May 26

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Bibliomancer Comments: “Watch him flip out when I fire my laser pistol.”

Published 1994

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: 3.46 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “Cat Scratch Fever”

  1. fred Says:

    Cats got steroids.

  2. JJYoyo Says:

    @B’mancer: FTW right out of the gate!

    That is the worst drawn cat I have ever seen. Face of a cheetah, chest of Garfield, and a body with the dimensions of a dachshund or a slinky.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Tsia is was so stoned on mutant weed she had long since stopped caring about her life”

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    The first time that I read this I was just ten years old. I got it from some kitty next door.
    An’ I went to see the doctor and he gave me the cure. I think I’ll read it some more.
    They give me cat scratch fever. (Dah duh daah.)

  5. Raoul Says:

    Puss n’ Boots!

  6. Rick Deckard Says:

    Cat-lady fan-fic?

  7. THX 1139 Says:

    “Wait a minute – did you just speak? You’re not a cat, you’re some bloke in a costume!”

  8. JJYoyo Says:

    @THX : given the length of the cat’s body, I think it’s a 2 person job : a pantomime cheetah!
    So the panto HAS to be Puss in Boots! Tom Miller has a pretty unconventional tool for a panto….

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Tsia had short, stumpy legs—but without them, she would have no legs at all . . .

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    Tsia will need a backhoe to clean out that litter box.

  11. Max Bathroom Says:

    Tia looks way too old for Ted Nugent, if that is him in the cat costume to her left.

  12. fred Says:

    All your cheezburgers are belong to me.. That’s better.

  13. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Damn! The Space-animal catchers are coming for my Space-Cat! Don’t worry, Puss, I’ll chase’em away with my Spaze-Uzi!”

  14. B. Chilitz Says:

    Dear GSS Admin—
    Sorry to post this note instead of a clever comment. I’ve been trying to “get off the schneid” as you so artfully requested some time ago, and I’ve sent in a couple of covers recently, but for the part several days I have been unable to submit. The little wheel just keeps going around and around. It is a pleasant meditative visual, but doesn’t get the required result, i.e. a submission. Is there a technical problem or, perhaps more likely, is it me?
    B. Chiclitz

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Hey lady, your head has got a giant “V” stuck in it!

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @A.R. Yngve: symptoms of Cat Scratch Fever include a splitting headache.

    @JJYoyo: perhaps this is some sort of Toy Story scenario, and the cat is a badly designed plushy while Tsia is Star Wars Rebel Barbie or some such.

  17. JuanPaul Says:

    That’s a figure 8 rappelling device on her hip. Can anyone confirm if there is rock climbing in this book?

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Buff feline is not bad, I’ll give it that –as long as you realize it’s a combo of cats, and one like this doesn’t exist.
    And the book comes with its own bulit-in mental soundtrack.

    But I”m not sure about the purple/red/orange combo and that font is terrible.

    Kitty’s expression clearly says “She’s going to do that annoying thing again, isn’t she? Sigh…”

  19. Emster Says:

    Blaming this on @Tor Mented, with half hearted apologies to Ted

    Well, dunno where @Biblo found it, but it makes my brain numb
    Her head is wearin’ the “V”
    And that’s only one comment, yeah, they’re all really good
    You guys are really fun-ny!
    The book’s called Cat Scratch Fever, No kiddin’, Cat Scratch Fever

    Whomever chose the title needs a swat on the bum
    Because it’s really chees-y
    Is this suppose to scifi, or a book of bad puns
    Even the cat looks stunned
    They called it Cat Scratch Fever, From Del Ray – Cat Scratch Fever…

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    holds up cigarette lighter, bangs head

  21. Hammy Says:


    Tara K. – is she the inspiration for “Tarra Khash” (Hrossak or otherwise), or the namesake?

    I wonder how Tsia keeps her makeup from melting in a desert-like setting, and how she keeps her eyebrows so well-groomed.

    And what’s that jammed in that other stone arch at the lower right of the cover? Someone crash their sandcrawler?

  22. Hammy Says:


    Tried to comment just now. It didn’t seem to take.

  23. Hammy Says:

    Hey, does anyone else see “Tara K. Harper” and think “Tarra Khash – Hrossak”? No, only me? Never mind… 😉

    I’m trying to figure out a couple things about this cover –

    1) How does Tsia (I’m assuming that’s her on the cover with the cat) keeps her eyebrows so well-groomed and her makeup from melting. She looks like she’s in a desert.

    2) What is that in the other stone arch in the lower right of the cover? Did someone get their steam engine stuck in there?

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    @Hammy: I thought it was a banner from a protest march – it probably says ‘DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING’.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The cat has longer legs than she does — he must get tired of waiting for her to catch up. Perhaps when she was genetically or magickally engineered, they went for permanent makeup instead of long legs. Or it’s a complication of cat scratch fever.

    @Hammy: I didn’t notice it before, but it does look pointlessly steampunky. Maybe it’s the local dump. Or an unofficial one, which can lead to all sorts of trouble, as we learned from “Alice’s Restaurant”.
    (No word on if the kitty comes up with the 8×10 color glossies.)

  26. Hammy Says:

    And another thing…

    That looks like the USA Capitol Dome at the top of the stone arch in the background, with an effluent outfall disguised as a waterfall heading toward the crashed steampunk engine. No wonder it’s wedged in the arch – we know that, if that’s the Capitol with all those senators anre representatives, that s*** flows downhill and that’s going to mess up anything, steampunk or not….

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