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Molly O. Comments: Twilight of the Mods

Published 2005

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.00 out of 10)
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23 Responses to “Dead by Day”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    I hope he’s going to clean that up, because I certainly am not.

  2. Adzel Says:

    Editor: “Accounting tells us we can only afford to use the first 5 letters in the alphabet and maybe…if we really splurge in the name of art and give up office donuts for a week…maybe the letter Y.”

    Cover Artist (punching in data): “No problem, chief. The Anagram 3000 we invested in suggests the following: Abey Daddy, Daddy eBay, Day Daybed, Bead Day Yd, and Dead by Day.”

    Editor: “Hmmm, I like that last one.”

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Looks like the LLBean Halloween season catalog is out.

  4. fred Says:

    I don’t know what a chocolate Y has to do with vampires. Some special Hershey promo for the series?

  5. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    The “Y” – Why?

  6. THX 1139 Says:

    More like Stephenie Dire, amirite?!

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    Dead by day, boring by night. In my day vampires had style. Now, get outa my crypt.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    This looks like the glamour photo shoot of a woman and her vampire twin brother, dressed out of, as @JuanPaul said, the L.L. Bean catalogue’s finest.

    And the white background does not help.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘I dropped the serif, cos it didn’t suit my Dead By Day’

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    🎶 🎶
    Spill the wine, bite that girl
    Spill the wine, bite that girl

    🎶 🎶

  11. Tor Mented Says:


    When the moon hits your eye
    And there is a weird Y,
    That’s “Dead by Day.”

  12. Leak Says:

    Anna Paquin sure looks different on that one… not to mention Stephen Moyer… or is that Alexander Skarsgård’s youngest brother?

  13. THX 1139 Says:

    This gritty Godspell reboot needs some work…

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    If it’s by day, why the giant moon? Sure, you see it sometimes in the daylight, but Huge Moons are strictly a night thing, artistically speaking.

    As someone fond of old books, I am most annoyed that she’s using one as a _coaster_ for that glass of wine or blood. And that skull is terribly staged looking – if you are going to sit on the floor and put down a book as a coaster, adding a skull is just silly. Unless maybe it’s an edible skull to go with the wine? Sugar, or pastry?

    @fred: the Y looks more like a rusty sawblade to me. Will there be vampire-sawing action?

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @fred, @BAM—I suspect that the “Y” is a wooden stake just waiting to be plunged into that Vampire heart of his. But why a “Y” I don’t know why.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Who the hell thought this up and authorized it? (scrolls back up) Oh, SFBC. Featuring inappropriate covers since however long it’s existed, and also slapping together random omnibus editions of things.

    These are the 4th-6th in the series that the TV show “True Blood” was based on. So I guess that’s supposed to be Sookie and… Eric? I honestly didn’t recognize what book this was supposed to be — even from the title and vampire theme — till I saw her name.

    Thankfully, my copy of the very first novel — which I bought and had signed at Worldcon after seeing Ms. Harris on a panel, where she was entirely delightful — has this original cover:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OCXHRW/

    Besides the background being inexplicably white, nobody in small-town Louisiana wears LL Bean. They’d die of heatstroke.

  17. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Do the mom jeans mean that she’s his mother? Is she going to spit on a hankie and clean that bit of blood off his face before he leaves the house – while his friends are watching?

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @VLTTP: He might be wearing mom jeans too. Don’t know what the scenario is in that case.

  19. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn: Hmm… Then his mother still buys his clothes for him (from catalogues) and/or makes him wear hand-me-downs, and is also going to wipe that bit of blood off his face in front of his friends.

  20. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    You guys all have it wrong…it’s clearly a rudimentary divining rod.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Clearly, the only solution is to find the artist and ask WTF it was supposed to be.

    (At least one can tell what her husband’s stuff is supposed to be. Busty women and strapping heroes, mostly.)

  22. Hammy Says:

    @Anti-S (#20):

    That looks like one of those dowsing stick things that country folk use to find water. Thus, the title is “Dead by Da Dowsing Stick”.

    Makes much more sense to me now. They died of thirst.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @A-S, Hammy:

    So the stick is looking for the fabled possible moon ice deposits? It’s in the wrong place for that. Try the poles. On some other cover.

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