Friday, 20 November 2009

Crap fantasy book covers #19

I realised that it had been far too long since I've run a crap fantasy book cover feature - the last one was way back in April. So apologies to all you sadists out there that like nothing more than vomiting over horrendous covers - and I know there's a few of you! ;-)

So anyway, check out the Danish cover for Guy Gavriel Kay's second Fionavar novel.

Now, admittedly I've never read this book but I doubt it includes pink dinosaurs...does it? I also like the fact that you can't see the rider's saddle, so it looks like he's just randomly stuck on the dino's back. Plus the scale is all over the place - the figures in the background look to be too small. To round it off, either they're standing on a river of blood or the grass in Kay's world is red...

Utterly bizzarre.

10 comments:

T.D. Newton said...

Seriously?????
This looks like a third grader did it.

S.M.D. said...

And yet, I might actually buy that just because it looks so ridiculous...

Aidan Moher said...

Amazing. At least it has character....

RedEyedGhost said...

The Fionavar Tapestry omnibus has a pink dragon on its cover as well.

Although there is a marked difference in the quality of those two covers:

http://www.brightweavings.com/artgallery/canftomn.htm

Jebus said...

Are you kidding me?!? That is fucking GORGEOUS! Seriously, I would HAVE to buy that book even though I've read it and didn't really like it.

Hagelrat said...

hahaha. Brilliant. I want the cover to hang in my loo to amuse visitors.

Flower Adams said...

While I think that the Danish cover is particular horrible (I've covered mine in gift wrappers) I'm not really too fond of the British ones either... (Danish publishers had a bit of a cover-meltdown in the late eighties/early nineties...unfortunately :/ )

Tia said...

Yikes! Looks like a fourth-grade boy drew it during math class.

Martin said...

As Aidan says, it has character. I'm rather taken with it to be honest.

Anonymous said...

The Wandering Fire, part of the Fionavar Tapestry series by GG Kay. It's an emotional retelling of the Arthurian saga -- I was highly skeptical my first venture into the series, but the way it is told is beautiful. Urban Fantasy at the start, and mostly myth and fantasy by the end. It's a mix of Arthurian legend mixed with lots of other Celtic mythology. It's a lot better than I'm making it sound, I've read the darn thing three times and cried at each time.