Jan 01

Happy New Year!

And so the world has spun, strutted and wobbled its way around the sun yet again! We’ve come through ruff storms, predictions of the end of the world and a lot of superhero movies. This leaves us though with one eternal question, will anyone find a cover to top I Sing The Body Electric!?! It certainly doesn’t look like it! But who knows, who knows eh? I am sure the year ahead will be full of wondrous treasures!

Thanks to everyone for sending in all the covers we’ve posted over the year! And thanks to everyone who leaves a comment. Oh they do make me laugh! Ah ha ha ha ha… ha!

The top rated cover of the year:

She may of had three bottoms and lived in a severed foot. But she would never date something with a Mohawk!Click for original post

A personal favourite:

Back in my day it wasn't considered a night out unless you woke up half buried in a field surrounded by mangoes!Click for original post

CSA Chooses Lizard shield attack:

Ah John... you realise... you're not actually hitting the lizard!Click for original post

And finally, just for the double triple Ting!

Most men have horses... I have a... mmm... scaly chicken thing... yeah... WOOO!Click for original post

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: 8.53 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Old Year Sum Up 2012”

  1. sohkamyung Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: Old Year Sum Up 2012 Happy New Year!!

  2. Phil Says:

    Happy 2013 to all. Here’s hoping that GSS continues to be a haven for wit and sarcasm, and that the recursively multi-armed centaur man of I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC! continues to reign supreme.

  3. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Man, I still get a laugh out of how badly “Assassination Anxiety”‘s cover looks like a clip-art archive vomited.

    Did anyone ever find out if that “Spectrum” cover had anything at all to do with any of the stories inside?

  4. L.B. Says:

    To the butterfly whale, the floating head of C.S. Lewis, the Seal of the Ovinomancer (also known as the sheep head) and to everyone at GSS and their many, many awesome visitors; a wonderful New Year with many good (or horrible) covers to come!

  5. John Fouhy Says:

    You mean triple-ting!

  6. GSS Admin Says:

    @John Oh yes! How could I have missed the third!?! Nicely pointed out, Ting Master!

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I like to think that, some day, we will all get together in a large bookshop and wander the aisles in twos and threes, pulling paperbacks off the shelf and making snarky comments about the cover art and the contents; and then to thank the booksellers for their patience we all buy our own bodyweight in books.

    Actually, I just want to make a bookseller’s day better. Arses to the lot of you. 🙂

    Happy Mayan Non-Apocalypse, everyone!

  8. vampy-ra Says:

    I feel that if the Spectrum cover artist had given a more prominent role to the three-ass lady, he could have knocked “I sing the body electric” off its high throne. Alas, he put her in the background, probably causing the Mohawk birdman to despair.

  9. Arch9enius Says:

    Oh po o I thought it said Lesrick.

  10. Stevie T Says:

    Actually, Its *five* tings! One is on the “y”, and the other is randomly tinging out in space just to the left of his/its wing.

  11. Frank Says:

    Short shameful confession: I’m one of those booksellers, kind of sort of. I shoot the pics for the greater glory of Good Show Sir, and because I enjoy the comments. But I volunteer at a friends of the library organization that does a monthly sale, and most of the covers I shoot are of books moving through our sale. They do move, SF&F sells well at our sales, and we get enough coming in that the books that don’t get moved along and out.

  12. GSS Admin Says:

    @Frank – I am sure you aren’t the only book seller around! And we won’t hold it against you… mainly because you keep this site going! 😉 I kid of course.

    Keep on selling those masterpieces! And remember just because it’s got a half man half cat robot naked wizard on the cover, doesn’t mean the contents aren’t good. But if you do find a cover like that… make sure to take a picture first!

  13. AnnaT Says:

    A crazy-looking birdman, a giant foot and a woman with three asses? No wonder “Spectrum 4” was voted number one.

    Meanwhile, “Assassination Anxiety” is such a hideous monstrosity of clip art that it guarantees I will never, ever read it.

  14. fred Says:

    The Killing Thing. I think they are still paying off the massive loan needed to finance the production of this cover.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    Clicking for the original post leads to the internet disavowing all knowledge of these covers.

    It’s worth going through the back-routes of GSS archives anyway, though.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    For when one end-of-year sum up isn’t enough!

    #1: Science fiction inspired by Monty Python animation sequences?
    #2: As part of its reproductive cycle, the Killer Thing buries some of its victims in dirt so its robo-eggs will have something to eat when they hatch.
    #3: As AnnaT said, this cover is pretty much an anti-sales device.
    #4: Adult indeed! Not only does he have quite a set of phallic symbols, but he’s riding what looks like a combination of a horse and a rooster, or a…

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I like how the answer to Admin’s first question is still “No.”

    ISTBE is still at #1, with a 9.22 rating. Other really terrible covers have come and gone at the top spot, but that remains supreme.

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