Discussion in 'Entertaining Diversions' started by Athryn, Nov 10, 2012.
Ahh, I wonder if this was it maybe. Grade 4 was so long ago. It's hard to remember.
Love Alan Lee's work.
This one's not even terrible.
Uhm, you might want to fix that before Elyscape sees it.
Which reminds me:
you guys really need to check out http://wtfbadfantasycovers.tumblr.com/. It's pretty much the best:
I think I need to read The Haunted Vagina. Too funny.
I actually bit. We'll see. Also, look up the titles of the authors other books:
I sense a theme.
Oh my God, wtfbadfantasycovers just posted The Baby Jesus Butt Plug (OBVIOUSLY NOT SAFE FOR WORK). It's horrible. Don't click it.
'From the author of Apeshit'
Apeshit is his most recognized book, by far.
Still, could be worse. The Baby Jesus Buttplug could be a real thing... oh, wait. It is.*
*No I'm not going to link it here you pervs. Consider yourself warned.
I refuse to believe that lady isn't being ironic while discussing how awesome romance novels are. Especially the bit about relatable heroines. There is no way she's being serious.
Meanwhile, adding these titles to my To-Read List.
... I'm now considering reading this just because I need to know how accurate this cover is and how bad the story happens to be.
I'll get back to you guys on how terrible it is.
We can at least hope.
This book is wrong on every level:
Thank you, amazon, for making me despair of the human race once again.
Because that's not a bad cover so much as a bad everything, here's a couple of bonus covers:
I don't know what your idea of the land of the dead is, but mine's totally ... not whatever that is.
HEY! HERE'S AN IDEA! MAYBE IF I MAKE THE COVER SO BUSY NO ONE CAN READ THE WRITING I PUT ON THE FRONT!? MAYBE THAT WOULD BE GOOD?! HEY, ELROY DO YOU WANT TO WEAR A TARTAN SKIRT FOR GIRLS AND PRETEND LIKE ITS A KILT FOR MY NEW HAWT ROMANCE!?!? I'LL WEAR THE WIG MADE OUT OF A SHREDDED POLYESTER JUMPER!!!!!! [HYPERVENTILATES]
What do you have against polyester jumpers ?
I have very long hair. They have static electricity. The result of this combination is a hairdo which defies gravity and fires lightning bolts.
The Caustic Cover Critic has a section for terrible e-book covers.
From the bizarre...
To the really bizarre...
To the "you could at least have read the title."
Which actually sounds amazing, come to think of it.
They probably just saw that the author has the name "White". (I'll be here all week, try the fish.)
Think of the split ends, man! "Yea, for they be DEATH unto LONG HAIR unto the tenth degree" - it's in the bible. Yup.
My time for long hair was ages ago, and even then I cared little for split ends. But hair that floats and shoots lightning ? How could that be anything but cool ?
They're just random and irrelevant enough to be awesome though.
My hair's quite fine. Split ends mean tangles, which mean more split ends, which means a hair cut. If the cycle repeats too many times I'll end up like Ripley. Horror!
Plus there's the matter of not shocking something by accident. Like all superpowers, it comes with great drawbacks and responsibilities. Not to mention, if I accidentally electrocute my boyfriend I'll have to go to the bother of finding a replacement. That's just work. If I didn't find a replacement I'd have to carry my own books after I've been shopping, and that's even more work!
...but...but...lightning. It is for SCIENCE !
"Science isn't about 'why', it's about 'why not'!" - Cave Johnson.
Which by the way is something a good friend of mine has been saying for more than a decade. Great minds think alike.
"Dear frogbeastegg. Customers who purchased 'A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid' also purchased ..."
I would love to know how amazon creates these recommendations. Then again, I'm probably a lot happier not knowing. I think I give up on the browsing for new books thing now. I'm going to do something less likely to result in trauma, like place my hand inside a waffle iron.
Bought this book (title perhaps a little NSFW, book is mostly safe and highly recommended) via Amazon. A week later I learned via email about a variety of autobiographies and other books written by pornstars. Since then I take Amazons recommendations with a grain of salt.
If you're interested in that topic, I'd recommend Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach. It's pretty educational and entertaining.
Pretty much every book that Mary Roach has written is educational and entertaining. I learned a hell of a lot more about the space program from Packing for Mars than I did anywhere else, and it was funny, too.
Yep! She's one of the best popular science writers out there. And in getting the link for Bonk I noticed she has a new book coming out in April about ...the gastrointestinal tract I think? I'm sure it will be good, regardless.
Looks fun. Still, different topic than Olivia Judson - that book is about explaining evolutionary mechanisms by writing mock-up sex advice columns for various non-human species, very light hearted but a very good way to educate laypeople on some rather technical ideas. Your seems on first look like a collection of sex-connected science anecdotes, probably with quite a bit of light science thrown in for good measure. Books like that are usually funny and always welcome, so thanks. (And look here for my favourite story on sex and science).
Oh my goodness! I did not know!
*rushes off to pre-order*
I once read a journalist mention in passing that if Mary Roach wrote an entire book on yurts, by god, he would read it. And I feel the same way. Book about intestines? YES PLEASE.
As I said above, I bit. And you know what ? This book is exactly the one thing I did not expect it to be. I expected atrocious writing and gross content, bad enough to point and laugh some more. Or perhaps a mediocre satire. The one thing I did not count on is the book being utterly boring. I am a little less than halfway through (short book), and so far the title summed it up. Yes, lots of mentions of private parts, but not even especially gross. Surely cringe-inducing, certainly more so for any woman. But otherwise boring, boring and boring. The writing is bland but competent enough, the story is predictable, as is the humour as far as I am concerned. Verdict: Not bad enough to be worth it, not good enough either.
Yes, very disappointing. I had high hopes for this one.
I just wanted to stop by and say that this is a wonderful thread.
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