Dec 02

Dude... I'm not going anywhere with a guy who goes around in his Pyjama bottoms!Click for full image

Daniel Comments: Saw this stunning cover work at the book swap table in work.
Published 2000

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: 7.91 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “The Forging of the Sword”

  1. Tom Hering Says:

    I hate to think what’s exciting him, but an up tuck would hide it better than a left tuck.

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    Kirk slid down the 45-degree floor to get to the Inspiral Carpets gig on time. Unfortunately, the bouncer had a falcon…

  3. Phil Says:

    I’d prefer a SINGED copy.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    At left: Jack Sparrow, captain of the Black Tomato.

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    When Marvel Multiverse went wrong: Thor with Excalibur and Loki with a tea cosy on his head.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    I can’t do any better than the publisher’s own description:

    Sword Publishing

    “Do you like Harry Potter or The Hobbit? Why not try something different and read a book by Mark Robson? Mark’s books are easy-to-read, ‘swords-and-sorcery’ style adventures suitable for anyone aged 10+. The highly appraised Darkweaver Legacy is a quartet brimming with heroes, villains and magical adventures.”

    “Highly appraised”, indeed. Followed by the sequel: The Forging of the Royalty Check.

  7. Lionrock Says:

    Thought for a minute that the space sheep had been replaced by Ottakar’s signed by the author stickers.

    Got to say though I am loving the swordsman’s quilted gilet.

    Stylish and warm.

  8. Rachel J Says:

    @Bibliomancer. Someone has to get hold of that other edition featured on the “Sword Publishing” site, just for the, ah, *special* font – unless of course, “The Forging of the SVord” is an entirely different book.

  9. fred Says:

    Sad to see the Eye of Agamotto slumming it in pre-teen fantasy.

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Rachel J — Do you mean Thc Forcing or Thc Svord ? That edition is the mother of all font problems. New cover artist also. I suspect today’s cover art is a Mark Robson production also.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    On closer examination, Kirk Douglas’ vest is made of the polystyrene dimpled trays they use to pack apples in boxes, but with a crucifix on it. So he’s not just a Viking on a Crusade, he’s a Viking greengrocer on a Crusade.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The eye on bad-goatee man’s amulet seems to be rolling itself upward, as though saying, “Good lord what have I gotten myself into now?”

  13. SI Says:

    What’s going on with the guys arm… is that an extra joint or a shoulder pad?

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @SI: try that pose yourself! Shoulders rolled back, square, left arm across your torso. Your deltoid will form a capital D as well!

  15. Jaouad Says:

    @SI: I’m not sure that arm is even connected to his shoulder. It’s as if it was sliced through just above the biceps, but for some reason is still hanging there.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The black guy is thinking: “Bitch, please…

  17. DaveM Says:

    For a weapon with a two-handed hilt, that’s an awfully short blade. Guess that’s what happens when you buy a forged blade instead of the real thing.

  18. Rags Says:

    Can i borrow those stretchy pants for Thanksgiving?

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If that’s the young protagonist Calvyn in the background, is that Hobbz in the foreground?

  20. Stevie T Says:

    Who the heck is Ottakar, and why would I want his signed copy?

    Why do I get the feeling that I would understand this perfectly if I lived in England?

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “The DARKWEAVER Legacy: Book 1″…

    Make up your own trilogy/saga/endless series! You only need a snazzy DARK title, like:

    – The DARKTROLL Testament
    – The BLACKHEAD Quest
    – The Saga of the DARK DIRTY NAILS
    – The DARKBUSH…. oops, sorry, NSFW.

  22. anon Says:

    It’s never a good sign for sales figures if you need add stickers to signed editions.
    Besides, is Ottakar really popular enough a name to warrant that?

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    Hair is hard! Here’s a pro-tip, cover artists: put all your characters in hats or make them bald!

  24. JuanPaul Says:

    Don’t miss ‘The Forging of the Sword”s sequel,’The Quilting of the Armor’, and the exiting conclusion to the trilogy, ‘The Trimming of the Bangs’!

  25. RachelJ Says:

    @JuanPaul I’m just waiting for it to be expanded into a quadrilogy with “The Tilting of the Floor”.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Apparently things aren’t going so well for Mark. His Wikipedia page was deleted in 2014 with no discussion or protest, and this book isn’t even on his (still under construction) web page any more.

    Even Ottakar’s no longer exists.

    His “Imperial” series looks to be using the Generic Extruded Fantasy Product like that ultimate cliche cover we saw here once.

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