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Author Topic: Alien: Phalanx by Scott Sigler  (Read 36017 times)

Frosty Venom
Nov 23, 2019, 07:55:35 AM
Reply #165 on: Nov 23, 2019, 07:55:35 AM
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Don’t get me wrong, I’m super keen to read this.


The Old One
Nov 23, 2019, 12:12:59 PM
Reply #166 on: Nov 23, 2019, 12:12:59 PM
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Yeah, of course- but when something looks bad, it's disingenuous not to call it out, especially if it's on an otherwise good thing.


Xiggz456
Nov 23, 2019, 05:44:09 PM
Reply #167 on: Nov 23, 2019, 05:44:09 PM
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Titan wouldn’t hire subpar amateur writers to pen their novels. So why do they allow subpar amateur digital artists to create the covers? Cover art is still a marketing tool so it’s ridiculous to me that they allow this lack of pride and professionalism in their products.

Still very excited to read this novel though.


Still Collating...
Nov 24, 2019, 12:45:48 PM
Reply #168 on: Nov 24, 2019, 12:45:48 PM
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I still remember how I felt when I saw the horrible cover art for The Cold Forge, the infamous ugly A:CM alien with 5 back tubes as the cover of such a great novel.

Maybe there's a correlation, the uglier the cover the better the novel? So we might be getting a really good read out of Phalanx... :laugh: 


SuperiorIronman
Nov 24, 2019, 03:05:13 PM
Reply #169 on: Nov 24, 2019, 03:05:13 PM
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Titan wouldn’t hire subpar amateur writers to pen their novels. So why do they allow subpar amateur digital artists to create the covers? Cover art is still a marketing tool so it’s ridiculous to me that they allow this lack of pride and professionalism in their products.

Still very excited to read this novel though.

I think it's honestly just a problem of what they have to work with. From what I can tell of their catalog a lot of it seems to be re-purposed images from promo shots or composited from other sources to essentially "sculpt" the image. The way they do it might be enough to get the job done even if the resulting cover art generally isn't that good.

I mean I don't know what's stopping them from downloading Blender and just making a couple of different Aliens to pose for the cover. It'd probably look better TBH. I'm still going to buy the book as well.


SM
Nov 24, 2019, 07:32:01 PM
Reply #170 on: Nov 24, 2019, 07:32:01 PM
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I still remember how I felt when I saw the horrible cover art for The Cold Forge, the infamous ugly A:CM alien with 5 back tubes as the cover of such a great novel.

Maybe there's a correlation, the uglier the cover the better the novel? So we might be getting a really good read out of Phalanx... :laugh:

By the time we knew it was "such a great novel" the cover art had been corrected.


HuDaFuK
Nov 25, 2019, 09:00:42 AM
Reply #171 on: Nov 25, 2019, 09:00:42 AM
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Corrected in the sense they deleted the extra dorsal spine, but it was a still a shit cover.


The Old One
Nov 25, 2019, 12:04:22 PM
Reply #172 on: Nov 25, 2019, 12:04:22 PM
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And yet, it's probably the best of Titan Books' recent covers, I desperately want a hardback.


Xiggz456
Dec 29, 2019, 02:13:58 PM
Reply #173 on: Dec 29, 2019, 02:13:58 PM
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It appears that this book is either available as Hardcover or Paperback but no Mass Market Paperback. “Bug Hunt” was also released this way and both books share the “Aliens” moniker which probably has nothing to do with anything but just something I noticed. I’ll be getting the hardcover though!


Kradan
Dec 29, 2019, 02:52:59 PM
Reply #174 on: Dec 29, 2019, 02:52:59 PM
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Corrected in the sense they deleted the extra dorsal spine, but it was a still a shit cover.

I dig TCF cover tbh, especially that frontal view of ridged Alien's head and "cold" palette. Yeah, it's still just photoshoped image but it's among better ones


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HuDaFuK
Dec 29, 2019, 03:13:10 PM
Reply #175 on: Dec 29, 2019, 03:13:10 PM
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It appears that this book is either available as Hardcover or Paperback but no Mass Market Paperback.

In my experience the 2014 and Rage War trilogies came in both paperback sizes but everything since has only had the larger one.


The Old One
Dec 29, 2019, 04:48:50 PM
Reply #176 on: Dec 29, 2019, 04:48:50 PM
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It deserves a more classy cover though.


426Buddy
Dec 29, 2019, 05:10:08 PM
Reply #177 on: Dec 29, 2019, 05:10:08 PM
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The TCF cover is horrible. Like most of Titans cover art, it comes across as cheap and lazy. If they aren't going to put even the slightest effort into the cover art then I wish they would just go with a blank cover and title only.

I still buy the books because I'm a fan and the story is the real meat of the product not the cover. It doesn't stop me from wishing they didn't look like photoshopped garbage though.


Xiggz456
Dec 29, 2019, 10:45:12 PM
Reply #178 on: Dec 29, 2019, 10:45:12 PM
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It appears that this book is either available as Hardcover or Paperback but no Mass Market Paperback.

In my experience the 2014 and Rage War trilogies came in both paperback sizes but everything since has only had the larger one.

In my section of the States it’s nothing but smaller ones in the book stores. “If It Bleeds” and “Bug Hunt” are the only two Titan novels I’ve seen in the larger paperbacks.


felix
Dec 30, 2019, 06:32:34 AM
Reply #179 on: Dec 30, 2019, 06:32:34 AM
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I support Mass Paperbacks all the way.

Hardcovers are too expensive and the larger paperbacks take up too much space.


 

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