Mar 06


Our friend Chris Lindsay was prowling the charity shops of Edinburgh and happened upon a horde of Anthonies at the Shelter Bookshop. A little shopwindow of horrors, if you will. It is striking how “popular” Anthony covers are on Good Show Sir. So click on the images below for some hi-def terribleness and give a shout out to any titles that are particularly appalling. Think of this as a showroom for finding these covers in the wild and submit your pix of the ones we don’t already have. Cheers!


Someone get me that top right 'Robot Adept' cover!!ONE

Unicorn! Point!TWO

Who knew Anthony wrote 'Gentle Giants of Africa and Asia'?THREE

Vicinity ClusterfuckFOUR

Thanks again to Chris for sending these in!
I’m sure he bought out the store so don’t go looking for them there.

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: 7.70 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Edinburgh Mega Post”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Here’s Anthony!

    ONE: Does this mean the new Doctor Who companion is a unicorn?

    TWO: I don’t think a unicorn can help but point.

    THREE: Crewel lack of unicorns.

    FOUR: Was Patrick Swayze a unicorn?

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    ONE: Is that Robot Adept punching out a hummingbird?

    TWO: They think they have a complete set of Bio of a Space Tyrant. But they’re wrong:

    THREE: Night Mare!

    FOUR: Otters! I think I’ll just buy that picture. And the gloves for pawing through the rest of their terrible paperbacks.

  3. Raoul Says:

    Previous owner of the books had to be institutionalized after trying to collect a complete set of Piers Anthony covers.

    Good Show Sir Chris!

  4. Alice Says:

    ONE: That must be the Tower of Babble.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Bernard Black finally figured out how to keep people away from his shop.

  6. fred Says:

    Bookshop Tetris. The next piece should be…….Anne McCaffrey?

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    #3 There’s a Piers Anthony cluster f**k happening in the vicinity.

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I feel this should have been a group photo, all of us getting off a bus and posing at this bookshop with this display. And then leaving all the books there, b/c no way do we want to be seen with them on the bus.

    #1 — Robot chap at the top gives new meaning to “weird pecs”. wtf.
    #2 — Unicorns!! (quite spiffing, needs extra exclamation mark)
    #3 — Such fonts. Much diagonal. Wow.
    #4 — Frogs! doesn’t quite have the ring to it.

    I think we’d agree that these books would be improved by an elephant from any continent crushing them underfoot. Not gently.

    Good Show Sir to Chris for finding and photographing this Fourfer Tuesday, and Good Show Bookstore Employee for setting up this ridiculous display.

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    Rather than add up the number of books here by reading the titles, I just counted the spaces between the books — the little slits.
    Because when you’re out of slits, your out of Piers.
    (And I apologize for an obscure and thoroughly US-centric joke.)

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    #3 this Xanth series just seems to dragon and on.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—Good Effing Show, Sir! So beautifully crafted, down to the last bump before the punchline. A many-groaning pun!

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    What I most enjoy about this display is the shabby little bookstore window, with its moldy window frame, cracked and chipped paint, cigarette butts and quite possibly some unmentionable yucky things in the dirt.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    FOUR: And the pedant in me can’t help but note that as far as I can tell, “Lexography” isn’t a word (although maybe on Xanth it is).

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I count 6.5 equine…Yes, i was THAT bored 🙂

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: Good Show, Sir! (hums old tune)

    @BC: It’s a charity shop, so no money for cosmetic upgrades or cleaning. They thought it was a good idea to cover the front window in Piers Anthony, which are yucky things. It all fits. Why they didn’t say “Lexicography” or “Lexicon” is another mystery.

    @A-S: Too bad they didn’t have “Night Mare” in this photo, that would have brought them up another half-equine.

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