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Bizarre Cover Art
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:23:35 am »
Having just purchased a new Kindle Touch, I decided to see which of KK's books might be available in Kindle's format.  When I looked up High Deryni, I came upon a listing of these disturbing German (I think?) book covers which I am assuming are from the original trilogy (DR, DC, and HD):


German Deryni covers by evian_delacourt, on Flickr

What.  The.  Flying.  Fragonard?!?!?!   :o   

Were there really that many naked ladies in KK's entire Deryni corpus?  Aside from in Kelson's and Dhugal's blessedly undocumented wet dreams, that is?  And is that meant to be Saint Camber on the first cover or the Grim Reaper?  And who is that male figure on the other covers?  Kelson?  Was he that buff and that bearded at fourteen years old?!  I needn't ask if the artist even read the books--I think the answer to that is obvious--but was he even breathing the same planetary atmosphere as the author?   ;D

Wow.  Just...wow.   I swear I will never, ever complain about the most recent update to the US edition of Deryni Checkmate again!  I can live with Duncan looking like an overweight Alec Baldwin, truly I can.
 
* Evie wanders back to Amazon giggling, wondering what other baffling cover art might be on offer
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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2012, 03:29:24 am »
They look like a XXX version of the Deryni XI Kingdoms.
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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2012, 06:00:34 am »
The second cover could be Kevin and Bronwyn, but I don't think the scene in the garden was quite like that!  :o
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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2012, 08:31:31 am »
Those look more like covers for John Norman than KK.  However, no more bizzare than the covers for the first US paperbacks of THE HOBBIT.

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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2012, 09:03:51 am »
Deryni Warriors of Gor?  Holy moly, what a concept!   :o

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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2012, 11:43:03 am »
We'd better ask KK if there are a few versions of the books that we don't know about!!   

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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2012, 12:48:21 pm »
Deryni Warriors of Gor sounds like a crossover fanfic parody I'd be itching to write, except for two things.  Firearms are legally obtainable in the US, so I'd want to put an ocean or two between myself and KK first, not to mention changing my name and moving to a remote, inaccessible island where no one could find me, which would undoubtedly put an end to my internet access.  And secondly, I'd have to do my research and read the Gor novels first.  I'm not sure which of those two would be more horrific.   :D
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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2012, 09:45:53 pm »
Someone did write a play called "Free Amazons of Gor", in which Marion Zimmer Bradley & John Norman got together to write a novel together.  MZB was still alive, and gave her permission; I don't know about Norman (or his estate--I'm not sure if he's still around, or when he died.)  I've never seen or read it, but I'm told it is very funny.  (And no, it doesn't involve one strangling the other, surprisingly enough.)

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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2012, 03:17:52 am »
According to Wikipedia, John Norman (born John Frederick Lange, Jr.) is still alive at the age of 81.
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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2012, 10:29:19 am »
Conan the Deryni Barbarian?

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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2012, 10:59:41 am »
According to Wikipedia, John Norman (born John Frederick Lange, Jr.) is still alive at the age of 81.

Again, I don't know if the authors of the play--which I have never seen or read (it is unpublished, and was only performed once by a community theatre group in Berkeley, CA)--contacted Mr. Norman for permission.  The article I read about it did say that MZB did approve it--and thought it was very funny.  (So, perhaps KK wouldn't be as adverse to the crossover parody as you think.)

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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2012, 11:14:18 am »
That still wouldn't address my second point of having to actually read at least one or two Gor books in order to do a decently researched parody.  *shudder*  Having met a few gung-ho Goreans in Second Life and at the SCA Pennsic War, I'm blissfully content with not acquiring a deeper knowledge of the Gor mythos.   :D
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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2012, 05:53:28 pm »
Maybe we've accidentally discovered where Ariella and Imre have ended up?  :D

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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2012, 08:46:56 pm »
That still wouldn't address my second point of having to actually read at least one or two Gor books in order to do a decently researched parody.  *shudder*  Having met a few gung-ho Goreans in Second Life and at the SCA Pennsic War, I'm blissfully content with not acquiring a deeper knowledge of the Gor mythos.   :D

The last Gor book I read was when I was about 15; even then there were lots of aspects that disturbed me, although I liked the stories.   I don't think I could bring myself to read them again.

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Re: Bizarre Cover Art
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2012, 08:48:23 pm »
Maybe we've accidentally discovered where Ariella and Imre have ended up?  :D

Interesting theory.

 

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