Apr 05

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Good Show Sir Comments: When the moon hits your eye … like it just did this guy … thatsa John Jakes
Published 1977

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: 7.44 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Best of John Jakes”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Funnily enough, The Worst of John Jakes had exactly the same cover.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    I wonder if John Jakes’ short story with the best title is included.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    John, stop trying to seduce Cher with your bedroom eyes.

  4. fred Says:

    My brain cannot process the riotous display of garish colors.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Nation’s bestselling author,” really? My deep scholarly dive into wikipedia shows no mention of John Jakes, nor his nom de plume “Jay Scotland” (which sounds like a bad pornstar name from the 80s; come to think of it, so does “John Jakes”). Danielle Steele (aka “Stormy Danielle”?) still seems to reign as America’s top selling author. Can we get one of her covers here under some pretense?

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    Seeing this cover is actually a relief. Someone had told me there was a giant Jakes on it.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    My wife just subjected me to Sonny and Cher’s film ‘Good Times’. In it, they try out various film genres while trying to think of what film to make and one of them is ‘Jungle Morry’, with Sonny Bono as Tar-sham.

    See, if they’d done a giant robot instead of the overlong bit of Sonny on a motorbike they could have had a poster like this. Except the giant blue head would be George Sanders trying to conceal his contempt for everyone else involved.

  8. Longtime_lurker Says:

    Definitely a Metamorphosis of a Jakes.

  9. Francis Boyle Says:

    To be fair, B C, the blurb doesn’t specify which nation. Maybe he big in Sealand.

  10. MakkaPakka Says:

    The Suns are masterly… try to think through how they are positioned to illuminate everything as highlighted and shaded. Also forced perspective locates Cher in front of Sonny, but she is at the back behind the red ribbon! GET OUT OF MY MIND.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Francis Boyle—I love Sealand! You can buy a Baronetcy for like fifty bucks US. Best nation on earth, though it isn’t actually on earth.

  12. Raoul Says:

    Is Faux-nan wearing a hoodie? Or is that a really bad toupee?

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    @Tat: I saw ‘Good Times’ and bought the LP.
    These are decisions I have had second thoughts about.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    John Jakes was a middling SF author, but became a best-seller with historical potboilers. I commend DAW for jumping on the bandwagon to make a few bucks off the people who bought all their reading material along with their groceries by repackaging old pulp stories. Probably confused the punters with its lack of hot Revolutionary War action, though.

    The dull colors are a puzzle, however. Sonny and Cher were known for their bright, bold colors on everything. Cher never wore an outfit that wasn’t sequined within an inch of its life. That headdress would have bloody well gone TING!

    Apparently the moon hit his left eye before, knocking it out of whack.

    What even is the… assemblage that armor guy is standing on?

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    John Jakes, America’s favorite blue-skinned author.

  16. Francis Boyle Says:

    @B. Chiclitz

    But not, of course, as good as Hutt River Province. They gave a war and nobody came.

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Tor #13 – I read your mention of ‘Good Times’ and thought…Dynomite!

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If you’re gonna sell a book by showing off the author’s good looks, then turn on all available Snapchat filters.

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