Apr 21

'Wanna see my balls?'Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: He gets 15% of whatever Chaos brings in.

You might remember this from here and here.

Published 1981

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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18 Responses to “Agent of Chaos”

  1. Max Bathroom Says:

    Has there ever been an edition of this book published without a dreadful cover?

  2. Ryan Says:

    Perfectly captures my own mental image of what a concert featuring The Orb must be like.

  3. MakkaPakka Says:

    Why is he showing us a large cabbage?

  4. fred Says:

    I can say with 100% certainty he wasn’t a COVID tp hoarder.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Who wants to play a game of 3-D Chinese Checkers with galaxy brain here?

  6. NomadUK Says:

    Lloyd Bochner takes a break from guest-starring in 1970s TV shows to relax and try out his new RonCo Spinning Ball Nail File.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    You ain’t never had a friend like me.

  8. THX 1139 Says:

    Just because he’s raised an eyebrow doesn’t mean he can get away with spending all day lounging in his underwear.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The right foot might pass muster, but the left has some serious gnarly toe issues. He also seems to have made the mistake of trying to relieve an itch on his side. Poor fella, it’s no wonder he’s so bad at 3-D checkers.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    (Topical joke we’ll need to look up in a month)

    Are those Dyson Spheres?

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @THX 1139: you’d be surprised what some people have been getting up to during the quarantine.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: no, and ISFDB shows at least one more that could be here.

    @fred: Only in his tighty-blackies, uncut fingernails, and eating cabbage (cf. @MakkaPakka)? I don’t want to imagine what he smells like!

    @BC: However, his right ankle/lower leg makes up for it. Mine didn’t bend at that angle even when it was broken!

    @Tat: I had to look it up now!

  13. Tracy Says:

    His “package” is a little too detailed. Plus it’s almost at dead-center so your eye goes right there.

    But overall this cover is not that bad. I can’t see why, however, they didn’t move it down by a half-inch to give the word Chaos some breathing room without it being hidden behind the planet.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tracy: and it’s even more emphasized by the incongruous abdominal lines.

    You’re right in that they should have put the title higher. Just a smidge would do. The checkerboard pattern on the very bottom is extraneous.

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:

    If the book is re-released today, the chessboard imagery has to go. It is so last century!

    In today’s more sophisticated world, the symbol for “intellectual games” isn’t chess, but…


    On second thoughts, a cover where a sinister-looking figure manipulates emojis might seem a bit daft.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Maybe it could be replaced with Candy Crush? Match 3 planets in a row?

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Emojis are the symbol for intellectual games? News to me. (Excuse me for a sec. There are some kids on the lawn and that cane won’t shake itself).

  18. JJYoyo Says:

    At first I was thinking : Yul Brynner. But that would have made this cover awesome. And it isn’t. Then, with the WEF in fricken Davos just concluded, I realized: Lloyd Blankfein. “I don’t own just this planet – I own the whole goddam Solar System, you punks! Watch me play marbles with Mars and Venus, peons!”

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