The Most WTFery Of Them All

Mirror Mirror on the wall, what’s the most WTFery Book Cover Of them All?

Thanks to Tishia, we now know.

SO not work safe. Do not have beverages in your mouth. Does count as abdominal workout if you laugh like I did.

Aren’t you glad I asked?

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  1. 1
    Gwonk says:

    whu…..what? WHAT?

    I don’t even know anymore.

  2. 2
    Bethy says:

    Holy Mary mother of…oh wait…

  3. 3
    SheaLuna says:

    Am I the only one seeing phallic symbolism in the fiery church tower?  Sweet baby J… um.  Yeah.

  4. 4
    Jaye Wells says:

    Um, that is so awesome I don’t have the words. I must find this book and read it.

  5. 5
    Typ0 says:

    Am i the only one who read the title as “Mary *had* twins” (cue 70’s porn music)?  As opposed to “Mary had twins” (cue nursery rhymes)?

  6. 6
    Tina M. says:

    Why is Father Ralph from The Thorn Birds coming to mind? 

    This would be fun to read, hehe.

  7. 7
    Diana says:

    What Bethy said.

  8. 8
    Caroline says:

    Thank you for the warning. I was safely finished eating. Although now my husband thinks I am insane.

    Oh… hurting now.

    Is this gem still in print?

    and I can’t resist. My word…. fall54 –

    He remembered he had fallen on the 54th day of the year. As his collar dangled from his hand, she beckoned him closer… Her pearls clicking suggestively over her heaving bosoms….

  9. 9
    Liz says:

    Mary looks a little evil to me.  Maybe she is supposed to be the devil that tempts the “man” of God away from the Church and into sin?  Also, she kinda looks like my Aunt Kerri.

  10. 10
    Carrie Lofty says:

    I took it as a Dan Brown sorta thing, like Jesus had a twin. Is that what everyone else is getting? Or is this a modern evil-looking slut type who just happens to be named Mary?

  11. 11
    Karla says:

    I had to look up the pub date on this gem.  1983… in hardcover!

  12. 12
    Quizzabella says:

    @ Liz.
    I don’t know…  Given the way the bloke is studiously ignoring the obviously up for it woman behind him, I think he’s looking for a “man of God” of his own.

  13. 13
    Quizzabella says:

    Oh, also – where are those women’s breasts?

  14. 14
    Sandy says:


    Mary looks a little evil to me.

    A little evil?  Understatement.  She looks like some Heather Locklear character from a 1980s television show.  Bad to the bone and ready to play hide that communion wafer with Father Naive.

  15. 15
    Liz says:

    @ Quizzabella
    I took that look to be more like he wasn’t expecting a woman to want him and pondering whether he should drop the cassock and go for it.  And you’re right, Mary has no breasts, making her look like a teenage boy…which leads us to a whole other set of questions about the priest,

  16. 16
    Kwana says:

    The best part of this is the quote. There’s a whole lotta backstory there.

  17. 17
    katiebabs says:

    Is this book trying to be like The Thorn Bird? Cause that is no Richard Chamberlain on the cover.

  18. 18
    KCozy says:

    I just checked on Amazon – used copies are available starting from 1 cent. A bargain, methinks!

  19. 19
    Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    Is this book trying to be like The Thorn Bird? Cause that is no Richard Chamberlain on the cover.

    He looks more like Ron Howard circa Happy Days to me.

  20. 20
    lclair says:

    She does look kinda drag doesn’t she—it’s all in the jaw-line.  No breasts, no curves—hmmmmmm—

    Word: hard37—need I say more?

  21. 21
    Dayle says:

    OMG, The New York Times reviewed it!

    The review doesn’t mention a woman at all… I think the cover was indeed to capture the interest of fans of The Thorn Birds &tc;.

  22. 22
    Midknyt says:

    Actually, on the drag-worthiness of the female…if you wax the guy’s eyebrows and throw on a wig and makeup, I think you have the woman.

    Maybe part of the tag line got cut off: When his clerical collar comes off, a priest is a man…when the pearls go on, a man is a woman.

  23. 23
    Collette says:

    And if the church spire is indeed a phallic symbol, why is it on fire????  Syphilis perhaps?  The mind boggles.

  24. 24

    Mary had twins and a pearl necklace.  Two, even!  For shame, Father Hotpants!

  25. 25
    ghn says:

    A novel written by a Catholic Priest? And one that – if one judges by the cover – might – possibly – be classified as a Romance??????

    One thing that (if one judges by stuff on authors’ websites, authors’ posts on blogs and chat boards and similar venues etc etc) is that personal experience gives depth to the author’s writing.
    And the sort of “personal experience” for those with this job (which has at times been featured in the news) is of a kind that gives loooong prison sentences. If they were brought to the courts.

    Which means one of two things to me: The foxy lady and the toothsome priest were a marketing device to make women who read and love romance novels buy this book. Which makes it a book I shouldn’t bother with.
    Or it is a book I do not want to read.
    (The chains of reasoning leading to these two conclusions are _not_ the same!!)

  26. 26
    katiebabs says:

    Andrew Greeley is a great author who is priest and I believe, but correct me if I am wrong, some of his books have romance. I think they may be a bit on the subtle side.

  27. 27
    Keylye says:

    There are so many things wrong with this cover it amazes me that it made it to the shelves. And the NYT short review did not make any more sense. An older cousin, Mike? Hmmmm.

    First of all, that woman behind the priest is no woman, it’s a man, baby, a MAN! Yes, Mike had a sex change and is now known as Mary. And that flaming phallic symbol in the background is represents a different kind of flaming. In the words of Urban Dictionary: So gay, that the gayness radiates from you. And that radiation set the church on fire.

    That’s the real miracle of this book. Former priest turned woman “immaculately conceives” twins. (Though we all know it was his fellow priest that did the real work.)

  28. 28
    Keira says:

    That’s soo awful! Terrible – thanks for the drink warning I would indeed have choked on it. Heh.

  29. 29
    MicheleKS says:

    Definitely a “Thorn Birds” bit there. And I loved ‘The Thorn Birds’ by the way, a great forbidden love-story though I thought Bryan Brown was tons hotter than Richard Chamberlain- (Obviously Rachel Ward felt the same way- last I heard she and Bryan Brown were still married.)

    I used to read Andrew Greely and though he’s a Catholic priest his characters had s-e-x outside of marriage.

  30. 30
    Sara says:

    HOLY Inappropriate-ness Batman!

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