Book Cover Gallery – #1
Awhile back I posted my reasoning regarding why I judge book covers. I was looking through some older books of mine today and again was admiring some of the beautiful cover art. So I am adding a new installment to this blog – Book Cover Gallery – where I will showcase some of my favourite book covers and why I love them (I might also throw in the odd stinker of a cover as well). I originally had these covers as part of another post but decided they deserved to be highlighted on their own.
BOOK COVER GALLERY
The Dragon and the Unicorn by A.A. Attanasio – first off, the yin/yang of the dragon and unicorn caught my eye. As I said in this previous review – I first read this story at the beginning of a spiritual journey and to have a cover that just exploded with spirituality had me sold. Once I read the story I understood even more the symbolism of the cover. The dragon and the unicorn exist in the story and indeed represent a strong theme of duality that it seems every character tries to come to terms with. I don’t have any tattoos but if I ever got one, this would be it.
The Child Thief by Brom – the author is also an artist and the cover is his beautiful creation of Peter Pan. If you decide to read this book be prepared; it is dark, horrifying, tragic and absolutely enthralling. That image of Peter just stirs up a cold, uncertainty in myself. I am repulsed yet intrigued, attracted yet scared….
Abarat by Clive Barker. This is a YA novel and I loved every bit of it. Doesn’t the cover just scream out adventure into the unknown? Even the title can be read the same backwards – to me this tells me to expect the unexpected. Barker himself is an artist and this cover depicts his art from the world of Abarat. The characters (and the story) are just as colourful as the cover.
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch – this cover was on the translated edition (translated by Lee Chadeayne). I loved the cover immediately for it’s quirky, dark and mysterious nature (salted with a bit of the comical?) – and that is exactly what the story delivered. Plus, I am naturally drawn to black, white and red art.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – this cover just grabbed the nostalgia in me. It felt so sad but so familiar, I immediately was intrigued. It felt like there was a secret within, something shameful hence the man disappearing behind the tent wall. (The story was okay, it didn’t blow me away or hook me like the cover did, but I was glad I read it if only for the elephant in the story.)
Want an example of a cover that I thought was awful but bought anyway because the summary of the story intrigued me and the first page caught my interest?
The Thirteen by Susie Moloney. God I dislike this cover (but loved the story). First off, it looks like Michelle Pfieffer so it took awhile before I could stop picturing her throughout the story and secondly I couldn’t decide if the cover wanted to be a romance, a fantasy or cheesy chic-lit. The story was so much more than the cover – it was well done, had a poetic beauty to it and some great characters. I feel the story deserves a better cover than this. And then a friend showed me her copy with a completely different cover (and a way more intriguing one might I add).
Posted on October 16, 2012, in Book Cover Gallery and tagged abarat, book covers, Brom, clive barker, Hangman's Daughter, sara gruen, susie moloney, The Child Thief, The Dragon and the Unicorn, the thirteen, water for elephants. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.