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Jan 04

Happy New Year!

Well another year is here, I am just about over my hang over and of course back in work! So it’s time to start again and see what exciting covers we can find to brighten our days. Last year didn’t see a cover which had the power to beat, I Sing the Body Electric. But maybe this year… maybe…

Thanks to everyone who has sent in covers and comments! You all bring such entertainment to our lives. And of course thank you to all those amazing publishers, without you and your art direction where would Good Show Sir be?

Last year was very exciting now that I think about it. And my quest for terrible Sci-Fi/fantasy book covers also led to the best conversation ever in a second hand book store.

Shop Assistant: Wow.. that cover is so bad!!!
Me: Yeah isn’t it? That’s kinda why I am buying it actually.
Shop Assistant: Really? Awesome. You should start some sort of website to show covers like these.
Me: I have…
Shop Assistant: ……
And nothing more was said. Here is the book I bought.

The top rated cover of the year:

Bum chins are well known for invading the rest of your face.Click for original post

A Personal Favourite:

The dangers of eating radioactive fish.Click for original post

CSA Chooses dragon crotch!

Carry On films did get a bit... odd...Click for original post

And of course, how could we not mention the cover that started a censoring legend:

I know space ships don't need to be aerodynamic but...Click for original post

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 7.33 out of 10)
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6 Responses to “Old Year Sum Up 2011”

  1. Doug Says:

    Why is there no boobs under the sheep! Oh wait, that’s the actual cover….

  2. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I am touched and honored that the jaw-dropper I found at a charity booksale received the top rating of the year. I’ll not soon forget ol’ Butt-Faced Viking.

    Looking at the others, I’d like to commend Terrance Lindall, artist of “Web of Angels,” for graciously commenting on the original post. What a pro!

  3. Phil Says:

    Likewise, I am touched and honored that the old Bradbury cover I sent in is STILL the top rated awful cover of all time. Happy new year, Good Show Sir!

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Indeed — Good Show, everyone! :)

    (Is there any chance we’ll run out of bad covers?)

  5. Herm Says:

    I went through the exact same thought process as Doug #1 did… although I did wonder what horrors COULD possibly be under that sheep.

  6. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I’d like to amend my previous comment.

    I was so impressed that the cover artist of “Web of Angels” actually stuck his head in to comment on the original post that I overlooked the content of what he said.

    Over on http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2011/04/web-of-angels/ he seems to be implying he deliberately painted an awful cover.

    This disappoints me tremendously. An awful cover inflicted on an author is bad, but an awful cover *deliberately* inflicted on an author is, well, reprehensible. Even if the book were blah, that’s not a nice thing to do. And looking it up, “Web of Angels” actually sounds pretty awesome.

    So along with my continuing refrain for Ursula K. LeGuin (and all those top-tier authors stuck in “Connoisseur’s Science Fiction” above), may I just add: Poor, poor John M. Ford.

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