May 19

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Bibliomancer Comments: It’s “The OtherWorld” not “The Other World”. Baen doesn’t have time for your punctuation bullshit.

Published 2000

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “The OtherWorld”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    One of your plastic elf ears is falling off, son.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “That’s just like an elf, bringing a sword to a gunfi – *BLAM* – Arrgh…”

    “This elf works for BAEN, sucka!”

  3. fred Says:

    Could have been given a ‘Noldor with a shotgun’ cover but noooooooo. Also the BAEN breastage isn’t given its usual front and center position. I blame the Florida recount for this distraction in quality control.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Prior to the Renaissance, artists painted children as small adults. How about ‘children are hard to draw’.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Garishly coloured title. Check. Ridiculous hero. Check. Boobage. Check. Generic monster. Check. Random inexplicable element. Check. Explos. . . Oh well, even Baen has their off days.

  6. Adzel Says:

    Back-cover synopsis: “When Little Wanda Elfstone’s pet grim-fang went missing, her dad the elf-king hired the toughest gun-toting, micro-skirt wearing, street-smart private investigator in the business. But when ex-Detective Jayne Hexx accepted the mysterious case and a leather bag full of gold coins, she didn’t realize that the grim-fang’s kidnapping was part of a wider magikal conspiracy and that the hidden realms of the OtherWorld were among the toughest neighborhoods in the city. But the kid was cute, the dad was hot, the money was good, and a paying case always covered the bills.”

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:


    Boobage notwithstanding, that woman has the worst taste in clothes I’ve ever seen, even on a Baen cover!

  8. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @B.C.: She’s suffering even more from lack of clothes than lack of taste, having forgotten to put on anything apart from her jacket – which, very appropriately, is a double-breasted one.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @VLTTP—I thought that thin shadow was a brown micro mini, a horrible color to go with the lavender jacket, plus she seems to be wearing shoes, although as we all know, that’s just a dodge against having to draw feet.

    He, open the other hand, seems to have paid way too much attention to his wardrobe. At first I thought that thing on his belt was a window into his stomach.

  10. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @B.C.: You’re right, but at first glance it does look like she’s forgotten her skirt, another example of her bad dress sense.

    He seems to be wearing an expression of extreme discomfort because of how much that gun just does NOT go with his armour and flaming sword.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    We all knew at first glance that it was… say it with me…


    B’man’s comment is, of course, 100% true.

    How did it take 3 people to write this? Did Mercedes scribble something on a cocktail napkin and her Lackeys Mark and Holly had to try to make a book of it?

    Evil Child is in appropriately fugly-retro garb. Woman on left is in insufficient garb, and has apparently had too much plastic surgery on both face and chest. Same purple color, though — are they in cahoots?

    Why is Elf-boy wearing gray gloves, yet his arms and head are unshielded? If he drops the automatic rifle or sword, will he be able to bend over and pick them up with that ginormous belt gem?

    And whither the slavering reptile?

    @Adzel: GSS! Probably better than the actual book.

    @Francis: No explosion, but I’m thinking the green flaming sword is a sufficient stand-in. I’ll allow it.

  12. THX 1139 Says:

    *Is embarrassed he thought Adzel was reprinting the actual blurb* Well, it’s an easy mistake to make!

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @JuanPaul: wasn’t that mainly lil’ Jesus, because it was undignified to draw him as a mere baby?

    @Verylatetotheparty: “I had one of those dreams again, where I show up for a Baen cover illustration naked except for a tight jacket.”
    “You have to stop reading Johnny Ringo.”

    The elf, the dragon[?][1], and the flaming sword cover the High Magic, but I’m not seeing the Hot Rods (and there’s a woman available to drape over one, at that). Did the artist get too caught up in Elf Details and forget to leave room? Or are they unaware what hot rods are and think it’s another name for guns?

    [1] Which for some reason has a mouth like a deep sea fish, with added drool.

  14. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Also not sure why Elf-hero (or whatever he is) is brandishing an AKM. That’s a commie weapon. He should have a decent God-fearin’ Amurrican gun, for sure.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The only thing this cover is missing to make it “peak Baen” is a snarling cat-person (with large Furry hooters) holding a huge gun.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Longtime_Lurker: no doubt he struck down a Dirty Commie with his flaming sword, and took the gun off the body.

  17. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    There aren’t any cars in the picture, so I assume the Hot Rod is what the Elf is holding.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Really, a fast car would have been easy to put on the cover in place of the drooling fish-lizard, if indeed cars are important enough to the plot to be mentioned so prominently in the blurb. Cars are not hard to draw.

    Is Evil Child doing the hand jive?

    @Bruce @L_L: maybe the gloves are asbestos (what with the flaming sword), and also protect him from Commie Germs from the AK.

  19. Anti-Sceptic Says:


  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @A-S: One Thundercat and one ho, anyway.

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