Cover Snark (204): Stranger in a Strange Snark

Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Please note that you should by no means contact the author if you do not like their cover; they likely have ZERO control. Feel free to express opinions in the comments, but please do not @ an author on Twitter because of anything you’ve seen here. Let’s keep it kind.

Shiny and New:

1. Donut Go Breaking My Heart (Wish) – Suzanne Nelson
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Thoughts: I couldn’t if I fried.

2. Of Jenny and the Aliens – Ryan Gebhart
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Thoughts: Intriguing strategy to have the title be completely incomprehensible from the cover.

3. The Waking Land – Callie Bates
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Thoughts: Don’t love the title treatment (underwhelming overkill when the person made of greenery is so boss), but otherwise yas.

4. Souljacker (Lily Bound #1) – Yasmine Galenorn
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Thoughts: Slightly above par PNR cover. But only slightly.

5. Time and Time Again: A Collection – Tamara Ireland Stone
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Thoughts: Cover awesomeness level: could have been for a Nicola Yoon book.

6. Ramona Blue – Julie Murphy
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Thoughts: Always in support of more adorable illustrated covers in YA.

7. Shy Girl & Shy Guy – Kiersi Burkhart & Amber J. Keyser
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Thoughts: Childhood me would have been ALL OVER THIS.

8. Changes in Latitudes – Jen Malone
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Thoughts: Sure, it’s vacationy, but it’s like the sad mopey day where it mostly rained and you have to go home in the morning.

9. Dune (Dune #1) – Frank Herbert
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Thoughts: I think the brownness of this is deserved since it was like endless desert travel, if I remember right.

10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey #1) – Arthur C. Clarke
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Thoughts: So I sort of love these but also it takes me a bit to work out what the heck the title is.

11. Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) – William Gibson
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Thoughts: Like if I didn’t know what the title was, this would have taken me serious time and frustration.

12. The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #6) – Ursula K. Le Guin
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Thoughts: And now I feel dizzy.

13. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
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Thoughts: Oooh, a font change. Now this is more my speed. Though this one seems like a strange one to include in this collection, but hey.

14. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein
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Thoughts: STRA NGER IN A STRAN GE LAND. WHY.

15. The Shadow Cipher (York #1) – Laura Ruby
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Thoughts: I think York is the series title but given that it’s fucking huge on the cover it’s really hard to say.

16. You Don’t Know Me But I Know You – Rebecca Barrow
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Thoughts: Sometimes you’re in a field and you just accidentally take a nap. Of course you wake up covered in ants.

17. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
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Thoughts: The way she’s holding the sign makes it look like she’s giving a thumbs up with her left hand. Thumbs up, indeed.

18. The Reason You’re Alive – Matthew Quick
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Thoughts: Bright colors can save your life apparently.

19. Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses – Carole Matthews
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Thoughts: A MARY BERRY BLURB. THIS SPEAKS MY LANGUAGE.

20. Keeping the Beat – Marie Powell & Jeff Norton
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Thoughts: Doubt this cover will drum up enough interest.

21. Kokoro (Kojiki #2) – Keith Yatsuhashi
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Thoughts: Doctor Manhattan?

22. Off Rock – Kieran Shea
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Thoughts: 30 Rock from the Sun.

23. The Silver Moon of Summer (Silver Sisters #3) – Leila Howland
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Thoughts: That orange on blue is working much better than I would have anticipated.

24. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
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Thoughts: Way kitschier than I hoped, and that font just makes me sad.

25. The Wonder of Us – Kim Culbertson
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Thoughts: That’s a really pretty wall. Not a thought I have a lot.

26. Dress Codes for Small Towns – Courtney Stevens
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Thoughts: You’re gonna need the stompy boots.

27. Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy – Gareth Wronski
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Thoughts: They don’t have any method of propulsion and they’re not attached to the ship. They are DOOMED.

28. Rules for Thieves (Rules for Thieves #1) – Alexandra Ott
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Thoughts: Rule 1: Don’t hang the stolen necklace in the sky above a busy marketplace because then people will find your hiding place.

29. A Dash of Dragon – Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski
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Thoughts: She better not be killing a dragon to make a magic spell. It’s because of behavior like that that dragons are almost extinct.

30. Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! – Anni-Joan Paquette & Laurie Ann Thompson
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Thoughts: Many drugs went into the making of this cover for children.

31. Summer Unscripted – Jen Klein
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Thoughts: BISEXUAL DIVERSE LOVE TRIANGLE? OT3????

32. Kat Greene Comes Clean – Melissa Roske
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Thoughts: That’s the fringiest fringe.

33. Alterations – Stephanie Scott
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Thoughts: This whole thing is punny and clever and adorable, and I hope the book inside is like that too.

34. Wicked Like a Wildfire – Lana Popovic
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Thoughts: Reminiscent of Wink Poppy Midnight, but I think I like this one even more. Maybe.

35. Sweet Cheeks – K. Bromberg
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Thoughts: He should be facing the other direction.

Cover Battles:

1. Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3) – Susan Dennard

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #1) - Susan Dennard
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US Original vs. US Redesign: Somebody finally got Eleanor some clothes she can move in! If only Eleanor didn’t look way older than teen years.

2. Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) – Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton
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US Hardback vs. US Paperback: I want to love this redesign because hell yes POC model, but the original’s so lovely and she has an awkward bush-like symbol just north of her pants and it’s a bit weird tbh.

3. Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) – Alwyn Hamilton

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UK vs. US: TBH, this one’s pretty damn awesome, though I’d love to see what the companion to the original rebel cover would have looked like.

4. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth – Frank Cottrell Boyce

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UK vs. US: How did they get on that roof?

5. Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days - Jeff Zentner
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US Take 1 vs. US Take 2: What was even the point? I mean, the darker colors make it look a bit more depressing, but like it doesn’t look any more awesome.

WTF of the Week:

WTF of the Week began as a special category for one cover I saw, but was so popular it became a recurring feature. Here, I highlight covers, both new and old, that I’ve found, which, upon viewing, made me either snort or say something along the lines of “Dear God, what is that thing?”

1. Making Pigeons Pay – Wendell M. Levi
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Thoughts: Dirty, disgusting, lice-ridden birds. Used to be able to sit out on the stoop like a person. Not anymore. Birds.

2. What Do You See Under the Sea?
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Thoughts: A…clown????

3. Venusia – Mark von Schlegell
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Thoughts: A fuzzy captured in her natural habitat.

2 responses to “Cover Snark (204): Stranger in a Strange Snark”

  1. TBH I actually love the classic ones with the artsy titles, even if some of them are kinda hard to read. Typography! And classic lit! A match made in heaven.

    But also, that ‘Rebel of the Sands’ redesign is so… not great. The hardcover is way cooler.
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  2. Angela says:

    I hate all the re-designs of the classics. LOL. They’re impossible to read and just look messy to me. I love typography, but there was a better way to do these.

    And though I think the original Rebel books are gorgeous, I do love the re-designs as well.

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