Monday, February 8, 2016

Cover Characteristics



Cover Characteristics is a meme by Sugar and Snark- every week a characteristic is selected and we post 5 books with that week's theme. 

This week  is Statues. 

Statues- an interesting topic this week. Statues would seem to run the gamut from commonplace to exotic, large or small- like the Maltese Falcon or the towering statues of Argonath in Middle Earth. Perhaps a smallish idol lost in the steaming jungle, in a crumbling temple lit by strange lights- guarded by the shadows and silences of a lost city- or by powers beyond human understanding. I always find it interesting to see where my picks come from- which genre, how hard I have to look, etc. Every week is so different.  




Another Nancy Drew cover, I like the rough seas and it sorta conveys a sense of danger. 



I'm assuming that's a statue he's standing on?  



Pulpy goodness- I never start with these but when I have trouble finding some I hit the pulps! And usually something turns up- in this case I have no idea what's going but statue so OK. And I do like the sense of a glittering cityscape behind them, through the windows.   



I kinda like Mystery of the Maya here. It looks fun and like a book I would have enjoyed as a kid. I did read some of these, they're not really that good but it's a neat idea. 



This one is kind of striking with the head in the sand and the white robed figures.  


After The Rain is a phenomenal cover- obviously very old but striking with the submerged State of Liberty and people on its crown, as well as the vintage speedboat! Obviously something bad has happened... 


This is a favorite just for the towering statues looming as they sail towards Rohan. 



This one might be my favorite, narrowly. It just has a certain look to it- and I have a fondness for some of these. I like her face juxtaposed with the tree, it just works.

18 comments:

  1. Nice picks, especially the Nancy Drew titles -- I remember both of those at least vaguely.

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    1. I enjoy going through the Nancy Drew cover art- a lot of those I recognize from a kid too and it's nice to see em again.

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  2. My favorite of these is the Percy Jackson one.

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading.

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    1. That is a good one. Those covers are usually pretty dynamic with the lightning and stuff- I like 'em too. :)

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  3. I like the Lord of the Rings cover and After the Rain. Gosh, I haven't a Choose Your Own Adventure in years. That was fun to see them. Some great covers this week. You rocked this post.

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    1. Thank you! This one started out rough and got better as I found some good covers. :) I like both of those as well, After the Rain looks very apocalyptic! And Choose Your Own Adventure- I loved those as a kid and I always enjoy looking at them again!

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  4. Nancy Drew covers are always my favorite but all of these are pretty great. I think I like The Secret of the Wooden Lady a little better but that's probably because I vividly remember reading the book so there's a sentimental connection there.

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    1. I like searching through the Nancy Drew and other juvenile mystery covers, there's so much good stuff there! Whenever I find a good match I'm like yesss. :) They had so many good ones. I found a website a while back that looked at all the ND covers and had details on the different versions very interesting.

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  5. I always seem to like the Percy Jackson covers (don't worry, that definitely appears to be a statue), and that Lord of the Rings cover is gorgeous! I mean, imagine actually seeing those statues in real life. But also the fogginess and the light and the colors, it's really just a great cover.

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    1. Yeah I would like to see those in real life- definitely. Very inspiring. The Lord of the Rings one was almost my fave- I like the green water and just the whole thing. I've seen different versions of that scene and that's one of the best.

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  6. I don't think I've ever read or have noticed a book with a statue on the cover (I don't have that particular cover of Percy Jackson). The vintage looking books are just reminding me of Scooby Doo (:
    I'd have to agree that the Lord of the Rings cover is my favorite too.

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    1. There aren't a lot- it took me a while to find these. And LOL about scooby Doo- yeah I can see that. :) Some of the older ones are pretty silly.

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  7. I can't believe I didn't pick any of the Nancy Drew covers! I love all of yours!
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    1. Thanks! I wasn't sure about this topic but in the end I liked most of what I found.

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  8. These are great statute covers. Kudos!

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  9. I struggled to even think of a cover I'd ever seen with a statue on it! This was a tricky one!

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  10. Statue is an interesting topic! I would think it would be a hard one to dig-up. I love the old Nancy Drew covers. The Secret of the Wooden Lady one is pretty awesome.

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  11. Nancy Drew, Percy Jackson and LOTR! So much epic-ness!
    Thanks for joining in last week :)

    Sugar & Snark

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