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Mark Quark Comments: Needz Moar Horsepower

Published 1985

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: 5.07 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Dinner at Deviant’s Palace”

  1. fred Says:

    Conspicuous consumption, guzzling hay and oats instead of gas. A lot of hay and oats.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Did you hear about the wooden car? Wooden wheels, wooden engine, wooden’ go.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    Car Wars has really gone downhill in the latest edition…

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    This completely deserves a “no idea how anything works” tag.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    Check it out: two horsepower.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    I’m pondering the significance of the fact that the book “Bread & Wine” is followed by “Dinner at Deviant’s Palace.”

  7. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Lowrider is a little higher…

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    I just noticed that my first comment steps on Mark Quark’s comment.
    I shouldn’t post before the first cup of coffee.

  9. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @THX GSS!

    I think I may have mentioned it a couple of years ago, but I’ll say it again. This site needs thumbs up/down buttons. The winner with the most thumbs-ups at the end of the year gets to be named the “Greatest GSSer Of The Year”. There would be some stiff competition.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    GSS, @Tag Wizard, @THX.

    As @Francis Boyle said, this is actually rather worse – heavier, less maneuverable, less secure seating for the guy at the reins – than a regular wooden carriage. [1]

    Is that building behind the driver with orange (boarded up?) windows supposed to have a sagging roof, or is the artist just bad with straight lines?

    [1] I mean, it looks like the Scavenger World trope ( ) at first glance, but upon closer inspection the car part has no functionality whatsoever, aside from keeping the rain off.

  11. THX 1139 Says:

    Thanks, A-S and Bruce, but that’s a very old joke!

    Now let’s talk about that chap’s top hat. I say, jolly D!

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    I think I’ve worked out this week’s theme:

    1. a book called ‘War of the Wing-Men’
    2. a cover where old men gaze adoringly at each other
    3. people who care more about a car’s appearance than its functionality

    It’s Jeremy Clarkson Week at GSS.

    Obviously, ‘Farnham’s Freehold’ last week was a teaser for the thread of reactionary old farts being endlessly forgiven…

  13. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Car chase in a realistic MAD MAX movie (when all the gasoline ran out).

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Ha! I recognized it from the title block before I even got to the art, because this is the copy I have.

    The cover is fairly accurate to the book, although approximately 90% less weird. It’s a good book, this copy has survived moving and periodic book weeding here.

    It’s post-apocalyptic, so that’s why the car’s being pulled by horses, because even in post-apoc LA, cars remain important status symbols.

    @Tat: GSS!

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: “ostentatiously impractical?”

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This cover would be more enigmatic if there were speed lines streaking off the car, but not the horses.

  17. Bob Says:

    The pre-spoke era.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    If the car body’s fiberglass, and they took out everything but the seats and dash, and plunked that on a regular wooden wagon body, it wouldn’t be too much weight for the horses.

  19. Yamamanama Says:

    The edition I have is pretty much that, but from a different perspective.

  20. JJYoyo Says:

    I can’t help thinking of the beginning of “Repo Man” with Harry Dean Stanton calling out to Emilio Estevez — “Hey kid! Help me get my car out of this…. bad area….”

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