I don't like the cover page picture

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Re: I don't like the cover page picture

Post by DorcasToo » 09 Jun 2018, 00:16

I agree it totally put me off. I don't think I will read this book.

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Post by Lolababs94 » 09 Jun 2018, 03:46

trulyfreeclub wrote:
30 May 2018, 19:48
Is it just me or others feel the same way too?

To tell you honestly, my first impression with the picture as cover page for the book is not very alluring. I'm not trying to judge the character of the author nor the picture of the man in tattoos, but I find it disturbing to put it on cover page.

First, it scares a lot of people to see someone swallowing a sword, including me.
Second, I don't think this book is intended for kids of all ages.
Third, I would surely not try to read this book.
Lastly, inasmuch as I don't like circus and tattoos, I do hope people would read this book by Gary Robinson.

Thank you for taking time to read my post! Kudos to the author for such bold writing. :)
lol...no, it's not just you! My first reaction to the sword was to jerk away from the picture! There was also the fact that the picture seemed too busy. Although, it does get points for getting the message across straightaway.

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Post by Shraddha_rc » 09 Jun 2018, 07:03

I thought it was just me who didn't like the cover page. It was a major distraction for me to choose this book to read or to choose any other book over it. I'm not telling it in an offensive way. I just feel like the cover page could have been better than that.

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Post by 10mile72 » 09 Jun 2018, 14:13

I wasn't too crazy about the picture either.

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Post by Manali_DC » 10 Jun 2018, 05:56

I thought the cover picture had a bit of a "shock value". And that can turn both ways- it can put you off or interest you enough to pick up the book and read!! In my case, it got me curious

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Post by palilogy » 10 Jun 2018, 16:51

I felt the picture was gripping and pulled me in to read the novel The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid.
It may not be for every age group, but thats not Gary Robinson's point. (in my opinion)
If anything it doesn't fall flat.

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 10 Jun 2018, 18:01

I don't think the cover page is that bad. The cover page is what drew me in and what made me want to review the book. I think that the sword swallower on the cover gives a great representation of what the book is about. This book is also definitely not for kids.
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Post by elivia05 » 10 Jun 2018, 22:01

I am also not a fan of the cover photo. I agree with all of the points that you make. The old phrase, "don't judge a book by its cover" definitely came to mind when I first clicked on the book.

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Post by MsDree » 10 Jun 2018, 22:57

La, I too wasn't quite attracted by the cover. Though it shows (kind of) the theme of the story.
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Post by Keri wood » 10 Jun 2018, 23:04

I do agree the cover made me want to pass over it honestly I did until I saw it was BOTM. I personally would had made the cover stand out more.

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Post by anwidmer » 11 Jun 2018, 08:02

The cover also put me off to this book, although as the old saying goes dont nidge a book ny its cover. I try not to but sometimes i jist cant help it

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Post by llpwap » 11 Jun 2018, 08:23

I am bad for judging a book by its cover. Based on the cover of this book I would not have read it. I understand why Gary Robinson chose that cover, but it just didn't entice my eyes. Duke was the type of performer that wanted people to stop and stare. It was one of the reason he got so many tattoos. He wanted the crowd to stop and take notice. After reading the book, the cover makes all the sense in the world to me. It is true what they say, you can't judge a book by its cover.

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Post by Jax14 » 11 Jun 2018, 09:59

I think the cover did exactly what it was intended to do - start a discussion and because of that possibly get people to read it!

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Post by Ever_Reading » 11 Jun 2018, 10:10

Jax14 wrote:
11 Jun 2018, 09:59
I think the cover did exactly what it was intended to do - start a discussion and because of that possibly get people to read it!
Haha, well played, mate. If that is the case, then it was a risky move on the author's part, or whoever chose the cover, because most people don't go beyond the cover. Most of us here gave the book a chance because it was BOTM :techie-studyingbrown:
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Post by anwidmer » 11 Jun 2018, 10:24

Ever_Reading wrote:
11 Jun 2018, 10:10
Jax14 wrote:
11 Jun 2018, 09:59
I think the cover did exactly what it was intended to do - start a discussion and because of that possibly get people to read it!
Haha, well played, mate. If that is the case, then it was a risky move on the author's part, or whoever chose the cover, because most people don't go beyond the cover. Most of us here gave the book a chance because it was BOTM :techie-studyingbrown:
Touche! Your right its caused a discission and drawn interest in an otherwise uninteresting book (based off cover alone) it was either a coincidence or brillianxe on the authors part...guess we'll never know which!

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