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Chaz comments: The Eye of Sauron sees your copyright infringement.

Published 2005

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: 7.89 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Witches of Karres”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “What has it got in its pocketses? Oh, it’s a cease and desist letter.”

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Or “Schmitz’s Witches” as it is known in the trade.

  3. Tor Mented Says:

    Yet another cover that bears a reference to Anusol.

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    Which witches are the witches of Schmitz?
    (@Biblio, for a laugh, look up Schmitz on Urban Dictionary. You might have to scroll down.)

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    Ting tag too?

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    Did anyone else see that South Park episode with the giant turd?

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    @JuanPaul: You mean Elon Musk?

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    Someone drove a steam-roller over an Ice Warrior: there were three eye-witnesses, visiting from 1983, but they claim to have been distracted by a burning turd floating over the corpse.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    When shall we three meet again?
    In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
    Or another bad cover
    Produced by Baen?

  10. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Tor – Not just Ting!

  11. Francis Boyle Says:

    In this case the turd is less a case of you can’t unsee it and more a case of how could anyone not see it. C’mon Baen, even with the eye vomit set all the way to 11, it’s right friggin there.

  12. Daard23 Says:

    The spaceship at the bottom of the cover is starting to look more and more like a disappointed robot.

  13. fred Says:

    Mr. Miller really didn’t bring his A game to this cover. He just must have needed lunch money.

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    @Tor I think that was the sequel episode. Bono was the turd in the first one.

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Ah, THAT South Park Episode! I can’t forget the heart-warming song:

    Mr. Karres, the Cosmic Poo
    You love him, he loves you
    I promise he shows up after you
    eat burning hot vindaloo!

  16. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    [email protected]: GSS!

  17. JuanPaul Says:

    You will regret clicking this link. You’ve been warned:

  18. Raoul Says:

    Witches get shitses

  19. Tor Mented Says:

    @JP: When I clicked that, I first had to watch a commercial.
    For McDonald’s.
    I wonder if they know what they’re sponsoring.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Oh, none of us had to check the tags or even look closely at the cover to know the publisher, did we?

    This is a good book which does NOT deserve that cover. It’s had bad ones most of the time, but this is indeed the worst. Even the other bad covers were such that you could at least read the title.

    And in no case was there an Eye of Sauron With Turd in the book.

    I wonder how much Eric Flint “edited” this. Maybe someday someone will re-issue the original works without his rewrites and additions “edits”.

    GSS all for the poop jokes. Sometimes we make highbrow literary comments, and sometimes poo jokes are all a book gives us to work with.

    (This is not to be confused with The Alex of Karras, who was only pawn in game of life.)

  21. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I imagine the cover design discussion went something like this:

    “Hey, those Lord of the Rings movies are still kinda hot, right? Let’s pick up some of that positive vibe with subliminal advertising!”
    “Do you even know what that is?”
    “Shush you. Just put something on the cover that will capture the magic without getting us sued.”
    “OK, but I think this is a really shitty idea.”

    And he went on to “subliminally” express his feelings.

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