Follow Friday (15) & TGIF (8): Author Pimping & Being All Judgey About Covers Again

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Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q. Have you ever looked at book's cover and thought, "This is going to be horrible", but was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.

Is it weird that once again my mind turned to City of Lost Souls, a cover that I mentioned during Waiting on Wednesday? That cover is horrible and I really hope the book isn't near as Harlequin romance as it looks on the surface.

I'm an admitted cover snob. It takes a lot in a book's description or an absolutely glowing review from someone I really trust to get me past an awful cover. Exceptions come in the form of books I agree to review before ever seeing their covers, which was the case with Nephilim by Mary Ann Loesch. I mean, look at that cover. When I finally saw it, I was dreading having to read what looked like a bodice ripping beefcake show.

But I promised a review, so I read it. And it was pretty awesome. It was way more urban fantasy adventure than bodice ripping romance and the author even told me that she wasn't too thrilled with the chosen cover. But I still can't see that cover imagine without wondering what the heck the editors were thinking. It doesn't tell you anything about the story and makes it seem like something it's not. Urgh...

Most of the other books I can think of with bad covers ended up being bad books, so...

 

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Greadsbooks.com, where we answer a book-related question and recap our weekly blogging.

Promote An Author: Is there a particular author you wish got more recognition? Pick one author & tell us why we should read their work.

Oh wow, this is a hard one. Going through my list of favorite authors, they're all generally well-known and/or respected, at least within the book blogging or geeky sci-fi community. I suppose the one that I'm least likely going to see reference to in the blogosphere is Jasper Fforde, who is probably the funniest writer I've ever had the pleasure of reading and re-reading. His Thursday Next series is a dream for an English lit geek and Brit comedy fan like me. He comes up with the most bizarre, creative and seemingly impossible things and manages to put it all together in a cohesive series that's exciting, entertaining and smart. Then of course he had to start another series where he took a much of nursery and faerie tale characters out of context and smash them all together into weirdly wonderful stories. Jasper Fforde is an underrated comedy genius if you're the right sort of person (and I am).

Jasper Fforde's homepage: http://www.jasperfforde.com
On Twitter: @jasperfforde
On Goodreads: Jasper Fforde

I'm going to cheat and mention another - Christopher Rice, son of Anne Rice, who writes some of the most heart-breaking, horrifying fiction I've ever experienced. Technically his books are usually considered mystery thrillers, which isn't a genre that usually appeals to me. There's a particular scene towards the end of The Snow Garden that still haunts me and it's been a good five years since I finished that book, balled up tight on the floor alone in my first apartment crying hysterically. That's probably not a shining endorsement to most people, but someone who can destroy me so completely within a couple hundred pages is a pretty damn effective writer in my opinion.

Christopher Rice's homepage: http://www.christopherricebooks.com/
On Twitter: @chrisricewriter
On Goodreads: Christopher Rice

 

As for the weekly wrap up, here's what we've posted over the last seven days:

- This week's reviews were for the MG title Scary School by Derek the Ghost and YA dystopian title Partials by Dan Wells.

- I was impatiently waiting for another dystopian YA title, but this one involving a girl with wings - Above by Leah Bobet.

- Random Tuesday had me babbling about a lot of things, like the upcoming Avengers movie, scientists finding the Eye of Sauron in space and participating in Teaser Tuesday with a book I hadn't even started reading yet. There's also a picture of Castiel. Because I can.

- After being away for most of the weekend, I stumbled across a short interview on EW.com with Ally Condie that included the title and cover of the third book in the Matched trilogy. I got excited and wished I had a cherry lollipop.

- And finally Sunday brought In My Mailbox.

 

Have a great weekend!