May 19

No... don't sing a whole new world! It will summon death!Click for full image

Matt’s Art Direction: Fabric! I want to see lots of fabric. And hands, lots of dramatically posed hands. And least one bare breast, only you’ll have to conceal the nipple with something. How about a cross?
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: 7.50 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “The Robin and the Kestrel”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    “Scroo-ooge! I am the Ghost of Christmas Baen!”

    Ah Baen, Baen, Baen. Don’t ever change!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    I’m guessing the robin doesn’t last very long with a kestrel about. Unless it’s a can of Kestrel?

  3. benny Says:

    Do you think they were singing ”dude looks like a lady”
    that could even be steven tyler on the right

  4. SI Says:

    PHOOOARRRRR… Would you look at that knee!

  5. Jane Says:

    That city in the background looks like Petra, but that isn’t enough to save this cover. I’m still trying to read the little white letters beneath the author’s name.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Baen, you are SO close to getting sued by the American Midget Society.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “A New Novel in the World of Bardic Voices!”

    Now, who can resist salesmanship of that caliber? People must’ve been lining up in the streets to buy a book with that blurb.

  8. Scott Marlowe Says:

    Nice pants.

  9. Zycrow Says:

    No, don’t shake his hand, you spoony bard!

  10. fred Says:

    Then the Pale Spectre of Rhinoplasty appeared and Alphonso’s third and final wish was granted.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Midget: “How do you do Mr. Wraith, my name is…”

    Wraith: “GIMME FIVE!!”

  12. Some Illustrator Says:

    I don’t see a robin or a kestrel…?

  13. Prudynce Says:

    What is that brown thing under the title?

  14. Phil Says:

    The robin and the kestrel flew away. And who can blame them!

  15. Joachim Says:

    O Baen… notoriously atrocious in cover selection….

  16. Smith Says:

    Is the guy on the right about to sing “You’ve got to pick a pocket or two, boys…”

  17. Dalton H. Says:

    And the monster will be played by… AWW! The title blocked it!

  18. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    That *is* Petra. Does that make this the Middle East? Good heavens, does that make these people middle easterners?

    Errrr, I guess that would explain the electric blue harem pants and the sort of veily thing behind the man’s bright red Renaissance fair cap. Not to mention their, er, stereotyped features.

    But nothing explains their huge heads and short legs, their awkward poses, or that eyewateringly brighly colored jester’s outfit, or why the woman’s sleeves are straight out of Snow White. Or why the karate kid is present.

  19. mistyfan Says:

    The only thing on the cover that bears the slightest resemblance to the book is the ghostly cowled figure.

    There is a female gypsy in the story, but she’s not dressed anything like that. It doesn’t take place in the middle east. I have no idea who the men on the cover might even vaguely be intended to be. And while pseudo-christian religion is a major part of the story it doesn’t use traditional crosses – a chunk of the plot revolves around them making God’s Eyes ( ) which are very clearly described!

    (‘Robin’ and ‘Kestrel’ are the stage-names of two characters, not actual birds.)

  20. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I am coming to the uneasy conclusion that this cover artist, Darrell K. Sweet, never, ever, ever shows women alone on the cover. Ever. Even if they’re the main characters ( ). Even if there’s no explanation for the guy’s presence ( ).

    He frequently shows men alone, but I haven’t yet found an example of his cover art which shows a woman without a man present.

    NB: On Piers Anthony’s “Dragon on a Pedestal” there’s an adorable little toddler girl and a dragon. Not sure I’d count that one.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    ‘But…we can’t die…we’re meeting with the estate agent about a sub-let.’


  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now that was low… comparing real estate agents to the grim reaper.
    What did the Grim Reaper ever do to you??


  23. GSS noob Says:

    Before scrolling down, I only saw the author and title and said “Baen”.

    What’s the red blortch splatted atop Petra under the K? It’s semi-transparent, so presumably not a ketchup stain by the owner.

    And are the characters all supposed to be little persons of the dwarf type? Is Peter Dinklage thanking his lucky stars that GoT was the big hit and not this?

    Finally, mightn’t a kestrel kill and eat a robin?

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