know running. Possibly a bit of fighting. Gah! Evolution sure did screw up this one!

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    How is she staying on that merhorse? Velcro?

    I’d have to assume: magical, rainbow velcro.

  3. Simon Says:

    So THAT’s why side saddle was invented.

  4. Simon Says:

    But all that aside I am helpless before the awesome awfulness of this cover – I’m not sure even Saddam Hussein would have had this artwork in his palace. Not even in the shower room.

    I think you may have broken this site. Where can you go after this?

  5. little mi Says:

    I wish I had friend’s like that. It would certainly add a special something to dinner parties.

  6. CSA Says:

    It’s beautiful. It makes me want to be a better man.

    SI: to be fair you can’t see the hoofs of the horse, it might have fins at the end of the legs… which would make sense…

    The colour saturation is just a little high on that cover. Andre Norton really does have some unfortunatly garish covers. You think somebody at some point down the line would have said about maybe scaling it back a bit on one of the covers.

  7. SI Says:

    Your right Simon. There is something so special that not even RX is Chaos can rival it.

    Maybe I should just end things now.

    This book should be the standard for every book. Once a cover is decided on they should hold it next to Moonsingers Friends and ponder, ‘How does my cover compare. And why shouldn’t I just put Moonsinger on every cover?’

  8. SI Says:

    Jumping merhorse adminsvessal. Where did all those names come from in the tags? Is this a collection of stories?

  9. JustinLeego Says:

    I do wonder how many of these female authors are actually dudes.

  10. admin's vassal Says:

    Yep, it’s an omnibus of short stories. There’s even an open letter to Andre Norton contained within, so I am led to believe.

  11. Hank Says:

    If this is never done as a tattoo, the world will be a poorer place.

  12. Zazu Yen Says:


    You all fail to understand the unmitigated… jaw dropping… brilliance of this singular image. It is, all by itself, a near perfect pilot-pitch for a new unstoppable tween IP!

    It just needs two things.

    1. Make them pop stars. Give her a microphone. Have the mer-horse playing a keyboard.

    2. Make everything blue pink.

    With that we can pitch the Mer-Rainbow-Pony Princess’s to Disney and all become millionaires! Okay, the name needs some work.

  13. Matt Says:

    I’m so glad Andre Norton has a moonsinger.

    Oh, and that moonsinger has friends?

    And someone has written a book about them?


  14. vicman Says:

    Damn, it I said mereunicorn, not merehorse!

  15. vicman Says:

    Opps, “Merunicorn, not merhorse!”

  16. Brian B Says:

    To be entirely honest I’m not sure why it isn’t a mereunicorn. I mean I really can’t imagine a conversation between the publisher and cover artist “Whoa hey now, a mereunicorn? That’s just too silly!”

  17. Hal Says:

    I’d put this on my wall. No question.

  18. Amy Says:

    I’m fairly confident my mother had this book when I was young. In fact, my childhood home is a treasure trove for Good Show Sir.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Not far from my house lies a small farm with horses, pigs, chicken, sheep and a few peacocks (I’m not making this up!)…

    Therefore, when I see that pic of a mer-horse, my mind IMMEDIATELY conjures up a bunch of merpigs, merchicken, mersheep and mercocks next to it.

  20. Jon Says:

    I think I saw this on the side of a 1977 GMC van once…

    If not, it should be.

  21. arch9enius Says:

    Yep, Saddam Hussain’s 1977 GMC van. Actually if that horse had hydrofoils on the end of it’s front hooves; that would make sense.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Doesn’t the merhorse have front legs for the same reason that the mermaid has arms? Something to ponder . . . .

  23. Jaouad Says:

    Oh, I know. She has *two* tails. And a very broad bottom. Enigma solved!

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Good Show, Sir!

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    I just don’t understand why a mermaid would need to ride a merhorse.

  26. anon Says:

    I never knew mermaids were so small as to ride a seahorse!

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A mer-horse would be SLIGHTLY less stupid if it had the back feet of a horse and the torso and head of a fish (euugh!) … then at least you’d have a chance of mounting it and getting somewhere.

    But a mermaid on horseback is just not going to work. One word: slippage.

  28. Tom Noir Says:


  29. Revellion Says:

    Why isn’t it a merunicorn with wings? Someone dropped the ball there.

  30. GSS noob Says:

    I gasped in amazement at this.

    I wonder how I missed this when it came out. It is surely the only cover of a festschrift that should have been airbrushed onto a van.

    Nice to let one token dude into the anthology.

  31. DaveM Says:

    More evidence of the ongoing mermaid conspiracy.

    Reading the list of authors, really makes me want to buy this book, but alas, it’s not on google play, and an aging man reading a book with a cover like that on the train would doubtless lead to parents clutching their children protectively and being interviewed by the public transport inspectors. ūüôā

    It’s not really a bad cover at all in many respects, but that vertically stretched font is a bad idea in every circumstance.

  32. JuanPaul Says:

    She has a look on her face that says, “Take the f–king picture already!”

  33. THX 1138 Says:

    Yes, Mr Confectioner, I’ll have five Cola bottles, five flying saucers, three of those pink shrimp things, ten fruit salads, and a merlady and merhorse please.

  34. Bibliomancer Says:

    My Little Mer-pony!

  35. Raoul Says:

    You can’t hang this in the Louvre unless you give a shout-out to the cover artist. Give it up for Victoria Poyser.

  36. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Raoul: as little as nine bob for a poster! I’m salivating with excitement here.

    No, wait. That’s my chicken and beer. Happy St. Pat’s, everyone!

  37. fred Says:

    That’s a lot of dry hair for aquatic beasties.

  38. Anna T. Says:

    The merhorse isn’t actually that far-fetched. It’s similar to a creature from Greek mythology called the hippocampus, which was, in fact, a water-horse with two front legs and a tail.

    Apart from that — ecch.

  39. Tom Noir Says:

    I’d have liked to see this cover include a mercat for maximum effect.

  40. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Well spotted, Raoul and DSWBT!

    The mermaid conspiracy deepens, to include merhorses.
    MER ALL THE THINGS is what their charter says.

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