Oct 28

No you idiot fire the arrow at them... not away!Click for full image

A scary witch-shard in the middle. Who am I to deny the cover of something the title mentions? Oh, and some dude firing a bow. OH, and some scary bear creeping up in the background. OHHHH – and some hot women with a dagger giving the uncomfortable twisted-body ass-pose. But most importantly: Shiny, keep it shiny.

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: 8.14 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “A Mankind Witch”

  1. SI Says:

    For sword and sorcery fans… oh dear…..

    Wonder what level that ranger is on the front cover.

  2. CSA Says:

    Do you think the bear is actually a Druid then?
    Clearly the woman is a thief, and the “witch” is a necromancer. It must suck to be a huge disembodied head, especially since he/she is horrifically ugly

    I think they should have made the M and W in the title even biggger, even though they’re pretty huge as it is.

    The expression on the witch is makes him look … special

  3. admin's vassal Says:

    Maybe we need a separate tag category for books recommended by Publisher’s Weekly? It’s becoming quite a (terrible) theme!

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    “A Mankind Witch”? What the hell does that even mean? I’m pretty sure English doesn’t allow ‘mankind’ as a modifier. Was this translated from Polish?

  5. Luc D Says:

    Did anyone read the sequel “The Sandkind Witch” ?
    Or was it “The Kind Sandwich” ?

  6. RachelJ Says:

    Whatever a “mankind witch” may be, that has to be one of the most awkward titles of all time. Was there really no better option?

  7. Phil Says:

    It’s just badly punctuated. It SHOULD read: “A man, kind Witch.” As in the following dialogue:

    WITCH (Kindly): What is that strange, masculine creature?
    CHILD: It’s a man, kind Witch.

    Is it me, or has the Publisher’s Weekly quote been cut out with scissors and glued onto the cover of the book?

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    The full quote reads:
    I was invited to a feast for Sword and Sorcery fans, spit-roast ox served on trenchers. We all sat round trestle-tables but while I was watching the fire-breathing jugglers someone slipped something in my mead. When I woke up I found I’d signed a contract to write a novel to match the cover the Lute-player’s eight year old had Photoshopped, using the title she gave it.

  9. RachelJ Says:

    @Tat Wood. I don’t think you’re that far wrong. Feeling that I just couldn’t go on not knowing why anything would be called “A Mankind Witch, I went and read it.

    I’m now pretty sure this book was indeed written around the title, possibly for a bet, as in, “Hey, Dave, bet you can’t write a story to fit *this* one.”

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Aim for the blurb… and… fire!”

  11. anon Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: He could be aiming at the small woman..

  12. GSS noob Says:

    The sequel to this was titled “Much Fall of Blood”.

    Such grammar. Wow.

    And brace yourself for the cover of the first one:

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