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This Terrible Book Cover Deserves Its Own Post

Let’s take a closer look at this highly unusual cover.

mushroombook

Here we have a bearded man, a wonderfully bearded man, wearing a tuxedo, holding in his hands both a plentiful bounty of mushrooms as well as a brass trumpet.

This man appears to be climbing a hill, ducking underneath the branches of an isolated tree, on a foggy morning, with some sort of school/hospital/building with a railing in the background.

This man is smiling. But why?

What type of man finds himself trudging up a hill in a tuxedo with a trumpet and an armful of mushrooms, “western” mushrooms if you believe this book cover? How is a man who wears a tuxedo on a hike unable to procure a simple bag for his mushrooms?

Is this man tripping on mushrooms? Is he a mushroom tripper posing as a symphony musician? Is he a symphony musician posing as a mushroom tripper? Is he on the run? To where and from whom?

And that smile? What of that smile?

So many questions about this book All That The Rain Promises and More…—otherwise known as “a hip pocket guide to western mushrooms.” Bonus points to this writer for working ellipses into a title.

In the world of terrible book covers (examples here and here), this cover might be at the top of the charts. But at least it’s entertaining.

And, yes, this is a real book and has a 5-star rating on Amazon. So, the saying holds true here, never judge a book by its cover.

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  1. That’s not even a trumpet, but a trombone without its slide! Even more interesting!

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    April 23, 2014
    • The plot thickens! I’m not one to know my brass instruments very well, obviously.

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      April 23, 2014
  2. I went to Amazon and took a “look inside”. The fellow on the cover also appears on page XXII. “Before the concert” says the caption. “Mushroom lovers are opportunivores, always ready to grab a meal when one presents itself…” It goes on to explain that, five minutes before a chamber music concert, this trombonist stepped outside for a quick meal.

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    April 23, 2014
  3. I thought he was holding nachos…which I don’t know if that would be better or worse than mushrooms…

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    April 23, 2014
  4. Glorious!!!

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    April 23, 2014
  5. This actually actually gives me the creeps a little!

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    April 23, 2014
  6. His smile reminds me of Rumpelstiltskin! Creepy!

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    April 23, 2014
  7. AHHH, he’s holding mushrooms?!? I stared at the cover for a solid minute and still could not figure it out.

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    April 23, 2014
  8. Perhaps the cover depicts the mindset one enters after eating those funny mushrooms? He is a musician.

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    April 23, 2014
  9. Certainly know what I want for christmas… And loving the beard – in all it’s a thoroughly strong look!

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    April 23, 2014
  10. Love the comments as much as the hilarious book cover. Thanks for the entertainment this morning!!

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    April 23, 2014
  11. Just beautiful, I feel this cover could be used for a lot of different books. I might steal it.

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    April 23, 2014
  12. This is the cover for the “pocket guide”. Does the cover for the coffee-table guide to western mushrooms have a full orchestra on the cover?

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    April 23, 2014
  13. Denise #

    I have picked this book up and looked at it SO many times at my local awesome bookstore, Powell’s! I contemplate buying it because of the cover hijinks every time, and then I’ve always put it back (so far), because If I were to go mushroom hunting, I perhaps would want a more authoritative cover on my Western Mushrooms guide. I’m probably the only one.

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    April 24, 2014
    • If you ever buy it, please tell us all about it. I need to know what’s with the trombone.

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      April 25, 2014

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