Dec 07

This'll hurt their tourism industry

Good Show Sir Comments: The natives are restless. Better shoot them.

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1961

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: 6.33 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “Propeller Island”

  1. Cornelius Says:

    At least the guy at the front got the point.

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    How Suella Braverman sees the world.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    He got the point but only the tip. I suspect that he’s trying to drive it deeper in order to escape the hell that is this cover.

  4. NomadUK Says:

    This film was a lot better when Michael Caine was in it.

  5. fred Says:

    Tory heaven. Except for this small boats invasion.

  6. NomadUK Says:

    fred@5: The 1% of the 19th century. Bezos and Musk would be right at home.

    I found this bit in the linked article quite funny:-

    ‘The equivalent of dozens of pages have been cut from this Verne story because they were viewed as being somehow critical of the Americans or the British. Such unacceptable passages included a description of the United States doubling its size by annexing Canada and Central America (I§1), a short blurb making fun of England’s refusal to adopt the metric system (I§5), several very anti-American paragraphs focusing on the colonial history of Hawaii (I§9), a discussion about corrupt British politics (I§13), a few paragraphs concerning the lack of manners of many British citizens (II§1), a lengthy discussion where the British are condemned for introducing snakes onto the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe before handing them over to the French (II§6), and a comical dialogue comparing the British to cannibals (II§9). Sometimes such changes, though distressing, can be inadvertently humorous. In one problematic passage—a long anti-missionary diatribe that the translator apparently decided could not be easily cut from Verne’s narrative—a simple but ingenious solution was found: the nationality of the rapacious cleric was simply changed from British to German (II§1.190).’

  7. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Simultaneously busy and dull, which is probably a grad-level class at UAI.

    @Tat: Suella must be the one wrestling for the knife with the dark crimson woman. (And why does an English politician have a name that sounds like she should be Southern US poor white trash?)

    @FB: “Dammit! Just a flesh wound! If I can get it just a few more inches, I can take out my liver or spleen…”

    @Nomad: I think it might have been an improvement.

    Maybe we should try this as an actual experiment. Put the 0.001% on a giant island/ship and see if they devolve to hand-to-hand combat and arson. That’d be fun for us 99.99% and the world would be entertained during, and better off afterwards.

    A Republican ship would also be fun. Vicious infighting between MAGA and MAGAest, with class differences as well.

    Lewis Black had a segment on The Daily Show yesterday that is funny as always. The whole bit is good, but the Musk takedown has a lovely song if you want to skip forwards to 4:22

    (Bonus Boebert jokes, too)

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Travel the globe! Meet strange and exotic people and animals! Shoot them!
    (Sums up a lot of 19th century adventure novels, and indeed 20th century ones as well).

    @GSS ex-noob: that’s not a woman, that’s a 1930s cartoon style “native” in a grass skirt.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    @ex-Noob: her parents, being the kind of asylum seekers she wants to send to Rwanda to get shot at ‘legally’, used ‘Dallas’ as their guide to spoken English and morals. She’s really ‘Sue-Ellen’.

    But her maiden name wasn’t really ‘de Ville’.

    @Bruce: I think auntie ex-Noob meant the person with their back to us, dressed very like the then Home Secretary at the Remembrance ceremony she hoped would kick off and allow her to arrest everyone.

    (Although, when I first saw this cover, I thought it was a mob of enraged ballerinas finally letting Edgar Degas and his cronies know what they thought of being upskirted in oils.)

  10. JJYoyo Says:

    @GSSxN: I prefer the mid-credits scene in Don’t Look Up. Won’t spoil it for those who didn’t see the movie.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: You are correct. Suella’s the foreground chick in the power suit, wrestling with possibly a Rwandan.

    Dear Lord, her name really *is* Sue-Ellen! But the woman on Dallas didn’t hyphenate it (as is common down south), so her mother couldn’t even get that right, and her teachers made it worse. “Sue Braverman” would have been a plausible (if silly) English name. Or even “Sue Fernandes”.

    Since she claims to be Buddhist, I suppose she’s fine with coming back as some lower form of life next time, because her karma is bad this go around.

  12. Emster Says:

    Am I the only one who saw the title and was disappointed that there are no propellers in the cover art? I was hoping for some excellently cheesy anime type flying island. With propellers. But it is rather 60’s cringeworthy, so there’s that.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    IKR? I was thinking of Laputa or that one Bioshock game.

    With this being followed with the Friday Flashback of the dude beating Morlocks, I was hoping today we’d have someone other classic novel of upper class beating the crap out of lower class mobs today. No luck.

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