I was going to do a news post for you guys tonight, then I found this over at Tez Says. Yeah, I got a little side-tracked. It’s the cover for the 18th Anita Blake novel by Laurell K Hamilton. Can anyone figure out what the concept behind this is? This doesn’t give me any kind of a flirting impression and I’m not really sure what is up with that razor blade. It looks more like a serrated art deco non-danglingly woman part. Or that may just be me, but that was my first impression.
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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.
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Yes, I agree. It doesn’t fit at all.
Same here, I’m at a loss. But the cover fits in with the last couple books that have come out.
Sorry to have distracted you from your news ;-)
I don’t understand the title name… doesn’t really match up with the most recent titles: Blood Noir, Skin Trade… But Anna is right, the graphic design of the cover matches the most recent editions of this series.
I should clarify, I get that the concept is like the two previous novels, and I liked their covers, but this one is sooo different. The other two novels had bigger graphics than this dinky razor blade. I’m hoping this goes through a redesign.
Well, I haven’t read any of the Anita Blake books but looking at the cover the only thing that comes to mind is: Flirting with death. Death being symbolized by the razor blade.
I can totally see that Donna, but I can think of better symbols to use for “flirting with death” than a tiny razor blade. At least for a book cover. Make the blade bigger is my only thing. Plus the blue is horrendous.
sooo…flirting leads to razor-blade induced violence?
Jackie, I agree with you about the razor blade. The book cover is dull and doesn’t really spark much in the imagination besides the analogy I came up with. Really not sure what the marketing group was going for on this cover. *shrugs*
J.T. – that’s what I thought- Made me think someone was planning on cutting off my bits and pieces. Generally speaking I prefer to keep those sorta thoughts away from my wife.