Showing That I Am Not Ashamed to Go for the Obvious Joke

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James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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6 Responses to Showing That I Am Not Ashamed to Go for the Obvious Joke

  1. Can a joke that requires the audience to be familiar with a book or movie really be called obvious?

    I haven’t watched any of the Star Trek movies, although I do know one of them is called “The Wrath of Khan”, nor have I read anything by Robert Jordan. The joke to me remains quite opaque.

    • JE says:

      I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it. Regarding your general point, people who’ve never seen the second Star Trek movie might still have seen the often-sampled scene below.



      • They might have, but the paltry 2,000 – 70,000 views these sample clips are getting would suggest otherwise.

        Obscure reference ≠ obvious joke.

        You = pwned. This post = fail. Me = winrar.

        Lol, jk about the above line. 🙂

  2. davidcapeguy says:

    Well, I thought it was funny…

    But in some weird way, that cover also brings to mind “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” or at least some 1950s movie musical with Howard Keel. No idea why.

    Addenda: is is just me, or does “The Gathering Storm” seem an oddly inappropriate title for Number 12 in a 14-volume (and counting) series?

    • JE says:

      “But in some weird way, that cover also brings to mind “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” or at least some 1950s movie musical with Howard Keel. No idea why.”

      I see what you mean–maybe it’s the colors; they looks very old-school Technicolor to me.

      “Addenda: is is just me, or does “The Gathering Storm” seem an oddly inappropriate title for Number 12 in a 14-volume (and counting) series?”

      Right. Great for a first volume (say about WWII); not so great for the antepenultimate installment of a story that’s already outlived one author.

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