Posts Categorized: Covers

Duck and Covers: This Just In

Jo Walton is one of those writers who commands some readers to read everything she writes on blind faith. I’m not necessarily one of those people, but I recognize her appeal. Her newest project, due out in early 2014 is titled The Just City. It’s the story of time-traveling Pallas Athene and a social experiment. The… Read more »

Duck and Covers: A Cover Stained Sykes

Today, Sam Sykes unveiled his cover for his fourth novel, and first with Orbit Books, The City Stained Red. Orbit Art Director Lauren Panepinto did the cover herself, using voodoo. Personally, I adore the type setting, although I was more  a fan of the background from an earlier version that was circulated. Either way this… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Looks So Nice We Did It Twice

Jo Fletcher Books, recently purchased as part of Quercus by Hodder & Stoughton, has a thing for skylines and duo-chromatic color schemes. Clearly. I particularly like City of Stairs where the cityscape looks pixelated like a 1980s video game down to the little sprite person. This is probably a UK thing, as it seems more… Read more »

Duck and Covers: I Can’t Get Behind This


W.C. Bauers’ debut novel, Unbreakable, is set to release in January of 2015. Today, Tor Books released the cover by Stephan Martiniere with a not-so-pithy quote from David Weber. I don’t mean to belittle the quote, but c’mon D-Web, you can do better than that! The cover though, which I quite like, seems awful familiar… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Garth Nix Gets an Australian Overhaul

There’s nothing I enjoy more these days seeing an artist get an opportunity to put a stamp on an intellectual property. Jeffrey Alan Love had the chance with Simon Ings’ novels, Sam Weber recently took on Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and now Sebastian Ciaffaglione has been given the Australian editions of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series. Very much in… Read more »

Duck and Covers: The Foreign Edition

Any discussion on covers of non-US/UK editions seems to begin with Marc Simonetti. French based, he works on covers around the world, including the US and UK. Above is the cover to Assassin’s Quest for Leya Brazil. One of the things I love most above Simonetti is his interest in full paintings that cover the entire… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Literary Agencies as Publishers?

[cp_dropcaps]I[/cp_dropcaps] love the business of publishing. It’s like a game of blackjack where you’ve got a card sharp on one end and a drunk-off-his-ass college kid on the other. The card sharp plays the game by the book. He stands on 15 when he’s supposed to, recognizing the odds generally favor a player who doesn’t… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Are you not entertained?!

I wish Raymond Swanland did more cover work. No one captures motion like he does. Admittedly, his style is so unique as to be almost one-note, but I love it nevertheless. Here he is with a new novel from K.V. Johansen and Pyr. I feel like Swanland really should be illustrating X-Men when I see… Read more »

The Farseer Trilogy gets Simonized.

[cp_dropcaps]W[/cp_dropcaps]ith one of the most distinct styles in genre cover illustration today, French artist Marc Simonetti has painted the Brazilian covers for Robin Hobb’s famous Assassin’s Apprentice and Royal Assassin, the first two novels in the Farseer Trilogy. Unlike the original covers from the U.S. editions, Simonetti is doing a much better job of capturing… Read more »

Smugglivus and Women Illustrators

Ana and Thea of the Book Smugglers invited me to their site today to talk about whatever I felt like talking about. Every year at this time they host Smugglivus, inviting authors and bloggers to talk about what they loved in 2013 and what they’re looking forward to in the new year. For the second… Read more »