Feb 17

The look of an average brain before their first morning coffee.Click for full image

Frank Comments: I didn’t realize that coffee, cigarettes, and cheap women were that much of a secret. Maybe it’s the intravenous delivery, or the soaking in it, or the little marshmallows.
Published 1976

You might remember this from here. And here.

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: 7.95 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Behind the Walls of Terra”

  1. Phil Says:

    I saw it as one of those intensely hot Japanese bathtubs. And down by the woman’s chin, that’s a salami in cross-section.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “He knew the secret no human could be allowed to learn: the secret of a really strange-tasting cup of coffee!”

  3. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Is he wearing goggles? And are those the bent metal frames of wings on his shoulders? Is this what happens to steampunk heroes who run afoul of mysterious evil Victorian overladies? They’re sunk in a barrel of cement in a harbor of tomato juice and salami??

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    “This oil bath is going to feel SO good!”

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “He knew the secret no human could be allowed to learn.”
    So there’s not going to be any big reveal at the end of this book, then? What a tease!

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “He knew the secret no human could be allowed to learn.”

    You mean he… *gasp*… knew how to program a VCR???

  7. David H Says:


    Available in Tall, Grande, Venti, Trenta, and now, Terra.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @David H: and steamed directly through the shoulders! (Parenthetically: NEVER order drip.)

  9. Rachel J Says:

    *sigh* So, is the secret no human being could be allowed to learn:

    a.) that Earth is controlled by evil aliens (and it’s all an experiment)


    b.) that our heroes are trapped in an artificial reality (and it’s all an experiment, probably by evil aliens)?

    Because I’m pretty sure it’s against the rules for that particular tagline to be used for any other scenario.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Yeah, no big surprises in store.

    Although… it would be neat if the book ended a little something like this:

    “Tell us! Tell us the secret!”

    “The secret is… that there is no conspiracy or villain blame for that the world is as screwed up as it is. We’re all clumsy and stupid. We screwed up the world. That’s the secret.”

    Silence followed. There was nothing more to say.

  11. Libraryman Says:

    The titles makes me think of ‘celestial spheres’. Maybe the secret is that we were right the first time? After all the author wrote a whole series about Mark Twain on a cosmic steamboat sailing down the eternity-river.

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The secret: Soilent Brown is people too!

  13. Anna T. Says:

    Maybe the secret has something to do with sex. He certainly looks like he’s enjoying himself.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    He knew the secret no human could be allowed to learn…


    (with apologies to [email protected] 12)

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    His name was Mac.
    Mac Chiato

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    Looks like that giant cuppa has a big hole on the side.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    How they make the bubbles in Capuccino.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It’s not really much of a secret. Everybody knows that if you put Harvey Weinstein into a vat of bubbling soylent brown, he’ll start “massaging” himself and thinking of starlets.

  19. Raoul Says:

    @Tat – Good Show Sir.

    We appear to have a trifecta of bad covers for this title. I wonder if any other titles have more than three different covers. All terrible.

  20. fred Says:

    Soylent green has been taken care of, so…..the debate about whether to use would, should, or could must have raged for weeks.

  21. Tor Mented Says:

    You know it was a great night when you wake up in a hot tub with a bra on your forehead.

  22. Ray P Says:

    Amazing what one finds in a stick of seaside rock.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Dear Ghu, is there no one able to put a decent cover on this book?

    (does Google Image search)

    Nope. One of them has a shirtless hunk in boots and six-gun, and of course the French cover has mademoiselle with le boobies.

    The best one seems to be the ebook re-release which has a bright yellow background and the title/author in black type. Brightly colored, but otherwise inoffensive to the senses.

  24. Francis Boyle Says:

    The secret is that a good back scratch is better that sex and the first person who invents a back-scratching robot will be richer than Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates put together.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Francis: true dat.

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