May 12

On a planet of two moons, and no nannies, ...
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Ryan Comments: Lord Purple-Tunic’s propensity for midair sword flourishes always made his winged steeds very nervous.

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: 7.10 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “The Ring of Fire”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    These Red Bull ads are doing their brand no favours at all.

  2. Cornelius Says:

    The Ring of Fire can be cured with Anusol

  3. Griz Says:

    You know that thing from Titanic, where he stand on the bow? Like that. Only on a Black Pegasus. And a sword!

  4. fred Says:

    Valkyrie #1 got herself some long hair.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    I have to assume that the blurb is meant to be read by the “in a world” guy.

    “In a world where the word safety has no meaning. . .”

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    @Cornelius #2: There are places in the background that look like they could use it.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    (Sigh) I wish I could get my other rider back. What did I do to get put on kid patrol?

  8. Ryan Says:

    The look on the face of Lord Purple-Tunic’s steed makes me laugh one more time.

    This is exactly the wide-eye you see right before you get bit, in my experience.

    And speaking of the look on faces, which one is Lord Purple-Tunic experiencing: The need for a product such as suggested by @Cornelius #2, or a “forbidden and magnificent vision” of the “other rider” referenced by @B. Chiclitz #7?

  9. Max Bathroom Says:

    Explains why he’s sitting on the flying horse so strangely, doesn’t it?

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    That au pair with the two kids is rethinking her contract

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    On a side note, I always knew that that ointment was pronounce AN-yew-SOL, but today is the first time that I realized it could be mispronounced in a rather appropriate way.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    I think that kid living out his Harry Potter fantasy could have taken one of the children on his flying horse.

  13. Hammy Says:

    On a planet of two moons, in a time of war and tyranny, lived a race gifted with a forbidden and magnificent vision:

    Johnny Cash music videos….

  14. fred Says:

    I think the look on the face of the leading pegasus is being caused by severe irritation from the artist’s signature.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    No, no. It’s supposed to be the “The First Book _of_ the Children of Y-Nelly”, not “The First Book _about_.” Don’t you know your fantasy clich├ęs?

    @Hammy: Sitcoms reenacted by trained apes…
    Balloon pants…
    Edible furniture…

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    looks at sword trajectory
    looks at background that blurb is on
    leaves mohel joke to the reader

    @Ryan: that look comes right before a bite, a stomp, or rearing up. Presumably on the cover of The Second Book, we see Lord Purple-Tunic lying on the ground. No stirrups, no hands, he’s going down.

  17. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “On a planet of two moons…”
    Don’t you just love when people use the High Fantasy Style? It makes everything seem more… you know… bloated. Sorry, I meant “pregnant with meaning.”

    Try the High Fantasy Style in your everyday life to make any humdrum thing seem like a showdown with destiny:

    “Quick, friends! Help me find the Key of Locks which I cannot see, that I may unlock the Door of Apartment.”

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: “Then shall we sit upon the Sofa of Comfort, and drink the Beer of Cheapness whilst we view the Flix of Net!”

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @xNoob: not to be confused with the Sofa of Reasonable Comfort

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: Nor the Comfy Chair (plus the Cushions of All the Stuffing Up One End).

  21. Hammy Says:

    @BruceAM (#15):

    I give you this…

    Not sure what that has to do with Lord Purple-Tunic and Lady Grab-the-Kids, but hey….

  22. DaveM Says:

    @Hammy (21), that’s where my mind went first as well (though I went to the original version with its Mexican trumpets)

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DaveM: this cover definitely needs the Mexican brass version.

  24. Emster Says:

    OMG – I remember that cover… but I can’t remember what the heck it was about. Nothing, not a thing.

  25. fred Says:

    This would work as a terrible ‘we don’t give a damn, so sue us’ foreign cover for Moorcock’s ‘Stormbringer’.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I really don’t know how the woman and kids expect to stay on in that precarious position. Maybe they’re glued to the mighty steed. I hesitate to call it a pegasus, since the head is very chunky.

    I agree with @Ryan’s comment that Lord Purple-Tunic’s ride looks alarmed. As well it should be, with all that sword-waving. It’s about 10 seconds from completely rolling the eyes and bucking, at which point descending whistle noise, quiet poof

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