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    Ok kids, here's what not to do when you're painting a book cover!

    Click here for the horror!

    I swear some of these can't be real... at least, I wish they weren't.

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    The God Emperor cover has its faults, but I personally wouldn't put it in the "worst book covers" file. Though it does fall short of the amazing art some Dune books have had.

    edit: Some of these aren't even that bad. I know I'm partial to the old school look, but I've got bones to pick with several of these. I think this one is pretty damn sweet:

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    Yeah, I wouldn't call all of these terrible.
    Though I think we have a winner here,

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    Some of them are actually really nice because they look old and crappy

    But this is in fact a pretty nice list of pretty ugly covers... and that pet cemetary is recent which makes it even worst

    but it doesnt beat the books I had to read in my french class. They are french Quebecer novels with really bad paintings that are in no way related with the subject of the book. I sometimes wonder how they got to sell them to publishers in the first place
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    the commentary on this one is great haha.
    http://punkrockpenguin.net/waste/amu...s/goodold.html

    I like the dune covers...
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    uhhmmmm... -this is probably the best bookcover i´ve seen:
    http://punkrockpenguin.net/waste/amu...atanburger.jpg
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    no, i thought it would be worse. these are just normal bookcovers you find in every bookstore (except the satanburger...)!
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    I've seen worse.

    Seriously.

    I had to do the year end inventory in the bargin bin in a local bookstore.
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    I mean, c'mon... Michael Whelan, Clyde Caldwell, Rowena... etc. The site is simply someone that apparently doesn't know a lot about book covers and the history of illustrated book covers and simply trying to find books to crack a joke at. If the book cover was so bad, I don't think people would still be buying the original covers for thousands of dollars. "Some" really do suck, but definitely not all.

    I think the site was simply trying to aim at some silly humor. This can't be someone that strives for good illustration themselves.
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    This is seriously embarrasing...I own a good bunch of these books, I collect old paperbacks specifically because I like the cover art.

    Man, I have such bad taste. I'm tempted to start a thread of my collection.
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    Meh, I was expecting some really bad art... ok some of it is really bad but certainly not all. A lot of these have perfectly good art wrecked by bad cover design, or a terrible overall concept for a book. Frankly, a lot of them seem fine to me... more like an excuse for cutesy comments by whoever put the site together.

    Overall I give it a 5.5 - some catchy tunes but I just can't dance to it.
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    indeed some of these are just silly.. but theres much much worse - JAG
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    I'm proud to see some Tor covers there! (Although, I was only involved with one of them.)

    I have to say, I'd be more impressed with a list that did not include the 80s. The 80s are just too easy - the hair the clothes, the neon...

    There was a site a long time ago that took actual covers and changed the titles to comment on the art. _That_ was funny. I'll hope I can find that.
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    Trixie Belden...like Nancy drew..is just classic. and there a lot of Romance covers that are waaaayyyworse. I too collect SF and old Fantasy... it is tempting to post the Good covers.

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