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Ryan Comments: For once Baen managed to leave the orange crayon in the box for the cover illustration, and yet I still cannot, in good taste, make the first comments that pop into my head when seeing it.

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: 8.50 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Black on Black”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    When you gotta go, you gotta go!

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    In this situation, black on black crime refers to a Baen cover.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    If I encountered a giant black Garfield plush toy I’d probably lose my sanity too.

  4. fred Says:


  5. Max Bathroom Says:

    I begin to see why the planned sequel to Lloyd-Webber’s musical “Cats” has never been staged.

  6. Endeavour to Persevere Says:

    Seeing the author’s name brought the J.G. Wentworth commercial jingle into my brain…
    “Call (K.D.) Wentworth, 877-CASH-NOW…”

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    What can I do?

    Cos I-I-I-I-I, I feel blue.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    When the boobs hit-a your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s a-Baen…

    Goddamn groupies, thought the werewolf. Used to be just the vampires which had to deal with this.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think the title on the right explains where that strange sound on this cover is emanating from.

  10. JuanPaul Says:


    [That’s all I got for this one]

  11. NomadUK Says:

    Try this one trick to empty your bowels every morning!

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    @NomadUK Do y’all have Squatty Potty in the UK?

  13. Leak Says:

    Baen Dog!

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ryan: None of us can make the first comment in good taste, but then “good taste” and “BAEN!*comment deleted* have never been put in the same sentence save ironically.

    o_O This is just fundamentally (har har) awkward and off-putting.

    I guess we know why she’s howling – in pain.

    @Fred: Looks like someone wised up between this one and the sequel. Although I’m surprised there was a sequel after this cover.

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    Don’t you hate it when a human gets all comfy on your back and you feel guilty if you move?

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: GSS.

  17. Raoul Says:

    @GSSxn – But fortunately THX lacked that good taste and got the first comment down.and dirty.

  18. THX 1139 Says:

    I do like to live down to expectations.

  19. NomadUK Says:

    [email protected]: Only if you stand on the seat.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Nomad: and in public facilities, there’s always the sticker on the wall of the cartoon person doing just that with the circle-with-slash-through. I have heard the explanation of why these are necessary provoke both “ew gross!” and rafts of giggles from native-born White English-speaking kids.

    Perhaps wolfie’s eyebrows indicate he’s wishing his head had one of those stickers on.

    @JP: You will be unsurprised to know GOOP sells a SP ripoff for $2-300 out of some fancy wood, because that woman is obsessed with the undercarriage bits worse than most specialist doctors in that area.

  21. A. R. Yngve Says:

    THE BORROWERS, like you’ve never seen them before!

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