Thoughtful Thursday: Mad Lib Cover Art

I’ve been waiting for Kelly to post her review of the book that I will feature in this week’s Rename That Cover feature since I saw it when we passed it around the FanLit offices.

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsApparently there is a new trend in cover art: covers that are so bizarre that you feel compelled to read the book just to find out what in the world is going on. I mean, seriously, it’s like they played a game of Mad Libs and made it into a cover art. “Okay, I need an animal, a fruit, a supernatural being, a location, and an adjective. Now… hire the junior high AV club to do some photo shopping!”  The thing that pushes this one over the top is the tag line. “A grim tale of murder… politics… and spoon addiction.”  Spoon addiction?  Really?  I’m assuming that the guys around the boats are the titular Knights of the Sea, but with all these wonderful objects as a possibility, that title seems downright pedestrian. (I should mention that Kelly really enjoyed this book!)

So, dear readers, I turn to you.  Come up with a better title for this tale.

The rules of the game are as follows. Every month we feature a new cover and your job is to:

1. Suggest a new title for the featured cover.
2. Suggest a fantasy cover you would like us to retitle for the next month. (Link to it on Amazon or elsewhere.)

We’ll pick a winner who will get to choose a book from our stacks.

Dear readers, it’s up to you now. What should we title this cover art?


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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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  1. I think that cover is just another victim of the advancements in technology, someone on a computer, just cut some images and slapped them together. yuck

  2. You know, to be honest, this one is just TOO bizarre to come up with a caption. The lemon is what keeps throwing me off. :deranged:

  3. ‘The Sour Ghost and the Mysterious Wet Dog Smell’

    and yeah, the random lemon is the probably the most bizarre part

  4. I honestly think it would be funnier to come up with a scene based on the cover art rather than a title.

    “The waves crashed against the rocky shore line, the foam illuminated by the setting sun. ‘Yes,’ laughed the wolf in a husky voice, ‘no ghost can escape the lure of the fully ripened Hunting Lemon!’ ”

    ~I amuse myself too much

  5. And based off of my little quote I suggest the title be “Husky Wolf and Hunting Lemon: Ghost Capturing Adventures on the High Seas”

  6. How to Get Dog Stains Out at Sea


    When Wolves Hand You Lemons, Go Swimming


    The Levitating Lemon Monster and Marge, also made of Salt….

  7. The Lemonade Theater Presents The Werewolf and The Grey Ghost: A Love Story

  8. I keep wanting to make up something involving Lemony Snicket. Alas, creativity has abandoned me for the moment.

  9. The ghost, the Werewolf & lemony Me. At Sea.

    Quite literal perhaps, The At Sea part if optional :)

  10. These are making me groan!

  11. Haunting High Seas Adventures of Knight Wolves and Lemony Ghosts

  12. I forgot the spoon.

    Haunting High Seas Adventures of Knight Wolves and Lemony Ghost Spoons

  13. Anonymous /

    ok. here we go.
    “Frolics with Ghosts: and the results thereafter”
    “The Bad Lemon IV: Fido goes Sailing”
    “What’s that Clean-ectoplasm Smell?”

  14. Anonymous /

    will my name show up this time?

  15. there it is!
    Sorry for all the comments… i did the “frolics with ghosts” etc…

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