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Jun 17

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Good Show Sir Comments Some of you around here have been carping about alleged rules violations lately. Yeah, well, here’s another one.

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: 6.50 out of 10)
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15 Responses to “The Winds of Gath”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Shouldn’t this be The Windth of Gath?

  2. fred Says:

    Dumarest….no….really? What’s the arch villains name, Smartysnooze of Ganymede?

  3. A. R.Yngve Says:

    “Mr. Dumarest, as your psychiatrist I’ll have to bring this up… are you familiar with ‘helmet fixation’?”

    “This is about the size of my helmet, is it? There’s nothing wrong with it! NOTHING!!”

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    That guy is living in his own echo chamber. He must be a CEO.

  5. Ryan Says:

    Just last month I picked up the audiobooks of EC Tubb’s Dumarest Saga – this cover is entirely suitable for the book, although Earl Dumarest is wearing too many clothes. EC Tubbs was a highly-respected Englishman who wrote a lot of SciFi, but I had never run across him before.

    These are like Golden Age space opera, but written across the 60s, 70s and 80s. This cover must be for a reprint, and in 1982 would have been totally reasonable. Except for that helmet, of course.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    The answer to yesterday’s quiz: Contestant B, the Archimandrite, got his PPE right; the left-handed gladiator was almost there but had his personal hand-towel on wrong, lycra-man had his facial protection on back to front and Julie Andrews tried to drink the hand-sanitiser.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    Meteorology note: The Winds of Gath can reliably measured by observing the movements of a semi-naked gladiator’s loincloth. For obvious reasons these observations require the wearing of specialised headgear.

  8. Randall Frost Says:

    I love the wild, detailed work around the base of her throne. It takes me back to my best friend and I drawing ridiculous John Berkey-esque space stations when we were supposed to be paying attention and learning about the Ottoman Empire or whatnot.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Congratulations! Everyone gets a ridiculous hat today.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    C’mon, doesn’t she seem just a wee bit . . . tipsy?

    “Hic! yeshirr indeedy—a couple more shwigs of thish here Alpine Blu vodka and I won’t give a damn how shtupid his shtupid helmet looksh!”

    P.S. @ mouseover text—GSS!

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Milady there apparently is completely drunk off the blue stuff, thus she doesn’t care about her inadequate brassiere (nice new tag). Maybe it tore last time she took a header off her floating throne. Or it got stuck on her hat. Or she’s got it on backwards.

    Meanwhile, Dumarest is *very* excited about something off to his right, but something terrible seems to have happened to his ankle, and why doesn’t his bubble helmet have a front to it?

    If it’s really that windy, maybe he can’t hear her due to the whistling noises her throne must make, what with all those holes. Worse than the Golden Gate Bridge (https://www.kqed.org/arts/13881451/the-golden-gate-bridge-sounds-like-a-david-lynch-movie-now#:~:text=Nope%E2%80%94the%20eerie%20sound%20you,spaces%2C%20it%20creates%20a%20hum.)

    No idea what the robed dude and the gladiator are doing there.

    @Tat: GSS!

    Although I might quibble that she doesn’t much look like Julie, and that no one’s going to come near the gladiator as long as he’s got the sword. Maybe the winner is preaching DOOM to come upon the others for not being prepared.

    @B’man: I think Gath’s supply of ridiculous hats has been depleted.

    @BC: Yes! “She’s drunk” is the first thing I thought of (after “Egad”)! That blue stuff must be strong. She looks to be slipping off the aerial throne, and Dumarest is apparently just going to let it happen.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Just realized:

    Dumarest got his hair done. He’s wearing one of those big bubble dryers like at the salon. Of course he can’t hear her over that noise.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—Regarding that wacky brassiere the first thing I noticed was that the left “cup” looks a lot like a hand. Perfect for titillating the unconscious of an adolescent lad. Much better than a hair salon prop bubble helmet in this regard.

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    It’s remarkable that a painting could be kitschy and bland at the same time. Look how ornate and “busy” that throne is. And yet it’s dull. The whole cover has blockbuster-movie ambitions but made-for-TV production values.

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    @THX 1139 in 1. GSS.

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