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Apr 11

It's a small step from shiny to shitty

Ryan comments: The cover of “Fool’s Run” was so shiny that I took it into the bathroom and tried to photograph it in the dark. No luck, it was either almost unviewable because it was too shiny, or else it was eclipsed by the darkness; there was no middle ground.

You might remember this from here.

Published 1988

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: 5.11 out of 10)
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17 Responses to “Fool’s Run”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    It’s like the whole cover is under attack from one of those shimmery energy beings from early Trek.

  2. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Searches for reflecto-porn and finds window blinds.

    (although a shimmery Ryan is crammed to the left)

  3. Tor Mented Says:

    Fwl’s Run. Is it Welsh?

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    No matter how he tried, Putin couldn’t get people to vote for Russia’s Eurovision entries any more.

  5. fred Says:

    Her name is Queen of Hearts. Inconceivable!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fool%27s_Run

  6. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Among physicians, the word “Embossitis” means eye damage caused by excessively shiny covers.

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    @Blue, Ryan: On IMDB, Ryan would be listed as “Crew or Equipment Visible.”

  8. Ryan Says:

    @Tor Mented: I think you meant, “Increasingly Frustrated Crew or Equipment Visible.” @#$% holographic cover!

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    I like how her Hammer pants flow into the shiny cover.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Her family never really approved of her running away from the Marines to join the circus.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    @bruce this could be a multiverse thing like in Rick and Morty

  12. Emster Says:

    “Fool’s Running Suit” – it probably went unnoticed with all the big hair, shoulder pads, headbands and brightly coloured silliness that passed for fashion in the mid-80’s. And if this book was aimed at YA of that era, ’nuff said.

    @Ryan: Between embossiness and overhead lighting, taking a sharp picture of a potential GSS cover, then quietly reshelving it without notice, is a talent in and of itself…

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I would like to inquire about her yellow face (her hands are OK) and her fashion sense.

    Maybe in THE FUTURE (echo), the Fashion Police are heavily-armed, and that’s who she’s running away from. Foolishly.

    The OO look like a pair of weirdly shaped eyes. Surveillance for the Fashion Police?

    @FB: Or possibly covered in loose plastic wrap.

    @Tor: Heh and GSS.

    @The Blue: It’s so shiny and weird it almost can’t be photographed. Ryan shows up almost as well as the cover items!

    @Ryan: Thank you for your patience.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Emster (12)—Don’t forget the puffy sleeves. They make this cover what it is, whatever it is.

    @Tor M—another GSS for thee 😉

  15. Lars of Mars Says:

    Fools Run When A Good Man Goes To War?

  16. Hammy Says:

    It kinda looks like she’s been stretch-wrapped to the cover and is tearing her way out of it….

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: Which I guess is why the gun-toting humanoid isn’t shooting? Because s/he/it/they know she can’t get through it, and doesn’t want to break the seal?

    It reminds me of the clear plastic covers that get put onto library paperbacks. Those are thick. Maybe that’s what the putative wrap is made of.

    It’s not much better when non-shiny. Could be worse, though — could be drowned fairy bum on the beach as seen before. Or even this artwork could be on a worse cover:

    https://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/9/9a/FLSRUN1988.jpg

    (even for Michael Whelan, feet are hard to draw?)

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