Nov 06

SO forbidden... not evening going topless can get you in.Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Katie Comments: Where are her hands? And what is that thing behind her? It’s also by a fairly seriously feminist author.
Published 1980

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: 6.00 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “The Forbidden Tower”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:


    UK-specific gag, there. Apologies to international readers.

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    Yorkshire-specific gag:

    That must be Bill’s Mother

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Oh, NOW she regrets not bringing a cagoule.

  4. Charles Ranier Says:

    lol, “serious feminist author” was pimping kids to her husband…

  5. L.B. Says:

    Shouldn’t there be a ‘Behind you’ tag there as well?

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Not only missing hands, but one leg short of a pair. And is that a flowing beard the lady is sporting? But if you keep focused on the boobs all the rest isn’t very noticeable.

  7. Rachel J Says:

    The first edition cover was quite something, too:

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    For sci-fi editors, feminism = boobs.

  9. Rags Says:

    This cover screams “Look at ma boobs!”

  10. fred Says:

    She blinded me with science fantasy.

  11. Tag Wizard Says:

    Thanks for the call-out LB. Adds to the pantomime atmosphere.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Worst. Party. Ever.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Tsathoggua’s cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ was poorly received, the music video somewhat less so.

  14. Muttley Says:

    This is one of a series of awful Melvyn covers for MZB’s Darkover books – I have several but they are in storage at the moment. You have to wonder. Apart from anything else it is so horribly tacky and naff, as though the artist had read the book and wanted to paint an anti-cover….

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