May 03

Earlier versions... lightly illustrated!Click for full image

MisterBOB’s Art Direction: A Conceptual breakthrough book! So y’know the yin / yang symbol, shinny dolphins….
Published 1979

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: 4.95 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Home from the Shore”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Washed Down the Plughole: Profusely Sweating.

  2. Phil Says:

    Trapped in the washing machine, dreading the spin cycle…

    Actually, I quite like this one. I do hope the cover is embossed as well as shiny. Those bubbles need to be tactile.

    I am further attracted by the claim that this book is profusely illustrated. That should help me make sense of the longer words, like “dolphin” and “vortex”.

    Apart from the dolphin, our friend Bradbury has taken us somewhere similar:

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Hey, wait a minute — it says “a conceptual breakthrough in science fiction publishing“, not “writing”…

    Now what in the world could that breakthrough be?

    A) To publish “Profusely Illustrated” novels (not THAT much of a breakthrough — and why “profusely”??)

    B) To publish books wherein people love dolphins a bit too much (icky, but the logical next step after all those furry book covers)

    C) To publish books with covers that won’t provoke spontaneous laughter and jeering

    D) To fire the blurb copy editor

    E) To admit that female SF readers exist

  4. Phil Says:

    The conceptual breakthrough in publishing seems to be the discovery that a short piece of fiction can be padded out with pictures to make it seem like a much longer book. So says this review:

  5. Pat Says:

    Readers here might be interested to know that a scientific study has shown that reading bad fonts increases your rational analysis and decreases belief in God and the Devil.

    The paper is pay-for-view so I’ll just link this review

  6. Jaouad Says:

    The conceptual breakthrough here is obvious: shiny buttocks.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    This cover doesn’t strike me as so bad. But – “Profusely Illustrated”???

    One dictionary definition for profuse is, “abundant, excessive.” I can just imagine the reader turning a page in this book and groaning “Not another illustration!”

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tom: it could be, they’re all falling out onto the floor. Then the bookseller makes you pay for your spilled purchase, you leave for home with a half-empty book, and voila! A conceptual breakthrough in science fiction publishing!

  9. Smith Says:

    This is either Flipper: The LSD Years, or it contains a love triangle which is against God and Nature.

  10. Yoss Says:

    Abundantly – no
    Lavishly – no
    Copiously – no
    Thoroughly – no
    Extravagantly – no
    Richly – no
    Rampantly – no
    Flagrantly – no
    Excessively – no
    Abusively – no
    Mama Mia! Thatsa alottavuh illustrations! – maybe
    Profusely – BINGO

  11. fred Says:

    Embossed bunnage is always good for an 8.5.

  12. Adam Roberts Says:

    I look at it and all I can see is: HOME FROM THE SNORE. Not an inviting title for a novel.

  13. Phil Says:

    Smith, surely that love triangle is against COD and Nature. Sorry, bad fish pun.

  14. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    So are these figures metallic silver or something, or is the artwork on them just miles worse than that of the bubble-swirl?

  15. anon Says:

    Fat Moon and Hot Air — Gruesome public spectacle of bunny breaking wind through thin linguini at his couch and bonsai tree
    Sir Don ‘Rock’ Dong
    He, She, Metro Roof… Hm..

    Puerile Farts, Oldy Lust

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    @anon: you know better than to drop shrooms before surfing GSS!

  17. L.B. Says:

    “You’ll have to excuse me I don’t want no more.
    I’ve been gone for a month, I’ve been soaked since I left.
    And this so-called embossing will soon be my death.
    I’m so sick from this art, I need home from the shore.”


  18. GSS noob Says:

    Ooh, I had this (used). The embossing was very deep, and very shiny. Damn thing could TING all by itself. You can see where the silver’s worn off the higher bits.

    IIRC, it was indeed profusely but mediocrely illustrated, and I got rid of it long ago.

  19. JJYoyo Says:

    Now I know what a color-blindness test for porpoises looks like.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I must repeat myself from 5 (!) years ago that this needs the “embossing” tag. You could read the damn cover like it was Braille.

    Which you’d have to, after being blinded by the TING! coming off the dolphin and people.

    I cannot stress enough how embossed and shiny this cover was. Or how little the profuse yet meh illustrations added to it. Mostly they just interrupted the story.

    (“Out standing in his field… of kelp” joke)

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