Mar 06

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Good Show Sir comments: I Have No Neck and I Must Scream

Published 1975

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: 5.75 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy”

  1. fred Says:

    The national anthem for Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania must be a real bitch to sing.

  2. NomadUK Says:

    Kid Twist (Harold Gould) must be wondering how he wound up with his head mounted on a clock in Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania when just a minute ago he was running a long con with Gondorff and Hooker (you know who) back in Chicago.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    You know, these alleged fantastic and supernatural events aren’t really that scary. I don’t think they really amount to hair-raising. Let’s just go with eyebrow-raising.”

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    @NomadUK: Thanks – I’ve been trying to think who it looked like. My best effort was George Pravda in an out-take from Gilliam’s ‘Munchhausen’.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    If Doc goes there, he better not enquire about the Popular People’s Front of Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania

  6. Max Bathroom Says:

    He’s enquiring when somebody will be round to fix his clock, I’d have thought.

  7. Ryan Says:

    The chimneys of many castles in Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania emit very specific smoke formations.

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I see we’ve got the “Seizure Sans” font up top. Can we get a “font problems”?

    @fred: At the Olympics, they get two or three sign-carriers because it won’t all fit on one.

    @Nomad: Your comment made me smile. On a Monday! whistles Scott Joplin

    @Max: Just getting the damn numbers right would help. He needs to enquire about that instead.

    GSS for the mouseover text.

  9. Emster Says:

    Right out the gate, @fred had me cackling…

    @GSS x-n: GSS for “seizure sans” – I naturally head tilt for the magic of trifocals to work and it took me a sec to realize that a cover got the better of me – again!

    Is one of Dr. E’s enquiries about those two boring square columns on either side of the cover that are holding nothing up?

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: Can’t take credit for it — the phrase or something similar showed up about another cover here, but I don’t remember who coined it. I did the same with my bifocals.

    It’s possible the non-working clock is suspended from the columns. But I’ve no idea what the decorative squiggly corners either side of Dr. E’s scalp are either.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    A novel in which the passive voice is overused to mind numbing effect.

  12. Bruce A. Munro Says:

    So this is what they mean by a “clock face?”

  13. JJYoyo Says:

    If I had to guess the plot from the cover I’d have to say it’s a mash up of Metropolis, Dracula, and Murder on the Orient Express.

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @JJYoyo: with some alternate history thrown in.


  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: That link didn’t work for me.

    Is this it? It’s got your name on.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: funny, the first works for me. Yeah, that’s my take on it: alternate history maps are a hobby of mine.

    How about this one?

    (From here: )

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I like the old-timey one from the book . But I raise an eyebrow at Ruritania being on a seacoast. Another one of Davidson’s fancies, or the mapmaker’s?

    @JJYoyo: GSS.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @JJYoyo: I’d watch that movie.

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