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Old 04-19-2012, 04:06 PM
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:27 PM
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Can you explain what you like about it? Too me it looks just like every other fantasy epic.
Yup. Love the composition and the excellent attention to detail in the art itself (tough to see in the picture, I know). I also LOVE the character pictured, and think it's a pretty nifty pose for him. I dunno, this cover just speaks to me for some reason. I really like it, whereas I am not a fan of generic fantasy art and don't like most fantasy novels' covers. Go figure!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:20 PM
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I'm actually the opposite. I love generic fantasy art, which is why I own both of (the late) Keith Parkinson's art books. You might not know him by name, but if you've ever seen the cover for David Eddings's Sparhawk books, most of The Sword of Truth series, or the box art for Everquest, you'll recognize his work.

Reading about the craft is fascinating, and I have a lot of respect for artists that do it as a profession. You have to know how to create an eye-catching composition that satisfies yourself (the artist), the author, the publisher, and leaves enough room for whatever embossed typeface they decide to use.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:14 AM
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The fantasy-art discussion reminds me that Baen Books in general and Steve Hickman particularly get a lot of flak for their covers, often deserved. But this is one Steve Hickman cover I like.



The book itself is notable in that it is possibly the grimmest thing David Drake ever wrote.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:21 PM
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FUCK YOU ZEF



I bought it and it finally showed up today.

It's a good size without being too big to fit on a shelf and includes gilded pages and a cloth bookmark! Classy!
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:29 AM
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Cover art from Daggers of Darkness.



Just...just LOOK at it!
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That is one justifiably happy dude right there.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:38 PM
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During the brief period Dr Who novels were being published in Japan, they were blessed with these beautifully strange covers by Michiako Sato.

Who fans, I challenge you to try and guess which stories these are representing. There are some fairly obvious clues.



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Old 05-14-2012, 01:14 PM
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The covers of the recent John Le Carre reissues are excellent.







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Old 05-14-2012, 06:34 PM
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Chip Kidd's work is great and all, but I prefer Peter Mendelsund's Black Jack and 7 Billion Needles covers.

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Old 05-14-2012, 10:52 PM
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John Le Carre
Classy, but has any book ever been sold on the basis that it was soon to be a motion picture?
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I work in a bookstore. Trust me the answer is an emphatic yes.
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But I really do want to buy all those John Le Carre's now. Do they have The Spy Who Came in From the Cold as well?
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:08 AM
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But I really do want to buy all those John Le Carre's now. Do they have The Spy Who Came in From the Cold as well?
Turns out they do. It wasn't part of initial batch of releases.



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Old 05-15-2012, 01:04 PM
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We've got those in Canada too. They're pretty nice.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:17 PM
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Neat illustrations!
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:59 PM
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Chip Kidd's work is great and all, but I prefer Peter Mendelsund's Black Jack and 7 Billion Needles covers.
The Black Jack covers are quite nice (and the hardcover Black Jacks are swiggedy-sweet), but every time I see 7 Billion Needles I cringe a little due to that weird Japanese phenomenon of taking inspiration from a pre-existing work and making it stupid, here boiled down to just the title.
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