KB Featured Book
Taerak's Void
by M. R. Mathias

$ 3.99
Kindle Edition published 2017-07-09
Bestseller ranking: 7257

Product Description
Taerak's Void
(Book One of Fantastica)
A new series by multiple award winning author, M. R. Mathias

After finding a strange medallion and some maps with markings that no one in his village can understand, Braxton Bray decides to take it all to the Hall of Scholars in the kingdom's capital. But greed is everywhere. Braxton and a tough young female caravan guard named Nixy are forced to run for their lives, for someone else wants what Braxton found and is willing to go to great lengths to take it from him.

With a hefty, kingdom wide, bounty on their heads, not even the great wizards of the Sorcerious can help them. Left with nothing but each other, Braxton and Nixy have no choice but to get on a ship and go on an adventure that will take them places they would have otherwise never imagined. Elves, dwarves, giant gothicans, and trolls, treacherous forests on distant shores, love, death, terror, and magic all await...

Author Topic: Gorgeous new cover for 1984  (Read 783 times)  

Online RightHoJeeves

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 794
  • Gender: Male
  • Perth
    • View Profile
    • Lawson Copywriting
Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:57:22 PM »
The (excellent) folks at Text Publishing in Melbourne put together a new cover for Orwell's 1984.

Isn't it gorgeous?



Link to buy if you want https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/1984

James Lawson

Offline M R Mortimer

  • Status: Jane Austen
  • ***
  • Posts: 313
  • Gender: Male
  • Australia
  • SF writer
    • View Profile
    • Suspended Earth - Official site of M R Mortimer
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2017, 09:47:23 PM »
No. I hate it. LOL. I see what they were trying to do, but it missed the mark for me. To each their own, I guess.
|

Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Author
M R Mortimer | Author Web Site Facebook Page | Twitter Page | Fantasy Series

Online RightHoJeeves

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 794
  • Gender: Male
  • Perth
    • View Profile
    • Lawson Copywriting
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2017, 10:59:11 PM »
No. I hate it. LOL. I see what they were trying to do, but it missed the mark for me. To each their own, I guess.

Really? wow, haha!

James Lawson

Offline M R Mortimer

  • Status: Jane Austen
  • ***
  • Posts: 313
  • Gender: Male
  • Australia
  • SF writer
    • View Profile
    • Suspended Earth - Official site of M R Mortimer
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 01:00:46 AM »
hate is a strong word used for exaggeration purposes only, but no, I'm not really a fan of it at all. Between this and brave new world, you have two of my all time favourite books. I hope they sell a bunch and bring a lot of new readers to it, but that cover would never talk me into buying it.
|

Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Author
M R Mortimer | Author Web Site Facebook Page | Twitter Page | Fantasy Series

Offline Joseph J Bailey

  • Status: Scheherazade
  • *****
  • Posts: 1084
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Joseph J. Bailey - Author
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2017, 05:07:44 PM »
My personal favorites are the Signet Classics edition (I love the clarity and simplicity of the watching eye):



And the typographic book cover for 1984 by Adronauts Berlin (Patrick Pichler & Wolfgang Warzilek):



Joseph J. Bailey | Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Offline M R Mortimer

  • Status: Jane Austen
  • ***
  • Posts: 313
  • Gender: Male
  • Australia
  • SF writer
    • View Profile
    • Suspended Earth - Official site of M R Mortimer
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2017, 11:01:49 PM »
Those two are both nice. Simple and effective, and still evoke the sense of the book.
|

Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Author
M R Mortimer | Author Web Site Facebook Page | Twitter Page | Fantasy Series

Offline ThomasDiehl

  • Status: Jane Austen
  • ***
  • Posts: 332
  • Gender: Male
  • MGladbach, Germany
    • View Profile
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2017, 01:26:04 AM »
Interesting. It works only if you know the first sentence of the book. I wonder if it is wise to hinge that much on something like this.
I also can't help but wonder if it is even book-acurate. I was under the impression Oceania uses a 24-hour clock.
All Hail the King series: 4%

How the Rain Gets In: 21%
English Blog | German Blog

Offline crebel

  • Status: Emily Dickinson
  • *******
  • Posts: 8056
  • Gender: Female
  • Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Member #1600 since January 15, 2009
    • View Profile
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2017, 08:05:00 AM »
The Kindle cover I am being offered this morning.



I like this version.
A book, I think, is very like a little golden door.
That takes me into places where I've never been before.
It leads me into fairyland or countries strange and far.
And, best of all, the golden door always stands ajar. - Adelaide Love

Offline telracs

  • Status: Agatha Christie
  • *********
  • Posts: 19334
  • Gender: Female
  • NYC
  • peace, love, justice.... and chocolate.
    • View Profile
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2017, 10:02:37 AM »
personally, i don't like clocks with the number 13 on them (except for one in the musical Wicked).

and I find eye imagery creepy, so crebel's post makes me shudder.

Online RightHoJeeves

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 794
  • Gender: Male
  • Perth
    • View Profile
    • Lawson Copywriting
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2017, 07:49:12 PM »
Interesting. It works only if you know the first sentence of the book. I wonder if it is wise to hinge that much on something like this.

Good point. Although Text Publishing is sort of a high end publishing house, mainly sold in expensive independent shops.

James Lawson

Offline LSBurton

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 135
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Ocean's Edge Editing
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2017, 08:08:50 PM »
I think that's a pretty nice cover. It's a nice take using a classic book's distinctive opening line.

I also like the Penguin cover of 1984 that's redacted, and the more the book is read, the more wear and tear it receives, the more the title wears through the black.

Offline Erin Zarro

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 135
  • Gender: Female
  • Michigan
    • View Profile
    • Weaver of Words
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2017, 04:45:47 PM »
It seems a bit odd to me. But maybe it'll work in today's market.

Offline Jeff Tanyard

  • Status: Scheherazade
  • *****
  • Posts: 1449
  • Gender: Male
  • Georgia
  • Wait and hope.
    • View Profile
    • My Blog
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2017, 02:42:31 AM »
No. I hate it. LOL. I see what they were trying to do, but it missed the mark for me. To each their own, I guess.

This.  My first impression was that they forgot to put the title on it.  It took me a second to notice the highlighted numerals.  And I don't want to have to search for the title on the freakin' cover.  So, yeah...   ::)
Jeff Tanyard | Author Website

Offline Betsy the Quilter

  • To paraphrase Bill Murray in Groundhog Day: "I'm a goddess; not THE Goddess. I don't think."
  • Administrator
  • Status: Shakespeare
  • *****
  • Posts: 62811
  • Gender: Female
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Love all, moderate all, to quote my friend Harvey
    • View Profile
    • Betsy True Designs
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2017, 03:32:06 AM »
Interesting. It works only if you know the first sentence of the book. I wonder if it is wise to hinge that much on something like this.
I also can't help but wonder if it is even book-acurate. I was under the impression Oceania uses a 24-hour clock.

Yeah, I've read 1984 but it was decades ago and was wondering why there was a clock on the cover.  I like the ones with the eye on it.

personally, i don't like clocks with the number 13 on them (except for one in the musical Wicked).

LOL, I didn't even notice the "13" until you said this (no coffee yet, think I need to rectify that!) and can't say I've seen many clocks with 13 on them.  *Ponders*
 ::)
Goodreads Goal -- 75 books


Joined 10/27/2008  | Miss you, Harvey, Jeff & Dona!
Harvey Chute (1962-2015), KB Founder

Proud Owner: Oasis/Voyage/Touch/Basic/K1/Fire HDX
Betsy True Designs Facebook | My Store

Offline Alberto L Pupo

  • Status: Dr. Seuss
  • *
  • Posts: 11
    • View Profile
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2017, 03:20:39 PM »
I think the cover is actually pretty cool. It is a neat idea overall. This book I think will always be relevant no matter what is on the cover.

Alberto Pupo | Author Blog

Offline MartaDec

  • Status: Dr. Seuss
  • *
  • Posts: 8
  • Gender: Female
  • Poland
    • View Profile
    • Graphic Design & Illustration
Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2017, 07:03:50 AM »
I think it's a really clever cover with an awesome concept, but it may be a bit too complex - on the artistic/design level it definitely works, but if it was a new book I definitely wouldn't go for something similar. It definitely catches attention, but it is a bit confusing at first glance, too, imho. Since it's definitely not something new to the market, though, I'd say it works really well! I'd definitely love to put a book with a cover like that on my shelf!
Graphic Designer and Illustrator.
http://martadec.eu