Jun 22

Dumbo the Locomotive

Good Show Sir comments: Wait until you see how nasty the caboose looks.

Published 1983

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: 7.37 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “The Hand of Zei”

  1. fred Says:

    Think of the stunts Buster Keaton could have pulled off with THAT locomotive. He would have put Legolas to shame.

  2. Steve S Says:

    Trunk Line.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    For some reason, I have an image of Lemmy looking through a second hand bookshop one day in the ’80s when Motorhead weren’t touring, finding a copy of this paperback, and a lightbulb going on over his head:

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    The artist was two on the nose.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    I can’t decide if this is zany or wacky.

  6. NomadUK Says:

    Hannibal gets it right this time.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    If you think part two of the Krishna Series is odd, wait until you reach the late 50s:

    (This was on BBC2 every Saturday afternoon c.1990-2. The version we got had subtitles but, globally, it’s probably the most-watched drama in television history. There were 91 episodes, watched on first broadcast by 115 million people per week. In your face, ‘Game of Thrones’.)

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    This Indian version of Thomas the Tank Engine blows

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Special Guest Star Jon Finch as The Flying Nun.

  10. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Will the admin PLEASE include a “WTF” tag on this one.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    These are pretty good books, but needless to say, I probably didn’t read this one with this cover.

    The critter on the cover is rendered pretty accurately. Even though it looks generated by AI.

    @ARY: Seconded. The ears alone need a WTF.

  12. Ryan Says:

    If the elephantine creature motivating those train carriages moves at an elephantine pace, I do not wish to travel on its interplanetary journey.

    Slowest excursion ever launched, I would imagine.

    Also, why are the numerals “26” on the front of said beast upside down?

  13. Hammy Says:

    “Zei, brother, can you spare an elephantine engine?”

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I love L.Sprague de Camp. But who wants to read about a bunch of Interplanetary Viagrans?

  15. Steve S Says:

    @Ryan 97 (maybe?)

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: nobody at Baen seems ever to have wondered that.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: None of the male characters there ever need medical help. Ugly, grody, stupid, near death, whatever — they’re so Manly.

  18. Emster Says:

    One night, in the Sprague de Camp household:
    Lyman: Dad! Tell us a story about trains!
    Gerard: No! I want a story about elephants!
    Lyman: Trains!
    Gerard: Elephants!
    Lyman: Choo-choos!
    Gerard: Ellies!
    Dad: Guys, settle down now. Get ready for a story about an elephant that IS a train.
    Kids: WTF?

  19. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    Is that… _smoke_ coming out of the ear/flower/trumpet things? Are we supposed to assume this is a coal-burning elephant?

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Of course it is, silly. They’re not allowed really advanced tech or electronics, so the elephant would have to be coal-powered at best.

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