I came away with The Sorceress and the Cygnet by Patricia McKillip, Deerskin by Robin McKinley, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, and Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. All for under $15.
Now that I've gloated, I must share the cover of The Sorceress and the Cygnet with you because it is fabulous.
|First of all, let's observe the pink swan.|
|So far,the majority of the swans in the story |
are black. This one is definitely pink.
And it's not my camera's fault.
|Next, let's observe the girl who I assume is the sorceress.|
Please notice her strange alien feelers.
Also notice the strange alien landscape.
Neither of which occur in the book.
|And the horns. |
Nyx does NOT wear horns in the novel.
Then I saw it was first published in 1991.
So it was just a bad decision.
By an artist? and a publisher who somehow appear not to have actually read the book.
But Patricia McKillip's work is some of the most amazing I have ever encountered and The Sorceress and the Cygnet is stunningly beautiful.
"He stood in a vast hall of pure gold, no other color; the light cast no shadows. Upon a gold dais sat a gold throne; upon a gold throne sat the Gold King. Lip, eyelash, fingernail, he could have been melted and stamped for coins. His face was a mingling of tinker's face and the sun-face in the Hold Sign of Hunter Hold: wide-boned, wide-eyed, crowned with wild locks of gold hair. He wore a massive sword and armor spiked with points of gold at neck and wrist, knee and elbow. He was chained by one ankle to his throne" (McKillip, 42).
It is an excellent reminder that we should try not to judge books by their covers. Usually the cover isn't the poor author's fault.
Sometimes, it's true, the book matches it's hideous cover.
But sometimes it is simply concealed treasure. So remember give the ugly books a chance too. You might find something wonderful.