Mar 09

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Ryan Comments: Yes, Mr. Graves, I loved your first book. Can the sequel be set in the future and contain more nudity and also a multiplicity of enormous snakes?

Published 1969

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: 8.71 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Watch the Northwind Rise”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Must… maintain… eye contact… nah, I’ll just look over there.”

  2. fred Says:

    Needs that Basil Poledouris music from ‘Conan’ where James Earl Jones changes into a giant snake.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    In the Golden Age, interior decorating will get really funky.

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    “Northwind,” eh? There’s a euphemism I haven’t heard before.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    So when the BBC adapted his famous book, do you think they looked at the cover of this one and thought ‘yes, snakes – that’s our title sequence’ and, if so, was the mosaic of Derek Jacobi a last-minute replacement for a collage of people in random statuesque poses?

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  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m betting the carpet matches the drapes here.

  8. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Also published as Seven Days in New Crete, featured here:

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    He only became really uncomfortable when he found out the bathroom was also mostly snakes.

    (The ghost of Robert Graves is no doubt grateful most of his works have been forgotten by this point. )

  10. Ryan Says:

    @4, Tor Mented: Yes, “Northwind” as a euphemism is indeed odd.

    Her hair doesn’t remind me of the north wind at all, no matter how strongly it demonstrates its anti-gravity properties.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It might be a typo—Northwand?

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Doesn’t wind usually arise from the south end?

    Maybe everything’s backwards in the future, as well as overly snake-y.

    Dude seems to be fairly sensible, keeping his eyes on the giant scary and probably poisonous snake.

    @L_L: another book that never had a good cover.

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