Oct 22

No! Take my wallet.. anything! Anything but my horn!Click for full image

Art Direction: The London underground, Pink Floyd concerts and the queue for Return of the Jedi. Do you know what they all have in common? They’re all… busy!! We don’t just need a strange bird attacking a unicorn, we need a full on boarder! With as much busyness as possible. I’m sure that’s sound logic… well pretty sure.
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: 6.03 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The Revenants”

  1. Nix Says:

    That unicorn doesn’t look like *attack* is on its mind. A long-term meaningful relationship, perhaps.

    (Still, if there is any SF author so anvilicious in places that a sparkling unicorn is appropriate, it would have to be Sheri Tepper.)

  2. SI Says:

    I love the sword and the necklace on the corners.

    This cover isn’t terrible but the boarder makes it all into a visual feast!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    There’s an…eye…at top centre…staring…into…my soul…searching…for…the sound between the raindrops…

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The worst thing I can say about this cover is… if you took away all the text and used it as an album cover for an 80s “power ballad” rock band, nobody would mind.

  5. NGpm Says:

    Did the artist get this from a Spencer’s Gifts store at a mall in the states as one of those felt paint by numbers jobs back in 1986? All that’s missing is sea spray and a rainbow.

  6. Brendan Podger Says:

    I have to say that I think the cover damage makes it look worse than it is. It looks like a Stephen Bradbury cover.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    @Brandon: You mean that’s just a water stain that LOOKS like a unicorn fighting a bird of paradise? Oh thank heavens!

  8. Kathleen Says:

    the 14 yro me likes to think the ‘boarder’ is the frame of a mirror/window leading me into the magical land where a unicorn will be my friend.

  9. John Says:

    God, I have this in a box in my loft. I don’t think I’ve read it since I got it in ’83, can anyone tell me if it’s any good?

    I really need to clear out my loft. Too many of the books seem to be on this website.

  10. Claire Says:

    It’s definitely a Stephen Bradbury cover. He did lots for Sheri Tepper’s UK books.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Well, everyone knows a unicorn is just a symbol…

    … for incompetence.

  12. FeařofMusic Says:

    Excuse me, but isn’t a revenant a reanimated corpse? Usually achieved througj necromancy, which is considered ‘black’ magic by most accounts? So the ‘heroes’ of this book are evil undead beings? Please someone tell me that that is a zombie unicorn.

    Ya know what they say about unicorns…the only good one is a dead one.

    I love insomnia I do.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘The age-old duel of magic and gods’…come again? Do gods use science or something to make the universe and establish order? Is pulling a rabbit from a silk top hat blasphemy? Are we then to assume Gahl is a god? Or a magician? Rubbish, cover! Take your blurb with you and begone!

  14. Claire Says:

    Where is that bookshop? I want to go.

  15. anon Says:

    So, let’s say the unicorn impales the birdy thing. How does it get the carcass off its screw-like horn or wash the blood off its eyes? Does it simply wait for the nature to take its course?

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    Which one’s Leonardo?

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