Jan 12

Hunny, remember to wash your hands with the evil red moon of xantos!Click for full image

EVIL CHILDREN! With red eyes! And lasers coming from an evil red orb or possibly some sort of moon, lighting up the evil child with even more red! And People! Just watching the red moon! Ok, I’m calmed down, what’s this about a book cover?

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: 6.83 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The People: No Different Flesh”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    That’s a big lollipop. I worry about the kid’s teeth.

  2. Simon Says:

    The organisers of Red Nose Day had to concede that the Floating Laser Nose had been a misjudgement . . .

  3. SI Says:

    haha very good. 🙂

    Maybe they are just all playing swing ball. With a child as a post. As you do.

  4. CSA Says:

    The author has a very interesting wiki page.

    Shatner was in the only movie adaption of one of her novels… not sure if he plays as one of the little girls though…

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    Floating Laser Noses would encourage people to donate to charitable causes, though. I vote we adopt them.

  6. James Lovegrove Says:

    This is all just some terrible glowstick/balloon mishap. I’m sure it can all be sorted out. Perhaps by those helpful people in the background who are either, er, looking on or walking away. It’s not clear which. Dancing in a ring? Holding an orgy? Anyone?

  7. SI Says:

    Haven’t you ever met up in a field for a good ole barn viewing?

  8. Adam Roberts Says:

    I believe that to be an elongated and lumpy-shaped tumour, growing out of the girl’s left arm. All together now: eeeeeew!

  9. Simon Says:

    Don’t be ridiculous . . . it’s clearly growing out of her right arm.

  10. SI Says:

    You guys, if only you knew the truth.

    It’s actually a laser restraint collar with a guide orb.

  11. CSA Says:

    or maybe she’s the one growing out of it! *shock*

  12. Simon Says:

    @csa Genius!

    Now the cover makes sense.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    See, kids? That’s what happens to your eyes if you play with lasers.

  14. Farquarson Says:

    You know, having read the book, I can make a guess at what she’s doing. She’s probably gathering moonlight as a power source for psychic activity–what The People unfortunately call “plaiting the twishers.” This would make a lot more sense if the moon was not red (it isn’t in the book), if the moonbeam looked like a moonbeam and not a laser beam, and if the kid didn’t look like she’d just been possessed by Lilith from SPN.

  15. Stevie T Says:

    Despite having the series recommended by a friend, this cover is why I never read the books. I want to read about evil Amish with glowing eyes?…ummm…no.

  16. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    It’s really a shame about the horrible covers, because Zenna Henderson’s People stories really are good and thougtful and well worth the reading.

    I kept away from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books for nearly twenty years because of the atrocious covers of the first volumes. It was a mistake.

    Don’t let bad cover art ruin a great book for you.

  17. Jay Young Says:

    They’re not evil, they’re rather sickeningly good, actually, although I can’t say much for what she shows them doing to their kids by way of discipline.

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  19. GSS noob Says:

    This is a terrible cover to a nice book. Very pastoral and gentle and such. At no time was there a big red ball/moon with a laser.

    The movie is not a whole lot better than this — gentle pastoral doesn’t mix well with Shatner’s… inimitable style. But at least there weren’t red glowy things.

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