I don't like the cover page picture

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Re: I don't like the cover page picture

Post by ms07 » 20 Jun 2018, 22:11

Other than the words covering the sword, as mentioned before me, I really don't mind the cover photo. I think it accurately portrays sword swallowing for entertainment purposes. The people behind the sword swallower are smiling with their cameras, capturing the true nature of humans- sometimes they enjoy the pain of others.

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Post by Kmykel » 21 Jun 2018, 00:25

I don't care for photo covers in general, nor do I care for photo-realistic. I don't like seeing what characters in the book look like, because I like the freedom of being able to picture them myself. I know that's subjective, but it is a pet-peeve of mine.

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Post by Ayomaamianda » 23 Jun 2018, 01:59

The book is an interesting one and once you get to read it you will definitely enjoy the story. I don't see anything wrong with the cover and in fact i find it eye catching.

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Post by lindsaysherlock » 23 Jun 2018, 18:54

Covers really make it or break it for me. Even though you aren't supposed to judge a book on its cover, I always do. If the cover doesn't interest me, I don't want to read the book. If I really like the cover, I'll usually want to read the book, even if the plot doesn't initially sound like something I would enjoy.

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Post by bclayton13 » 23 Jun 2018, 23:15

Personally, I didn't find the cover picture too bad. But I feel that it did misrepresent the book slightly. I admit I was plenty surprised to find that the book centered around a circus. From the cover picture, I'd pictured street performers maybe.

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Post by anwidmer » 24 Jun 2018, 17:49

Im a trong believer in not judgeing the book solely on its cover, and while o bnb obviously controversial i dont see the big deal in the cover as it relates to the story. Does it not depict the storys main focal point? I wouldnt know as its still on my TBR list.

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Post by Silahmom » 25 Jun 2018, 10:31

Although I agree the picture is freaky I also feel it represents duke very well. He wasn't what we'd call normal. He was freaky. Although it wasnt the main theme of the book the picture does fit.

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Post by Lil Reads » 25 Jun 2018, 14:15

CataclysmicKnight wrote:
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I'll admit, when I see this one as the book of the day or in other places, the cover does throw me off a bit. On the one hand, this clearly shows a pretty wild character who can put on a heck of a show since there are people gathered around to watch. On the other hand, I feel like the background could be more interesting - the only sign shown is a Yoga place. I know this is a weird complaint, but it just makes me feel like the dude is gonna go do some yoga after for some odd reason.

Also, without the sword in the image, if the title wasn't there I'd just think he's really good at gargling water. :D With the title it makes perfect sense though.
I especially agree with your comment about the background; I admit it makes it look self-published to me, like it was a public domain image or royalty free image someone grabbed to quickly make a cover.
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Post by Bookwormgirl1 » 26 Jun 2018, 11:14

I agree with you. Typically the sight of a tattooed man swallowing a sword on the front cover of a book may turn some people away. To be honest, the sight of it turned me away as well. Now, after hearing how positive some people have been about the book, I would like to give it a try.

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Post by JoshuaR » 26 Jun 2018, 15:29

I agree the cover is a tad disturbing. I understand that the cover is not the substance of the book, but it is the first impression. This first impression is certainly eye catching but it's a little gross. Perhaps something not as potentially gruesome could be used? They guy is great though.

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Post by Aubrey Cana Laine » 27 Jun 2018, 09:19

My first impression of the book's cover was very similar to yours. I usually don't like seeing dangerous acts being performed, especially sword swallowing, so I hesitated a lot in my thoughts regarding the book. To be honest, I think the cover could be better in order to attract lots of readers.

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Post by DathanReeves » 27 Jun 2018, 23:06

Meh, it draws the potential read in. People are more likely to see the cover before they read the title on the cover, so even if it disturbs some, it will intrigue others to read it.

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Post by klwoodford » 28 Jun 2018, 01:00

I agree with your assessment of the cover picture. The story itself is very interesting, however the cover picture doesn't suit the book. It does reveal a little about the characters but almost seems cheap and gaudy in my opinion

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Post by Riszell » 28 Jun 2018, 04:30

Kmykel wrote:
21 Jun 2018, 00:25
I don't care for photo covers in general, nor do I care for photo-realistic. I don't like seeing what characters in the book look like, because I like the freedom of being able to picture them myself. I know that's subjective, but it is a pet-peeve of mine.
Sometimes it's better to make your imaginations do its job while you go through the words of the book you're reading.

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Post by Cotwani » 28 Jun 2018, 05:59

I think the cover picture was in line with the title of the book. Whilst not 'awe inspiring,' I didn't find it gross either. It is the story itself that set me back.
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