Sorry to inflict this on you - US Bonehunters cover

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    Rane Longfox

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    It's just.... hideous:(
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    Urien

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    I was expecting a lot worse. Usually a bronzed badly drawn warrior clutching a sword and a dusky half dressed maiden on American covers.

    Fantasy covers in the US are usually embarassing to be seen with.
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    Rane Longfox

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    Like, say, the one they used for Gardens of the Moon?;)
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    Urien

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    HA! I'd never seen that cover before. Boy do they like their archetypes.
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    Rane Longfox

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    Hey, wait til you see the one they were going to use for Deadhouse Gates, until it caused such an uproar that they changed it to use the UK cover;)

    Hmm, seems like they used it for the Russian edition...
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    And of course Memories of Ice shouldn't be ignored either:
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    The others had been ok, up to this point:(
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    Urien

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    That man's head is too small.

    I couldn't see the link, not allowed from this location it said.

    Speaking of dreadful covers, the Robert Jordan covers are often out of proportion. You'd think that popular as the books are, they'd find somebody who could draw realistically.
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    Rane Longfox

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    It's kinda small, I'm afraid...

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    Urien

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    Oh dear. Perpetuating the books for teenage boys model.
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    Rane Longfox

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    The full artwork: it's a little better, but still not great.
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    SPOILERS!!!!

    It needs the bear-monster chasing them in the scene, and the other carriages. Then it might be decent.
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    Jason_Taverner

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    is that Paran, god looks nothing like him in my head, I like the cheesy art its canny funny, the Teri Hatcher in DHG was a stinker
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    mogora

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    While it's not the scene I would choose for The Bonehunters, it's not too bad of a cover IMO. It's not nearly so embarrasing as the US covers for Gardens of the Moon or Memories of Ice. (And that original cover for Deadhouse Gates.....:eek: )

    I actually like this better than the UK cover for Bonehunters and I like it a whole lot better than the new artwork Transworld has started with Reaper's Gale.
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    HardScienceFan

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    I've thought about a thread about the cover art on most SF/F/H boox
    being damaging to the public perception of the genre.
    Shall I?:)
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    Rane Longfox

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    You know you want too ;)

    With a few notable exceptions, fantasy covers are normally horrific. Sci-fi isn't as bad, and horror is the worst of the lot...
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    nixie

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    Aren't I glad I'm British:p
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    I love Garth, he cracks me up. He invented EVERYTHING, even the AIR!
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    Rosemary

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    I much prefer the British cover version. I just hope that the style of the cover does not alter now, although of course that doesn't ruin the story!

    I just hate it though, having a few books of the series with one cover and then changing it, like they did with Wheel of Time, especially when I have decided to keep the books. It really looks horrible on the book case! :eek:
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    Green

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    It looks like a Terry Pratchett cover. The original UK version was about a hundred times better, but this US cover is actually a hundred times better than the new UK cover.

    Seriously, what's wrong with these marketing people that they actually think the new UK cover is preferable to the old one? It looks like something a kid would knock up in Photoshop. The Reaper's Gale one is barely better. What a pile of toss. Grr.
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    Rahl Windsong

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    I spend way more time on the pages that are found after you turn the cover to the text, and as long as that is par with the rest of Erikson's books then I would be happy with a blank cover :)
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    Somebloke

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    Great. In a world of undead lizards, golden fire-skies, mysterious portals, terrible godlings and unnatural shapeshifters, they decide to focus on a b******y traffic accident in the snow.

    Still waiting for everyone's favorite shadowdancer to grace the covers....

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