May 29

Some voices break glass, this guy seems to destroy planets.Click for slightly larger image

Alessandra Comments: Ow, ow, ow! I’m doing a dental self-exam, my back is thrown out, and I’m carrying this armful of light-sabre blades!
Published 2010

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: 8.31 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Diamond Star”

  1. Rodney C. Johnson Says:

    I have that book! And generally like the author, but my first reaction to the cover was: ‘That’s so 80”. The cover almost prevented me from buying the book truth be told.

  2. Jaouad Says:

    Welcome Back My Friends, To The Show That Literally Never Ends.

    This picture was apparently taken during an earlier set than the one from Carnelians. His shirt is still intact.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Shirt?

  4. L.B. Says:

    Well, this picture explains why his shirt was wrecked in the last one. Never sing while standing too close to lasers.

  5. Smith Says:

    All I see is a Spacemanilow.

  6. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    @Rodney C. Johnson: I like the author too. My only beef is with the cover.

    @Smith: “Spacemanilow.” Heh.

  7. Jami Says:

    Spacemanilow? As a huge Barry Manilow fan I don’t see that at all. Obviously that’s suppose to be Neil Diamond. It’s even up there in the title.

  8. Matt Says:

    I believe the working title to this book was Neil Diamond: 2137

  9. Linden Says:

    The Sixth Doctor starts his floor show.

  10. Phil Says:

    I thought he was a Las Vegas sword-swallower.

  11. Smith Says:

    @Jami: Come on! That shirt is pure Copacabana!

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Allow me to be the first to point out, then, that the FRICKIN’ LASER BEAMS HAVE SIZZLED OFF HIS FIFTH LEFT FINGER!

  13. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    It’s heartening to know that even people in far futures and alternate universes still have to put up with crappy music.

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  15. Jami Says:

    @Smith – Nah. That shirt is pure 70s Neil Diamond. Pants and belt too. Plus the hair looks a lot like his hair on Greatest Hits V 2.

    Hey, I like Neil too, not as much as Barry, but I do enjoy his music. Especially Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show. But that cover is SO Neil.

  16. Smith Says:

    @Jami: I guess it just shows that cheesy pop, like mathematics, is universal.

  17. Tom Noir Says:

    Is that supposed to be a belt? Or has he inadvertently picked up a series of symbiotic space leeches that grant him sparkly powers?

    I vote for the latter.

  18. J-P Voilleque Says:

    Appropriating this for “Look at all the fucks I give” memes.

  19. anon Says:

    Is this a disco version of “Rock Star”?

  20. anon Says:

    @Phil: You could be right, but then that’s a light saber. I’d pay to see that.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TagWizard: This and the other Asaro cover require the new searchlight tag.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Do spotlights count as searchlights, even in Future Space Neil Diamond World?

  23. Innocent Bystander Says:

    I hate to disagree with everyone but that is clearly Keith Partridge. The rest of the family is hidden behind that shuriken of approval.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Seems a little too blond for Keith. It does seem like the sort of outfit/gig his manager would book.

    Leif Garrett, maybe?

  25. THX 1138 Says:

    Leif was made for dancing, not singing, as his records attest. Apart from that time he collapsed in a UK nightclub. Maybe he wasn’t made for dancing either.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It’s the future. Perhaps he’s some unholy genetic mashup of teen idols/pop icons throughout the centuries.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    As the Carnelians link above doesn’t seem to work, here’s the mirror-image and my comment at the time stands: it’s Tom Cruise in ‘Rock of Ages’.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Hang on, how did he go from 70s teen/pop idol* (this, 2010) to Tom Cruise in a year (Carnelians, 2011)? I know life on the road is tough, but it doesn’t change people that much.

    That is NOT the same person as the other cover, even if the wardrobe and pose are.

    *Also looks like a smidge of “Frampton Comes Alive” thrown into the genetic mix in this picture.

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