Jun 23

Stop dancing around and help me hide this body!Click for full image

Andy Comments: The art department obviously wanted to cram as much as possible in (even though this is apparently the second novel in a trilogy). I wouldn’t be surprised however if it was an image ripped from the text. I really like the bloke standing on the ear of dragon – it seems to go well with the tag line. The spaceship is supposed to be vivid purple (the first line of the book) but is obviously out-done in the purple stakes by the dragon.
Published 1995

Ah the days of… yellow jeans…
Many thanks to Andy!

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: 6.26 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “In the Empire of Shadow”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    To quote Elvis Costello: ‘oh I just don’t know where to begin.’

  2. James Lovegrove Says:

    I had to read Out Of This World, for review purposes. It was an insipid and uninspired novel, with a lightly comedic tone, and this looks like more of the same. Which might account for, but not excuse, the cover’s remorseless naffness.

    What it does not account for is the woman balancing yellow shrubs on her hands.

  3. SophaLoaf Says:

    “Way to take the dragon by the horns, sir. So, can I stop using my flame stigmata now? Why didn’t we just bring a torch like normal people?”, says the lady in red.

  4. DeadRobot Says:

    “Honey? I killed us some dinner! …or killed one of the inhabitants. Either way, we eat tonight!”


  5. SI Says:

    And that dragon was all dressed up to go to the party. Looks like he’ll never go now.

    Also, that guys right leg just looks… wrong?

  6. Little Mi Says:

    Does reality even have ears?

    And if it does is the ear turn some kind of modern dance move I need to learn to keep up my street cred with the kids?

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    The really unbelievable thing about this cover is that that dude thought he could wear a yellow shirt with brown pants.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    I also like how they made the word ‘Shadow’ in ‘Empire of Shadow’ huge, black and foreboding. This is presumably so that we will know that it’s not one of your whimsical, carefree Empires of Shadow but a dire and dangerous Empire of Shadow.

    This message is then undercut by everything else on the cover.

  9. Adam Roberts Says:

    Judging by that still, Shrek 4 looks rubbish.

  10. Phil Says:

    She’s hot.
    He’s got the horn.

  11. e.lee Says:

    They killed the wrong oversized purple lizard- whoops thats not Barney!

  12. SI Says:

    Is she trying to make that N into a P. Shapow?

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    [Barney the Dinosaur voice] “I love you, you burn me….”

  14. Mat T Says:

    It’s a remarkably well-lit Empire Of Shadow. I guess the “Empire Of Eye-Searingly Gaudy Kitsch” didn’t strike quite the right tone.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Talk to the hand… of doom!”

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Reality’ must be the name of the dead dragon. Because ‘Clifford’ was already taken.

    And I wouldn’t want to live in that castle. It looks a mite precarious.

  17. Jaouad Says:

    Interesting how most cases of spontaneous human combustion are only documented on SFF book covers.

  18. JaunPaul Says:

    Well, we killed this kick ass dragon. Now you’re stuck with us two douchbags.

  19. Anna T. Says:

    That’s supposed to be a dragon? Then why does it look like a giant purple bull?

  20. Ray P Says:

    The giant dead ox appears to have the Mandelbrot set on its skin. The mystery deepens.

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    @Ray P: ‘Published 1995’.

    Mystery solved.

  22. Ray P Says:

    Well that was quick.

  23. Dead Butler With Big Teeth Says:

    (tiptoes out of the Library)

  24. anon Says:

    @Anna T.: It’s inside out.

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