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mark211Favourite book cover artwork?2015-08-09 12:39:57
mark211Simple question really - what are some of your favourite front covers to books you've read, or perhaps books you would love to read? 2015-08-09 12:40:49
mark211Some favourites of mine: "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" (http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1338461946l/14185.jpg); "Mort" (http://www.armchairarcade.com/aamain/e107_images/illustrations/issue3/DB02.jpg) and "Assassin's Apprentice" (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41HCSxU7uGL.jpg).2015-08-09 12:46:05
micheledutcherThe classic books, of course, have multiple book covers, so to say 'Dune' is confusing: which Dune cover, what issue? I like the Childhood's End cover when it was sold for $2.95. It has a flying saucer over a city. It was the first issue of Childhood's End that I read...like a first love perhaps. 1984 with the eye is simple but effective. It's difficult to look away with a simple image like that staring at you. It's like Against a Diamond Sky - where the a computer's eye becomes an entity looking back at you. I've noticed that covers tend to get more realistic when they're turned into movies because they have a lot of $$$ behind them by then. As far as ezines: I like Schlock! ezine for their covers because they are outrageous! 2015-08-10 09:41:26
micheledutcherFor instance: Schlock! webzine Vol 4 Issue 10. Vampire woman bride hugging herself regretfully with blood flowing from mouth. Over the top. 2015-08-10 09:45:04
mark211"The classic books, of course, have multiple book covers" Ah yes - I should of course have stipulated that we need to send a link with it. For instance, the 'Assassin's Apprentice' cover (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41HCSxU7uGL.jpg) that I like is clearly much more iconic, presenting as it does a single stag against a blurry white back drop. I find that this is much stronger than this more figurative version here (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DvDLgKbUL.jpg) - which frankly, seems quite silly to me. While it's beautifully painted, it could easily be the cover of a bodice-ripping Romance or possibly even a Boy's Own Adventure kind of novel - neither of which I think suits the tone of that first book in the series (and certainly it does nothing to prepare you for the darkness of the third book in that series). 2015-08-10 10:56:02
mark211Some book cover art has nostalgia value of course - for British people of my generation (people in their 40s) this classic cover for The Hobbit still has a certain lingering magic touch to it (https://kenkyw.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/the-hobbit.gif)2015-08-10 11:01:24
r.tornellodoes it have to be sci fi?2015-08-10 16:01:57
mark211@r.tornello - no, not at all - Sci Fi, Fantasy, or 'Alternative' - so I guess horror, steampunk etc. would come under that. I guess if you mean other genres completely e.g. Children's books (such as this classic: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b5/HungryCaterpillar.JPG) or literary fiction (e.g. this one, which inexplicably I find incredibly compelling:http://www.russellmills.com/mills/images/bookcovers/01-05_Milan_Kundera_The_Unb.jpg) then I guess that's cool too although obviously SFF & Alternative would seem to be more apt in general. 2015-08-11 14:07:29
r.tornelloI'm out of town right now but there is a cover on a book on creativity and Zen that has a very compelling black and white zen ink painting. I'll get the name but of all the art i have seen and or collected, that sticks in my mind. I had a soft bound copy and hunted for the 1st addition Hard Bound and attempted to locate the are to see if it might be for sale, It's in a museum.Maybe it's the simplicity of it.

I walk into book stores just to look at the cover art. It's a billion dollar industry btw. Some of the covers are beautiful art worthy of collecting. And then some, they need to go back to school and keep their day job.

2015-08-12 04:41:52

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