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Dec 01

Hipster cat people are the worstClick for larger image

Jonathan Comments: Ever wondered why cats’ breath smells?

You might remember this from here.

Published 1983

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: 7.75 out of 10)
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14 Responses to “The Pride of Chanur”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    You’re not supposed to try the Minto and Coke trick in your own mouth!

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Has your cat got wormholes. Ivermectin will fix that! – all the crazy people, probably

  3. fred Says:

    If they were hippopotami people then the title would be ‘The Bloat of Chanur’.

  4. Ryan Says:

    Jonathan, I know the answer! It is written on the cat’s chin: Methane!

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The injured pride of Chanur demands that this cover artist be hunted down and eviscerated.

  6. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The worst case in the files of Prostho Plus.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Everything about this cover is ugly, except for the earrings—they’re fabulous!

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Cat-person with earrings? OK.
    Spaceship taking off? OK.
    Spaceship taking off inside the cat-person’s grotesquely outsized maw? Not OK.

    Now, if the story were about a plucky spaceship crew battling/escaping from/foiling the cruel, all-devouring cat-person empire, it would still be ugly, but it would at least be appropriate to the story.

    Trouble is that is SO VERY MUCH NOT the plot of The Pride of Chanur.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Me-OWWW. Who fed me the three-alarm Friskies?”

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    A cover worse than the SFBC one! Which at least looked like the characters in the book.

    Tiny flying saucer, or giant cat head?

    Honestly, it looks like something mounted on the wall of an “artist” who dabbles in recreational pharmecuticals.

    “Yeah, I got this taxidermied wildcat head from my uncle… a pair of Mom’s old earrings… a toy flying saucer — let’s make some ART!”

  11. fred Says:

    All published covers. The Whelan is predominant.. The French know how to sell a book through the cover art, the Germans not so much.

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/titlecovers.cgi?1370

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I guess Whelan had a good agent as well as talent.

    I’d forgotten the completely unrelated romance cover the French ganked from a different book and put on it. Cat people are all the same, amirite?

    That German cover appears to be generic skiffy art. Surely the Germans had a generic cat person cover lying around somewhere if they didn’t want to pay Whelan?

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: maybe Germans are more dog people than cat people.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I think they are, now that you mention it.

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