Sometimes when I see the cover of a book, I can’t help but stare at it and wonder what the artist was thinking.
I’ve seen a ton of boggling covers, but I figured I’d just point out a few that garnered laughs in the past few weeks, which means we’ll be looking at books in my own personal library.
So, in no particular order…
A Crown of Swords
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book. But have you ever run across the Tumblr blog Escher Girls?
Look at the picture. Then try to stand like that. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Legs behind you, fists extended for no discernible reason, head turned to look over your sagging shoulder, turning at the waist, backside protruding.
Can you do it? My husband tried his best to mimic the pose, but as soon as he got close, it was ridiculously uncomfortable. Why are fantasy book covers plagued by bad anatomy?
The artist doing this one has a better understanding of anatomy, but I don’t think they did a very good job conveying just how big the “unusually large” owls were supposed to be.
From the understanding the book gives me, that’s supposed to be how big his bond-bird actually is. Yeah, they’re described as large, but not THAT large! There’s a line in the book about how the bond-birds have to ride on a separate horse because they’re heavy and the bird’s owner’s shoulders get tired. But I’m pretty sure that thing could carry the horse away.
Throw in some garish, clashing colors across the front and back of the cover, and we’ve got a real winner.
The White Dragon
This one kinda makes me feel bad, because I really love this book and I’m even generally a fan of Michael Whelan’s artwork! But Ruth is supposed to be a white dragon, not a white, giant, winged naked mole rat.
Generally speaking, the Pern book covers are great. But somehow, Whelan slipped out of his consistency with the other covers when he was doing this one, and this is the result: A big critter that looks something like what I’d expect if, at any time during his Modern Life, Rocko had done drugs.
And never mind what Jaxom looks like. He was still a boy when Ruth Impressed on him, he’s be a teenager during this book. Not a linebacker.
The good news is, all of these books are great and the cover certainly won’t detract from your reading experience. And even better is that newer books have much more sleek, stylish and attractive covers.
But if there’s anything you take away from this, let it be that regardless of what it looks like on the outside, the inside may surprise you. After all, even bad books can have great covers.