Talk about anything here as long as it is not against the rules. Post count not affected.
Oct 11th, 2018, 3:42 am
Of course not. Some of my favorite fantasy books had terrible covers when I first read them.
Oct 11th, 2018, 3:42 am
Oct 11th, 2018, 9:09 am
I used to and after reading the book or trying to read it, I thought woooooh such a nice cover for such a lame story....... now I prefer to read the synopsis - sometimes the synopsis doesn't really reflect the book.
if we like a book by its cover or synopsis we have to try it, we can have nice surprises..... like bad ones :-D
Oct 11th, 2018, 9:09 am
Oct 11th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Sigh. MustbeMe is all too right. Electronic publishing has done wonders for boosting the variety of new books but nothing good for the average quality. Shoveling through the crap to find the inspired novel that formerly no editor would dare to publish is a pain. So how to find the needle in the haystack? Reviewers insist on being bribed, The Synopsis is as honest as advertising ever is.

The picture does at least suggest effort and at least sometimes reflects the content. However a good cover is more evidence of an appreciation of formula. So indicating a good book but not so hot for great ones.

My personal rules now::

* Never bother with an author of less than 3 books - that way if the one is good I get a fair chance of two more readable ones.

* Look for audio versions. A fair sign of success.

* If the Author has at least one novel with at least 40 thank you's then S/he is doing something right (and the poster has kept working links for a decent length of time)

However none of the above is proof I will like the book. I like fantasy & SF and the most popular labeled as such are actually Romance,Action Adventure or Horror. That because of the reader base for other genres is so much bigger. They swamp those of us whose appreciation is for innovative world building.
Oct 11th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Oct 12th, 2018, 7:52 am
At first glance yes whilst scanning the shelf's.
Soon go past this stage though
Oct 12th, 2018, 7:52 am
Oct 14th, 2018, 9:46 pm
Honestly, I've gotten the majority of my favorite books, solely due to the cover, I do admit, that I have been burned a few times this way!!!
Oct 14th, 2018, 9:46 pm

Figs