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?



  • Ruth Arnell

    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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