DS9 - Enigma Tales by Una McCormack pre-release thread

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  1. Enterprise1701

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    Here's a dedicated thread to discuss Una McCormack's upcoming Engima Tales, due out 27 June 2017. Featuring Garak, everyone's favorite Cardassian, Enigma Tales looks to follow up on McCormack's previous tales The Crimson Shadow and The Missing.

     
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  2. Tosk

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    Sometimes you don't even have to read the blurb to know it's a must-buy. :)
     
  3. 2of1million

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    Why does June have to be so far away...*sigh*
     
  4. Reanok

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    This book is definitely one I want to buy.I really her ds9 books.
     
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  8. Reanok

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    Wow! I really like the cover art. I like seeing the characters on the covers again.
     
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  9. Dimesdan

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    That is probably one of the most half-arsed and downright embarrassing covers of recent times, it looks like it could have been created in ten minutes; seven minutes to find the image of Cardassia and then Garak and highlight him and then the next two to paste Garak and the banner onto the image of Cardassia, another minute to add the extra text.

    In short, it's shite.
     
  10. historypeats

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    I've always loved the design of Cardassian cities, but this looks like it's following the exact design principles of the Hearts and Minds cover, which I found uninspiring. Garak's head clashes terribly with the cityscape. It looks for all the world like someone just glued Garak's picture to a Cardassian-city wallpaper.

    If you're going back to an era of floating-head covers for some reason - and I have no idea why you would want to when we have the ability to make A Pocket Full of Lies-style covers - use The Final Reflection as your model, where the floating head hovers over characters performing actions!
     
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  11. Stevil2001

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    C'mon, they put a red filter on the Cardassia stock shot, that must have taken a minute.
     
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    Given how long it takes me to make changes in Photoshop to create a new background image, that can easily be put in those original seven minutes as it would take literally 20 seconds to change the colour of that stock image.
     
  13. David cgc

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    I have to agree, it's a pretty lackluster design. It's not even a proper floating head; Having a full shot of Garak just makes it look more like he's leaning back over a balcony to try and get the cityscape into his selfie. I don't think it'd be prohibitive to do a photomanipulation where it looked like Garak was actually standing on Cardassia, if that's what they were going for.
     
  14. DS9forever

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    I think the clothing Garak is wearing isn't from a screengrab.
     
  15. Mage

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    I honest to God hope this is a placeholder. As in, "this is a general placeholder thingie, do you want us to finetune it". Because if Pockets runs with this, for shame. Really, for shame.

    Honestly, we have some of the authors on this forum. If you guys read this, please, let Pockets know what we feel about this shit.
     
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    I think they've said before that the cover art is pretty much entirely up to the artist and the author doesn't really have much say unless the artist decides to talk to them about it?
     
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  17. Defcon

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    O.K., I don't really get the hate for the cover. While not in my Top Ten of ST covers, there were tons of covers in the last years that were far worse IMO (both Pocket and Cross Cult).
     
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  18. DS9forever

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    Did I read there is an audiobook release as well?
     
  19. Stevil2001

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    Well, I don't disagree with that. It has been a pretty rum run of covers over the last few years.
     
  20. Dimesdan

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    Well for me, I wouldn't call it hate, as I said already, it's embarrassing and half arsed in its execution. Even the second and third Prey book covers are high art compared to this given someone took actual time and effort over their executions. (and I'm critical of those covers too)
     
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