Jul 23


Ow ow OW! Flying this is actually incredibly uncomfortable!Click for full image

Art Direction: I looked, and there before me was a pale Pegasus! It’s rider was named Martin, the local high school geography teacher.
Published 1994

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: 6.64 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Cloud Castles”

  1. Herm Says:

    The horse’s legs look a bit stiff, and the man is absolutely enormous by comparison, and the wings look like they’re at a strange angle, but I’m mostly quite impressed that a male author managed to pull off a pink and purple cover. Good show, Mr Rohan.

  2. cutmanmike Says:

    I found a flying horse! Eyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  3. SI Says:

    This might be why it looks strange. I don’t think the dude was originally supposed to be there:

    BTW if anyone wants to buy me a print… feel free 😛

  4. SophaLoaf Says:

    @ SI wow. they replaced the black unicorn with Martin!

    If he is the local high school geography teacher he must be the one who thinks he is as cool as Arthur Fonzarelli.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    If only they’d looked back and seen their castle blasting off into the sky…

  6. anon Says:

    Wow! That unicorn has a seriously heavy rump.

  7. DeadRobot Says:

    Ooh dream weaver
    I believe you can get me through the night
    Ooh dream weaver
    I believe we can reach the morning light

  8. Simon Says:

    Dear oh dear.

  9. James Lovegrove Says:

    Proof that looking at too many bad SF covers makes you go blind. Or a little bit blurry-visioned at least.

  10. Phil Says:

    Clever how the geography teacher is actually giving the pegasus some forward momentum. In the original painting, pegasus is really just floating a bit, but on the book cover s/he is soaring!

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I might be reading the photograph wrong, but is that a cloud of noxious yellow smoke billowing up from the horseman’s behind?

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Either this is really called E Loud Astles or it’s in dire need of a ‘font problems’ tag.

    I think that the pegasus has the trailing edge of its wings sticking from its arse.

  13. Jaouad Says:

    #3: In that original image, is the pegasus carrying the castle on its back??

  14. fearofmusic Says:

    you can’t ride a flying pegasus. a gliding pegasus perhaps. otherwise the wings can’t work properly.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    Why does Pegasus need to move his legs at all when in flight?

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: if you’ve ever dropped kitty off of a staircase, you know.

  17. Mike Scott Rohan Says:

    Can’t say I liked this cover much myself! But a Brit writer has less than no say in what his US editions look like. Anyhow, in the book there is a white horse. It does not have wings. It does not ride on clouds, just through them into mysterious but very solid mountain paths. My central character looks older and tougher than this twit. Just so you know :-))

    As to the purple and pink cover, this hasn’t a lot to do with my gender, but is a benefit — or a hazard — of writing about things that happen around sunset. Cheers!

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    Incidentally, the name of the author and the text below it are WAY off center. It’s like they weren’t even trying.

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