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FluffyGhostKitten Comments: There’s using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, and then there’s this.

Published 1999

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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16 Responses to “Down in the Bottomlands and Other Places”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “What shall we call this? Out of the Bottomlands? Right Up the Bottomlands? Race to the Bottomlands? So many possibilities…”

  2. fred Says:

    If it’s Turtledove then that is either Alexander the Great or Hernan Cortez.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    @fred
    Are you sure? It looks more like a chicken than either to me.
    😉

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    @Max Bathroom: it looks like a mutant cardinal – is this a freaky alternative New England?

    @THX: ‘Carry on Up the Bottomlands’? In which case, where’s Private Widdle?

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’ll take the “other places” thanks.

    Also, if my memory isn’t completely addled, everyone on this cover should be Neanderthal which would have made it at least mildly interesting.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    Down in the bottom lands … what?

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    Most one-sided cock fight I’ve ever seen.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    In this alternative history, China sends a squad to try to prevent the creation of the Mexican flag.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The small animal serial killer is tracked to it’s lair.

    ha-ha-ha-HA-ha ha-ha-ha-HA-ha

  10. Cornelius Says:

    How the US Marine Corps get respect from the local wildlife.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s like Arrakis except when you walk rhythmically, you attract critters.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Very artful design in service of avoiding having to draw any feet whatsoever (except maybe the critters who don’t really count).

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: Look to me like the artist made a try at eyebrow ridges, but the shape of the guy’s skull is wrong. The other kids in Neanderthal School probably called him pickle head or some such.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Another good book falling victim to being printed by BAEN!lotsofweaponsandmoreweapons

    There are helicopters, and a bird, and a desert, and a bunch of people who don’t look like that at all because they’re either furry Neanderthals, or else what we’d call Black.

    They missed one of their usual tricks, though — there are several explosions they could have portrayed.

    I guess the shuriken and the blurb REALLY want you to know Harry won a Hugo for this. When it was in Analog.

    (The Bottomlands are what you get when your alternate history blocks up the Straits of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean evaporates.)

    @FB: The Other Places are worse, believe it or not.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: I’m pretty sure Neanderthals weren’t furry. Hairy, yes, but not outside the normal human range for that before everyone started waxing. (As a man whose back hair smoothly transitions into his cranial hair, I’d probably fit in fine.)

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Careful, men — that bird is a killer!”

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