Apr 12

The unknown artist has put to canvas the actual taste of apple wine.Click for larger image

FluffyGhostKitten Comments: Today’s cover was brought to you by the letters I and N, for “intravenous nutmeg”.

Published 1964

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: 7.14 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Dandelion Wine”

  1. fred Says:

    Yup, that’s scumble made by Nanny Ogg. Apples, mostly.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    The artist made sure to leave nothing out of this dandelion wine. Except one thing. Begins with a D.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    I suspect the influence of something stronger.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    The most toxic ingredient is the grumpy old man who disapproves of the younger generation.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    In the immortal words of Eric Burdon

    ♫ Spill the wine, take that pearl ♫

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I’ve always wondered what sort of sound wind chimes make when submersed in wine. I still don’t know.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    How helpful of the design team to add a little red arrow to point out the price.

    @Mouseover: I’d say apple wine has less butterflies and more angry old man, but perceptions can be subjective (in blindfold tastes, even experts confused apple wine with the purple stuff rejected in favor of Sunny D.)

    I suppose the images are actually meant to represent the stories within: I myself had quite forgotten Bradbury’s classic story, Running With Scissors.

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Strange, yes.
    Wonderful, no.

    Ray had a good line in horror, but this book mostly isn’t.

    This novel is about summer, specifically the summer of a 12 year old boy in an idyllic small town, so of course it needed a cover that’s dark and gloomy, and contains no dandelions whatsoever.

    @Bruce: the scissors are in Chapter 30! Windchimes, chap. 37.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: did it also have Death!, wiring diagrams, and what appears to be either a ghost or a cultist?

    This is the more appropriate-looking copy I have had in my to-read stack(s) for several years now: hopefully I will get around to it before molecular migration leads it to fuse with the surrounding books.

  10. THX 1139 Says:

    My copy has a big (painted) closeup of an actual dandelion on it. Taking it literally, you see.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Definitely Death! and I don’t know about the wiring diagrams.

    Your cover is the one I remember being in my school library. Seems much more appropriate for elegiac musings about a boy in the country.

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Honey, have you seen my dentures?

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