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MisterBOB’s Art Direction: A picture of little girl floating above a jewel and ocean, always sells the book! Trust me – I did media studies!
Tagged with: Avonova Books • David Lee Jones • evil children • font problems • magic • unknown artist
“The sleep of centuries is ended — the time of diaper rashes, screaming and waking up at 5:30 in the morning has begun.”
That’s not a pearl, it’s one of those fancy crystal beaker corks. My grandma had one.
Look out below! And you thought the seagulls were bad.
Pearls are smooth, not faceted. Maybe the girl is called Pearl. Or maybe Montezuma Is Pearl, as the title says.
The price label brings back fond memories of the former Andromeda Bookshop, Brum’s best place for SF imports. I note, however, that they could only shift this tome by dropping the price.
“The crew of the Satellite of Love thought they were out of Dr. Forrester’s grip — but now they face…
Bada-bum! Thank you!
Too bad the individual elements of the cover come together in so awkward a manner. The actual rendering of the girl is pretty good.
+ for the MST3K reference.
Excerpt of “Montezuma’s pearl” from WebMD:
“…in an unusual form which tends to involve reaching nirvana immediately after the sudden ejection of a disco ball…”
An accurate description of the end of sleep I do say.
I had Montezuma’s Revenge once.
No pearls, faceted or not, were involved . . .
If it’s “Montezuma’s Pearl”, shouldn’t she look Aztec? Or at least somewhat less blonde?
“If it’s “Montezuma’s Pearl”, shouldn’t she look Aztec? Or at least somewhat less blonde?”
Oh, that’s unwritten rule #1 for all U.S. fantasy book cover designs (written down here for your convenience):
The Fantasy Publishing Whitewash Rule: Any non-WASP character actually featured in the book shall be depicted as a blonde, blue-eyed Aryan WASP on the cover.
A similar rule applies to TV Fantasy — also known as the Wizard of Earthsea Directive.
I had forgotten about the FBWR! Whether robots, alien species, magical creatures… everyone gets the same treatment – to unintended comical results.
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