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Good Book Covers
« on: October 12, 2018, 02:42:11 PM »
Obligatory alternate version of existing thread.



Bonus points if the book is bad (not what I am implying about my own choice at all, though).

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 05:12:41 PM »
I quite like Andy Weir's book covers, not great, but you could imagine a decent read behind them.





Unfortunately, The Martian is easily one of the worst experiences of my life. It's as if a redditor decided to actually write a book (which I suspect is actually the truth).

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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2018, 11:07:39 AM »
What's not to like?


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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2018, 06:00:42 PM »
This edition I'm reading;



Although my only criticism is I don't like the apostrophe in "Gravity's" stylised two stars. Looks a bit naff.

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2018, 11:58:06 PM »
What's not to like?

I love the juxtaposition of the phrase 'dark and baroque' and that frumpy boy.

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2018, 08:24:42 AM »


Ballard's books always have good covers.


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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2018, 10:08:44 AM »

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2018, 10:16:45 AM »
Yes, apart from that one, I suppose. What I mean is, I'm really impressed with the artwork on the more recent editions of Ballard's novels. Most of my Ballard books - apart from some old second-hand ones - have this design:


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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2018, 10:34:47 AM »
I agree. (I knew you wouldn't think all of his covers are winners, but I just wanted to post the other High Rise one as a contrast. The image of the woman is so obviously a desperate afterthought by the publisher.)

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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2018, 04:10:09 PM »
I like this one:


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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2018, 03:19:33 PM »

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2018, 04:19:14 PM »
I love the juxtaposition of the phrase 'dark and baroque' and that frumpy boy.

And tits.

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2018, 10:59:10 PM »
Always liked the covers for the Sci-Fi Masterworks. Like evolved pulp.

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2018, 11:04:39 PM »
I like this one:



Is that the one where The Fat Controller tells a teen boy to cum in his hands and use the resulting glob to make acne cream?  Should have used that as the cover.

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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2018, 11:15:42 PM »
Always been a fan of Paul Kidby's Discworld covers. Particularly the parody ones.





Really captures the darker humour the later books developed.

It also amuses me that the original Discworld cover artist was called Josh Kirby and the idea Paul Kidby got the job because Pratchett read the wrong number. Oh hours of fun imagining that.


Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2018, 01:16:19 AM »

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2018, 01:16:57 AM »
How to resize?

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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2018, 06:24:59 PM »
Always liked the covers for the Sci-Fi Masterworks. Like evolved pulp.

Hmm, not really a fan of the "random sci-fi art vaguely related to the story" approach of that series. The only one of those I really like is for Time Out Of Joint, which is a nice original design, cleverly referencing Dick and the themes of the story.



With the reissue they've completely spoiled the image by sticking a horrible orange and green filter over it - why??


Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2018, 06:34:51 PM »


They've done that for all their SF masterworks books and it looks like crap.

Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2018, 06:36:46 PM »
How to resize?

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Re: Good Book Covers
« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2018, 06:40:47 PM »
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(this image is resized, I'd hoped to incorporate the lesson into my thanks, but you'd have to know the original image is huge for it to work)