In case you didn’t know, there is a lovely YA blog run by Australian bloggers right over here, where you will find a ton of Australian YA and some thoughtful posts, including one about book covers, which is also right over here.
So, there I was reading and came across something that made me realise that oh hey, there are other people who don’t like book covers with faces… it’s not just meeee!!
They just don’t work for me… it’s really not just me though is it? I fully expect to see someone in the book remind tie into the cover and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes the face doesn’t fit the description given and as much as I do want all the descriptions that help me form the picture of a character in the text, I don’t want a face peeking out at me from the cover. If it’s obscured, and it’s not entirely clear, I’m good. Yes, even for romances.
Am I weird? I rarely if ever pick up a book like this — do you feel about book covers like this?
I have a confession to make — I didn’t know Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize and until I read this it hadn’t clicked he’s Australian too. Woops! But this is his newest book and kind of reminds me of the movie Ghost Writer, but you know this is a book. One day, notorious criminal Siegfried Heidl hires a young writer, Kif, to ghost write his memoirs. But here’s where things get darker: the blurb talks about Kif feeling he’s being corrupted by Heidl, but how? How and why does Kif feel that Heidl is rewriting him? If you check out the blurb, you’ll see a ton of interesting questions, with just enough to make me wonder what the hell is going on basically!
Domestic noir is so my thing, and what caught me about the blurb here is that it’s the husband is talking about his wife: about her leaving the house in blind panic, about him worrying about her, and then the police finds her in a part of town he’s never expected her to be in. They suspect her of a crime, and then the husband starts to realise that he doesn’t know enough about her…
A Lesson in Violence which is actually She Rides Shotgun in the US
I cannot for the life of me figure out why the difference. What do you think? I mean, it’s about a young girl called Polly — who goes on the run with her father Nate. He’s just been let out of jail and takes her away from her normal life and on the run in order to save her life. She might save him too in her way, and yes, I am here for the father-daughter interaction. Still curious about the change in title — I think of titles as a bit of a bigger deal to change than covers — what do you think?
Guys, it’s a cowboy sorcerer. I couldn’t resist. the author H Duke first published this on Wattpad and then through Amazon, and here we are, and it’s a cowboy sorcerer. Called Jeremiah btw. He mines for magical ore and somehow or the other, he finds his truck broken down in a small town and in the middle of something with a young mechanic called Jeremy. Who in turn is trying to keep his father’s garage open and trying to stay out of the way of a drug lord who is making deals with the youth in the town for the obedience. So. This is a lean blurb because this is the first part of a serial. So I am hoping this comes with some epic worldbuilding because anything with the words cowboy sorcerer in them has to be IMO 🙂
And last, guys. Christmas. It’s showing… look!
I don’t like Charles Dickens, and find most of his work to be utterly depressing. But, this is a tale of how Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol and I don’t know why, it’s almost a little like the blurb made me cheerful about it. Which is a completely new feeling with regards to anything to do with Dickens, even A Christmas Carol.
What do you think? Is it too early for Christmas-themed books?