Jul 29

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Scooby Comments: Ruh-Roh

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: 7.77 out of 10)

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  1. THX 1139 Says:

    So Clifford the Big Red Dog’s surname is Simak?

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Due to a terrible miscalculation of scale, Doggy Kong’s climactic scaling of the Empire State Building turned out to be something of a disappointment.

  3. fred Says:

    Looks like a shaggy dog cover to me, even if it turns out the robots are controlled by cats.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:


  5. Tor Mented Says:

    I, for one, welcome our new robotic dog-sitters. Walkies!

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    That image calls for some Far Side:

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    “Dinsdale? Dinnnns-daaaale?’

    (@Tor: that’s pretty much the, ahem, ‘plot’. It’s a classic, officially, but it’s really just a bunch of robots and dogs telling shaggy-human stories.)

  8. Cornelius Says:

    (For all the Zappa fans out there) Frunobulax!

  9. daard23 Says:

    This cover captures the exact moment your dog hears “We’re going to the Vets”.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:


    🎶 Poodle bites
    Poodle chews it

    Poodle bites (C’mon Frenchie)
    Poodle chews it

    Here Fido!

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:


    @Tat Wood: I believe the dog sections were bookended with an initial section with humans [1] and and a finish where a robot is the Last Sentient Being on Earth?

    [1] Pardon me if I vent: the trope “all the cool people go to space, then those left behind die out due to excessive un-coolness” annoys me greatly.

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    @daard23 : Good Show, sir, good show. 🙂

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Not a super-terrible cover for this book, particularly for SFBC. It even reflects the content!

    Weirdly enough, they did another version of this in 1992, which has this:

    and is the one we own. Yeah.

    @Tat, Bruce: perfect.

    @daard23: Doggo’s expression is also seen when it realizes there are no walkies about to happen, or no treetz.

  14. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    GSSXN@13: I initially read your last 2 words as “no treez”, which also works.

  15. fred Says:

    I know what that entranced dog is staring at. A French dubbed DeForest Kelly in an episode of the greatest dog TV show ever, ‘The Littlest Hobo’. 2:20 minutes.

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    @Tat: The artist must have understood what was in the book, then.
    I wasn’t prepared for that.
    The premise sounds interesting if it’s done with some finesse.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @L_L: I’m sure doggo could manage without a tree, but it might rust one of the robots.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Robot, fire hydrant, big diff.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Exactly. Although robots might fight back more than hydrants.

  20. Tracy Says:

    William Wegman’s finest hour.

  21. Stephen Daugherty Says:


    It had one wish, and one wish alone


    Would it’s Human masters oblige, before it obliterated


  22. Emster Says:

    The second hand bookstore had a copy, but most of the pages were badly dogeared…

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