Oct 01

SIR... next time please don't court your rite... in the court... or the hallway... Click for full image

Andrea Comments: I get that the artist was trying to convey the strangeness of this world, but she didn’t have to shove so many characters awkwardly together on the page. The guy sitting up on the bed is seriously going to dislocate his shoulder. And on the back cover, there’s the world’s world 80s hair metal outfit (fur legwarmers and matching vest, with bare chest and sandals!)
Published 1982, aka ‘Geta’

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: 5.52 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Courtship Rite”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    If published today it would have been “Courtship, Right?” Not sure what to make of the female Max Wall on the back cover.

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    At last! A fantasy novel based on the works of Noosha Fox

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Courtship, ‘rite?”


  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Editor: “I want you to create the most awkward cover of all time… one that reaches a sublime level of awkward. Get to the deep awkward, not just embarrassment… but the very essence of it.”

  5. FêaröfMüsic Says:

    Once again the evil blonde European type has shown up to intrude into, and eventually destroy a peaceful native culture. Oh imperialistic dogs, when will you ever cease your relentless… hey, wait a minute. The natives posess the technology needed to create useless fashions like quilted down vests. Oh you’re in trouble now blonde interloper. Any culture posessing enough spare time for that will noy be impressed by your improbably large belt.

    Man, try sitting down with that belt on and you’d dislocate your floating rib.

  6. PulpCovers Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: Courtship Rite

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The characters look like a bunch of Theater 101 students trying the exercise where everybody is supposed to “freeze.”

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Tag-W, old salt—does Mr. Perfect Hair-man deserve a “weird pecs” commendation?

    And, except for Turban-Man, all the other characters have the same face.
    Wonder if that’s part of the plot?

  9. fred Says:

    Reading the wiki, we COULD have had a cover consisting of bicycle riding cannibals.

  10. Tag Wizard Says:

    @B – well spotted. Thanks!

    I think the plot has something to do with cloning. Or time travel. Or Being John Malkovich?

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: ‘Er, you didn’t invite me over for dinner?’

    ‘No, we invited you over AS dinner. But you’re here early.’

    ‘Well, go and eat someone else, then. I have my trousers to air out.’

  12. Don Hilliard Says:


    Woman at far left: “Oh No, he’s going to drop his pants and do Nasty Things!”

    Man in centre: “Oh. AGAIN?!”

  13. ash966 Says:

    The great thing is, since there are no birds or mammals other than people on this planet (and no polyester), dude’s vest is either made of human hair or bugs.

  14. anon Says:

    I think they accidentally used the cover intended for “Courtship Rong”.

  15. Anna T. Says:

    The guy sitting up on the front is not just in danger of dislocating his left shoulder, but also of breaking his spine. Seriously, take a look. It’s like it’s made of rubber.

  16. Ray P Says:

    Living in the past, in a nineteen seventies hippie commune.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Why, you’re naked sir!”
    “Yeah, but I’d rather be naked than wear clown pants!”

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