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Author Topic: Alien: Phalanx by Scott Sigler  (Read 31586 times)



The Old One
Nov 16, 2019, 06:04:23 PM
Reply #152 on: Nov 16, 2019, 06:04:23 PM
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Absolute, total, empathy.


Corporal Hicks
Nov 17, 2019, 06:36:31 PM
Reply #153 on: Nov 17, 2019, 06:36:31 PM
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Just ignore it...it wont be visible while we're reading. (Looking on the brightside)


SM
Nov 17, 2019, 07:38:10 PM
Reply #154 on: Nov 17, 2019, 07:38:10 PM
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I don't get why people get wound up over covers.  But then I also don't get why people collect steelbook DVD covers either.


SuperiorIronman
Nov 17, 2019, 08:31:30 PM
Reply #155 on: Nov 17, 2019, 08:31:30 PM
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I understand that the cover itself isn't a big deal but in including artwork for a cover, it's there to draw a reader in and in some cases suggest what's going on. Bad cover art can be detrimental to a book. That being said I mostly come at this through comics so maybe novels are different though that's just how I perceive it.

I will say that I like it in theory but the framing is awkward. It looks like we're too close to the Alien and so the Alien looks huge. Maybe including an arm or zooming the scene out would be better suited. Muting the metallic color of the helmet would also help given the choice in color. The focus should be on the Alien with our eye leading to the helmet. But the helmet being too bright draws us right to it.

Though one could have just as easily done that shot from AVP where Grid lifts up Chopper and we get the hiss but instead of Chopper its a knight.


The Old One
Nov 17, 2019, 10:50:47 PM
Reply #156 on: Nov 17, 2019, 10:50:47 PM
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It's an awful cover,
I can't understand defending it. It's basic stuff.

« Last Edit: Nov 17, 2019, 10:56:25 PM by Fiendishly Inventive »

Corporal Hicks
Nov 18, 2019, 08:51:46 AM
Reply #157 on: Nov 18, 2019, 08:51:46 AM
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I understand that the cover itself isn't a big deal but in including artwork for a cover, it's there to draw a reader in and in some cases suggest what's going on. Bad cover art can be detrimental to a book.

^ This. A good cover attracts your attention in the first instance.


The Old One
Nov 18, 2019, 08:54:03 AM
Reply #158 on: Nov 18, 2019, 08:54:03 AM
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Yeah, and if anything that one is repellent.


SM
Nov 18, 2019, 09:32:41 AM
Reply #159 on: Nov 18, 2019, 09:32:41 AM
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I understand that the cover itself isn't a big deal but in including artwork for a cover, it's there to draw a reader in and in some cases suggest what's going on. Bad cover art can be detrimental to a book.

^ This. A good cover attracts your attention in the first instance.

I don't think I've ever seen an Alien book cover so bad that it would turn off a more casual fan, and the more dedicated fans won't care.


Voodoo Magic
Nov 18, 2019, 11:52:32 AM
Reply #160 on: Nov 18, 2019, 11:52:32 AM
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You're wrong then, showed it to my Brother and even his reaction was that it looked awful. And he doesn't even care for Alien that much, he's familiar with the first three, but doesn't enjoy the rest- like most of the general public I imagine.

I have to agree. A good or bad cover can sway a casual fan that maybe owns Alien and Aliens on Blu - that's it - from dipping their toe in the EU.


HuDaFuK
Nov 18, 2019, 03:11:08 PM
Reply #161 on: Nov 18, 2019, 03:11:08 PM
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Trying to forget that I'm an Alien nut for a second...

If I saw that in a shop, it would not encourage me to pick it up. For the same reason I don't buy any of those endless Asylum rip-off movies - looking at the art immediately gives you the impression it's probably shit.


Frosty Venom
Nov 18, 2019, 04:05:42 PM
Reply #162 on: Nov 18, 2019, 04:05:42 PM
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That’s truly a horrible cover.

I hope they give it some work.

« Last Edit: Nov 23, 2019, 07:56:48 AM by Frosty Venom »

SM
Nov 18, 2019, 06:38:11 PM
Reply #163 on: Nov 18, 2019, 06:38:11 PM
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I guess people really do judge a book by its cover...


The Old One
Nov 18, 2019, 06:58:38 PM
Reply #164 on: Nov 18, 2019, 06:58:38 PM
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If the book's any good I'm replacing that cover.


 

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