Thursday, 11 August 2011

Some Cover Art, Just For You!

Apologies for the slight downturn in content over the last couple of days. Hope hasn't been well, then Sue wasn't well... then I really wasn't well! As well as that, all this stuff going on in London kind of took my mind off reading to be honest. We're in Lewisham so were lucky enough not to get hit anywhere near as badly as Hackney, Croydon, Tottenham and the rest. There was a horrible smell of burning car though (cars on fire about ten minutes walk from our house) and the retail park (thirty seconds walk away) was attacked as well. Things seem to be getting back to normal across London (fingers crossed) and I hope that the people who lost homes and livelihoods can get the help they desperately need right now.

So yeah, that's where I've been at these last few days but I've got stuff lined up that should hopefully get things back to normal here (starting from tomorrow). In the meantime, check out a couple of pieces of cover art that caught my eye over the last couple of days...

Sue absolutely loves her Art Deco and when you live with someone who loves Art Deco, you can't help but love it a little bit too :o) It doesn't get a lot more Art Deco than the cover to 'By Light Alone' and that's why I can't help but grin every time I look at it. The book's on the pile but I'm not 100% sure when I'll get to it. Here's some blurbage if you're interested,

In a world where we have been genetically engineered so that we can photosynthesise sunlight with our hair hunger is a thing of the past, food an indulgence. The poor grow their hair, the rich affect baldness and flaunt their wealth by still eating. But other hungers remain . . . The young daughter of an affluent New York family is kidnapped. The ransom demands are refused. Years later a young women arrives at the family home claiming to be their long lost daughter. She has changed so much, she has lived on light, can anyone be sure that she has come home?

This isn't the kind of cover that would normally catch my eye but I'm in a nostalgic mood this morning and there's something delicioously eighties/early nineties about this cover. A guy staring out over a panoramic scene and look...! There's a castle in the distance! :o) It's like I'm a teenager again, staring at the books on the shelves and mentally compiling my Christmas wishlist.

Apparently, this is a 'long awaited sequel' to Vinge's 'A Fire Upon The Deep' and the word is that a lot of people will be happy to see it finally published. Me though... I've never read 'A Fire Upon The Deep' or anything by Vernor Vinge for that matter. What am I missing out on? Here's some more blurbage for those who are interested...

Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power...and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed.
See you tomorrow ;o)

1 comment:

tmastgrave said...

Children of the Sky is definitely the kind of cover that would intrigue me. Absolutely beautiful!