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22 August 2014 @ 07:32 pm
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What are they smoking over at Penguin? A rogue art department has given some books that deserve better a makeover. There's a certain amount of gratuitous ugliness (The Big Sleep, Ellison's Invisible Man), a jolly pastel cover for A Handful of Dust, and my antifave, battling troglodytes for The Man in the High Castle. As George Bernard Shaw said of Times Square at night, how lovely it must be if one cannot read! Oh well, this is the publisher that just did the baby doll cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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(no subject) - Tom Jackson on August 23rd, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
El Coyote Gordo: bugsupergee on August 23rd, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't have complained about the merely ugly covers, but the Dick & Waugh covers seem to have nothing to do with the books.
msrat1900 on August 23rd, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sensing a theme here -- It looks as though the artists all took a high school class in "design" which emphasized the invigorating effect of cutting up one's first draft and rearranging the pieces.
El Coyote Gordo: Blackaddersupergee on August 23rd, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
That does explain a couple of the ugliest ones.
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on August 23rd, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
Has High Castle ever had a good cover?
El Coyote Gordo: alchemysupergee on August 23rd, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
It's had some mediocre ones that suggested familiarity with the book.
Nation of Tire Saletdaschel on August 27th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
(SF people tend to like High Castle. maybe i should give it another shot. but - really - these days i'm thinking Gather Yourselves Together is the stronger book ..)