11.18.2008

Geese and Lace says love to me!

What is it about long-haired guys with guitars on fantasy covers? What about ghostly ladies? Let's combine them all together, shall we?

This guy's not only dead, he's lost all his blood (desanguinated?), too. Silver metal lover, indeed! (Link NSFW!!)



This cover has so many elements, it's just ugly and confusing. Opulently clothed guy in silver, guitar, cliff, ghostly (ghastly) lady, water, asteroid, sunset, but my all-time favorite part is the geese! 'Cause I don't know about you, but Canadian Geese makes me think of lurve.

Tanith, your books rock and I enjoy them, but your covers are frightening!

20 comments:

Phyllis said...

exsanguinated and canada geese (who may or may not have Canadian citizenship)

and... ewww. fab cover. :P

Maughta said...

Phyllis, I'm happy I spelled sanguinated right! And those geese have little "eh" "eh" word bubbles, you just can't see them. :)

Cagey said...

I like how the guy's head is way too small.

Toonhead said...

Canada Geese say, "Honk, eh? Honk, eh?"

warren said...

The cover text throws me off too. The adjective "mere" is unnecessary, and blows the rhythm of the statement.

Rex Parker said...

There's no way that dude plays metal.

rp

Maughta said...

He totally plays the kind of metal I listened to when I was a teenager. But, then again, we all know I don't have any taste!

Esther said...

It looks to me like the guy is what's made of silver metal...

Anonymous said...

He is made of metal--*he's* the silver metal lover. My parents had this book, and that title confused me throughout my childhood until I actually read it. Then the book itself confused and depressed me. But I liked it better than Don't Bite the Sun.

andyspackman said...

What gets me about this one is the title. Can't help reading it as Silver Medal Lover.

Which is sad. Because if you win bronze you're happy just to get a medal, but if you win silver you feel like a loser for not winning gold.

And really, how stimulating can a romance be if it begins with the disclaimer that its hunk o man flesh is only second-best?

Kath aka Sleepydumpling said...

Ooh I have an earlier edition of this book and it has a MUCH prettier cover. If I can find it I'll scan it and send it to you.

It's actually a good book despite that hideous cover.

web said...

This is a favorite of mine and the hardcover edition is actually gorgeous. I've never seen a paperback edition that wasn't vile.

Michael5000 said...

I must disagree with my colleague Mr. Parker. This dude is a direct spritual descendent of Ronnie James Dio.

Liz in Australia said...

"This dude is a direct spritual descendent of Ronnie James Dio."

OMG nooooo!!!!
Would you believe my husband has an old Dio t-shirt? It is such a turn-off. Definitely the world's ugliest man (Dio... not my husband).
:-)

Sunny @ the Library said...

Fabio was on romance covers.

Fabio got hit in the face with a goose.

Therefore, geese are evocative of romance.

Zil said...

I am not fond of the cover but I must concur with the previous poster: the man really *is* made of silver metal, hence the coloration. And he plays guitar for a living.

xenobiologista said...

Aaaaaaah! It's the Renaissance Faire Terminator!

Lucy said...

The Silver Metal Lover is a very good novel.

For more hilarious covers of it, check out this graphic novel adaptation: http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Metal-Lover-Tanith-Lee/dp/051755853X

Canaduck said...

Psst...those aren't Canada Geese.

http://www.itpas.org.uk/images/Canada%20Geese.jpg

Maybe they're supposed to be swans? Swans are kinda romantic until you realize that they're actually loud, ill-tempered birds with a mean bite. (I love 'em, but they aren't exactly a symbol of romance.)

xenobiologista said...

It's science fiction? I would have guessed fantasy from the cover.