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Lauren Comments: A giant worm-ape? Helping the humans with their dream of reaching the moon.
Published 1974

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: 8.55 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Brain Wave”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Sticking your tongue out doesn’t make you look intelligent, as, um, some celebrity or other could tell you, whassername, it’s on the tip of my…

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    That beast looks to have rather high blood pressure.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    What happens when intelligence levels of all mammals are jumped by a factor of five!

    Answer: Donald Rumsfeld isn’t affected in the least.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    That scaly lizard-thing ain’t no mammal.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    “It’s called ‘Brain Wave’, so let’s go with a badly-drawn creature with the most idiotic expression possible on its face.”

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Wave: boats ride on waves, don’t they?
    Brain: things inside heads.
    Brainwave: a boat on top of someone’s head. Obvious really.

    Whose head? The Soup Dragon’s.
    Whose boat? Iggle-Piggle’s.

    (The book, if I remember rightly, is about a cloud between Earth and the sun that’s kept us stupid and that suddenly clears, allowing housewives to become smart but stay at home doing housework, then it comes back and nobody minds much. There’s a good book to be written about this premise – a sort of global ‘Flowers for Algernon’ or ‘Camp Concentration’ – but this ain’t it.)

  7. Rev Says:

    No matter how many times I read this cover, I get to FIVE! and cannot recall anything I have just read. Zero comprehension. So , I read it again.

  8. fred Says:

    !>?. What!? I’m guessing a full ep of Jeopardy would last 5 minutes with commercials.

  9. Rags Says:

    Who is this “factor of five” and why does she like to jump over the intelligence level of mammals? Is she from the starship Voyager, wait that was Seven of Nine…

    This cover has a definate childrens book vibe to it. What happens if you mix “Where the Wild Things Are” with “James and the Giant Peach”?

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: Begging your pardon, but that looks more like an aroid flower tucked behind the soup dragon’s ear.

  11. anon Says:

    That’s one awkwardly long title. “Brain Wave” is okay, but the rest is a bit drawn out.

  12. Rev Says:

    Soup Dragon. Simply wonderful. I love it. Thank-you Tat 🙂

  13. Jennifer Says:

    Why is there a human holding a moon?? What does holding a moon have to do with brain waves??

  14. FeárofMüsic Says:

    Showed this to my nine year old nephew. I think I shall be turning to him for future comments. His reaction:
    “That’s stupid. It has people eyes. And a tiny head. Where does it keep its brain? And how can it come out of the ground like that without smashing its face? And five times stupid still isn’t very smart is it? ”

    I would value his opinion even more if he didn’t think Piers Anthony was a way better writer than Tolkien. Kids*shrugs*

  15. Karl Says:

    I’ve read this novel, and that cover is such a complete non-sequitur that it goes past funny into not-funny and then back to funny again. The cover artist should have stayed away from the brown acid.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Shouldn’t that cover be on the book Where The Wild Things Are…??

  17. anon Says:

    They forgot the snow flake.

  18. Anna T. Says:

    This is even worse than your average child’s crayon drawing, because when kids do art with crayons and stick figures, they’re putting their all into it, whereas this was done by an adult, a professional artist, who was actually getting paid money for it.

    It’s also a nightmarish hybrid of Homo sapiens and Tyrannosaurus rex. What.

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