Jan 11

Man, I must look awesome. Pity I'm not actually charging at anyone.Click for full image

Nothing says, ‘I’m one hundred percent pure man,’ than a glowing sword, blonde curtains and a cape with some red velvet lining. We’ll have him charging towards the reader on his horse, waving his sword and smiling manically. Make sure the fonts have at least three layers of bordering!

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: 4.59 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Oath of Gold”

  1. SI Says:

    I can’t actually make out his face too well with the quality of the picture. But it does look like quite the impressive grin.

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    The font makes it look like the ‘Oaths of Gold’ title has eaten its Readybrek. Or does that cultural reference date me too badly?

    In related 1980s-era news: ‘Paksennarion’ … Pacman scenario?

  3. CSA Says:

    Yeah there’s a very cheesy grin in full bloom there.

    Adam, are you implying that Eliz Moon may have committed copyright theft in this book? I mean now you mention it, I can already see several similarities to Pac-man. Someone phone Atari

    The font has certainly had its Weetabix, twice.

  4. SI Says:

    Yea what the hell is ‘Paksennarion’. I’m having trouble even trying to pronounce it.

  5. Simon Says:

    Says volumes about this cover that the main point of conversation is the word ‘Paksennarion’.

  6. CSA Says:

    I’m aware that things far away look smaller than the same object up close (i’m a jeanyus). However, that castle does NOT look like its far away. The “Hero destined to become a legend” has just galloped out of a LEGO castle, i’m convinced of it.
    Also, the horse is about to slip on the word ‘deed’.

    Back to our main point: the word ‘Paksennarion’, my new theory is that its actually a novel about Michael Parkinson and his ‘deed’. The editor just mised the typo. Maybe he had a child with Mrs Pac-man? Who knows…

  7. Maureen Says:

    Paksenarrion is a woman. Duh. And given how the previous book was all about overcoming depression and despair, it was damned reassuring at the time to see a fighting grin on her face.

  8. SI Says:

    Wait… that’s a girl? Someone will have to edit the picture tags! 🙂

  9. CSA Says:

    Phew, I’m glad thats not a man. I was being confused by Satan with uncomfortable thoughts…. ahem… anyway… moving on…

    Maureen, you seem to have read a fair few of our featured books. You have any more in your collection you’d like to take a picture of and send in?

  10. Zazu Yen Says:

    It looks like Paks doesn’t care for the huge black/gold font either and is trying to cleave it from her book.

    The Paks trilogy was actually some of the best fantasy I’ve ever read, and I have a generally low tolerance for serious fantasy. It has a gritty, realistic tone I like, perhaps because the author was a woman in the military for many years, and a different kind of story; the somewhat reluctant evolution of a down-to-earth Paladin. I wish I got the same feeling from her science fiction.

    She has a new fantasy book coming out which I’m rather looking forward to.

  11. felucca Says:

    I have seen the cover to all parts in the Paksenarrion trilogy. The interesting part about it is that the main character is (supposedly?) on all of the covers, but she (yes, she) looks different on each one of them! In part one she actually looks cool, with long, flaming red hair… What the feck happened???

  12. Susan Says:

    and Paks was always blonde. Have you seen the new covers? ick . Also the covers for EMoon’s two collections (same stories, but each as a couple that weren’t in the other so you need to have both…

  13. Sangelia Says:

    Paks was the stereotyped oxen muscled nordic farm gal in looks and build. Except that in the story, she had brains. Not something that was normal. Ms Moon is a United States Marine.
    Ox dies, hook up daughter to plow type muscles type of stereotyping.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Oh, bother! I forgot to link the o’s in the author’s last name.’

    ‘…and it’s too late to change it. Can you make the name as unobtrusive as possible? Maybe distract the reader with the title?’

    ‘I can try. Can I experiment with o’s in the title just a bit?’

    ‘Sure, why not.’

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    Denise Crosby appears to be enjoying a White Christmas, for once.

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