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Mar 28

Oh yes! It’s the Easter weekend and that can only mean one thing, some honourable mentions! These have been sent in to us and oh boy they are simply amazing!

So enjoy the covers and have an excellent long weekend (if you get one!) And once again thanks to all who send in covers and comment on the site. You gals and guys are all amazing, also you keep my grammar correct and my tags sensible!

Sir, this is not the drink I asked for... I said baby space rocket *napalm* explosion... not 'nuclear'!Click for full image

Tat Wood Comments: it was published in 1970 and tells of all the different ways the Earth will end by 2000 AD (although one would be enough). As we are now a dozen years beyond the Best Before date does it now count as fiction? A bit? Sort of?
Published 1970

Compared with the non-deadly type of dying.Click for full image

Laura Comments: I came across this book in a used book store and I was hoping that the badly-drawn tough old guys would fit on Good Show Sir.
Published 2007

And Zoe was let go from the zoo... even though her show and tell seemed to be a big hit with teenage boys and the over 50's.Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Pass... the bucket.... *bLEUUGHHHHHHHH*Click for… ewww…

Jaouad’s Art Direction: Let’s see… Pynchonesque, Burroughsian, Robert Anton Wilson-like… Oh, I know! Tim from Marketing has a girlfriend who does exotic dancing, right? See if you can get her to pose. Ask her to bring one of her pets. Yes, I know the author will want in on this… I’ll think of something.
Published 1996

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: 9.00 out of 10)
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24 Responses to “Honourable Mentions 12”

  1. Phil Says:

    DOOMSDAY BOOK – go, baby, go… and good luck with breathing in the vacuum of space. Poor Gordon Taylor, having rat tray (sorry, Rattray) as a middle name.

    CIPHERS is a double-whammy with an ohmigawd front cover and a gorblimey back cover. I detect sexism on the part of GSS, though. Surely those man-boobs need to be sheeped. Permanently. I do hope that ISN’T a photograph of the author on the back cover.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    I’d think the top one at least had a quote from William the Conqueror in the blurb. The second, surely the sequel to The Lifey Living. Lastly, that’s might be Judd Nelson on the back (man, that’s an obscure reference), but I’m more worried about where the snake’s head is on the front.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    That back-cover, three-armed, bear-hairy naked author pic for Cyphers is now the gold standard for ALL author pics.

    What’s that you say? It’s not Paul Di Filippo? It’s actually Matthew Broderick? He’s let himself go, hasn’t he?

  4. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Just noting that the back cover for Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea has not yet been revealed. Don’t let us down now!

  5. Phil Says:

    In case there is any doubt, would the real Paul Di Filippo please stand up:
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=paul+di+filippo&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=S0dUUfnCN4Gu0QWUooGQBA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=644&sei=X0dUUY6sIsWV0AWRyYEI

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Read that copy of “Ciphers” in public and even the homeless wino will get up and move to the far seat on the bus.

    (I actually once bought that edition online because of a good review but I was so embarrassed by the cover I quickly resold it on eBay without even reading it.)

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Deadly Dying’ is the botched first attempt at Busted’s hit, ‘We’ll Still Be Alive In The year 3000’.

    And how can someone draped in a lethal reptile look so… bored?

  8. GSS Admin Says:

    Noooo… I just realised Ciphers isn’t really an honourable mention! It’s fair game! For some reason I remember googling it and finding out it was a thriller.

    Oh well…

  9. Jaouad Says:

    Yes, I’m afraid that is the actual author on the back cover. I met Paul Di Filippo once; he’s a great guy and a wonderful author. An ‘elegantiae arbiter’, however, he is not.

    As for Ciphers being fair game: it’s a long time since I’ve read it (always in private – never, ever on the bus). Di Filippo is widely known as an SF writer, but I don’t remember much about this book.

    Of course, it could be SF by virtue of having a hairy SF writer on the back cover?

  10. fred Says:

    There is a serious lack of Mayans on The Doomsday Book cover.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: maybe that’s a very young one. Mayan your own business! 😉

  12. David Cowie Says:

    THE DEADLY DYING is awesome.
    “Did you just take that disabled parking space?”
    “Yeah, and what if I did, grand-dad?”
    BANG!
    “Looks like you’re entitled to it now.”

  13. FearöfMusic Says:

    I think we should all be grateful that Paul Di Fillipo is on the back cover and not posed with the snake on the front.

  14. Stevie T Says:

    On The Doomsday Book: at first, I thought the baby was a new modesty cover and wondered what in the world he could possibly be hiding. Then I realised he really was part of the cover. Bad clip art?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    New Rule: If you think you should pose nude on the cover of your own book, you should get some exercise first. Perhaps spend a few weeks in the gym. Steroids are definitely an option. Let’s not rule out liposuction.

    (Though I gotta admit DiFilippo had balls to do that cover… in fact I know this because I CAN VIRTUALLY SEE THEM!)

  16. THX 1138 Says:

    Easter already? I know the Crème Eggs have been in the shops for weeks, but really…

  17. JuanPaul Says:

    A baby launching missiles, grumpy old white men acting aggressive, the new feminism, Al Franken trying to get sexy:

    America 2018

  18. fred Says:

    Baby grimace
    Old guys menace
    Be-sheeped bint
    Belly button lint

  19. fTom Noir Says:

    A Post-Shannon Rock and Roll Mystery

    I like to think that Shannon is the author’s ex, and this is the book he wrote to get over her.

    “F*** you, Shannon! I don’t need you to write books! I’m seeing a sexy snake lady and she actually CARES about my writing!”

  20. Tor Mented Says:

    1.) Doomsday has something to do with test-tube babies.

    2.) When it is manned by men, a shotgun shooting can result in a fatal fatality. That about covers this cover.

    3.) A painful cover causes much siffering.

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    My one near-miss with Paul di Fiiippo was at ReaderCon about five years ago, so just after I’d seen this very posting. It was at the Saturday night ‘meet the authors’ bash and I couldn’t look him in the eye. Luckily, I noticed that John Shirley was hitting on my wife so I had an excuse to wander off.

  22. Bibliomancer Says:

    1. Baby “Jazz Hands”?

    2. She’s head of the Crips gang.

    3. A three-handed Filippo? Shades of Oprah.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat (21): After seeing this, I doubt I could look him anywhere BUT the eye. For fear of what I might see if I looked any lower.

    Well, that photo’s certainly put us all off our Creme Eggs and other such delights, hasn’t it? Lest we have Barfy Barfing. Maybe the napalm or attack baby should be deployed against that.

  24. jrdelirio Says:

    @THX1138, I certainly hope this does not mean the site’s out for a two month holiday on this note… and y’know, a regular publicity picture of the author would have sufficed

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