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Jun 12

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Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: Well it’s the 1980’s, so whats popular at the moment? Oh I know, why not put Rutger Hauer jumping on the back of an over-sized gremlin!! I mean that’s in the book… right? What!?! You didn’t read it either! It’s his 23rd book in the saga, I just assumed he’d be pretty good at it by now!
Published 1985

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: 7.38 out of 10)
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22 Responses to “World of Promise”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Space rodeo! It’s perfectly safe! C’mon, little girl, you can have a go next!

  2. Herm Says:

    “Oh, for — put that away! You trying to put someone’s eye out? I told you, it’s an egg-and-spoon race, not an egg-on-skewer race. And please stop poking your knee into my back! Just wrap your legs around my waist. Anyone would think you’ve never had a piggyback ride before. We’re never going to win the sports day at this rate.”

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Art of Failure.

    Do you suppose that’s the boyfriend of the lassie on the Best of All Possible Wars cover?

  4. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Is that a cute little girl with a teddy bear? O_o

  5. Smith Says:

    World of Promise.

    And that promise is a knife in the back, Gremlin knock-off scum!

    Although I have to say one interpretation of this cover is that it shows a psychotic blonde knifeman doing in the little girl’s alien nanny. Perhaps that’s why she looks on in horror.

  6. fred Says:

    Could those claws be any less menacing?

  7. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Argh. The little girl is in a totally different scale from the man. She’s tiny. At that size, she should be around twenty feet beyond him and the gremlin.

    Also, what’s up with the man’s left arm, the one he’s using to choke the gremlin? It looks like a blue dryer hose, and his left hand looks like an inflated brown paper bag.

    She looks so cool and collected, I can hear her protesting, “Hey, mister, you’re being mean to Mister Gremlinykins.”

  8. Jane Says:

    That little girl is going to be traumatized for life by the sight of Rutgur Hauer knifing her Dad.

  9. Phil Says:

    I thought jockeys had been forbidden to use whips these days.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    Wasn’t this the original cover to 50 Shades of Gray?

  11. L.B. Says:

    No! I wanna piggyback ride! That kid can wait her turn!

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Turn right! I said RIGHT!!”

  13. anon Says:

    It’s the magic wand that really makes this cover.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    World of Promise….a world where you get to wrestle unsuspecting gremlins on their way to work?

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Thirty seconds later, the enormous moon in the background collided with the planet, and everyone went SQUISH.

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    To be fair, these books went downhill after the first 17.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Unfulfilled promise, of course. After overcoming level #23, the ending is once again “I’m sorry Dumarest. Your Terra is in another solar system.”

  18. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’m tired and I read the triangle as the ‘Dumberest Saga ‘which of course would have to be the third ‘Dumb and Dumber’ movie and nothing on this cover gives me any reason to change that conclusion.

  19. fred Says:

    If he is wielding a plastic drinking straw I admire his chutzpah.

  20. JuanPaul Says:

    “But mister, your gremlin will freeze before you reach the first marker!”

    “Then, little girl, I’ll see you in hell!…oh, sorry…I’ll see you in heck!”

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    What’s up with that gremlin’s left leg? Looks like it got detached at the knee and then glued onto the back of his thigh. That’s why his “foot” doesn’t quite reach the ground. He’s going nowhere in this piggyback race.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: For taking on a giant gimpy gremlin with nothing but a straw, or for daring to use the dreaded plastic straw — an implement so feared and reviled that it was banned on fabled legendary Old Terra?

    Which, as @Bruce pointed out, Dumarest never found due to Author Existence Failure.

    @Francis: GSS! Hollywood will be ripping you off any moment.

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