Jan 11

With these Monty Python feet I am King...KIIIINNNG!!Click for full image

MisterBOB Comments: Happy New Year … said the Rat?
Published 1978

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: 8.64 out of 10)

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37 Responses to “A Billion Days Of Earth”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “What do you mean I’m not supposed to inject the steroids into my feet?!”

  2. SI Says:

    “In a billion days, your new shoes will still look stupid Roland!”

  3. George Says:

    ‘i don’t feel like dancing, no sir no dancing today, don’t feel like dancing dancing!’

  4. mrhairyman Says:

    Is the book melting? Because everything looks bigger the further down the page you go….

  5. Phil Says:

    And so is revealed the truth behind the Sasquatch footprints. A hairy-chested rat wearing a Miss World sash.

  6. ApocalypseBakery Says:

    I sense a new trend for foot shaped shoes. Creepy? Yes. High fashion? But of course!

  7. fred Says:

    “Here I come to save the day!”

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Great quip, Fred! 🙂

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:


  10. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    “He’s the greatest,
    He’s fantastic.
    Wherever there is danger he’ll be there.
    He’s the ace,
    He’s amazing.
    He’s the strongest, he’s the quickest, he’s the best!
    Danger Mouse, Danger Mouse, Danger Mouse!”

  11. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    “Ooh, me legs are tired!”

    (Can’t believe I overlooked that line!)

  12. Yoss Says:

    You know what they say about a rat with large feet, don’t ya? errrr…. nevermind, I guess it doesn’t always hold true.

    Poor fella. Couldn’t you have at least thrown him a token space sheep?

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    What about that ridiculous body? It’s as if part of the arms and the nether bits were on backwards.

    Good show, Sir!

  14. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Oh man, I’ve got a different book by this author, If I hadn’t lost it somewhere in storage, I’d have subbed it by now. It’s just as weird a cover, and on top of that, the cover imagery is relevant to the story.

    So does Piserchia’s work just get bad covers, or is this coincidence?

    (It’s this one)

  15. Hep Says:

    Oh god, the Algernon experiment went horribly wrong after all!

  16. David H Says:


    Footwear uglier than Crocs!
    More awkward than Ugg boots!
    Probably smellier than the old pair of wellies in my garage!

  17. David Cowie Says:

    I’ve read this book (not in this edition though – I’m sure I would have remembered) and intelligent rat-men do actually play a part.
    Like it matters.

  18. Smith Says:

    Welcome to the Gun Show.

  19. andyl Says:

    Strangely this cover isn’t featured in the book cover gallery of her work at even though some of them look just as ‘interesting’.

  20. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    He looks like the Arnold Schwarzenegger of rats…

    “Look at my massive arms, they can crush an entire orange with just one flex. And smell my feet. They can drop a horse from a mile.”

  21. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    @andyl: The site you linked to is blacked out as part of today’s internet-wide “Stop SOPA” protest.

    For future reference, that’s the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” a piece of proposed United States legislation which would allow the music and movie and media industries to shut down on simple request any website which carries, or links to a site which carries, or links to a site which links to a site which carries, etc…. any copyrighted information they don’t own the copyright to. The website must then prove to a judge that they are innocent before their site is reinstated.

    Many prominent websites have chosen Wednesday, 18th January 2012 as a day of blackout in protest, including Wikipedia, Mozilla, and apparently, above.

  22. andyl Says:


    When I posted it wasn’t. A number of places blacked out a little late (maybe timezones, or webmasters catching on a bit late) so maybe it was one of them.

    I’m well aware of SOPA – the blackout was national news in the UK, plus I’m a techie and so have been reading about it for quite a while.

  23. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    @andyl: I had meant my comment as a bit of a historical archive, so that future readers of this post wouldn’t be baffled by what will hopefully become a stupid little footnote. But looking at my post, it does sound like I’m lecturing you, which is not what I meant to do. I apologise.

    On the whole I find that Europeans are way more informed about US politics than vice versa.

  24. Joachim Says:

    In the book the intelligent rats have mechanical hands — not clay feet. The book is worth reading, Piserchia is an unconventional author — strangely paced but characterized by strange/peculiar worlds.

  25. AA Says:

    I would guess “unknown artist” to be “Terry Gilliam.”

  26. SI Says:

    Oh how did this drop out of the top ten. It’s so good. Maybe… we need a top 20!!! or 30!!!

  27. Tom Noir Says:

    This is a good idea.

  28. Phil Says:

    GSS Admin or the Tag Wizard were being really forward thinking when they devised the “giant feet” tag. Alas, it has never yet been re-deployed.

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  31. RachelJ Says:

    2.74 Million A.D., When Rats Rule The Earth.

    …That was going to be a joke. Then I checked and, hey, that really is what it’s about.

  32. Anna T. Says:

    Laughed when I saw this.

    On a related note, does anyone know where they sell giant foot-shaped boots? Those would be great for increasing my footprint.

  33. Francis Boyle Says:

    Good Show Sir: showing us what Terry Gilliam couldn’t bring himself to.

  34. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘You IDIOT! When I said I wanted a two foot big rat, I MEANT…’

  35. Bibliomancer Says:

    Feets do yo’ stuff!

  36. Tat Wood Says:

    My name is Ozymandias, King of Cheese

  37. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RachelJ: Assuming that’s CE. If we start from the Theia impact, we’re not even out of the Hadean yet. Ho-hum.

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