May 30

What can I say, the snake really knows where to rip my clothes!Click for full image

Jen Comments: All I can say is, anyone who actually bought this for the cover is going to be VERY disappointed.
Published 2010

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: 5.02 out of 10)

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41 Responses to “Unsympathetic Magic”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Anyone who actually bought this for the cover needs to get a life.

  2. benny Says:

    hahaha this is the best cover iv seen. If they turn this into a movie i will definitley buy it

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Snakes! Why’d it have to be snakes?!

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Lisbeth Salander is the Anita Blake of crime fiction!”

    “Alyx is the Lisbeth Salander of feminist SF!”

    “Blargle Blah is the Yadda Yadda of Urban Fantasy!”

  5. Dorian Says:

    You mean it doesn’t involve bondage with snakes? Ah bah.

  6. fred Says:

    Even with the aid of Black Magic Mandy’s attempts at the Spock Eyebrow were laughable.

  7. Smith Says:

    For a moment I thought I’d gone to one of my other bookmarks *cough*cough* ahem.

  8. jerk of all trades Says:

    Looks more like a colorized version of some tabloid cover — “Kidnapped by Satan-Worshiping Snakes!”

  9. Ian Says:

    “Unplug the phone”? Which century was this written in? I guess “put you phone on vibrate” might night sounds so cozy.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now, don’t let this cover make you think that big publishers might harbor contempt for their own customer base.

    I rigidly, fanatically deny any accusations that publishers intentionally design covers like these from the conviction that we, the readers, are slobbering gimps. Not so!

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    If I were in the business of blurbing books, this format would seem like a safe way to go:

    “A.R. Yngve is the Eddie Izzard of GoodShowSir commenters.”

    What does that mean? You don’t have any idea, but you have to admit, it sounds impressive!

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Thank you, Tom! And I think Eddie Izzard is really funny.

  13. Zycrow Says:

    Especially when he is covered in snakes.

  14. Prudynce Says:

    I like the girl’s expression. She’s like, “Oops.”

  15. Dalton H. Says:

    It’s okay to look indifferent while being sacrificed by a satanic cult.

  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It looks like the snake is saying something in her ear: “Hello Clarisssse…..Can you hear the lambssssss? Or this doll when it ssssays mama?”

  17. vampy-ra Says:

    I like it

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘You don’t like my ssssalsssa?’

    *nervously* ‘Nnnooo…’

    ‘Here, try just a drop on the dolly’sss sssskirt.’


  19. David Cowie Says:

    Wot? No “Embossing” tag?

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    We need two new tags for this cover: Embossing… and Embarrassing.

  21. David Cowie Says:

    Aren’t *all* the covers here embarassing?

  22. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Embossed! Thank you both.

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    The expression on the girl’s face says “Well, what a sexy situation I have gotten myself into here!”

    Lady, there ain’t nothing sexy about being crushed by a boa constrictor.

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    The snake has somehow got THROUGH the fallen-down bra-strap.
    (@Tom Noir: her expression looks to me more ‘Look, my student loan’s almost due: it was pose for this cover or write the contents.’)

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:


  26. DaveM Says:

    “Oh hi Mr and Mrs Jones, you’re back early. Now before you say anything, the twins have been fed, bathed and are asleep upstairs, and this is totally not what it looks like..”

  27. GSS noob Says:

    @Tom Noir (11): I’d think “He’s funny and looks good in a dress?”

  28. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    I think this cover is just glorious. I love the expression–having skimmed the Goodreads reviews, i reckon she’s saying something along the lines of “Blow this for a game of soldiers, I’ve had it up to here with all this weird shit”. Looking at the summaries of the books in the series (there are 7), she has reason to be pissed off.
    I’d just about buy it for the cover (but no way would I read it on the train).

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Remember when you could unplug a phone and not be a social outcast?

  30. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Did I summon you at a bad time?”

  31. fred Says:

    A life size replica of Stonehenge made with candles. The world needs this.

  32. JuanPaul Says:

    I’m actually impressed by the perspective matching of the embossed logo and underlying artwork. It makes me feel like I can reach into the cover and rescue that snake from embarrassing exploitation.

  33. NomadUK Says:

    Willow has some serious explaining to do to Buffy this time around.

  34. Tor Mented Says:

    What, no Harvey Weinstein jokes yet?

  35. Tat Wood Says:

    Her hair’s pointing one way, her eyes and the bridge of her nose a different direction and her nostrils, mouth and chin a third. What a crazy, mixed-up kid.

  36. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—don’t forget the clashing eyebrows. This cover is a classic example of the work that has come out of the legendary UAI “Faces are Easy to Draw” seminar.

  37. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The title font is bad. Hard to read. I’m not sure the embossing would help with that IRL.

    I know the author very very slightly, and suspect her opinion of this matches ours. She probably made the same face as the heroine when seeing it. Only, y’know, with her facial features in correct position.

    @Tor: Harvey didn’t go in for props and snakes, I hear.

    @fred: In some Burning Man-type extravaganza?

  38. Adzel Says:

    Oh, so that’s why the discount store was all out of black candles.

  39. Francis Boyle Says:


    Esther Diamond is the Stephanie Plum of urban fantasy
    Laura Stone is the Rosalind Peach of suburban fantasy
    Davina Flint is the Johanna Apple of rural fantasy
    Jessica Jade is the Julia Kumquat of village fantasy
    Gillian Gold is the Diana Durian of pueblo fantasy
    Sarah Silicate Perovskite is the Mariah Monkey Jackfruit of anarcho-syndicalist commune fantasy

  40. JuanPaul Says:

    ‘Snakes on an Astral Plane’?

  41. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @JP: GSS!

    @Francis: I want to read that last series.

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