Mar 19

Cham the Man!Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: Attack of the zombie conga line!

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: 6.80 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “The Last Magicians”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Sam the Cham and the Oh Noes.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    A little birdie told him the zombies are coming

  3. Alice Says:

    For a second I thought the title was “The Last Musician” and Cham was holding a keytar.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    When I hear the term ‘magician’ I think of slight of hand and dramatic flourishes. Cham the red, who is green, is going to stand against chaos and do what? Pull a rabbit out of a hat?

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

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    *Works on penises too!

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    They’re not zombies, they just drank too much Pepto-Bismol

  7. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Cham’s right foot is abnormally large. He must have really good company benefits to afford orthotics like that.

  8. fred Says:

    In a Worlde of color blindness it’s really hard to properly identify magicians.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FB—I hear Chinese GSS has just started marketing a product they are calling “Tidy Ting™” Better check with the lawyers.

  10. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Sanford Kossin has obviously read enough of the book to get details right, but must have got a bit confused about which characters are undead. As pointed out, for the last Red Magician, Cham looks very, very green, and also bit ragged round the edges and sunken eyed. Enlarge and it even looks like his pet crow has had one of his eyeballs as a cheeky snack, the little rascal, leaving one evil glowing eye and an empty socket. (classic) Still quite a buff zombie though, if that’s your kind of thing.

  11. misterbob Says:

    More like the Last Paintbrush in the Shop,perhaps Sanford has to use his pet crow’s wings to paint in the background ?

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I see the blurb writer got paid by the word, and also by the Capital Letter.

    I’m told morning sickness, weight gain, and the lot are no fun, but I don’t know as I’d call the symptoms “The horror of the Unborn.” Maybe if you’re as body-conscious as yon damsel?

    @Alice: I thought so too!

    @Francis: Does “works on penises too” refer to it also attracting men, or that it can be applied to them to create Ting!

    @BC: I’m guessing the Chinese version is the latter of my question above.

    Amazon tells me his sword yclept “Red Slut”. His raven is called “Deth”. He’s surnamed “Helleyes”. Her name’s… “Debra“?

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Wiki tells us that Jakes co-founded the Swordsmen and Sorcerer’s Guild with Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, where his title was “Ambassador-without-Portfolio to the Partly Squamous, Partly Rugose Vegetable Things of the South Polar City of Nugyubb-Glaa.”

    I bet he knew our pal Bokrug.

    On a very charming note, he and his wife have been married since 1951. Good Show, Jakes Family.

  14. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn 12: She could try a more suitable alternative spelling, like Red Sonja.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I dunno if he has the necessary experience for the job: he looks a bit green.

    “Only Cham, the Last Red Magician, stood against Chaos.”

    And Debra was there, too.

    The title is “The last Magicians”, dude. Doesn’t that imply at least one other magician? (Perhaps Debra is the last Green magician, who happens to be yellow).

    Come to think of it, is the Unborn the same as the Risen Dead? Perhaps the zombies are the servants of the Evil Embryo or whatever it is, which also happens to be a magician.

    Using “Worlde” instead of “World” – just _precious_.

    @JuanPaul: well, Merlin is often referred to as a “magician” as well as a wizard or enchanter. Perhaps between Quests he’d entertain the Round Table with rabbits and card tricks.

    @Anti-Sceptic: that’s his special zombie-kicking boot.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I was wondering about the singular vs. plural as well. The blurb gets worse the more we look at it.

    I’d think calling the zombies “the Nonborn” or somesuch would make more sense than “the Unborn”. Presumably they were born once, died, and then Rose From the Deade.

    Unless, as you posit, they’re merely tools of the Evil Fetus called The Unborn. Gosh, I hope it isn’t Debra’s.

    @Vlttp: She could be Yellow Sonja.

    Goodreads indicates it’s what you see on the tin — generic fantasy for 13 year old boys.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The blurb text “The horror of the Unborn” is a good example of the Freudian Slip – it was the late Sixties, and it began to dawn on the hippies that all that “free love” would soon end when women began to demand family, adult responsibility – and children…

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