Feb 08

I'm sorry sir, out of proportion people aren't allowed on this planet!Click for full image

Ruth Comments: I work in a Library. As I was clearing out some of our not so popular books, I came across this cover and thought of your site immediately.
Published 1987

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: 7.87 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Glory Lane”

  1. Phil Says:

    I wonder why this book isn’t so popular in Ruth’s library. Could it have ANYTHING to do with the cover? Surely not.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Hierawfulmost Bosch.

  3. Paul Says:

    I’ve read that book and given it as gifts. Not only is it an excellent read, the cover is actually quite accurate to the story. 🙂 A normal dude, a punk rocker, a prom queen, an alien and a bowling ball go on a space adventure and meet aliens. How else would you illustrate that?

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    “Sorry, we’re full.”

  5. lkeke35 Says:

    I bought this book when I was a teenager and always loved the cover. It is pretty accurate as far as the story. I remember enjoying the story but haven’t read it in years.

  6. fred Says:

    That sweater vest is the most disturbing thing on this cover.

  7. Phil Says:

    Paul asked “How else would you illustrate that?”

    I answer with the even more GSS-worthy first edition (apologies for the eBay link, but it’s the only online image I could find):

  8. David Cowie Says:

    @ fred #6: More disturbing than the eyeless half serpent/half poledancer …. thing? Surely not.

  9. Paul Says:

    @Phil: Yikes, that is one horrible cover.

  10. Don Hilliard Says:

    @Phil and Paul – The Science Fiction Book Club strikes again!

  11. Greg M. Says:

    You’ve heard of Monsters Inc.? This is Monsters ick.

  12. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    OK, now I’ve seen what a snake-woman hybrid in a bustier and wig would look like. Not on my bucket list, but I guess it counts as an accomplishment.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Shouldn’t the title be “Friday Night At The CBGB”?

  14. Steph Says:

    Good heavens. My husband reads me books while I prep/cook dinner, and he read me this one because he had fond high school memories of it. It really hasn’t aged well, but the cover IS pretty accurate.

  15. Herm Says:

    @ Fred #6 @ David #8: More disturbing than the COFFIN DOOR? (In a setting where no two characters would have the same shape coffin, no less?)

  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Hold it right there mister. Let me see some ID”

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I like how bouncer #2 has his left hand on his hip like a cop putting his hand on his gun….wait a minute.

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    There is just sooo much to be said about this cover….Oh, there’s Waldo!

  19. Stevie T Says:

    As several people have already mentioned, the cover is accurate as to the contents. However, I would say it was also quite accurate as to the whole tone of the story (silly and OTT(but still thoroughly enjoyable)).

    In fact, it was the whole silliness of the cover that made me want to read it in the first place. Odd that similar covers for the Discworld books done by Josh Kirby had the opposite effect….

  20. FearofMusic Says:

    Busy! Oh so busy!! And the colors! So bright! This cover should have one of those warnings for people with epilepsy. Prolonged exposure to this artwork may trigger seizures.

  21. Klaus Æ. Mogensen Says:

    As people have said, the cover well represents the book (an attempt to rip-off Hitchhiker’s Guide). IIRC, the cover is done by James Gurney of Dinotopia fame.

  22. lctwice Says:

    Glory Lane, the artist paints another character…Very strange!

  23. JuanPaul Says:

    This cover actually attracted me as a kid. Granted, it is a bit much. It is a fun read.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Glory? LAME.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Leather jacket, pin stripe
    Three humans in a line
    Drop ship, blue smoke
    Hippo commandant just spoke
    Green echidna, floating orb
    Lady in the back looks bored
    Aquarium to walk the brain
    Art director’s gone insane
    We didn’t start the fire…

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