Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Favourites - Your Favourite Cover Art?

Friday Favourites - a chance to rave about a favourite reading/book related topic each week.

Sometimes you just want a chance to rave about some favourite aspect of reading that doesn't really come up during regular blogging posts - that's what this is about. I'm willing to bet that at least some of those will come up one week or another.

This week I'm asking about your favourite cover art. In many ways it's integral to the book, although they say "Don't judge a book by it's cover", it is a part of the decision process in how you select your reading choices. I know it can for me.

Sometimes I have to shake my head at the cover art choices that people have made over the years - one version of Andre Norton's Beast Master has a tyrannosaurus rex on the cover, when there's nothing like that in the book.

On the other hand, I've seen some truly spectacular examples of cover art. This one is my favourite, to be honest, the trade paperback edition of Jo Graham's novel Hand of Isis. And, although the quote says ""Don't judge a book by it's cover", this one I have to admit to buying on the strength of the cover art. There's something about this cover that seems impressionistic and mysteriously intriguing. And, after reading the book the first time, I found that it fit the story perfectly.

Actually, the cover image also reminds me of some of the encaustic art I've seen in the history books from the later Egyptian/Greek periods of time - I think, it might even be concurrent with the events in the story, making it even more appropriate.

I repeat my question: What's your favourite piece of cover art. Either respond in the comments, or leave a link to your response. I'd love to see it.
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