Jun 09

... and use that P.T. Barnum font!Click for larger image

Randall Frost Art Direction “I want you to really sell the sea serpent’s scales! I mean really make a gorgeous stained glass mosaic of it! Don’t waste time on the faces. Just make a couple of commas, and BOOM you got yourself a face!”

Published 1982

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: 8.36 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “Centaur Aisle”

  1. A. R.Yngve Says:

    Then the centaur punched a hole in the bottom of the boat with his powerful hooves, and they all drowned. The End.

  2. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    That’s really knot gneiss.

  3. Bruce A Munro Says:

    That looks more like an Igor than an Ogre.

    I think Randall Frost has the right of it: the artist spent so much time getting the scales on the serpent right (and perhaps the sea: those waves and fish aren’t bad) he ran out of time for the rest of the picture, and just hurriedly sketched in the protagonists. I particularly like the way he decided to resolve the problem of showing a very small character, the gnome or mini-golem or whatever he is, by having him humping the gunwale.

  4. THX 1139 Says:

    What do they tell you about standing up in a boat?!

  5. fred Says:

    ‘Deep six the damned navel.’

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Massive hairy balls, Batman!

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bruce AM—Meanwhile the big ogre seems to be getting ready to hump Robin. As for the Centaur, why do I keep hearing Chaucer?

    I trowe he were a gelding or a mare

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    How timely: now that we’ve all got 80s Cabinet Minister hairstyles, a cover depicting (l-r) Ken Clark, Colin Moynehan, Hestletine (and below him, Francis Pym clinging on for dear life) and Edwina Currie, all facing down a big-toothed opponent with demon eyes.

  9. Ryan Says:

    That certainly is a super-70s cover. I thought that all of the Piers Anthony books were Baen-y in nature, so I am quite surprised to see this illustration that appears more at home on something by Dick King-Smith.

  10. THX 1139 Says:

    B-b-but shouldn’t it have a supermarket on the cover, at least?

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Sea monster’s mouth is watering. Must be planning out his next few meals.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Ryan: Even Baen wasn’t Baen yet, being founded in1983, a year after this, and there’s a fair amount of overlap between the late 70s and early 80s, Reagan and Thatcher notwithstanding.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I think the sea serpent swam in from a better book. Not published by SFBC, which I knew this was without checking the tags.

    The two humanoids have particularly badly-drawn faces. Doesn’t matter as much on the ogre and gunwale-humper. And I agree with @BC about the centaur.

    Why are the gamboling fish smiling? What good is centaur’s bow without any arrows? And is centaur going to smash in the skull of being-on-the-right? Is the boat going to capsize with someone standing up and most of the weight over to one side? And where’s the aisle?

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