Jul 05

NOOOOOOO! Why put that in italics! WHYYYY!Click for full image

Adam Comments: The men being attacked by the sinister tentacle are not, in fact, wearing white leotards. They are covered in a fine white-haired pelt. I’m not sure who in the chain of events leading to the publishing of this book was taking copious amounts of drugs.
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: 7.12 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail”

  1. Deborah Says:

    the words Medusa and tiger, images of a way-larger-than-lifesize man’s face, big tentacles, bearded white-haired men – nah, that’s all completely clear, rational and connected.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    I like how that dude up in the sky is looking on in horror at the title:

    “Volume Four of The Four Lords of the Diamond?”
    “Then the title gets a subtitle too?”
    “And said subtitle is a bizarre mixed metaphor combining mythical sea creatures and aphorisms about large cats?”
    “And then they went and made the author’s name off-center?”
    “WHY GOD WHY!?!?!?!???”

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Look out below! I’m about to sneeze!”

  4. SI Says:


    “Hold on, let me finish my song…”

  5. Matt Says:

    Worst italics ever.

  6. fred Says:

    I believe a cover containing both electrodes and snowshoes is the first sign of the Apocalypse.

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    The guy in the front is yelling: ‘that’s IT! I’ve had ENOUGH of my freakishly long thigh! I’m cutting it off with this sword RIGHT NOW!’

  8. Smith Says:

    Looks to me like the Kenny Rodgers clones were about to have a bad day.

  9. Don Hilliard Says:

    The hills apparently ARE alive with the sound of music. And a giant squid is trying to eat The Edgar Winter Group.

    Soon to be a SyFy Original (TM).

    (Not really.)

    (I hope.)

  10. jerk of all trades Says:

    Yeah, they’re covered in fur, because magic symbiotes. Also they can completely transform and stuff, because Jack L Chalker.

    Seriously, that guy has issues.

  11. jerk of all trades Says:

    Don Hilliard — It would be nightmare hilarious to adapt. This is the book where the protagonist, a boy whose mind has been erased and completely rewritten with the mind of an assassin, is sent to kill someone on stupid ice world, and instead gets caught and forcibly transformed into a barbie-doll-like idiot female sex slave for the antagonist’s personal use (thank you, wikipedia!).

    Oh, that Chalker. He must have stumbled across a clown orgy as a young child, or something, to end up as messed-in-the-head as he is.

  12. Phil Says:

    Look out! Giant head! Behind you!

    Me: loving the italicised yet superfluous colon; wishing there was a literal tiger and/or tail on the cover; wishing there was a TING! on at least on of those swords.

    Our heroes – Kenny (Rogers), Kris (Kristofferson) and Rick (Wakeman) – should be wearing warmer clothing if climatic conditions truly necessitate the use of snowshoes.

  13. Ian Says:

    Volume four of the Four Lords of the Diamond.

    Soon to be followed by:

    Volume five of the Three Lords of the Diamond (one was taken by a squid…)

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:


  15. Dalton H. Says:

    This is like how Boba Fett’s dad cloned himself to make all those soldiers, except, well,old.

  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is that Mel Gibson with bad hair plugs in the sky screaming “Freeeedooooom”?

  17. Phil_A Says:

    No, it’s a giant Alan Partridge! A-HAAAAAAA!

  18. SteveAsat Says:

    Hell, having read all four books long ago, I never realized how goofy the covers were. The big face grows progressively more agitated from cover to cover and this image makes complete sense once you’ve read the book…but you’d have to be nuts to buy a cover like this BEFORE finishing the novel.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ah, the dilemma I’m in! Should I go for the obvious dentistry pun “Open wide…” or the movie reference pun “Is it safe?” (I mean, who remembers that silly old movie except as an obscure joke in HOT SHOTS…?)


  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is there a floating head tag? And his leg is def. anatomical issues.

  21. JuanPaul Says:

    Is…is this…tentacle porn?

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The biathlon (skiing and rifles) was an Olympic sport that replaced this unsuccessful earlier idea (snowshoeing and spears). Competitors were happy to see the new sport did not involve a kraken.

    I recall seeing a cover here which seemed to show mass speedskating; do we have any that depict curling? (U! S! A!)

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    Medusa: A Tiger By the Tail? Silly me. I thought Medusas involved snakes by the head.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—yeah, and I thought the “Four Lords of the Diamond” were Ruth, Williams, DiMaggio and Koufax.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: We would also accept Stan the Man, Hammerin’ Hank, and the Say Hey Kid. None of whom would approve of these shenanigans (for different reasons — the Babe would complain that there’s no babes; Koufax would have nothing to do with it, esp. on Saturdays).

    @Tor: Yes, the biology here seems to be as confused and muddled as the cover art and text.

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