Jan 18

Well... oh look at the time... I have to go... get my hair done... again!Click for full image

Libraryman Comments: “Not tonight Peter. I have a headache.”
Published 1987

Many thanks to Libraryman!

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: 8.05 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Wyrms”

  1. Richard Palmer Says:

    Wow… that’s exactly the scene every Saturday night in inexplicably popular south-side of Glasgow night-spot, The Shed.

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    Makes me think of the enormous bee that crops up from time to time on Family Guy. ‘Now ahm gonna sting you with mah stinger — ooooh nooo!’

  3. Weirdmage Says:

    I think that is her ex. Look at how she holds up her arm to stop him/it from kissing her. He/it is probably a sloppy kisser.

  4. SI Says:

    Those are some long legs!

    @Richard – Not sure if he’s a Celtic or Rangers fan though… maybe Partick Thistle?

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Madame, to visit a cave in a white midi and heels is simply to court trouble!

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    By the by, is that a cape, or her tresses, or that other fellow’s chair?

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There’s an ex like that in the history of every woman on Earth.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Come to think of it, the creepy giant bug looks right at home. But the girl looks completely misplaced. How did she get there without getting so much as a stain on her flawless white dress..??

  9. Carolyn B Says:

    Everyone knows that’s how nurses will dress in the 23rd century. “Now, Mr. Wyrm, where shall I take your pulse?”

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Oh, not another ENDER’S GAME spinoff…!

  11. Ryan Says:

    One of those tentacles appears to have a semi!

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Heey…! What’s a gal like you doin’ in a joint like this?”

  13. Infidel753 Says:

    She’s so bored she’s checking her watch. Probably the bug exterminator she called is late.

  14. Libraryman Says:

    @ Dead Stuff: I believe that is a cape. Red cross of the FUTURE? oh and check out the side pony tail.

  15. THX 1138 Says:

    Maybe using the shrinking machine to get a closer look at dust mites wasn’t such a great idea.

  16. Dalton H. Says:

    The monsters like, so yea this is my apartment. Don’t mind my roommate he’s leaving in a minute. Make yourself at home.

  17. Marie Says:

    That is the BEST. I don’t know where you’re located but there’s a used scifi bookstore in Boston that would keep this blog going for 20 years.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Marie, maybe there’s some weird space-time paradox going on, that creates new bad book covers (and movies, and TV shows)… in the past.

    ‘Cos isn’t it weird how the amount keeps increasing?

  19. Annexian Says:

    Izzat a PENIS!?

    Heh, I had this book in my school library too… I mean, come on, hidden penis on worm monster, hot young woman… Heh, in the 80s there was a lot of anti-Japan racism (The Jappy-Neeeze are buying everything! We’ll have to commit seppiku if we don’t get an “A” in class!) but this here’s a “Tentacle Monster” thing.

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Wyrst styry Yrsyn wryte!

  21. Tom Noir Says:

    Holy carp, I just noticed that thing’s… appendage. Vile!

    “Worms” indeed, sir!

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel like I am lumbricoid…
    Whenever I’m alone with you, you act and feel like it’s an ambuscade…

    Whatever words you say, I will always love you
    However far away, I will always love you
    Your brother isn’t gay, I will always love you…

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “I know something of the doctrine of the Vigilants.”

    “I am not talking about a school of doctrine, I am talking about the answer I gave Heffiji. The reason Unwyrm calls to me.”

    Now she could ask him outright, “What question did Heffiji ask?”

    “She asked me if dwelfs have a soul.”

    “Then it is theology.”

    “What she really was asking – and it’s a question you’d better answer before you face Unwyrm – she was asking what part of her was herself.”

    Patience studied Will’s placid face. How could he have known the question that so haunted her? “My father taught me to listen to everything and believe nothing.”

    “The dead don’t do that much,” said Will.

    “The dead don’t listen.”

    “If you believe nothing, then you are listening exactly as much as the dead.”

    “I’m not dead,” Patience whispered.

    Will smiled. “I know,” he said. He reached out to touch her cheek; she recoiled from him and shook her head. So he sat back, making no effort to conceal his disappointment, and began to teach. “Each part of the triune soul has its desires. The passion has the desires of pleasure and survival, and the avoidance of pain. Those who are slaves to passion are the ones we see as hedonists or cowards or addicts or drunks, the ones we despise. And these slaves think that their passion is themselves. I want this drink. I want to breathe. Their identity is in their needs. And to control them is easy. You simply control their pleasure or their pain.”

    Wow, people paid cash on the nail for this nonsense?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Gad, it took me two tries to get through that. Had to scrape the glaze off my eyes.

    No wonder the heroine is named Patience.

    Sounds like she does a lot of recoiling, and who wouldn’t in this book?

    Evidently the white dress is her thing — here’s a later cover.

    You can read more of the leaden yet pervy prose at that link.

    EDIT: oh sweet baby jebus, according to a one-star review, this IS a scene from the book. The bug DOES have a you know what and uses it on her. After a man does.

  25. DaveM Says:

    @Gss ex-noob, Oh yes, this is one of the books that takes Card’s standard plot “There’s a young kid and their whole life gets f***ed over” and ramps it up to Richard Blade levels (songmaster is another one). And the heroine? She’s 13. No wonder she does so much recoiling.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    CarD is one extremely f’ed up individual. Shame he grew up in and stuck with a religion that basically mandates that you’re happy all the time* and never explore your psyche. A decent shrink could have helped him through whatever penis-related trauma he suffered as a young’un.

    *Utah has the highest prescription use of anti-depressants in the US, which puts it way, way up there in the world. They also subscribe to a lot of porn… and who pays for porn nowadays?

  27. Devotion Says:

    @Dead Stuff With Big Teeth –

    Whenever I’m alone with you, I am too startled by your magnanimous presence…

    However far away, I have and will always love you Too .

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Devotion: Thank you! I’ll be here through Friday.

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