Rename that Cover: Leather Pants and Self Decapitation: A Mariner’s Story

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsIt’s been a while since we renamed a cover. The cover I chose today is not particularly awful — it’s quite the usual thing for a modern romantic fantasy. Queen’s Hunt by Beth Bernobich received a lukewarm reception by our reviewers but seems to be generally well liked over at Amazon. What got my attention about the cover of Queen’s Hunt is the look on the protagonist’s face — it just seems ripe for renaming. It doesn’t portray any of the fierceness that I think they intended.

It’s like her father is giving her a lecture about not holding a sword so close to your neck and she is impatiently rolling her eyes because he doesn’t realize how cool it is to look like you’re about to cut your own head off. Or maybe she’s just waiting for the perfect moment to strike down the fly that’s been buzzing around her head.

What title can you come up with that fits this cover? Suggest an alternate title in the comments and, as usual, we’ll pick someone to choose a book from our stacks.


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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit’s staff September 2009 – September 2012) Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on Tolkien. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. Justin lives in a small home near the river with his wife, their baby daughter, and Norman, a mildly smelly dog. He doesn’t have much time for reviewing anymore, but he still shows up here occasionally to let us know how he feels about stuff.

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19 comments

  1. Walking the BIG dog.

  2. Title ~ Raven’s Revenge
    Subtitle ~ The Hunt for Chin Hairs

  3. Give Me Chocolate or Give me Death!

  4. Swordplay for Dummies.

    Alt-title; I always thought she looked like she was trying to work the bow of a violin, so how about “Who Stole My Fiddle?”

  5. SandyG265 /

    I Was a Teenage Pirate

  6. April V. /

    “How NOT to hold a sword, a descriptive essay with illustrations”

  7. Short Forearms and Swordfighting: A Very Short Biography

  8. The Hairdresser from Hell

  9. “I Shall Smite the Underclassmen”

  10. Taking Yourself Hostage: It Just Might Save Your Life

    How to Sneak Up on People in Ships

    She Sells Sharp Swords by the Seaside

    Make Up Tips: Chapter One, Checking Your Face When You Don’t Have a Mirror

    Self-Decapitation: The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need

  11. In the Steps of the Lord: From Water-Walking to Self-Resurrection.

  12. You Can Do It Yourself: The Brain Surgery Edition

  13. Sir Read-a-Lot /

    My Life as a Warrior with Short Term Memory Loss

  14. Kieran /

    New Gilette Sword – for a shave so close you’ll look like a woman.

  15. Michelle, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks. Please contact me (Tim) with your choice and a US address.

  16. Thank you! I’m headed over to take a look now. I’ll email you.

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