Jun 09


Art Direction: Who cares about cat people! Just get a giant long haired cat on there. Someday the world will know the glory of cats doing… stuff… but until then we’ll use one to sell books.
Published 1980 (maybe)

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: 6.02 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “The Castle of Llyr”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    The trouble with megatribbles.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Yeah, who’s scared of lions and tigers when we have Tiddles?

  3. Unk Says:

    There kitty, nice kitty, now just let Llyr into the corner so I can get my pants and I’ll leave the room all to you.

  4. SI Says:

    This is my guard cat twinkles. Just as good as any dog. He sleeps mainly, sometimes eats, looks disinterested with most things but let me tell you. Get between him and something shiny…

  5. Scott Marlowe Says:

    I just read this book! Second or third time at least. Not exactly the same cover, but definitely had the big freakin’ kitty cat on it.

  6. Jane Says:

    At least the giant cat does appear in the story.

  7. Amy Says:

    I can has a tunic? I really liked these books but I never read the last one since I was worried everyone would die.

  8. Phil Says:

    No one else has done it, so I will happily conflate a couple of the earlier comments to get this: The Trouble With Tiddles.

    In the topmost blurb, I can’t help seeing TarZan (where it clearly says Taran).

    And finally… Big cat? Or little man? Who can tell?

  9. Smith Says:

    Good lord. Think of the hairballs. They’d be like disgusting pillows.

  10. Smith Says:

    Although I do think the giant cat flap is likely to be a major defensive flaw in the Castle of Llyr.

  11. Zycrow Says:

    Note how there is no furniture.

  12. James Says:

    “Not exactly the same cover, but definitely had the big freakin’ kitty cat on it.”

    this one?

  13. arch9enius Says:

    Yeah there’s no furniture. Probably all clawed to splinters. Also, try moving that thing of a chair when it does’nt want to be moved.

  14. Dalton H. Says:

    “Now where did my contact fall down at! Oh sh…”

  15. Brian B Says:

    Haha, I kind of love this cover. Reminds of when I was a kid and would have my cat attack my GI Joe action figures.

  16. The Hearn Says:

    As someone else said, at least the cat (Llyan is her name) does appear in the book. The original 1966 hardback cover:

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Hey you stupid little man, can’t you watch where you walk? Look what you did to my tail!

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    One does not simply Tank Cat into Mordor.

    But, if you did, this would be the first step. 😀

  19. Tag Wizard Says:

    The mood, the shadow. It’s almost a Rembrandt.

    I wonder if canvas prints are available?

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    Man, I used to gobble up Lloyd Alexander books as a kid. Many of them contained cats (and also girls with ‘red-gold hair’, whatever that is). I don’t remember a giant, angry cat.

  21. Don Hilliard Says:

    @Tom Noir: Believe it or not, that’s an accurate scene from the book. The giant kitteh – Llyan – is the result of a moderately-successful “make-things-big” potion – and IIRC becomes the “steed” for one of the heroes for the remainder of the series.

  22. FearöfMusic Says:

    Yes I know I forgot to toss a dryer sheet in. But it’s not that bad. Really. You don’t look bad at all. What’s that? Stop smiling then? Oh I wish I could. Go ahead and eat me. You won’t look any less idiotic when you have.

  23. Anna T. Says:

    Has the cat been enlarged, or has the human been shrunk?

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