Mar 15

The Fuck of War, I guess.

GSS ex-noob comments: Brace yourself!

Published 1997

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: 6.92 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “The F____ of War”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    I have to say it, I don’t give two frogs for this cover.

  2. fred Says:

    If it was Pratchett it would be Firkin Mirkin & Co..

  3. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Moses is back…
    in black…
    and he’s PISSED.

    “This is what the plague of frogs should’ve been!”

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    Anyone feel like crying havoc?
    I kind of feel like crying, at least.

  5. Max Bathroom Says:

    I like the television nature show presenter sneaking off the cover on the right after deciding that he doesn’t even want to do a voice over for a programme about giant War Frogs..

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Ferkin Hell.

    This looks about as much fun as a ‘Fun Pub’.

  7. NomadUK Says:

    ‘The nearest I’ve seen to a genuine rival [to Terry Pratchett [‘s binman [‘s daughter’s GCSE English final]]].’
    — Sarah Broadhurst, THE BOOKSELLER [didn’t write this]

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    When unboxing videos in fairyland go bad.


    The cyborg ninja’s greatest rival: the pirate witch.

    “Terry Pratchett’s greatest rival who nobody’s heard of!”
    (To be fair, the name seems vaguely familiar).

  9. Emster Says:

    The very popular Hounds of Love were requested for the annual environmental cleanup. Unfortunately, the agent mistakenly heard “Hounds of Hell” who were unavailable, so he sent the Frogs of War and threw in a Battle Snake for good measure…

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    There’s a reason why we’ve all hard of this and this but not today’s offering.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Emster: are you proposing a Paul McCartney/ Kate Bush team-up?

    “It’s in the Swamp! It’s coming!”

  12. Ryan Says:

    You can’t tell me the employee at HPB who put this price tag on the book didn’t know exactly what he or she was doing.

  13. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Portland Mayor finds a way to remove the homeless camp from Peninsula Crossing.

  14. Emster Says:

    @Tat – I b’lieve that’s the first time I’ve heard/seen that particular song/vid from Sir Paul, so that was good fun.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The Frog of War—isn’t that what Robert McNamara blamed all of his disastrous Vietnam decisions on?

    “Secret bombing of Cambodia? Agent Orange? Blame that goddamn frog, not me!”

  16. Max Bathroom Says:

    Day of Judgement God is calling
    On their knees the war frogs crawling…

  17. Leak Says:

    In the nitty, gritty retro-future of the Frogger reboot, there is only war – but at least no more cars, or roads…

  18. contain materia Says:

    It could also be The Fart of War lol

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Off topic but didn’t Adam Roberts use to occasionally post here? His description of this

    Wheel of Time cover seems rather GSS-ish:

    “But the painting cover is so gloriously bad I decided to front the post with it. Bad in a ‘lady goes into a wallpaper shop to find behind the counter not, as she expected, a wallpaper shop assistant, but instead a man dressed as a Spanish conquistador manipulating a life-size ventriloquist dummy whilst a larger feller with three spears sticking out of his arse stands to one side watching’ sort of way.”

  20. Hammy Says:

    Three down, one to go….

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I knew this one would be appreciated. It tried to hop off the shelf at me but I held it at bay with my trusty phone camera.

    @Ryan can attest, the “good” stuff is at HPB. I too liked how they put the sticker over the the boring sunlight so we could see all the true horror, plus the title LOL. The employees have to look at this stuff every day (plus all the horrid covers in every other genre) so I think they deserve a bit of fun and amusing sticker placement.

    This book cover has everything:Giant slavering toothed frogs, confused people in a pile of boxes, someone in black getting the hell outta Dodge, and a dragon lurking in the background.

    @NomadUK: I wonder if Sarah Broadhurst has regretted this blurb. I kind of hope so.

    @BC: GSS!

    @Bruce: Yes, Adam was a regular here, but before either of our times. And he summed that image up perfectly.

    I am returning to HPB soon to sell more books (none with covers bad enough for here) so perhaps I will come across something else worthy of GSS.

  22. Scarlet Manuka Says:

    OK, but if Terry Pratchett is explicitly outside the scope of the rules as parody, why are we allowing Andrew Harman?

    I do have this as well as a few others in the series (The Sorceror’s Appendix, The Tome Tunnel, The Scrying Game).

  23. Tag Wizard Says:

    Silly newbie.

    Rules don’t apply to me!

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