Dec 13

Excuse me sir, could you stop reading your book in public. The shine is blinding people.Click for full image

Tom Noir Comments: Presumably the tagline refers to the title font and not to Mr. Pancake Ears here.
Published 2002

And that’s the end of, “Tom Noir Week!”
Thanks to Tom for all the covers, there’s still about a month more waiting!

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: 8.86 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “Killer”

  1. Ae7flux Says:

    Quark on Meth. Yeah, nothing could stand against that.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Good thing they added the word “against”. What’s Nelson’s Column doing in the Coliseum?

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Faux brush strokes, the sign of quality. The left L and the right L look significantly different as a result of the bowing of the font.

  4. fearofmusic Says:

    least effective use of the ‘kubrick stare’ ever. intimidating that is not.

  5. L.B. Says:

    Indeed, nothing can stand against… Baen!

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Excuse me, is this the way to the Nosferatu dental hygiene convention?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    David Drake Killer
    Qu’est que c’est?
    Better run run run run run run run away

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    N.B.: This is another one of those covers that’s a bit too much for an ordinary camera. In addition to being eye-gougingly orange, it was shiny and sparkly. Take THAT on the bus!

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tom: is that a challenge??? 😀

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Nothing on Earth could stand against it…because it was tilted ridiculously far forward and on fire!

  11. GSS Admin Says:

    @Tom & Dead Stuff – Maybe that should be our next challenge, taking “action” pictures while reading. On the bus… up a mountain… cause that’s where I like to read my copy of Hunters of the Red Moon.

  12. SeriesFive Says:

    The circus maximus background adds a nice touch of culture to another ‘classic’ Baen cover.

  13. fred Says:

    Never seen Wagner w/o Frazetta, seems sacrilegious. But it IS Baen after all.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @GSS Admin – I just happen to have a photo of me reading one of my favorite books on my subway commute to work:

  15. fearØFmusic Says:

    @Bibliomancer:With all respect and admiration sir, I feel compelled to note at this time a rather serious, well, obsession as it were, with one very specific anthropomorphosized feline. Now I will not take this in the rather logical direction and posit that you are yourself a ‘furry’, as I believe they are known among certain deviants. I believe that it is just as likely that you reside with a varying yet always large number of domestic feline companions, all of whom bear clever appellations such as Sir Claudin DeBols, Nimblepaws the Duke of Purrrl, Lady Pawline Saucytail Moondancer, and so on. On the other hand, should you perchance be an actual Kzin, I feel compelled to point out that I have always found the description of your ears as ‘like pink parasols’ to be a less than subtle attempt to diminish your natural fearsomeness. Indeed, it is an insult, and you should you be an actual Kzin, should feel honour bound to thrash one Mr. Niven. I believe he resides somewhere in the American state of California. No doubt your fine intelligence and internet skills will serve you well on your bloody mission of righteousrevenge .

    Yours sincerely, Bob Roberts.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    My immediate response: “David Drake is dead???”

    My second response: “Richard Wagner had a great-grandson who writes schlocky sci-fi books for Baen??? (Figures…)”

    My third response: “Is this really a genuine Baen cover? The dude in the picture doesn’t carry a gun! Humbug!”

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Nothing on Earth Could Stand Against Jerry Lee Lewis

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why is his chin blue?

  19. Tom Noir Says:

    @DSWBT: sorry, that’s an artifact of the camera trying to cope with the epicness of this cover.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:



  21. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz. Awesomely excellent.

  22. Kripslod Says:

    I just spent more time than I should have trying to find the particular species of New World Leaf-nosed bat that served for the model of dentation for our friend here.

    A. fraterculus, A. planirostris, A. rosenbergi, L. aequatorialis, or maybe D. rotundus.

    Sorry to say that none fit perfectly. And its eyes are much too far above its nose.

    Then I remembered that I really didn’t care.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer14—Unbeknownst to you, I was on that same subway car, and heard you, contemplating your bevy of babes, chortling under your breath:


  24. Bibliomancer Says:

    @ B. Chiclitz — All my little foxes love the big pussy cat! Me-Ow!

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    A Meth-Head Called Paddington.

  26. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Meet the next Great White Republican Hope.

  27. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Hey that’s the same face I carved on my pumpkin last Halloween.

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  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The working title they gave to the art department was The Accused But Innocent of Murder Until Proven Guilty In a Court of Law.

  30. anon Says:

    “If you have the time, I’d like to talk to you about Jesus Christ.”

  31. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


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