Thoughtful Thursday: Rename this horrible cover! (giveaway!)

 

Time for another "Rename This Horrible Cover" contest!

Please help us rename this atrocious-looking science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg.

(We love Robert Silverberg, by the way.)

The creator of the title we like best wins a book from our stacks

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Thoughtful Thursday: Rename this horrible cover!

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Time for another "Rename This Horrible Cover" contest!

Please help us rename this atrocious-looking science fiction novel by Michael Moorcock.

(We love Moorcock's Eternal Champion stories but, sadly, this is the second Moorcock cover we've been forced to feature in this column).

The creator of the title we like best wins a book from o...

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Thoughtful Thursday: Rename This Horrible Cover

It's been nearly a year since we played "Rename This Horrible Cover." Far too long!

Please help us rename this atrocious-looking science fiction novel by Catherine Asaro. Wow. It's really bad... Well, at least the cover is... We haven't worked up the nerve to actually read the book yet.

The creator of the title we like best wins a book from our stacks. (Sorry, we don't have Diamond Star.)

Got a suggestion for a horrible cover that needs renaming? Please send it to Kat.

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It's time again for one of our favorite games!

Please help us rename this atrocious-looking science fiction novel by John Rackham and DAW books (November, 1973).

Got a suggestion for a horrible cover that needs renaming? Please send it to Kat.

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Rename this horrible cover!

It's time again for one of our favorite games!

Please help us rename the horrible cover of this book by Grande Dame Andre Norton.

The author of the new title we like best wins a book from the FanLit Stacks.

Got a suggestion for a horrible cover that needs renaming? Please send it to Kat.

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Rename this horrible cover!

Here's a book cover that's screaming for a new name. See it screaming?

Please help us rename the horrible cover of this book by the esteemed Michael Moorcock.

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Rename this horrible cover!

Wow. Just wow.

This has got to be one of the very worst book covers we've ever seen.

There are so many ways this is wrong.

Please help us rename this horrible cover, because it should not polluting this excellent story collection by Ray Bradbury.

The author of the new title we like best wins a book from the FanLit Stacks.

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Rename this horrible cover!

I have to admit that I have not read Clash of Star-Kings, but with a cover like this, I'm not likely to pick it up when I see it in my local used bookstore. (And that's a shame because I've read other fine books by Avram Davidson.)

So, if I'm not going to read Clash of Star-Kings, at least I can help rename it with a title that better fits this cover.

Please help me.

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No, gentle readers, your eyes are not deceiving you.

This is the cover for the 1975 Ballantine issue of William Goldman's classic novel The Princess Bride.

Yes, we are just as offended as you are. It's INCONCEIVABLE! This horrid cover does not belong on one of our favorite books and, therefore, it needs a new title. Can you help us provide one that's more appropriate? Read More

Rename this horrible cover!

Now, you know we love Jack Vance -- he's one of our favorite speculative fiction authors -- but some of the covers on his books are truly atrocious.

This one here, in fact...

We think the title Space Opera is just too generic for this striking cover. Can you help us rename it?

Here's the description, if it helps:
Space Opera — (1965) A society matron underwrites the interstellar tour of an Earth opera company, performing Beethoven, Mozart and Rossini for bewildered human and alien audiences on a kaleidoscopic range of planets. But intrigue and secret agendas complicate what was already a doubtful enterprise, and the matron’s feckless nephew finds that the simple country girl he plans to marry is far more mysterious than she seems. This is Jack Vance at his funniest, rolling out a rollicking picaresque tale where the belly laughs play... Read More

Thoughtful Thursday: Rename this horrible cover!

I felt it was time we do another cover rename segment. The cover I have for you today is form Death's Daughter by Amber Benson. We gave this book a good review, and if you dig Urban Fantasy you should probably give it a read. It's not the book, but the cover that is my target today. It's quite awful, and I would love to rename it.

The first thing my eyes are drawn to on this cover is the creepy puppy photobombing in the corner. I believe he is supposed to be adorable, but he somehow manages to appear as exactly the opposite. I'm not sure if the lady on the cover is supposed to appear ethereal, but at a brief glance it kind of looks like Read More

Rename this horrible cover!

Sexy Babes and...Killer Whales?

Today's cover masterpiece was originally title The Cingulum by John Maddox Roberts. It was published in 1985 by Tor Books, and the literary world has not been the same since. That might be a slight exaggeration. Actually, I just made that up completely. The literary world barely got indigestion when The Cingulum was released, but that doesn't stop this cover from being completely awesome.

This has all the elements of an award-winning novel. It has a sexy lady in a somewhat revealing outfit.  Nothing says "Hawt" like a shiny space robe and a vacant stare.  The spaceship looks too fragile. How do you land it without breaking the front window? That has got to be expensive to replace every single time you land.  The dude in the back  just wants to leave. He is being forced to stand there while she poses fo... Read More

Thoughtful Thursday: Rename This Horrible Cover, Psycho Floating Baby Head edition

Yeah, it made me jump too, the first time I saw this. My husband sent this to me in response to an email I had sent to him proclaiming this book to have the worst cover of any book I had ever seen. I opened the email and literally flinched.

The title of the book, Twilight of Briareus, doesn't seem nearly evocative enough for artwork this...stunning. What is going on?  Why is a giant disembodied baby head floating through space?  Is this a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey crossed with The Blair Witch Project? The backcover blurb is terse and nondescriptive:


Earth is ravaged by tornadoes, and in their aftermath everyone becomes sterile. Certain people acquire psychic powers and can experience "trips" in each other's company, during which the...

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Thoughtful Thursday: Rename This Horrible Cover!

Welcome to the third installment of Rename This Horrible Cover!

This week, I invite you to feast your eyes on this beauty.

Isn't this a spectacularly bizarre cover? Is that a dog? A hell hound? A lion with mange? What exactly is that large ominous thing? And how is it both behind the man and in front of him at the same time? I'm so confused.

So dear readers, I turn to you. What’s a better name for this cover? I submit "Lord of the Fading Lion Breath."

Every month we feature a new cover and your job is twofold:

1. Suggest a new title for the featured cover.
2. Suggest a fantasy cover you would like us to retitle for the next month. (Link to it on Amazon or elsewhere.)


You must do both parts to be eligible to win. The winner for retitling the cover will get the featured book for our giveaway (or may choose from the Read More

Thoughtful Thursday: Rename This Horrible Cover!

Welcome to the second installment of Rename This Horrible Cover!

This week, I invite you to feast your eyes on this beauty. Honestly, I have no idea what's going on in this picture. Is that a carriage? Being driven by Santa's helpers? Are they avalanche surfing? Why are the people so skinny? Were they hunting for bones on the mountainside? Are those special cadaver sniffing horses? I really am so confused.

So dear readers, I turn to you. What's a better name for this cover?


Every month we feature a new cover and your job is twofold:

1. Suggest a new title for the featured cover.
2. Suggest a fantasy cover you would like us to retitle for the next month. (Link to it on Amazon or elsewhere.)


You must do both parts to be eligible to win. The winner for retitling the cover may choose a book from the Read More