Aug 27

I should probably be helping those people but I'm just so damn good looking in this catsuit.Click for full image

Right, we’re in a recession, we need a cover that sells! Hmm, all black cover? You, sir, are fired! We need exploding cities in the midst of being attacked. A woman in a yellow and black striped catsuit, no wait… an alien woman! She can be holding a dagger while she peers into the foreground, completely ignoring the chaos behind her. If that doesn’t sell I’ll jump right out that window.

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: 7.33 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Marseguro”

  1. JustinLeego Says:

    That drop-winged attack craft on the left looks like something out of early 90’s computer game The Killing Cloud. Love it!

  2. Roses Says:

    Jump! Jump! Jump!

    If you go through the effort of painting a woman in a catsuit and bother with a knife – what’s with her paunch? I mean really. Trinny and Susannah would have a field day. She’s got a lovely figure, but don’t put her in an outfit that emphasises her tummy!

    Is she trying to pull Wolverine in that outfit?

  3. CSA Says:

    Maybe there will be an X-men cross over novel… like that star trek one. Now that was a bad cover, wish i’d taken a photo…

    im confused what the orange dome thing is on the left, its a little opaque to be a forcefield.
    Also the font is freakin awesome, looks like like a Goosebumps novel.

    Is the city floating on the sea, or whats going on there? theres an aweful lot of blue, and something is totally wrong with the scale if those huge things are waves.

  4. JustinLeego Says:

    Thing is, CSA and Roses, for all those reasons I now really want to read the book! Utmost respect to you, Steve Stone. Job done!

  5. little mi Says:

    I’m quite amazed they managed to remain undiscovered for so long hanging about on rocks in dayglow catsuits. You’d have thought they’d be pretty easy to spot.

  6. SI Says:

    Haha You realise that isn’t here tummy but simply her well worked out abs!

    Is the big circle thing supposed to be a planet?

    And recon that cat suit glows in the dark? πŸ˜‰

  7. Susano Says:

    is that an ‘H’ on her forehead? It would explain a lot….

  8. JustinLeego Says:

    Ha ha –

    “Marseguro, book 4 of the Smoked Kipper series,
    by A. J. Rimmer”

  9. The catch-all post: recent reviews and other bits » Edward Willett Says:

    […] On the theory that all publicity is good publicity, here’s a link so you can listen in to the commentors at Good Show Sir! react to the Marseguro cover (which I still like. So […]

  10. SI Says:

    Wow! Thanks for the wierd, linkage, comment thing!

    Edward if you are reading this we hope you read the about section to see what we are doing here.

    Please donÒ€ℒt misunderstand, the content of these books are most likely very imaginative and brilliant. This is simply about the covers that grace them, with their own unique sort of imagination and brilliance. We laugh, yes, but wholeheartedly salute their greatness too.

    To be fair this is just filler between the Baen covers πŸ˜›

  11. CSA Says:

    Well i did follow the link to your site a read a bit so i guess your devilish plan worked… Nice site, however i did notice the cover for Lost in translation, i wish we had it instead. Its awesome. Can you give us a photo of it in your hands? πŸ˜‰

    Marseguro is not even in the same league of badness as nearly every Baen book cover. But i’d still not particularly want to read it on a train full of ‘normal’ people (they dont like our type there).

  12. Edward Willett Says:

    Hey, I didn’t even know my site automatically created weird, linkage, comment things when I created a post like that…but cool.

    The Lost in Translation cover is by the same artist, Steve Stone. My new cover (for Terra Insegura, the sequel to Marseguro) is by Hugo-winner Stephan Martiniere. Quite a difference, but I’ve been happy with all of my covers from DAW so far. The Marseguro cover for some reason seems to generate a lot of love-it-or-hate-it reaction, with little in between.

    I actually do have a photo of me holding Lost in Translation. I’ll email it!

    Ed Willett

  13. CSA Says:

    Thats really cool. Just saw the photo!

    Terra Insegura is actually a really good cover. The soft colours (and focus) always work really well, and no one particular object in the cover draws too much attention. Stephan Martiniere has done an awesome job.

    Repect for indulging our strange hobby, i read the first chaper of Marseguro on your site. Quite liked it, ill buy it since you’re cool B-) , after i read it, i’ll even reccommend it to all 3 of my friends πŸ˜‰

  14. Edward Willett Says:

    That’s great!

    When I do school readings I make fun of some of the covers of my own earliest books, so believe me, I know where you’re coming from!

  15. CSA Says:

    I bought Marseguro from amazon.
    I looked up a few of your older covers too, some are pretty cheesy to say the least, but i guess they’re aimed at young teens. Spirit Singer gave me a chuckle.

    Congrats on the Aurora Award.
    Don’t be a stranger if you feel like submitting some of your other books for our harsh judgement πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for linking us from your site.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I think it’s simply grand that they’re including people of Kayan heritage on these covers.

  17. Phil Says:

    I thought this was a poster for a new Cirque Du Soleil show. After Alegria and Kooza comes Marseguro.

    It might have been easier to pronounce if it had been called Mars-a-gogo.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Edward: I realise that authors aren’t allowed much input on the covers. But if the blurb is, ‘Can the hidden colony of Marseguro survive rediscovery?’ and there’s explosions and floods all over the cover, my first thought is, ‘Not so much, no, it can’t.’ Maybe work that one out next time? πŸ˜‰

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Can the hidden colony of Marseguro survive rediscovery?”

    Can the book Marseguro survive that blurb?

  20. Tor Mented Says:

    Can this post survive rediscovery?
    I know that stripes are supposed to be slimming. But with her, I can’t figure out where her torso ends and her right arm takes over.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Can this woman survive having her arm grafted to her torso?

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    What, no “look behind you!” tag?

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: She’s a Cool Girl, obviously and doesn’t look behind her at explosions.

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