Jan 04

More like Leather Bloke, amirite?Click for larger image

Ryan Comments: Not the illustration I imagined when I first heard the title.

Published 1989

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: 6.40 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Feather Stroke”

  1. fred Says:


  2. Bob Says:

    The lady and her falcon were looking for some peace and quiet, so of course this cover has to happen.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Lady Owl is standing in front of a painting of avian-equine chaos, feeling smug.

  4. GSS ex-noob Says:

    That’s one way to discourage sexual and general harassment by entitled toxic men: be a magickal woman who can control birds, and just go all Hitchcock on the dude.

    That’s a deserved smirk. Lord Whosis ain’t going to catcall anyone in that village again. You go on with your bad self, hawk lady.

    Title would be awful no matter what cover you put it on, though.

  5. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Um… hello, Madam Bird Lady… excuse me, but there’s something going on behind you that might be important…

  6. A. R. Yngve Says:

    I know the lady is supposed to look smug, but she looks stone deaf.

  7. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Soaring new fantasy from the author of…”

    Q: What precisely is “soaring” Fantasy?

    A: Either fantasy that makes you feel sore from reading it… or fantasy that’s like, ooomph, you know, gosh wow or… soaring in the way methane gas is lighter than air.

  8. fred Says:

    Cover artist Keith Parkinson.

  9. Dr Bob Says:

    Don’t you just hate it when you take your new boyfriend to the bird sanctuary, then it turns out both him AND his horse have a phobia of crows.

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    It’s giving me a stroke.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Fly my pretties, fly!

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘…Just like me, they long to be close to you”.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Look, no matter what she said, I don’t have any birdseed on me!”

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    The horse is desperately trying to get that bird-magnet of an asshole off his back:

    “They’re after YOU, loser! Get off me!”

  15. THX 1139 Says:

    That title is enough to make a horse laugh.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @JP: Apparently we’re seeing the last second before horsie finishes rearing up, dumping the guy off, and galloping away from Sir Enemy of Crows.

    Maybe one or more of the crows plans to give him either a clot or a bleed, thus he has a feather (induced) stroke?

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hello, Editor? This is Sydney J. Van Scyoc. That’s right, Van Scyoc, rhymes with, well, you figure it out. Look you idiot, who hit the space bar? It’s supposed to be Featherstroke. Like Bluesong, Darkchild . . . get it?

    Great start to the new year—looks like everybody’s raring to go. GSS to all comments!

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