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Thursday, June 17, 2010

I like a man whose eyes glow the same color as mine

Just like I like a man with spots.

Really?

Stella is a girl we all know but rarely meet in fiction - seventeen, smart, attractive and deeply alienated.

Where is this fiction the blurb writer is talking about, and where can I find some of it? Or is it the "smart" part that makes Stella different from your usual attractive, deeply alienated seventeen-year-old?

Science fiction and fantasy explosion!


The last couple of days, we've been bombarded with science fiction and fantasy. Come and get it while it's hot!

And bring in your own SF&F to trade, while you're at it...because there can never be enough.

He's so hot, suns go nova when he walks by

More Photoshop horror



Author: Yay! I've signed with a real honest-to-goodness publisher! No self-publication for me!

Editor: Here's the cover we're giving your book.

Author: Oh-h-h. Um.

Designer: I just got a new clipart collection I wanted to try out! Isn't the parrot-tombstone symmetry dandy?

Author madly investigates self-publication options.

In the same stack #2


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mmmm, flowers

Is there any?


I guess the fact that it's still in shrink wrap is comment enough.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The moment he realized


The moment Johnny realized that he was mistaken about English being easy class was when the professor assigned Anna Karenina.

Because the preferred attire for fighting giant lizards....

...is your birthday suit, apparently.

Richard Blade is captured by the ultimate force: his brain refuses to send him home.

Cheese factor high



It's not so much the cover, which is typical of the era, but the content of the book itself:

  • Each book a complete story based on actual scripts
  • Look for the next book in the Days of Our Lives continuing series

"My only crime was that I trusted my family," Mickey explained to the jury. "Realizing that the people I loved betrayed me, I bought a gun. I wanted to kill everyone who had lied to me." And I still could! he added silently.

That's really the least we could ask for

Is it just me, or does this strike anybody else as damning by faint praise?

AKA: "Can't-Spelle"

Friday, April 30, 2010

Found in the same stack

What's the implication here?

Of course, the real reason you need to know how to be your own bodyguard is to protect you from your your fellow inmates, when you're doing time behind bars for assault with a crowbar.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Another must-read

And here I always though blurbs were to encourage us to read a book:
The True Story of Alice B. Toklas is a deconstructive excursus, theoretically astute and cannily playful, that juxtaposes three autobiographical texts by and about Toklas including her famous cookbook and Stein's 'autobiography' of her partner. In this study, Anna Linzie has addressed and finessed some tenets of literary scholarship, including generic hierarchies, singular versus collaborative authorship, assumptions of value, decorums between critic and her subject, and critical reception as a mode of invention. With this fascinating addition to the literature concerning Gertrude Stein and her circle, Linzie produces various challenges to the notions of 'true story.'
    Rachel Blau DuPlessis, author of Drafts and Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What if...?

If The Lord of The Rings had been written by someone else, what would it be like? Find out here. But don't drink anything while reading or it will end up on your keyboard.

The making of a book cover

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Photoshop Fun

As if there weren't enough bad covers out there already...all right, there aren't enough bad covers out there already. Now, MightyGodKing has played with some fantasy covers to make them, um, better represent the books they belong to. Strong language warning.

Monday, March 1, 2010

A moment to brag



A YouTube ad for our store, done by Fred's brother. The history of the store is actually more complicated than presented here - isn't that the way of ads? Pegasus was originally founded by Margarita Clement, who Fred worked for before buying the store when she wanted to retire. Lucky for us all, Margarita later came out of retirement, and now owns Leisure Books up the street. When you come visit us, don't forget to hop on down there as well!

No, really, it's the hero's name. Because THAT makes it better

We apologize for the unintentional creepiness


I put these on display in the window without noticing the, um, unfortunate juxtaposition, until Jimmy pointed it out the next day. Yes, the white stripes were lined up just like that.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Great Lumbering Flying Cathedrals, Batman!




The thing that makes this really bad is that this is the publisher's own blurb from the back of the book:



Into the vast allegory of Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson (All and Everything, First Series), topheavy from its sheer weight of argument and at the same time soaring off into space like a great lumbering, flying cathedral, Gurjieff gathered the fundamentals of his teaching.


Way to sell it, guys!

Rogue Scary Blue Baby

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Distressing...Something

Believe The Badness


What I love more than anything is the look on the woman's face: "What is that THING and how did I end up on this ATROCIOUS cover with it?"