Dec 15

She's swapping that old bald husband for a sheet metal buddyClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: I’ll save you the trouble. Google Translate: “Sheet Metal Buddy”.

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: 8.50 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Blechkumpel”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    The robot’s moved to tears. And his neck is moved to tiers.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Ah, that weird Deep Space Nine episode where due to a completely unexpected holosuite malfunction Sisko turned silver and Kira and Morn turned human. Don’t remember Richard Dawkins being in it, though. Good thing it’s just fan art or I might be inclined to be critical.

  3. FrankN.Stein Says:

    Gotta love German titles… Apparently the original title is simply “The Tin Men”.

  4. fred Says:

    Somerset Maugham is sailing in some strange waters to have ended up here.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    Oddly enough, I read this again a few months back: it’s become topical again since the Random Daily Mail Headline Generator seems to be doing a better job than the humans supposedly in charge. No doubt some half-baked columnist will call it and ‘A Very Private Life’ “prophetic”.

    This cover’s one of the better ones. It’s never been treated as SF in Britain (it can’t be – he went to the right school and knows influential people) so ‘serious’ publishers pick up on the jokey tone.

  6. Ryan Says:

    WTH is that goldish bar-thing across the middle of the page? Is the artist opening a can of sardines?

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Destro [1] doesn’t talk about his brother.


  8. Cornelius Says:

    You’d think with German engineering, the eyes would line up.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Blech indeed.

    I would find this cover to be lacking as art for fanfic; seeing it on a legit published book is mind-boggling.

    @Ryan: Maybe all the characters are so small they fit in the sardine tin?

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS, ryan, Frank: so the tin men are in the tin which is what it says on the tin?

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: precisely. And I have a feeling the artist would be overly proud of SUCH a deeply clever remark and elbow you in the ribs going “geddit?”

    This cover is less subtle than Frayn’s “Noises Off”.

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    When in Bavaria, try the delicacy called “Blech-kumpel”… but if the waiter asks if you want the “Messing-schtang” with that, just say “Nein!”

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