Nov 24

Up yours! I may be a wolfman but at least my legs don't have squiggles!Click for full image

You know the two things that make everything look fantastic? Glow and blur. The best photoshop tools money can buy. So we’ll have a glowing blurry tattooed man with a wolves head! And some girl with some glowly blurry transparency around her. Make sure the title is huge and don’t forget to blur what you can.

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.70 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Ink Exchange”

  1. SI Says:

    Pretty sure this isn’t really that bad. Though the wolves head looks a bit.. naff.

    Maybe I’m not quite awake. More coffee!

  2. little mi Says:

    At first I thought this wasn’t too bad but the more I look at it the more annoyed I get by all the swirly crap round the title and the transparent electrified people and the general ‘oo look at us we’re so cool and urban cos we have tattoos’ attitude.


  3. CSA Says:

    I’m certtainly not going to argue that its a good cover. However, i’m of the opinion if your going to have a man made of fire on the cover with a huskies head, then it’s better blurry than in full focus.

    I do however like the matte ink used on alot of newer british publications, instead of the glossy covers.

    I agree the font is a bit over the top, kinda like in art classes at school when u had to make words look like their meaning… so they’ve made the word INK look all inky… nice

    given the story seems to be about fae/spirits i think the ghostly blurry transparency may be justified.

    Its certainly better than your average Baen book!

  4. little mi Says:

    CSA – “given the story seems to be about fae/spirits i think the ghostly blurry transparency may be justified”

    You think? Even with the gold fiery squiggly bits?

    Though I do agree there are much much worse covers in the world. I just find this one makes me unreasonably annoyed for no particular reason. Maybe I’m just having one of those days.

    Is it just me or have we had a awful lot of covers with half-naked men recently? Not that this is always a bad thing.

  5. CSA Says:

    Well i mean the gold fiery squiggly bits are obviously an abomination against God and man, but even an average David Weber cover is MORE of an abobination against God and man.

    Yeah SI, Mi is right, more half-naked women please? (atleast thats how i’ve interpreted that)

  6. SI Says:

    haha Alrighty then, more half naked women on the way!

    This cover does annoy me for some reason. Maybe it’s just the same old, ‘wouldn’t really want to be seen with it’ thing. Though certainly isn’t the worst by any means.

  7. Chris R Says:

    I think it’s the colour scheme that is the worst thing about this cover – the orange and red of wolf-head hunk combined with turquoise of the background conforms to no known colour scheme and is just unpleasant to look at.
    Also wolf-head hunk seems to be caressing his own butt cheeks.

  8. Cara Powers Says:

    The American cover is SO much better.

  9. JustinLeego Says:

    Hooray! Welcome back, Ms Powers.

    The American cover – do you mean better as in better, or better as in terrible sci-fi and fantasy book covers better? 😉

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s a metaphorical cover, people. Mainly a metaphor for “We didn’t have enough money to pay for a real cover.”

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    From what I can make of the expression on her face, Wolfie’s inviting himself a cite for indecent exposure.

    What irritates me about this cover, I’ve decided, is the monomania. We have (count them with me!)

    –a tattoo parlour
    –a tattooed werewolf
    –a mysterious woman turning into squiggles
    –urban landscape background reduced to abstract lines
    –calligraphic title
    –flourishing within the calligraphic title
    –the conspicuous use of the word MARK on the cover


  12. Jaouad Says:

    Teal and very, very orange.

  13. Rachel J Says:

    Alternative art direction:

    “Ah, another gritty urban fantasy! What’s this one about– vampires? Demons? Werewolves?”

    “I’m sorry, Darren, this time it’s… fairies.”


    “Fairies who give people evil tattoos. Look, just put any mention of the word in the tiniest font we’ve got. And try to make the rest of the cover as distracting as possible. Oh, and change the spelling.”

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This had to be published before 1999. New editions will, of course, have to read: “Never take the faery’s euro.”

  15. Rachel J Says:

    @Dead Stuff. Yes, somehow one gets the impression that this cover might be trying to tell us something… to convey a clever subtext of some sort… but of course, it’s very subtle. You know, like the colour scheme.

  16. FeařofMuşic Says:

    We’ve all seen THAT guy. You know, the loud moronic drunk at the club with the sleeveless shirt and the generic faery tatoo. The topless dryad, the nymph with the ‘I Love Druids’ banner. Too much nectar and all judgement and good sense. go out the window. They’ll tell you those symbols mean ‘strength’ in faery tongue, but it really says ‘I’m a dumb ass’.

    Never get the faery’s mark.

    Your mum will be so pissed.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Let us all hold hands, light a candle vigil and pray for the end of Urban Fantasy. “We shall overcooome…”

  18. THX 1139 Says:

    “Hey, you – I want my money back!”

  19. Bibliomancer Says:

    Where in the World is Bibliomancer?
    A wonderful day of sightseeing in Vienna. Then to a three-star restaurant where I ordered their finest tin of Vienna Sausages. Ich bin ein Wiener!

    Oh yeah, and this cover blows.

  20. fred Says:

    As far as internet GoT spoilers go I think this one may actually be real.

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—Enjoy the trip. Make sure to think about Freud while you’re chomping on that hefty Vienna sausage.

  22. Tat Wood Says:

    I’m trying SO hard not to think of the Crack Fox

  23. Longtime _Lurker Says:

    (Inevitably,) sometimes a sausage is just a sausage.

  24. Bibliomancer Says:


    I’m in Braşov Romania
    It is dark and cold
    I ask the coachman to slow down
    He doesn’t respond
    I hear wolves

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