Jul 05


Liz’s Art Direction: We’d like for you to use some cats on this cover. Not just any old cats no, we want one that is sized up enough to be able to carry a human. In furs. And randomly in the background, give us a horse drawn sled too. Oh, and to illuminate the picture, throw in a random lamp somewhere…and the biggest sickle moon in the world, ever.
Published 2000

Ah Cat travel, the only way to break the speed of light. Or so I have read.
Many thanks to Liz!

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: 6.91 out of 10)

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33 Responses to “The Farthest Seeking”

  1. Little Mi Says:

    I don’t know what they are doing to that cat but I am pretty sure that it’s Wrong (yes, with a capital W)!

  2. cutmanmike Says:

    I wish my cat could carry me places

  3. SI Says:

    Thats not how you mount a cat…. not that I know….

    The fonts are also epic.

  4. Tommi Says:

    And what a tiny horse it is. I mean, judging by the distance and the size of the tree … it must be pulling the sled for the kittens. Who have, by sheer chance, found a human in the woods … hmmm … humannnn …

  5. Simon Says:

    And that lamp is only shedding light in one direction. Perhaps it wants to give all its attention to the lovely cats.

  6. DeadRobot Says:

    While it’s not unnatural to have big cats out in the wintery wilds (even if they look like reverse engineered housecats with bodies of Lynxes), what I do find weird is the use of the tree as the spot where the designer overlaid the book exposition.

    It’s as if the designer didn’t know how to change the font colour and scruntched the paragraph over the tree.

  7. SophaLoaf Says:

    Poor horse feels neglected.

  8. Adam Roberts Says:

    ‘Gayle Greeno’ is short for ‘Gayle Greengrowtherushes-o’. Not a lot of people know that.

  9. ashton Says:

    Where is her other foot? And what’s supporting her??? I am so confused!

  10. Phil Says:

    Been staring at it for five minutes now. Still can’t figure out where the woman’s right leg is supposed to be.

  11. Phil Says:

    Sorry, I meant right BOOT. [Note to self: use the preview button before submitting comments.]

  12. Evad Says:

    So much is confusing, What are the cats looking at that could be more distracting than the woman?
    What are the brown lumpy things coming out her pants leg? Where IS the other boot? And what IS she sitting on?
    Do I want answers to these questions? Nope.

  13. Don Draper's Inseam Says:

    Perfect High Fantasy for the Crazy Cat Lady demographic.

  14. Brian B Says:

    Is it just me or does the “riding” cat look like feline dachshund? Actually the more I look at it, the cat looks like two halves of two different pictures awkward fuzzed together to make the cat look like it has a longer torso. But I suppose we shouldn’t judge the poor woman; it must be hard to walk around in the woods with only foot.

    Oh note to other readers: do NOT try to sit on your own cats at home like this; it makes them unhappy. An unhappy cat is NOT something a man wants between his legs.

  15. Kathleen Says:

    is this literary fiction or high fantasy? if only the font could give me a clue!

  16. Herm Says:

    Her bum is resting on nothing, save possibly the creature’s TAIL. Cruel.

    Not to mention that that supposedly-foreshortened leg is somehow behind her arm, and the cat, while unnaturally big, is not large enough to bear her weight.

  17. Phil Says:

    Got it!

    She’s riding the cat BECAUSE she only has one foot.

  18. SI Says:

    @Phil Haha.its like a sailor with a wooden leg. She had her one replaced with a cat….

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The PETA is going to hear about this!

  20. John T Says:

    Her limb measurements are all over the place. Just check out the difference in the length of her arms.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Still, it’s nice that people with Assymetric Limb Syndrome (ALS) are represented in fantasy fiction.

  22. WingedWolf Says:

    In the cover’s defense, the plot is actually centered around oversized cats. This, however, does not override the cover’s other obvious shortcomings…

  23. Rachel J Says:

    That cat’s still not nearly big enough to ride, though.

  24. THX 1138 Says:

    @Rachel: She could tie a cat to each foot and have cat-o-skates.

  25. Rachel J Says:

    @THX 1138. She could try …and actually it might even work, since these cats are clearly quite a *bit* more docile than Earth-type felines. (As a small child I myself once tried to ride a cat just the way she’s doing, and the damn thing nearly clawed my eye out.)

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Drawing our attention away from the pussy on the cover…the font seems to be growing mistletoe.

  27. Rev Says:

    The Fartiest Sea King

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Back when I was working on the television show…we tried to interview a lady whose eyes were covered up by her hair.

    It didn’t work there, and it doesn’t work with the lady’s bangs here.

    Looking about on the Internets, I see Gayle Greeno also wrote Sunderlies Seeking in Ghatten’s Gambit. Enough with the alliteration!

  29. anon Says:

    @Little Mi: What worries me even further is how absent-mindedly she’s doing it.

  30. RachelJ Says:

    According to Amazon, customers who bought this item also bought our very own “Acorna’s Rebels”. Small world.

  31. GSS noob Says:

    Five’ll get you ten that Gayle or Paul owned a light gray tabby and a calico.

    That’s how you can tell this is fantasy (besides the font): real cats of any size wouldn’t put up with her in that position. Especially not a calico or tortoiseshell.

  32. HappyBookworm Says:

    I came across this while surfing “random terrible covers” and I can’t resist saying that riding the horse in the background, even if its a slow or miniature one, makes about 100 times more sense than riding a cat. Even if her sled with the inexplicable spindly runners isn’t working, the horse looks perfectly healthy to me…

  33. Leah Says:

    I actually own this book. Thanks Liz for beating me to the punch. Submitted another volume in the series instead.

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