Monday, January 18, 2016
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's pick- Moons
Moons! I've been looking forward to this one ever since I saw the schedule. Why? Well, there is something about the moon. A moonlit night with a soft breeze blowing, clouds scudding across the moon, the gleam of moonlight on water. The effect on the tides- moons are mysterious and enigmatic.
I like to look up into a clear sky and see the moon there, small and distant. Even in daytime. I love the diffuse light from the moon obscured by clouds. I look up into the night sky and imagine I hear the great leathern crack of dragon wings, and catch a glimpse in the moonlight. The harvest moon on a crisp autumn night. The sun may rule the day, but the moon rules the night. So... here are some of my favorite covers with moons.
My favorites? This is a tough one but here we go.
I like Goodnight Moon! There's something about it- the moon and stars through the window, the fire crackling merrily. Seems comforting...
Biting Bad- I've always liked this cover, with the heroine looking out over the Chicago skyline. Very nice.
Night Myst. This is a good one as well, with the moon through the trees - and the woman on the cover looks ready for some serious badassery.
Owl Moon is a nice cover, moonlight on snow- and owls are so majestic.
Star Born is old school, and it's hard to see the moon but it's there, on the far left. I've seen the full wraparound art and it's much more visible that way, as are the people on the ground and the ones standing in the lighted hatches of the ship. Such a great piece when you see the full thing.
Savor is more modern of course, and not only do I like the art, but I see Kate Evangelista is the author. Kate as many of you know is a member of our blogging community so I have twice the reason to feature this one. Nice cover.
And my favorite is... A Blue Moon. Yes I just like this one- a lot. It's whimiscal and the moon is front and center, and black cat. Sold.
Since we're talking moons I would be remiss if I didn't mention one of my favorite cover artists. Michael Whelan is of course no stranger to fantasy/ sci fi fans, he may be the best known illustrator in the field- and he happens to use moons fairly often. You can check his site here for an awesome array of art- and here's a neat post about him and his influence at Patricia Briggs' site.
I think this piece really captures the yearning for the moon...