Tuesday, June 7, 2011
But what impressed me the most about this book--and this is embarrassing for me to admit--is that it's so freaking cute! I was expecting a softcover 8.5x11" deal with removable cover and a map on the inside; you know, like old school modules. But no! This is one of those tiny, slender, little hardcover books that make you want to put it on the shelf between Dr. Seuss's Hop on Pop and the complete set of Little golden Books you got (as a/for your) kid. Except that the book is all gothy black with Zak S.'s distinctive, grim, claustrophobic artwork all over the place. In fact, just looking at the annotated elevation of the "Typical tower" on page 34 for more than 5 minutes will cause neuroses in the average reader and even vertigo in exceptional cases. Excuse me, I have to go clear my head for a moment.
And there on the dust jacket, though I've seen the image a million times all over the internets, is that picture of Mandy Morbid--at least I assume that the pink mohawkish hair is Mandy's--standing knee-deep in snow and taking a whack at a peryton with her flail. But what I didn't notice until I held the book in my hands is that each of the points in the peryton's antlers has a candle burning in it--which immediately brings to mind the ol' Hand of Glory. I'm pretty sure that the peryton was taunting Mandy who clearly has first dibs on the term "Rack of Glory."