Oct 04

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Max Bathroom Comments: Serious dress code violation: this is not how a heroine dresses to climb a snow covered mountain in a fantasy novel, is it?

Published 1987

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: 4.65 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Chronicles of the Kencyrath”

  1. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It’s kinda refreshing to see a woman on a fantasy cover appropriately dressed for the weather for once! No freezing her bits off in a metal bikini.

    If only the lettering and the frame weren’t WTF.

  2. Max Bathroom Says:

    @GSS ex-nobb
    I thought you’d like this one on that level after your issues with fetish mountaineering gear elsewhere. She’s even wearing ear muffs and a hood…

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    Worst portal effect evar!

    But, yes, it’s nice to see a woman appropriately dressed for the task at hand. (Of course, usually the hand belongs to a 14 year-old boy and the task. . .
    is to get the hand to pick up the book. Yes, definitely that.)

  4. JJYoyo Says:

    That portal is alarmingly close to a Shuriken of Approval.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    The first book, at least, was not targeted at the 14 year old boy readership. So it is ice to see the main character represented well. Unlike the Bane covers for these books.

  6. fred Says:

    I don’t think it’s a portal effect but magnification.
    Raven Swordsmistress of Chaos looks at her clothing and calls her a wuss.
    Mittens would be much much better than gloves.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Contrary to the mouseover text, her feet are the right size but she’s opted to wear cork wedgies on an icy mountainside.

    And she was doing so well, dressing for travel and picking a spot for her dimensional portal almost exactly like where she’d left, to cut down on packing.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    @Fred: That’s exactly what I was thinking.
    We now return you to our regularly scheduled fetish mountain gear.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Upon seeing the mystical portal of construction paper and glitter, Jame realized the Ancient Ones were really, really cheap.

    The catweasel looks pissed at the cover artist.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    You know, I’ve just read the first book in the Kencyrath series – “God Stalk” – and I was quite unaware that this series runs to ten volumes now. Well, something to add to my interminable To Read list.

  11. Emster Says:

    Catweasel: portall sux, u promiz cheezburg and cozi rugz

    Jame: (sighs) Yes, this ski lodge does not live up to it’s Rathorn Resort Review, let’s try the Gates of Tagmeth next.

    Thanks @Max for sharing this one. According to below link review, this series might be a fun binge read, appears it’s being reprinted… by Baen, which ALSO means more cover fun for us!

  12. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Emster and @Bruce
    Ten volumes? Given that a book from ’87 could only have the first couple in it, that title’s a bit of a swizz…

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: Thank you for thinking of me.

    I grew up where it was below zero F a few weeks a year, and even swaddled up so I quite literally looked like Kenny from South Park, I still got frostbite (hands and feet) at least once. We learned early on NEVER to touch metal, much less wear it. Except there was always one dumb-ass boy (always a boy) you could get to stick his tongue to the flagpole.

    I had fuzzy earmuffs with speakers in them so I could listen to my Walkman in the winter. With my hat over all.

    @JuanPaul: yes, the heroine was sensible about many things, so I’m not surprised she’s properly dressed.

    @Tat: if she got frostbite/frostnip enough pre-puberty, her feet would stay small. Don’t ask how I know. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the sub-zero weather, playing in the snow, and being an ice skater.

    @Bruce: Catweasel is pissed at the cover artist and the Ancients who made the portal out of cardboard and Xmas wrapping paper. He’s quite the art critic.

    @Emster: I think we’ve had at least one of the reprints here, and it was… exactly as you’d think.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    A site with a UK-based URL means you have to be careful when using words like ‘Catweasel’.
    You get us thinking about Saxon wizards dealing with electrickery, tellingbones and a toad called Touchwood

    Or the tribute-act wrestler .

    Salme dalme adonay.

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:


    During the peak of the “gold-embossed cover” trend, a major publisher launched a PR stunt called “The Golden Book”…

    The publisher released a press statement that one single copy of their print output contained embossing made from real gold. And the one customer who could claim that book and deliver it to the publisher would win a tour of the magical, mystical publisher’s office.

    The stunt flopped, though – because it turned out nobody was interested in “winning” a tour of something as dreary as a publisher’s office…

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