Thursday, 14 August 2008

Crap fantasy book covers #11

Just when you thought it was safe to emerge from cover after yesterday's crap-tastic Russian cover...

This one is also Russian - I sense a theme developing here - and unbelievably it's even worse than the last one. This particular sample is apparently the cover for Erikson's Deadhouse Gates.

Words fail me, really. I suppose the one redeeming feature is the fact that I think it does depict characters/events from the novel. Other than that, it's pretty horrendous. The way they've dumped a small background template on top of another is odd (not to mention the fact that it doesn't really work) but by far the worst aspect is the pantomime villain with the impressive hat and total lack of fashion sense.

Seriously, what was wrong with just using the UK and US cover?

Crap-o-meter rating: 9/10

3 comments:

Jeff C said...

Yuk. I think that might have earned a 10 of out 10 on your scale.

Gabriele C. said...
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Gabriele C. said...

Oh dear, that figure in the foreground looks like Stenka Razin the famous kossack chief from the folk song, and they messed Steven's name up really bad even for using Cyrillic letters (Stif).