The Deal: At this point in time, due to an RSI, I can only type for 10 minutes at a time. What you see below is what is hammered out before the timer goes off- and nothing more.
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What? Tess, you're breaking with the established format. Start with the dumb photo of you hiding behind the book and the finger puppet doing the work, then do your blathering!
This book is...special. This book I selected for entirely the wrong reasons. I like to poke around mum and dad's shelves now and then, as they have heaps of old science fiction and fantasy books that they both devoured while in university, and when it comes down to it, old books are just interesting as objects. The cover designs appeal to the audience of a different era, and so when I pulled this from the shelf, I was, shall we say, struck.
Wait, let me zoooooom in.
Just look at that a while. None of the puppets deigned to pose for this photo. I even pulled out my big camera, because the webcam certainly wasn't going to do it justice. Now, if you were the one pulling that off the shelf, would you be able to put it back?
No, no you wouldn't. You'd be so appalled the desire to know if the story was equal to it would consume you also, and you'd damn well take it home and read it. I mean, seriously, it has nipples. There's no way a book cover would get away with all that nipple today.
At no point does he have horns.
Or an eye in his chest.
Or a leopard skin cloak.
Probably did have a loincloth while I wasn't paying attention though.
And there was a nice woman, and there was an evil woman. Totally. They fawned on him too.
And I don't like to say this about any book, because books are hard fucking work. They take a long time to write, there's heart and life and stress and love and hate in a book. van Vogt himself played, from a glance at the wiki, no small part in the Golden Age, so clearly he has something going for him.
But, damn. This book is a piece of shit. I was equal parts bored and appalled. The cover is the best part.
Verdict: I am not the target audience, and I know and understand this, and it is STILL a piece of shit.