Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Why Book Sales are Like Crack Dens To Me, Part 3

While we have a minute or two, Dondie and I thought we would blog another book-sale book.

Title: Flesh
Author: José Philip Farmer
Cover artist: Uncredited (sadly)

Dondie says: "I'm sorry ... have you read the back of this?" [Hands Rex book. Rex reads...]

Rex says: "Yes, that is quite something."

Here is the front cover:

  • "Why isn't this working? What am I doing wrong? My left horn!?"
  • "This moose won't make love to me. I'm sad."
  • "I am pigeon-toed and can't seem to vault over this moose."
  • The blood appears to be rushing to his ... everywhere.
  • That reindeer is mincing. It also has cacti on its head.
  • This cover is almost too insane to make fun of.

  • "This was AWESOME!"
  • "Commander Stagg" = least creative porn name ever
  • This novel makes fun of itself.
  • Dondie and I are out of ideas... :(
RP (with special guest star, Dondie)

PS Wendy (in Comments) mentions the cover art of other editions of this book. If you ever see this version:

... at a reasonable price (say, a few bucks...), Buy it! It is well known (among collectors) and reasonably valuable ($30-$50). But, really ... do you need a reason to buy it. Look at it! Who wouldn't want it?



Michael5000 said...

Nice. Farmer is a bona fide sci-fi name, but this is apparently not one of his best-respected works: The book was met with a lukewarm reception by critics. While most enjoyed Farmer's writing style, they often felt that the plot was simply a weak excuse to string together lurid depictions of graphic sex. Maybe they would have liked it more if it had a better cover.

wendy said...

Go to amazon and see some covers of other editions. There are quite a number! I particularly like the one that says, "The secret dream of every man was his - unlimited opportunity, inexhaustible ability." With a naked woman in a suspended cage. WTF!

Michael5000 said...

There's nothing that says "stud-god" like a man wearing polka-dot bikini briefs.

limax said...

No offense, but we like it better w/ just YOUR comments...

Orange said...

I like Dondie! (Does she have vacant black circles for eyes?)

Michael5000 said...

Oh, limax, can't you tell that "Dondie" is just Rex's fictional alter ego? Look at the name! It's an anagram!

limax said...

Ha ha! You mean it's really "died on?"

Anonymous said...

Dondie says:

I like Orange and michael5000. limax, on the other hand, makes me sad. Thanks a lot, limax, thanks a lot.

wendy said...

FWIW, I like you too, Dondie, whoever you are. I suspend disbelief easily, so I honestly believe you are a different person from Rex.

limax said...

Dondie, Dondie, don't despair! Who knows? I may really like you if I knew you, but - Okay, maybe it's the RED LETTERS that interrupt the flow of the Rex zone... Please don't hate me. But if you must, then hate me. I'll get over it.

Michael5000 said...

Time, you thief! who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in.
Say I'm weary, say I'm sad;
Say that health and wealth have missed me;
Say I'm growing old, but add-
Dondie likes me!

Anonymous said...

Dondie Says: YAY for Michael5000!

JamiSings said...

See, even though the plot looks utterly assinine, I want to read this one too! And my local library doesn't have it. Darn underfunded government agencies.

Searching said...

For the record: Signet art is from the Doubleday hardcover dust jacket -- there credited to Ellen Raskin