Thoughtful Thursday: Rename that cover – The Spirit Lens

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsDear readers, many of you nominated The Spirit Lens for renaming last week.

The consensus was that the art itself wasn’t bad, it just had nothing to do with the story. Some people thought it looked like a romance cover. Others were wondering what the skull was about. So, dear readers, we’re going to use this cover to start a new monthly feature at Thoughtful Thursday:

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

1. Suggest a new title for the featured cover.
2. Suggest a 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 stacks). The winner of the book I pick for the next month’s cover will get to choose a book from our stacks.

Dear readers, it’s up to you now. What should we title this cover art?fantasy and science fiction book reviews
I suggest Hamlet. He’s already got Yorick’s skull.

Answer both questions and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a copy of Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth on audio which Kat has given a 5-star review. (Or, if there’s something wrong with you and you don’t want this audiobook, you can pick from the stacks).


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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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17 comments

  1. New title:
    The Day I Donned a Puffy Shirt by Orlando Bloom

    Since I’m not eligible to win, and I’ve got to get to an appointment, I’m skipping part 2. :-D

  2. I’d say Severus Snape: The College Years, except Mr. Spirit Lens does appear to use shampoo.

  3. Pirates of the Caribbean XXXVII: William Turner’s Time-Traveling Adventures in the Renaissance.

  4. Anonymous /

    title: I’m thinking “Macbeth” lol, maybe it’s the dagger =X
    cover: The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson <– found on speculative horizons blog, it really is kinda horrible lol
    (are the giveaways open to Canada?)

  5. @Beth: But why is the sack gone?

  6. Damn! I was going to suggest “Hamlet” last week.

  7. If this happens to be open to the UK, my suggested retitling is ‘Dawnlight on Dark Deeds’ – an LGBT erotico-horror spoof (one of the Dark Deeds series).

    For next time, the cover of ‘A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam’, which i think has HUGE potential: http://www.islam-guide.com/book-cover.htm (you can follow the link on that page and get an idea of how the back cover works with the front, too).

    Whether or not i’m eligible, thanx for the fun of thinking this one through. ;0)

  8. yes, giveaways can go to Canada.
    Also, those in the EU may choose from our EU stacks:
    http://www.fantasyliterature.com/fanlit-stacks/

  9. The skull and candles reminds me of Bob from the Harry Dresden books.
    I think I’d call it Harry Dresden: Costume Party

    My cover would be the cover for Lilith Saintcrow’s new Strange Angels book Jealosy. It totaly doesn’t fit with the covers of the other two books in the series.
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6600807-jealousy

  10. “Staring intently at nothing, with candles”

    “How to photograph medieval men when they’re not looking”

    “Nostrodamus: Prophet, scholar, and stud”

  11. btw, I love these contests.Thanks Ruth

  12. Shakespeare: The Hard of Avon
    Hogwarts 90210
    Sue Grafton’s D is for Doublets, Death, and Daggers
    Is This A Dagger I See Before Me or Are You Just Happy To See Me?
    The Princes of Denmark Calendar 1641
    The Alchemist’s Stylist

  13. The Secret Life of a Pirate Gigolo
    The Pirate, the Witch, and the Candleabra
    The Witchketeer

    Hmm… Maybe I better stop. I also have a cover art I’d love to submit for a future contest. I’ll send separately.

  14. What an original and fun idea!

    The new title should be: For the Love of a Pirate

    And the cover I would suggest is The Big Four by Agatha Christie (http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/16316.The_Big_Four) if I remember the story correctly there is reference to the 4 signs of a French deck of cards, but NO chess…

  15. Wow, pretty tough to think up a good one. How about “Swords, Skulls, and Silks”. Alliteration can be catchy. Or “Intrigue in a Mediviel Library”

    As for a cover to retitle I think this cover for “Rage of a Demon King” by Feist needs a new title. http://www.amazon.com/Rage-Demon-King-Serpentwar-Saga/dp/0380720884/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269438834&sr=1-1#noop

    The guy looks kind of cool with the sword raised, but I have no idea who it is supposed to be. I can’t see his face, so I don’t know about any rage, and he sure doesn’t seem to look like a demon king.

  16. Our lucky winner is…….sgiden!

    Don’t want this book or Live in the UK? Visit the FanLit stacks.
    http://www.fantasyliterature.com/fanlit-stacks/

    Please contact Justin within 5 days after contest ends.
    http://www.fantasyliterature.com/contact-fanlit/

  17. sgiden, I’m sending that book. Hope you like it as much as I did!

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