Cover Lurve: Trees ftw! (Part 1)

How do trees on a cover affect the way it looks? Do they make them more readable, more attractive? I think it depends on the individual cover. The follow are four that I really like.

How gorgeous is this cover? I love, love, love how the starkness of it complements the colours. The font used is perfect and I love how they used the darkened silhouette of a person and let all the detail go into the trees. Gorgeous.

Another gorgeous cover. Though it doesn’t exactly feature a tree as the primary object, their addition to the cover (and how brilliant is the illustration?) sets up the icy mood perfectly. Look at the details of the animals on the bare branches. This adds on to the malevolent feel of the book and makes me quite excited for the novel.

The tree functions in this cover as the barrier between the normal and the fantastic. The stunted growth of the tree perfectly illustrates how the fantastic has affected its nature. It’s all very awesome.

I’m not certain whether Photoshop is involved in the creation of this tree but it is seriously intriguing. Okay, wait, I’m pretty certain it’s an illustration but wow. The tree looks both like an angel turned into a tree with its wings stretched or an eagle turned into a tree with its wing stretched. Whatever it is, it packs a big punch and creates a mysterious atmosphere that begs you to pick up the book and read it.

Abarat: The Book Covers

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the covers of the books. The first two anyway. So here they are:

And as a bonus, I found a manga version. I’m not sure it’s a legit cover but it’s really cute so.

Tomorrow, the reviews of the first two books.

Abarat: The Fan Art

Yebba Dim Day (An island in the Abarat by Soma-plume)

The 25th Hour (by Lordratchezlath)

Revisioning of the original painting by Clive Barker. Lady at Yebba Dim Day by Mizzy Chan

Isn’t this super cool? If ever there is a real life version of Abarat, I imagine it to look something like this. Created by hovelkamp.

Christoper Carrion colourized and slightly humanified. Original painting by Clive Barker. Revisioning by AprilQween.

Tomorrow, the book covers.

Fairytale Illustrations

I found some illustrations of popular fairy tales with a distinct Asian feel (I believe it’s Korean). Anyway, I thought they were cool. I don’t know who the artist is but if you do, please tell me. The artist is Obsidian. Click link for more of his/her work.

Beauty and the Beast

Alice in Wonderland

The Snow Queen

More Harry Potter Goodness

So you all know that I love Harry Potter. Lots. Like, a lot. A lot. Here are some awesome HP related stuff I found on the internets. Enjoy.

How Harry Potter Should Have Ended

And Harry Potter characters turned into manga versions. (This one is kinda awesomesauce.)

Suza Scalora – Brilliance

You might have seen her pictures gracing the covers of a number of YA books. Let’s see if you recognize this one:

Look familiar? I’ll leave it for you to figure out. Another photograph of hers graced the cover of the much beloved “I was a teenage fairy” by Francesca Lia Block.

The book is very good, at least I thought so. If you haven’t read it, and if you like poetry and symbolism, you should try it out.

Ms. Scalora’s art is full of colour and life. They are rife with possibility of a wonderland existing alongside our seemingly more mundane world. These are the photographs I would love to see become covers. Not that they need to be on a cover of a book to tell a story of their own.

Aren’t they glorious?