Mar 16

Prince... awful

Art direction: Sorry? Oh, I was thinking that I’d like a really realistic drawing of a prince looking fellow on a big sci-fi chair, holding a nerd pouch and motioning towards some magic crystals. Don’t forget to put the ruby dice in there! After all, that is the name of the book!

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: 6.71 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Ruby Dice… d20?”

  1. Ace Says:

    The cover is actually fine. I’m actually questioning your own so called “criteria” on which you base your grading. Not just this book, but many other in your list.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    Those are some big, meaty hands. Maybe that’s what he’s taking those pills for.

  3. Susan Says:

    This cover was AWE-full.

  4. Susan Says:

    BTW, if this is supposed to be Kelric he needs to be Blonde, over-sized with golden tinged skin and eyes. If it’s supposed to be Jai, he needs dark metallic hair, red eyes and kinda skinny bod. and the dice are supposed to be geometric shapes (cube, cone, rod, pyramid, sphere) not weird round-angled things–made from gems and crystals)

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    How come Ms. Asaro has to put up with such silly fonts on her work? I can see that they were going for something suggestive of dice, hence the cubic tie in the E. But it’s thoroughly undermined by the circular stroke on the i, the asymmetry of the u and the…whatever is the matter with the D?

    Clearly, the man on the front is scowling at the typography as well.

  6. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    What is up with the perspective? I can’t work out how his outfit is constructed, or where his left arm attaches, or just how long his right arm is and how big his hand. Is that chair symmetric? Which way is it facing? Am I or am I not seeing bony yellow knees?

    Speaking from an artist’s perspective, the right arm could be made to work if it were clearer we were looking almost straight down the essentially cylindrical shape of his sleeve. As it is, the wrinkles around his sleeve are flattened little arcs when they should be very round more-than-semicircles. This flattens his arm, so that rather than looking like it’s thrust out at us at a daring angle, it looks like it is hanging down and is unusually short, with an unusually large hand.

  7. Muttley Says:

    I think it’s an attempt to portray the kind of perspective distortion you get with a wide-angle lens. So this might be supposed to be the view from a camera-phone, with the lens situated just beyond the end of the chair arm with the “dice” on it?

  8. Anna T. Says:

    I think that’s supposed to be Jai. Or, rather, someone attempting to impersonate him.

  9. THX 1138 Says:

    The much anticipated sequel to The Furry Dice. His Ford Escort’s parked round the back.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Stop meltin’ me chair and ROLL, smeghead!’

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Michael French showing why there wasn’t a second series of ‘Crime Traveller’.

    Well, one reason…

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    I’d like to comment on this cover.
    But …

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