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Mar 01

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Ryan Comments: Did the cover artist blunder into the Adult section of the Ren Fair?

Published 1998

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: 7.71 out of 10)
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12 Responses to “Did You Say Chicks?!”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Did you say “That sword is longer than your legs. So how does it fit in the scabbard?”

  2. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Well, as a companion piece to the volume DID YOU SAY HUNKS? it works fine.
    You know, that other book that Baen published… what? You’re saying they didn’t?

    Strange…

  3. fred Says:

    BAEN didn’t want to appear too over the top on this one, which surprises me. One half T/half A model instead of two models, one full T/ one full A. If they didn’t want to spring for two, Raven – Swordsmistress of Chaos and a mirror would have done the job. That title deserved an historically inappropriate cover.

  4. Griz Says:

    What’s he taking pictures of? Macro images of her belly button? There’s probably a web site for that, but still…

  5. Leak Says:

    Ren Faire?
    More like Baen Fare…

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    Ren Faires have adult sections? How have I missed this?

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Someone may have had an idea to satirise the way lady warriors are shown in impossible positions to display all their assets at once (as GS ex-noob will attest). But the Martin Short-style photographer is in the wrong position and the prospective buyer is still ‘treated’ to a ginge mooning him and looking over her shoulder.

    (I say ‘him’ advisedly).

    And both parties on the cover are looking at someone other than us so it’s not us who are being rebuked. This looks like a slimy have-your-cake-and-eat-it ploy by the publishers.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    After the success of Barbarella Roger Vadim tried to convince Jane Fonda to stake her career on the sword-and-sorcery genre. Luckily, after a few bad publicity stills, she demurred.

  9. Francis Boyle Says:

    This is totally. . . [sees Baen logo] an admirable example of self restraint.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    These are actually pretty good books, but cover-wise… welp, look at the publisher.

    I actually find the font abuse more offensive than the warrior chick! I think it illustrates one of the short stories, where a woman who’s the star of a TV show that is absolutely *nothing like* Xena 😉 travels to Faerieland to make an episode for them while a writer’s strike is on.

    The fact that the series as a whole is mostly written by (and bought by) women, and many of the stories are heavily satiric and making fun of this sort of thing is lost on the average consumer of this product. Which is why this cover is restrained by the standards of BAEN!!!boobsbuttbadfonts.

    Presumably the “real” woman in the story has a normal spine, and I like how the guy is an ugly little perv instead of their usual manly man with guns.

    The back cover and spine are exactly the same color as the word CHICKS. Maybe a touch brighter.

    They don’t publish these lately — I guess their remaining audience doesn’t find it stupid enough and there aren’t any guns. The final story in this book features a sci-fi con panel wherein the villainous men are racist, sexist, homophobic terrible writers; maybe it hit too close to home?

    @JuanPaul: That’s after it closes, the punters go home, and the people who work there and are camping out break out the booze and drugs. I have heard tales.

  11. Hammy Says:

    I think Mr. Pervtographer is pretty esoteric – taking extreme close-ups of her left wrist isn’t quite as erotic as he’d like it to be….

  12. Emster Says:

    Actually read this book because, well, the cover was over the top awful. Was hopeful for a hidden gem amongst the wreckage. As I recall, one story was “accidentally time travelled and became warrior princess”. Cover is appropriate, and in this case, the “awfuller” the better.

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