May 09

To give her credit... she is grinding a dragon!!Click for full image

Durbin Comments: This sequel to Make Way For Dragons takes place on a fantasy world. Once again, no blondes, Valley Girl fashions, giant dragons or skateboards occur in the novel.
Published 1990

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: 7.66 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “Human, Beware!”

  1. Phil Says:

    My, how lizard face has grown since the previous volume ( ). I can’t tell whether he’s enjoying this activity or not. From the title, I guess not.

    Durbin, are you telling us that the publisher continues to perpetuate a cover world that is entirely independent of the textual world contained within said cover? Somebody should write a thesis about this two-worlds model of fictional presentation. (Not me, I’m busy.)

  2. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    That pink-clad girl is in an entirely different space from the dragon.. Her perspective is different, her lighting is different — she looks like a new iteration of the Space Sheep.

    This is one of those covers where each individual thing is well-painted, but nothing holds together.

    I had thought the cover of the earlier book by “Thorarinn Gunnarsson” was a massive error — a half-finished noodle by the earlier artist grabbed randomly from some pile in her studio. But if so the publishers compounded it by commissioning this deliberately to echo it. And you say it has utterly nothing to do with the book? Man.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I don’t understand the dragon’s head. How do the cranium, jaw, and neck articulate? I can’t put it together.

    I also don’t understand why there’s the ring and chains in the foreground. Was the child chained, and then the dragon released her to play? Or vice versa?

    That’s an ugly, ugly font. The letters are hard to tell apart (compare H and N) and run into each other. And, the drab orange clashes with the brightest thing (the child’s shirt) as well as most of the other colors on the front.

    Poor Thorarinn. Whoever he was, he didn’t deserve this cover.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    I’m pretty sure Health and Safety would frown upon a dragon in a skate park. Won’t somebody think of the children?

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    I think this needs a ‘font’ tag, too. The ‘H’ in ‘Human’ looks awfully like an ‘N’. Which gives us the lost episode of Seinfeld, ‘Numan, Beware!’ in which a US Postal worker gets eaten by a dragon.

  6. Yoss Says:

    The missed a golden opportunity to bill this as “the upROARious sequel to Make Way for Dragons!”

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  8. Alk Says:

    So why isn’t there a ‘radical’ tag yet?

  9. fred Says:

    Given the changes in clothing and location between the two covers I would expect the next cover in this series to be an Arctic scene with her wearing a pink bikini. It seems she sheds clothing the colder her location appears to be.

  10. Anrkist Says:

    I always wondered if the chick from Tom Petty’s Freefallin’ had other work.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Concept art for the proposed BACK TO THE FUTURE 4, forever lost in Development Hell.

  12. Ian Says:

    “Girls – and dragons – just wanna have fun”… catchy, might make a good pop song for, I don’t know, someone named Cyndi “loves dragons” Lauper.

  13. Anna T. Says:

    The dragon looks like it wants to eat her. Dragon lairs are never good places to go skateboarding.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    All taglines should include references to pop songs:

    “Ender — Return To Sender…”

    “He is a rock — he is an island…”

    “What’s the name of the game…”

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