Saturday 2 February 2008

Crap fantasy book covers #2

Time to delve once more into the shadowy realms of laughably bad genre cover art. Today's pick is a personal favourite: Silverthorn by Ray Feist. Here it is in all its glory:

Hideous. I can't think of a better word. What the hell was going through the publisher's mind when this abomination was chosen? You can almost imagine the conversation: "Ok guys, we've got Silverthorn, a story about a group of heroes off on a quest to find a cure for a dying princess, while the machinations of war rumble on in the background. Anyone got any ideas for a cover?" At this point some wayward jobsworth (probably looking and sounding something like Gareth from The Office) raises a hand and says "Er, how about this picture of a big, crap rock with some random twat sitting on a horse in front of it, and a half-arsed city on another rock in the background?" To which the others all respond: "Perfect! Now, where shall we go for lunch?"

No, it's not perfect. It's shit. Look at it. It is one of the most dull pictures I've ever seen. Yet again, we have the nauseating red text which just about tops off what is a truly crap front cover. Even worse, it has nothing to do whatsoever with the book. I can't stress how much I hate it when publishers do this. I firmly believe the cover should be representative of the story within the pages. I can understand why they sometimes do it, if there is a good piece of artwork that fits the purpose, but when it is a poor cover and has nothing to do with the story you just wonder. What is even more staggering is that given the success of Feist's first novel, Magician, you'd think the publisher would have pulled out all the stops with the follow-up. Clearly not.

Shocking, shocking, shocking.

Crap-o-meter rating: 9.5/10

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