May 12

So... It's not a dog... I admit that... and I have pretty much conjured a sin against nature. But come on, how can you refuse that face!?Click for full image

Tom Noir Comments: Now this here is a real fine used dragon, ma’am. The previous owner was a little old lady who only drove it on Sundays.
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: 7.19 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Her Majesty’s Wizard”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Grumpy Old Dragons

  2. FeàrofMüsic Says:

    Oh my. Now this is a wondrous example of GoodShowSir-riness! Technically pretty well executed, but that used dragon salesman’s seedy little moustache just screams registered sex offender. I imagine the dragon trying to tell her with its eyes “Run lady! Oh, the things he does! Run!”

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  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    She had a hat, until Draco gave her a BIG KISS all over her face.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Her majesty’s wizard appears to have conjured up a sturgeon, not a dragon.

    Is he wearing a pair of docksiders?

  6. StevenLP Says:

    It has to be said, whatever the merits of the tales, the illustrations for the 1957 edition of Fantastic (the previous item on GSS) are way, way better than this!

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    “Here you go, Anne, he’d love to star in your next work.”

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    The great thing about GSS is that I submitted this so long ago that I’d almost forgotten about it! So seeing it pop up is a nice surprise.

    @FoM – I’m pretty sure that what drew me to this cover is exactly what you describe: the lovely illustration style combined with the seedy-looking characters. Even the dragon manages to look like somebody’s dimwitted half-brother.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    She is having a serious bad hair day, and he is having a really serious bad mustache day. Now that I think of it, even the dragon is having a bad scales day.

    BTW, could the dragon be more obvious about where he’s directing the focus of his gaze? This cover really can creep you out if you look at it tool long.

  10. fred Says:

    That dragon’s eye looks out of place. A well drawn pearl on an artistic necklace of meh.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Biblio: ah, so that’s where mermaids come from!

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I conjecture that’s our hero on the right, a Ph. D. student whose extensive knowledge of poetry makes him the single most powerful entity on Earth. Maybe barring the Abrahamic God, maybe not.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—can you imagine two of these PhD wizards battling it out?

    Wiz 1: I fling an enjambment at thee!
    Wiz 2: Ha! I parry with a sprung rhythm!
    1: A Villanelle! Have at thee!
    2. Eat my Rhyme Royal, thou scoundrel!
    1: Free verse!
    2. Objectivism!
    1: Anapestic Tetrameter!
    2: Dactylic Hexameter!
    1: Metaphor!
    2: Metonymy!

    Reader: zzzzzzzzz . . . .

  14. SI Says:

    Zooming in is the only way to truely appreciate that moustache! Wow.

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    Her majesty has declared it Casual Friday for all wizards and other employees of the realm.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    There once was a bleary-eyed queen
    Who slouched ’round her realms, to be seen
    In perspective-less planes
    With dragons sans brains
    And porn ‘stache guys (you know what I mean!)

    /me waits for the magic to commence

  17. Jeff Vader Says:

    Is it just me or does her Majesty look a tad hungover?

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT-nice limerick, yo.

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