Feb 17

She's been wanting to put down rootsClick for larger image

Arthur Dent Comments: Jeez. Get a Brazilian.

Published 1978

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: 6.75 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “The Killer Mice”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    So where does she keep the mice?

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Cover Artist: Dammit, killer mice! That’ll mean at least eight feet and I kinda don’t get on with feet.
    Publisher: Don’t worry. You know what always works? Attractive women with tastefully mutilated bodies. That’ll never get old.
    CA: Brilliant! And I might throw in a subtle hint that women have the same capacity for self-determination as a plant. I can’t see how this could go wrong.

  3. Dr Bob Says:

    No actual mice were harmed during the making of this cover.

  4. fred Says:

    She can also help out as a cork screw, engraving tool, ice pick…

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Keepin’ it fresh with that potpourri.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    With the hairdresser on lockdown, her roots began showing.
    (OK, I know that isn’t the most original one. But give me credit for not making a comment about screwing.)

  7. Cornelius Says:

    That’s one badly twisted ankle. Maybe she could get a job as Dr. Who’s sidekick in the 1960s.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Bibliomancer: gives new meaning to the term “deflowering.” (Sorry.)

    No wonder she seems to be leaning on that piece of (machinery?) to the right: no way otherwise she can avoid toppling over, with legs coming to a point.

    I see she’s sniffing a flower: for a plant person, isn’t that like sniffing a scrotum?

    The Corgi dog head has been shrunken and placed in the “o” of “Corgi”: Not perhaps the design choice I would have gone with, but what do I know?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    One of the more artful “feet are hard to draw” dodges.

  10. Ryan Says:

    When your legs come to a point as they join the main tendril on the ground, it requires a constant core workout to maintain an upright stance.

    This explains the excellent abs.

  11. THX 1139 Says:

    I bet her army of mice are well-drilled.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The Killer Mice are the rodent version of Sir Not Appearing In This Sketch.

    What is she leaning on?
    Why is she apparently some sort of human/plant/drill bit combo?
    Why is the corgi still there, if he’s so small?

    I blame the suspiciously close planet/moon.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Maybe there’s actually no “Killer Mice” story in the collection and Corgi just likes giving weird names to SF collections. [1] (Next, they published a selection of Asimov stories as “Giant Flaming Bananas from SPACE”)

    [1] Or perhaps we’re both right and Corgi books are actually published by a suspiciously close moon.

    GSS, @THX 1139

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    The mice don’t need to appear – they can kill just by dosing that flower with weedkiller.

    Or, if the scale’s all wrong (as the mushrooms and stems indicate) she could be crushed by one as it tramples everything in its path.

    Or maybe they’re there but so small we can’t see them – Rodents of Unusual Size don’t have to be giants.

  15. Tracy Says:

    There indeed is no story in here called “The Killer Mice.” Maybe the title was a suggestion of the author’s. Like, the stories are small and unassuming, yet they have the power to shock and horrify you. The author was a Shirley Jackson Award nominee and also wrote thrillers (under a different name) so I can guess she was versed in the horror genre.

    The picture annoys me for all the reasons people have stated above, and I’ll give two more. Number one, she looks like she’s wearing a merkin. Number two, the fin on her head is backwards and therefore neither aerodynamic nor hydrodynamic.

  16. Queen Khentkawes Says:

    I don’t see any mice, but she does have a spider in her crotch.

  17. 1Thunderfire Says:

    When I see a title like The Killer Mice, I expect to see enormous, red-eyed, sharp-fanged mice fighting against the weight of the font above them. Unless this lady is supposed to be a killer mouse.

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