Mar 15

Brer Rogue and the Tar BabyClick for larger image

Ryan Comments: A baffling melange of unrelated images clumped together in the bottom half of the cover, unmoored from any background, will surely help sell this novel.

Published 1979

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: 8.33 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Figures of Earth”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Is this one of those Muppets episodes with the content warning at the start?

  2. fred Says:

    I think a Kingdom that can be won w/a bird ghost, a sword that’s effective against mud, and the three little pigs would have already been won by someone using more conventional means.

  3. Tor Mented Says:

    King Arthur: Now, stand aside, worthy adversary!

    Black Knight: ‘Tis but a scratch!

    King Arthur: A scratch? Your arm’s off!

    Black Knight: No, it isn’t!

    King Arthur: Well, what’s that then?

    Black Knight: I’ve had worse.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    That’s one way to break up a solid chocolate easter bunny.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Fear my chocolate spatula of DOOM.”

  6. NomadUK Says:

    Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the GingerBr—arrrrghhh!

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Never mind Kevin Kline and the Gummi-Bear, what’s with the grave? Someone’s buried in a swamp near a pigsty – that has to be a food hygiene issue even without the giant pigeon statue made of Parma Violets.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    “I dub thee Sir … Ooops”

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    There it is, a Home Run to win the Series! And now I’m going to Disneyland™!

  10. Bruce Munro Says:

    As commanded by his imaginary bird-friend, Sir Doofus destroys the Icky Idol, wrecking at least two hours of work by a small child playing with mud (earth).

    “Wizardry and Warfare win a kingdom for a Rogue”

    If I know my Cabell, that makes the story sound a lot more conventional than it really is.

  11. Max Bathroom Says:

    And there was me thinking the cover of the Unwin UK edition wasn’t very good…

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    To whoever did the mouseover text: GSS!

    To the rest of you: GSS! Far too witty for a Monday.

    So it’s set in medieval Europe (tunic-wearing guy with sword; castle; free-roaming pigs: all check) but there’s a ‘Muricun Eagle also? (blue, with red and white striped bunting: USA! USA!).

    Ooh, I get it now. “Figures of Earth” = “Humanoid Statues of Mud”.

  13. Hammy Says:

    At first glance, I thought ghost-bird was wearing a crash helmet. I wasn’t surprised, what with some guy swinging a sword like that…

  14. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Listen, strange birds lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!”

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: That’s good, if the story’s more convoluted, else the blurb is one big spoiler.

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