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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2011, 06:07:59 AM »
Damn you Bastards!  Just pissing myself with laughter.

These all make The Great Hunt look good!

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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2011, 10:05:07 AM »
I can't get over this one:



It's not the unicorn playing chess I object to, but the smug douche bag he's playing against.

And isn't Roger Zelazny one of the legends of sci fi?
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2011, 10:58:44 AM »
This is beyond words!  LOVE IT!

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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2011, 11:13:50 AM »
This one actually made a bit angry, as this is an incredible novella.  What the hell were they thinking when they designed this cover?  I've read a Song for Lya twice, and for sure there weren't any scenes with flying lips - it's a story of two telepaths investigating religious suicides on an ancient world and is an absolutely beautiful sci fi masterpiece. 

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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2011, 11:21:23 AM »
What are the leprechaun and the teddy bear doing? 

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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2011, 01:36:24 PM »
wow, i really don't know what to say...

i think the titles are worse than some of the covers!


and to think all this crap got published.
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2011, 02:01:34 PM »
I just want to weigh in to say: these are hilarious! Good to know sff covers have made some progress over the years  :)

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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2011, 03:51:52 PM »
Did anyone else notice the cheap digital watch the 'smug douche' is wearing in the Zelany cover? Wow.
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2011, 08:29:05 PM »
Did anyone else notice the cheap digital watch the 'smug douche' is wearing in the Zelany cover? Wow.

Aw, i was about to say that!  You beat me.

I think it's a little unfair to complain about bad pictures on books from the seventies/eighties...movie pictures were just as bad!

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« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2011, 09:12:32 PM »
I bet they put the teddy bear and the leprechaun in to see if anyone would notice :P

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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2011, 12:47:20 AM »
ROFL
I am almost tempted to scan in a pic of my first published book. But no.. it would vie with The Warlock Insane cover.. wonder if it was the same artist??
These are great. Love to laugh at someone else's expense, but I know it can be soul destroying having a cover you aren't happy with.
The hooded men and the saucy heroines look great by comparison!
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2011, 04:59:15 AM »
Did anyone else notice the cheap digital watch the 'smug douche' is wearing in the Zelany cover? Wow.

Notice the 'smug douche' is all dressed up in modern dress.  Zelazny wrote quite out there sci fi stories with fantasy elements.  I suspect this is a scene from a very good story about a man from the modern day being sent into a fantasy world to play a master unicorn at chess, just the drawing itself is terrible.

Can anyone shed a light? 
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2011, 05:40:15 AM »
A little research on that turned up a hilarious story about that book actually Hound.

Apparently it is a collection of shorts but the title story developed from a conversation between G.R.R.M and Zelazny in which he told Martin he was writting for two anthology collections one with the theme being stories set in a bar and the other about unicorns. When he told Martin about this he replied that there was a collection coming up dealing with chess and suggested he write he a story about playing chess against a unicorn in a bar so that he could sell it three times. Apparently Zelazny took the joke in stride and ended up with a hugo for it.
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2011, 06:19:21 AM »
Wow, anyone else really want to buy this book now including the terrible jacket design?

Good job, DFS!
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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« Reply #29 on: March 19, 2011, 09:18:53 AM »
There's loads on ABE - for most of them it says, 'image not available'...