preload
Sep 08

This is how big my skull should be, I suffer from tiny headitis.Click for full image

Sonya’s Art Direction: Instead of two views of wonder, how about a riot of color and image? Perhaps a plant for every short story in the collection? Oh, and throw in a Frida Kahlo lookalike holding a skull ala Hamlet to show that these are serious stories…
Published 1974

Many thanks to Sonya!

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: 5.61 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Sep 07

Oh that's not a snake wrapped around my leg, it's my 'magical sword!'Click for full image

David Comments: Eric Brighteyes by H Rider Haggard (1891) was set in the Viking Age. I have no idea where he found the bikini babe, ray gun or early model Bluetooth headset.
Published 1978

Vikings had lasers… right?
Many thanks to David!

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: 8.27 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Sep 06

Unknown to most scholars, the first Olympics used french horns instead of batons.Click for full image

Natalie and Steve Comments: Unfortunately, Davy himself is not as vivacious as his cover suggests.
Published 1976

Many thanks to Natalie and Steve!

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: 8.91 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Sep 03

Up UP and AWAYYYYYY!Click for full image

Baen Books – Putting all other cover choices to shame since 1983.
Published 2008

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: 8.95 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Sep 02

Join me and together we could tailor the universe!Click for full image

Ashton Comments: Everything about the closer man’s outfit is amazing, from his puffy velvet shirt covered with large gold buttons and trousers striped with red and blue, to the leopard print trim on his girdle. The other man’s garbage sack outfit is no match.
Published 1982

Many thanks to Ashton!

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: 6.89 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Sep 01

:-0Click for full image

GK Comments: …
Published 1985

Can’t stop… staring…
Many thanks to GK!

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: 7.84 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Aug 31

He may be the evil sorcerer Zog, but he can put on one hell of a fireworks show.Click for full image

Stevie Comments: Jack L Chalker’s Songs of the Dancing Gods cover is bizarre! Crazy wizards, super sultry fairy-women in red and green and a huge mack truck running thru everything.  What’s all that crazy action supposed to tell the prospective reader?
Published 1991

Wow, thanks to Stevie!

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: 8.83 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Aug 27

Well it’s quickly coming to the end of the summer and we are graced with a final bank holiday weekend, for some of us anyway. That means one thing, honourable mentions! It’s fun times again!

These mentions are special because they aren’t actually sci-fi or fantasy proving that strange and wonderful covers can make their way into other genres.

Thanks to everyone who visits the site! We do love sharing these wonderful books. Enjoy your long weekend, or your normal short one if you have to work on Monday!

Why do women always date the dangerous ones?Click for full image

Rod Comments: Ooh yeah, sexy nukes …

WhyClick for full image

Tom Comments: This book is neither fantasy nor sci-fi, but it still deserves submission for it’s title alone.  It was so arresting that I snapped this pic when I spotted the book at my aunt’s house in 2004, long before Good Show Sir was extant!  I feel that it must take at the very least a good deal of metrosexual courage to wear that jaunty red cap.

Men are all vermin anyway.Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: We found this one in a second hand book shop. Not sure what killed the rat but at least he’s getting a patriotic funeral.

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: 8.04 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Aug 26

How do ya want it? Death by Uzi or my blue weird cat like creature with a racoon tail.Click for full image

Brian Comments: While I haven’t bothered to read this book, I can only assume we’re in for a lively tale.
Published 1993

Snarf?
Many thanks to Brian!

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: 8.59 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with:

Aug 25

Sorry, who are you again?!?Click for full res blur!

A bit late but we had the pleasure of talking with Ken MacLeod (kenmacleod.blogspot.com) and Adam Roberts (www.adamroberts.com) at the Edinburgh Book festival on Sunday. Very interesting talk of which we could have sat through for hours more. Both jolly nice blokes, who didn’t flinch when asked to sign my copy of Rx For Chaos.

So watch out future authors, you too might be asked to sign the Chaos!

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: 8.86 out of 10)
Loading...Loading...

Tagged with: