August 7th, 2009, 07:26 PM
I am so happy. Why, may you ask. Because I finally got my rippling muscle barbarian on a recent cover -- with an axe, for Andy Remic's new novel Kell's Legend, which starts a new series (and with vampires too!) Okay, his chest isn't bare, but it's still pretty good. So now those talking about rippling muscle barbarian covers who never have any examples -- you have a most excellent one!
And I really like it too. I'm going to have to buy it, I think.
August 7th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Shadows In The Wind
Well the one cover I love was already posted, for Books of the South, The Black Company...I love Raymond Swanlands work, he has an excellent eye catching style. But I really love these...I tend to like dark covers:
August 7th, 2009, 10:00 PM
I saw that cover earlier today, Kat. I don't tend to enjoy covers depicting characters or scenes all that much--the exception being the art of Raymond Swanland--but I liked this one. As far as barbarian covers go, it could have been terrible, he could be wearing just a loin cloth with a near-naked woman wrapped around his arm.
Still, not the sort of book I'd pick up, no matter the cover.
August 7th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Chocolate.....Count Me In
I think my favorites are all the covers on Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. The cover art is what sold the series to me.
August 8th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Yes, I know, everyone is expecting the barbarian with the near-naked woman, but they very seldom are able to produce them for the last ten years or so, except for the occasional tie-in cover or a paranormal romance -- although even there, not so much. So I've repeatedly joked that someone needs to show me one in the recent years, and no one does, though they keep complaining about such covers as if they were everywhere.
Originally Posted by Winter
So I was thrilled to see one. Yes, it doesn't have the near-naked woman on it, and that's a point against it, but the guy is so cool looking, it's okay. I think the art is neat and the book sounds interesting. And now when people complain about rippling muscle barbarian covers -- which you can't do in this cover thread (see original post,) but you can elsewhere -- with or without near-naked woman, I can provide an example, since they never have one themselves.
August 10th, 2009, 10:37 AM
and I like to party.
Completely agree. I love these covers. When I was reading Night of Knives, I displayed the cover proudly.
Originally Posted by EsotericForest
I also really like the Anomander Rake cover from Subterranean Press.
Last edited by Seak; August 10th, 2009 at 10:38 AM.
August 13th, 2009, 06:37 AM
I like these:
August 13th, 2009, 07:12 AM
Looks like Edward Miller, I always like his stuff...
August 13th, 2009, 08:59 AM
Funky. A little retro and beautiful color on those. I wouldn't mind seeing more covers with a watercolor look.
August 13th, 2009, 11:01 AM
I agree. They remind me a little of some 1960s covers, like the Ballantine covers for Titus Groan and Gormanghast, though the figures in those were less distinct. The colors in these and, for lack of a better word, the fuzziness of the background actually adds something. Maybe that 'fuzziness' engages the viewer's imagination a bit more. (I do wish I could think of a better word than 'fuzziness' because that sounds critical, and I don't mean to be.)
Originally Posted by KatG
August 25th, 2009, 04:13 AM
August 25th, 2009, 08:47 AM
Oh that one is cool. Subterranean does some beautiful work.
August 25th, 2009, 11:42 AM
That is a nice cover, but moreover, I now want that book...
August 26th, 2009, 04:30 AM
Yes, Sub Press will get you like that...
August 30th, 2009, 06:40 PM
Some new ones I like:
Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Van Lowe -- a comic YA novel. I just really like how they set this up. It communicates, along with the title, exactly what the book is.
Mickey Zucker Reichart's new Flight of the Renshai. What I like about this one is that the swordsman is done slanted, in excellent line with the (currently popular) sigil/run/tatoo background thingy. Nice color on it too.
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