Nov 01

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Ryan Comments: AKA The Batmen versus Zodiac Kung Fu.

Published 1988

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: 7.50 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Burning Realm”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “As God is my witness – I will never wear sandals again!”

  2. A. R. Yngve Says:

    This is like the astrologers’ equivalent to those bizarre Trump “fan paintings.”

  3. fred Says:

    You could probably drop him into any random Baen cover background and he wouldn’t look out of place.

  4. Bob Says:

    Rodeo Red’s Red-Hot, Rootin’-Tootin’ Chili

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    I fell into a burning realm of fire … ♫

  6. Michael Toland Says:

    That cover is awful, but why do I have the feeling that it’s accurate to the text within?

  7. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Michael Toland
    The book is pretty awful as well, so you’re not far wrong.

  8. Francis Boyle Says:

    I bet the realm wasn’t burning before BRIAN started talking.

  9. NomadUK Says:

    ‘… a book well worth reading.’
    —Barbara Hambly, unknown author of an entirely different book that you’ve never heard of before.

  10. fred Says:

    It’s a wrap around.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    Verily, I say unto you, the foolish man built his castle on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that castle, and it developed a huge problem with bat-people in the basement.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Shouldn’t this have a “behind you!” tag?

    Can’t quite tell what’s going on with his right hand: is the glowy thing resting on the back of his hand, like Spiderman’s web-throwers?

    OK, so it’s a Magritte-style floating city on a rock [1] that…blew up for some reason? Is that what happens when you store too many demons in your basement?

    There’s something fundamentally goofy-looking about the armless dragon. (Wyvern?) Maybe it’s the way the hind legs are just sort of dangling rather than looking aggressively talon-y.


  13. Tat Wood Says:

    His robe depicts signs of the Zodiac: Libra, the Scales; Pisces, the One Fish; Graculus, the Two-Headed Bird; Kooji, the Koala; Larry, the Lobster…

    Thanks to Fred for the whole thing – as this ever sprayed on the side of a van?

  14. fred Says:

    He’s got hair, so what, He’s got the PUNCH.

  15. THX 1139 Says:

    Just seen the wraparound – so this is Roger Dean trying to get his royalties?

  16. B. Chilcitz Says:

    Perhaps the symbols on the robe indicate the menu, including fish, fowl, crustacean and koala, which he gorged on, causing the indigestion that brought him at the end to The Burning Realm?
    (Or as Zappa once put it, “Oh Annie, oh Annie, oh An-u-sol!”[™️])

  17. MelMc Says:

    This cover gives me the impression that he’d just gotten out of the shower when his wife started screaming about a bat(man) getting into the house and he just threw his bathrobe on to deal with it. He was so mad about his shower being interrupted that he accidentally set the castle on fire.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Ooh, that font tips you off to the publisher even before you scroll down.

    Blurb: it’s a blend of things including fantasy, but I don’t see any evidence of martial arts, and the landscapes are meh. At least the Realm does appear to be Burning or at least Exploding.

    @Tag W: Shouldn’t this have “Ting!” as a tag? Is this our first Wrist-Ting!? I mean, it’s a Ting! shaped light.

    @fred (10): !!!

    @MelMc: Perfect description. GSS.

    @Bruce: everything you said. The bat-dragon-people are ‘armless.

    @THX, ARY, fred (3), Michael/Max, Tor, Tat: GSS!

    Quite a good start to the week, in both cover awfulness and good comments.

  19. Hammy Says:

    With that look on his face, I can guess *something’s* burning, and I’m sure there’s an ointment for it….

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    You think he maybe just accidentally blew up the castle and released the demons with his wrist-Ting?

    “Damn it, do something, Glowy Thing of Ultimate Power! How many poses do I have to strike?”

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Maybe wrist-Ting did it all by itself and he’s remonstrating with it, like you do when the dog chews up the couch. He’s gonna snatch it with his other hand and shake it silly. BAD TING!

  22. Tag Wizard Says:

    @GSSxN: I don’t know about wrist-Ting!
    Maybe this dude is point-Ting!
    But there is definitely some-Ting! about this cover.
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