Mar 28

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MisterBOB Comments: Rainbow Sword, nuff said?
Published 1990

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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: 7.28 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “The Rainbow Sword”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    Where’s Bungle? Where’s Zippy? This is rubbish.

  2. SophaLoaf Says:

    I wonder if it’ll drop its smaller eyeballs if you tickled it’s armpits.

  3. Ian Sales Says:

    That’s an amazingly creepy sword. Even if it is a bit like something from a camp Lovecraft story…

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “In Russia you don’t go looking for magic sword, magic sword goes looking for you!”

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    OK, here come the totally unsurprising puns:

    What an eye-catching cover. The artist sure has an eye for detail. There is so much to see in it, you’d wish you had three eyes…

  6. Pat Says:

    A sight for sword eyes.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    Finally, a book where they actually drew whew what the title says! I give it two thumbs up just for that.

    Now, let’s talk about the author’s obsession with swords…

  8. Evad Says:

    Somehow amazing and awful at the same time. A rare treat.

  9. Dalton H. Says:

    The eye must lose it’s contacts during intense fights.

  10. Brian B Says:

    Obligatory internet meme comment:

    “A full on rainbow sword! What does it MEAN!?”

  11. SI Says:

    Can you only use the rainbow sword just after a sun shower?

  12. THX 1138 Says:

    “Now Zippy, that wasn’t very nice, was it?”

  13. NGpm Says:

    It’s not so much a rainbow sword, as an eye-holding sword wearing a rainbow poncho … unless it makes rainbows like the one in the background.

  14. Scott B Says:

    Be careful, you’ll put an eye out on that.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I can’t wait for the sequel THE SWORD SWORD — where the book cover depicts a sword made up of tiny swords, which themselves are made up of tinier swords and so on ad infinitum…

  16. Phil Says:

    Given a choice, it’s a steel sword for me every time. Unless I’m on the receiving end, in which case paper (or jelly) will do nicely.I wonder how long before Adrienne writes about these variants.

  17. NGpm Says:

    @A.R. I’d love to see the cover of that one, would the Sword be wielded by a centaur with centaur’s for hands?

  18. Queen Khentkawes Says:

    I kind of like that border — Greek-key-ish with a rainbow. But I’d be afraid to wield that sword. What if my thumb goes into that big eye? Ewwwww! And then that would cause the hands to drop the little eyeballs and they’d bounce away. And then I’d be stuck with a blind sword and a slimy thumb.

  19. fred Says:

    I never saw a Rainbow Sword and I never hope to see one. But I can tell you anyhow I’d rather not be seen by one.

  20. Brendan Podger Says:

    Famed cover producer Bruce Dickenson came into the studio and said when he saw the first draft “The cover is looking great but I could have used a little more eyeballs”

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Aaaand… not enough rainbows. Add rainbows here, and here, and here…

  22. Herm Says:

    Obligatory Wizard of Oz reference:

    “Poppies will make them sleep! It’s working! They’re stumbling!”
    “Wait, sorry, you wanted a soporific? I was sure you said a hallucinogen… oh dear.”
    “No I didn’t! And stop shedding feathers and banana peels all over my cauldron!”

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Alternate cover blurb:
    “Only one could defeat the Rainbow Sword — the Wizard of Glaucoma!”

  24. Gary Says:

    A new sword? For me? Thanks! … uh …urgh..ew no no, what the hell IS that!?

  25. szaleniec1000 Says:

    All it’s missing is the robot unicorn.

  26. arch9enius Says:

    (Actual train of thoughts)
    Usually they have a jewel there, not an … Oh, I see.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    When that sword goes back in its scabbard…and when you hitch that scabbard to your belt…MAKE SURE the eyeballs are pointed away from you. No good can come about as those eyes stare into your naughty bits…staring…judging…never speaking, though…

  28. anon Says:

    I like the way the rainbow soars in this cover.

    @DSWBT: Judging beats planning.

  29. anon Says:

    Annie Ermine Stare-Brand
    The daft sword with eyes hydrates at Loch Foron Burr.

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @anon: Could be a boar at Loch Foron.

    Second line is perfection.

  31. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    If Tag Wizard’s reading this, the cover is by Danny Flynn, (I’ve got a book of his paintings with this one in, I’m not just being an I-know-better-than-you commenter)

    @Phil: Jelly is far less risky, paper cuts can really sting.

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