Mar 17

Ha! Try stop my magic juggling powers!

Art direction: Actually, I wasn’t really looking for an actual castle. Instead, could you have a couple of people juggling things with little water tentacle creatures and others watching them? And if we had a close up of one of the guys making you think “is he juggling those balls with magic… or just… well, juggling?” … anyway, if we had that, that’d be juuuust great.

Thanks to CSA!

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: 6.48 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Valentine… skillz!”

  1. Richard Hickey Says:

    Good book. Bad cover!

  2. Michael Says:

    Its not even a Mark Harrison cover you imbecile.Good lord get the artist right first you halfwit.

  3. CSA Says:

    Glad your getting into the spirit of the site! Submit your bad/cheesy covers using the submit page.

  4. Justin Leego Says:

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for pointing that out. It’s not always easy to verify who the cover artist is and it’s good to know when a mistake has been made.

    A great many of these covers are utterly amazing and it’s best that credit can be given where its due.


  5. Hitch Says:

    I just want to point out that he is, indeed, simply juggling. It’s an important plot point in the book. Or at least a lot of pages are devoted to it. I don’t know that this cover actually sells books, but it does provide a valuable consumer notice: “Juggling inside.”

  6. SI Says:

    Gah, you’ve spoilt if for me now Hitch! I liked to think he was simply using the power of his mind.

    If I’m ever on the look out for a book on the basis of juggling, this will be a sure fire bet!

  7. Peter Says:

    I own this painting. Another masterpiece by Jim Burns.

  8. His Irateness Says:

    A cover pulled right out of, I think, the early 90’s

    The book was middling in my opinion (good in bits, though) but the cover is truly terrible. If you’re curious there IS a castle… on the back. And veeery very tiny.

  9. Peter Says:

    1981 actually. You may not have liked the story, but the painting is accurate. And the castle is massive, with thousands of rooms. Try re-reading the book retard.

  10. FeärofMüsïc Says:

    I am saddened upon perusing the comments to this early post shortly after the posting of the 1,000th cover, to see just how far we have strayed from the original spirit of GSS.

  11. Rachel J Says:

    Re-try re-reading the re-book, retard.

    There. Is that better?

  12. FeärofMüsïc Says:

    @RachelJ: Ahhh, now that’s more like it.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Since this is fantasy, I assume he’s not really juggling but cheating with magic somehow….

  14. Rachel J Says:

    @A.R.Yngve. Actually, it’s science-fiction and he’s just plain juggling.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Then he must be juggling… ATOMS!! (Gasp!)

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    No, he’s juggling… IN SPAAAAAAACE!*

    *(but in front of a painted backdrop)

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    No, he’s CYBER-JUGGLING! (In the Wienerian sense.)

  18. Rachel J Says:

    Tom Noir wins. He is juggling IN SPACE, or at least on another planet. It’s what you might call a “futuro-medieval”, or perhaps “techno-magical” setting. Featuring juggling.

  19. SI Says:

    @Rachel j’s Comment to fear – hahaha now thats the spirit!

    What is the true spirit of GSS though… I can imagine it’s some sort of single malt whiskey.

  20. anon Says:

    The spirit of GSS? I’d say half methanol, half formaldehyde, distilled in some distant planet by a loincloth-wearing unicorn.

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