6.23.2009

Owl Pellets


Holy crap that's a big owl!!! What does it eat, beavers?? And how, pray tell, is that man's arm not broken? He's got to have quite the gun show to keep that thing up!!


Suck it, Hedgwig!

17 comments:

jacketwhys said...

Omigosh, I laughed out loud at this post! Thanks for the cheer up - I needed it!

Desine said...

How does it fly? That was the first thing that caught me: proportionally, its wings are too short and stubby for the body and ridiculously huge head! Maybe it's just badly-done perspective, but it looks like the artist used a hummingbird as a body model.

Ms Avery said...

And what is Henry VIII doing chatting in the background?

JamiSings said...

Looks like to me ol' 'Enery the 8th is holding a toddler. Maybe him and the widow next door finally made an 'Enery the 9th.

Either that or he's going to feed the kid to the owl as part of some sacrifice.

Some kings feed virgins to dragons. This one feeds three year olds to mutant owls.

Lyndee said...

Bwa ha ha! I will unleash the fury of my giant mutant owl on you!


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Anonymous said...

Owl Sight? As in, "Anybody seen an owl around here anywheres? I coulda sworn there was an owl here a minute ago."
It's possible the owl is regular sized, and the people are really, really small. Like The Borrowers small.

xenobiologista said...

Wow. I thought the giant owl was supposed to be in the background. I didn't actually realize it was perching on the character's arm.

Ms Avery said...

Well, if the people are Borrowers-tiny, it does answer the question of what the owl eats...

Frank said...

From what I remember of those books, the owls and eagles and other birds ARE bred/magically enhanced to be bigger and more intelligent than regular birds. Doesn't explain how that guy's arm isn't dangling uselessly after being pulled out of the socket, but the bird, at least, is "correct." We'll have to handwave it away as "MAGIC!"

Sexy Sadie said...

It is possible that the owl is regular sized and the guy is tiny.

Alex said...

If the owl is supposed to be perching on the guy's arm, it's very badly done--for one thing, it has no feet. And if these are the same Giant Magic Birds as in some of her other books, they aren't supposed to be *that* big. They're bigger than normal for their species, but not human-sized. But this particular book came out after I'd outgrown the author, so I can't swear they aren't a different kind of giant magic bird.

More likely, though, it's just a standard Mercedes Lackey Horrible Cover. She definitely exemplifies the fantasy-with-pink-and-purple-covers marketing category.

Anonymous said...

And, um. Hedwig.

onesharplady said...

The owl is actually supposed to be an eagle owl, so larger than a normal bird, and magical making it even larger.

And looking at the other two in this trilogy, he's supposed to be in the background and not to scale with the humans.

But yeah, they're horrible covers. Lackey is cursed with them. What I want to know is why the characters look younger as the trilogies progress (Last Herald Mage is the worst offender).

xenobiologista said...

Yeah...Vanyel is supposed to be really old in that one, come to think of it.

I always assumed that Lackey was friends with Jody Lee (the artist) and that was why Lee does all her covers. Does anyone know?

Cliff said...

Good old Mercedes Lackey. You can always count on her to have awful, awful covers.

And it seems to be a 50-50 chance as to whether or not they match the contents of the book.

swenholt2 said...

Oh, I have to echo jacketwhys here and say that cover just made me laugh out loud. Thanks for putting it on the site!

Anonymous said...

I don't think the owl is sitting on his arm. It's flying, and it's a separate composite element from the dude in the foreground. It is a bit confusingly placed, but it's not a giant owl.