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Mar 07

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Portia Comments: I wake from a dream of a frog in a bottle.

Published 1992

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: 5.17 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    These Muppets reboots have gone too far this time.

  2. fred Says:

    The doom that was prevented from going to Star City.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    Shouldn’t the bottled frog be looking wistfully at the lake rather than pouting the other way?

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    I thought I recognised the author’s name. Well, it’s a change from underaged boy vampires, I’ll say that.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    … where the grass is green and the toads are pretty.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    Or maybe the toads are green and the grass is pretty?

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    If this is the face that Eleanor Rigby kept in a jar by the door, it’s no frickin wonder she died alone.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    ♫ If I could save toad in a bottle . . . ♫

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Frog’s got jazz hands.

  10. fred Says:

    WEIRD story, limited printing.

    https://thierstein.net/index.php/reviews/167-s-p-somtow-i-wake-from-a-dream-of-a-drowned-star-city

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    I was toad there would be a view of the city.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    And you thought Mexican mezcal with worm in and Chinese snake wine were alarming.

    @Francis Boyle: or comedic Roman alternate history, or conducting the national orchestra of Thailand. Man’s creatively eclectic.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: that synopsis makes me think someone was describing ‘The Fifth Head of Cerberus’ to him down the phone while this was on telly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0BTS7B7CsQ .

  14. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    I think Tor Mented wins the thread so far for #7. GSS!

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor, @B’man: GSS!

    I realize why Somtow changed his name for ignorant Westerners, but honestly, it isn’t that hard to say, I managed it first time I met him. Which was at a Worldcon where he came dressed as one of his ancestors, struck a Yul Brynner in “The King and I” pose and proclaimed “Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!” Brought down the house, he did. I vaguely recall one of his SF stories detailing a farcical revolution and counter-revolution on some other planet (rather like “Noises Off” with weapons), and laughing at the wacky antics, and then he revealed he’d just filed the serial numbers off a few years of Thai history.

    I still have a t-shirt that proclaims “My parents went to Mallworld and all I got was this lousy t-shirt”.

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    That frame with the fish patterns would make a nice addition to our garden patio.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: It would look good as the tile surrounding a pool too.

  18. Emster Says:

    5 thru 7 Tor Mented wins the “Canadian Giggling at Your Good Show Sir Captions Got Nothing Better to do on a Wednesday Night” Award.

    Covid’s been awful; thanks for some witty good sarcastic fun.

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