Jan 27

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Joachim Boaz Comments: “The Adventures of a Monk in Bondage”

Read the back cover blurb over at Joachim’s most excellent SF Ruminations blog!

Published 1976

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: 8.47 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Epitaph in Rust”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    It’s what Freddie Jones would have wanted.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Checkmate, mofo,

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Why We Need the Ozone Layer, chapter 4: People with pretentious Maori tattoos may dissolve in hard UV and leave just inkly leatery swirls behind. The naff punk-style hairdo that caused the PCP build-up in the first place may also remain in some cases.

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    The Adventures of Rusty Epitaph!
    And his Kelly Freas Griffin.

  5. fred Says:

    Sky fishing? He looks more like he was engaged in some sky hooking.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Kelly, were you trying to tell us something.

  7. Rick Deckard Says:

    Stop the game! There appears to be an injured little person down on the board.

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    @FB in reviewing Kelly’s other covers on GSS there does seem to be a bit of a fetish theme.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Bondage boy needs an eyebrow trim, also a neck.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I predict Joachim will enjoy the Russell book. I’d forgotten everything about it till I read the blurb, when I remembered it, and recall enjoying it. Unless I’ve mixed it up with another satirical novel with the exact same settings, which hardly seems possible even in SF. It might be a fix-up.

    As for today’s GSS selection… oh dear. No one did their best work for Laser, thanks to low, low rates for everything, and a whole bunch of first-time authors. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a decent cover on any of them. Laser seemed to require both text and covers turned up to 11 on the “70’s Daft” scale.

    But — here’s the kicker — the covers usually bore some resemblance to the plot and characters. Which means this is even weirder than you think.

    Another blurb sez:

    “An Epitaph in Rust unfolds in a grim future Los Angeles, following a young man who escapes a bleak life of servitude in a monastery. Hunted for a seemingly insignificant transgression in a city driven mad by the mayor’s explosive destruction and the subsequent murderous rampage of the android police [I’m guessing the exploding mayor and/or android police in background], young Thomas finds refuge with a troupe of actors [presumably the group of people]who have more than Shakespeare on their minds.” And there’s the revolution [presumably represented by the chessboard]

    But it could be worse: dig l’edition Francais!

    @THX: Explain, please. I’m only familiar with Freddie’s work when he was already older, and this certainly isn’t the chap with the prosthetic eyebrows from Lynch’s “Dune”.

    @Francis: As for the bondage collar, that might have just been Kelly’s joke. He was a fan of Bettie Page, after all.

  11. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS xn: Just looked like the Freddie I was familiar with (see Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, or The Elephant Man and wonder if they had to do very much with his eyebrows on Dune). Maybe with an Apollo hairpiece.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: I think he nicked Rutger Hauer’s 70s/80s look, then. Save for the eyebrows, which are all his own. Did they need their own Equity card?

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The book that blew the lid off the rampant use of hallucinogenics in Nazi Germany!

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    Freddie Jones? I can’t imagine this guy in ‘Emmerdale’. He does look like a peroxided version of affable 70s Radio 2 drivetime DJ John Dunn, though.

  15. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Inspired by today’s inspiring selection (, I got digging. “Timothy Powers” is Tim Powers of The Drawing of the Dark, which was his next book, and he doesn’t seem to have looked back from that. So one wonders if Laser Books actually did hit the jackpot once in a while.

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