Sep 06

Unknown to most scholars, the first Olympics used french horns instead of batons.Click for full image

Natalie and Steve Comments: Unfortunately, Davy himself is not as vivacious as his cover suggests.
Published 1976

Many thanks to Natalie and Steve!

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: 8.86 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Davy”

  1. cutmanmike Says:

    People only picked this up because there’s an orgy on the front.

  2. SI Says:

    It’s odd, Boris Vallejo’s covers usually never have any type of sexual reference on them… oh wait…

    He’s got some moths coming out of his french horn. He must not have played it in a while.

  3. anon Says:

    “Hey hey, we’re the Monkees!”

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I think that, when one of my larvae does something endearing, I shall tease her by gripping her cheeks and saying, “Ooh! you’re such an irrepressible child of the future, yes you are!”

  5. Herm Says:

    Psst, I think a tag’s misspelled there.

    And tut, I know fantasy covers can be racy sometimes, but imagine putting a chap on there who’s clearly got the horn…

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    Am I the only person who has ‘Dav-ee, Davy Crockett! King of the Wild Frontier!‘ running through my head?

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This is an old, old tactic of publishers.

    On a similar note, Signet Books created an unintentionally hilarious cover for the US paperpack of George Orwell’s “1984”
    Clearly the editor was Trying Too Hard:

  8. Kristin Says:

    As a middle school french horn player I can tell you, they’re far harder to run with than this cover makes it look like. And there’s no way you’d be that happy about it.

  9. Brian B Says:

    Am I the only one a little creeped out about a novel which is apparently about a child’s sexual adventures?

    Also I absolutely love that 1984 cover! I need a poster of that for my office.

  10. Rex Says:

    I am morbidly curious about this book.

  11. buck ripsnort Says:

    “Davy is not as vivacious as his cover?” The hell he ain’t. This was Pangborn’s best–a fix-up from stories that appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, as I recall. It was great, in a Canticle for Leibowitz sort of way. A post-apocalyptic Huck Finn.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Aha! A recycled cover. The artwork was originally used for the non-fiction book THE SECRET LIFE OF JOHN PHILIP SOUSA.

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