Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Language of Thorns

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Typographic Covers

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review: A Man of Shadows

A Man of Shadows
By Jeff Noon

My Edition:
E-book, 352 pages
2017, Angry Robot
ISBN: 9780857666703 (paperback)

In Dayzone, the night never comes and lights burn bright and hot at all times. The other side of the coin is Nocturna, home of permanent darkness and man-made constellations. A killer called Quicksilver is terrorizing residents of both zones, killing faster than the eye can see. Down-on-his-luck detective, John Nyquist, finds himself caught up in the mystery of Quicksilver when his case to find a missing girl leads him to the shadowy, dangerous realm of Dusk.

I don’t know how to describe this book because I feel there are two potential stories here and the way they were blended together left me confused and a little underwhelmed.

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Book Review: The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
By Leigh Bardugo
Illustrated by Sara Kipin

My Edition:
Hardcover, 274 pages
2017, Imprint
ISBN: 9781250167095

Do you enjoy tales of horned beasts, sentient wooden soldiers and mermaids who can cause mass destruction with a song? Do you also enjoy tales of unlikely friendship, tormented families, and betrayal? How about fantastic illustrations and full-color text?

Then, like me, you’ll realize this is the book for you!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Alternate Austens

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review: The Fireman

The Fireman
By Joe Hill

My Edition:
Paperback, 752 pages
2016, William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062565334

A plague, commonly referred to as Dragonscale, has swept the world, leaving victims covered swirling patterns of scales that will eventually ignite, burning the host alive. Harper Grayson is a nurse, working in a hospital to assist the afflicted when she catches the ‘Scale herself. Initially, she’d make a death pact with her husband, should they become infected, but when she realizes she’s pregnant she decides she wants to live. When her crazed husband tries to kill her, Harper is saved by a man who can set himself on fire at will and she follows him to a camp of refugees who embrace the ‘Scale and seek to survive the end of the world.

Whoa. I figured I’d like this beast of a book, but I never expected it to be so damn addicting!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Neverwhere

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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