Mar 06

Enough with that born in a manger crap... Jesus comes back in style second time around!Click for full image

DPN Coments: I wasn’t sure if this was a bad cover until I discovered that it was severely edited down from this.
Published 2012

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: 7.57 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Into the Hinterlands”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Gah, I’ll never beat Donkey Kong at this rate!”

  2. Herm Says:

    That is certainly a heavily edited quotation. And even the finished version is hardly wildly enthusiastic.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Presumably the other two flaming orchids (ouch!) on the full-size cover produced Robin and Maurice Gibb

  4. SI Says:

    Actually I love how it looks like he is bursting out of the other book! Good photography skills DPN!

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Bee-Man and the Space Flowers!

  6. L.B. Says:

    Barry Gibb goes Super Saiyan to protect the earth from autotune!

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    I didn’t realize it was a bad cover until I looked at the tags and saw “Baen Books”. The gold standard of bad covers.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Jesus is back, and boy is he cheesed off!

  9. fred Says:

    I have never seen “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” before. Which scene is this?

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: from the cover quote, it sounds more like Yellow Submarine.

  11. Jon Says:

    I love how the quote on the cover has “…” after “Recommended” because they cut off the rest of the reviewers sentence. The full sentence was no doubt “Recommended as a paperweight, because reading it would be a terrible idea.”

  12. FearofMusic Says:

    I seem to be a little foggy on the definition of hinterlands. Does bursting out of a flaming wormhole in the vicinity of a planet qualify as going “into the hinterlands”? Don’t you need land to be hinter of? And where are the little teenage neo-quasi fascists who keep buying these damn books allowing Baen to stay in business? Shouldn’t they be out in space somewhere engaged in wars of conquest, or unjustly persecuting alien species? Guess they jusy sit home reading Baen and listening to the geezers prattle on about the glory days of the National Front.

  13. RachelJ Says:

    @Jon. And then there’s “…combine[s]…” in the other part of the quite. Meaning the word was originally “combine”, and, for all we know, preceded by something like, “Fails to…”

  14. FearofMusic Says:

    Oh but in America…where 98% of the people don’t do military service, or have family members who do, war is FUN!

  15. David Cowie Says:

    @ FearofMusic: and what proportion of the population do military service in your country?

  16. FearofMusic Says:

    2%. I am American, and also served 4 years in the army. I am not about to complain about something I mysrlf wouldn’t do. I have lived overseas and had a girlfriend from Leeds so I tend to be somewhat Brit-centric. Especially on. a UK based site.

  17. FearofMusic Says:

    The dig at America is partly due to Baen being an American company, partly due to the fact that more people play Call of Duty and Halo online then serve in the military, and mostly due to our American acceptance and obsession with guns and violence. Murder, machine guns, mayhem, great! A woman’s breast…GASP! Think of the children! The people who glorify war are seldom the one’s who have been in one.

  18. Dave Van Domelen Says:

    Actually, this book takes George Washington’s experiences in the French and Indian War and puts it into a sci-fi setting in which you use pedal-powered devices to travel through hyperspace. Much as the real story was, it’s about how one can repeatedly screw up by the numbers in war, but still be considered a success because the other side screwed up more. 😉 And that war is almost always stupid and wasteful, killing people for no reason beyond the avarice of distant powerbrokers who’ll never see a shot fired in person. Patriotic, yes. A little questionable at times in the whole colonist/indig issue, yeah. But not particularly rah-rah about war.

  19. FearofMusic Says:

    Subtle and nuanced critique on the validity of war? Okay, who pasted the fake Baen cover on that thing? Apologies to all for veering into political expostulating.

    It really is just a poopy cover.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Flower children in spaaace…!

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I’m not sure what it means when the review quote seems to segue with the book’s title:

    “Recommended… INTO THE HINTERLANDS”

    What? It’s recommended that we stick this book in someone’s hinterlands?

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Look at that savior go! Jesus just broke the light barrier!”

  23. David Cowie Says:

    @ FearofMusic: thanks for the clarification.

  24. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Into the hinterlands…..of spaaaaaaaaace!

  25. John Lambshead Says:

    Fun discussion. Book covers are an arcane art cooked up between publishers and artists. Authors are not involved, no doubt a wise strategy. For the record, no book by Drake or myself glorifies war. We try to depict it in all its stupid nastiness. Drake was conscripted into Vietnam and my father was at Anzio in the Shropshires.

    I really like the cover of my next novel, Wolf in Shadow. The lady who posed for Karla apparently had fun. Baen again. 🙂

  26. David Cowie Says:

    Always a pleasure to hear from the authors.

  27. FearofMusiç Says:

    Much as I am reluctant to endorse the lovely Baen corporate beast, I think in all fairness I shall have to pick up Wolf in Shadow. And the above title as well. Thank you for the inside view Mr.Lambshead

  28. Don Hilliard Says:

    @FearofMusic (27) – “Corporate beast?” Baen Books is one of two major US SF imprints that’s still independently owned rather than part of a larger conglomerate. (DAW Books, which Baen heavily modeled his own company on, being the other.)

  29. FearofMuÅŸic Says:

    @Don Hilliard: Was trying to be snide and it didn’t come through quite right. I know Baen is a privately owned business, I was trying to imply that Baen’s dominance of the military themed sci-fi ethos is like the massive military-industrial/ corporate entities that devour massive amounts of American tax dollars. Trying but with a spectacular lack of success.

    I will still be picking up Mr. Lambshead’s works, regardless

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