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Comments on Caustic Cover Critic: Zandra Rhodes's 1970s Penguins





Updated: 2017-11-16T15:16:11.240-08:00

 



Searching for old posts on Twitter is a thankless ...

2010-02-09T02:31:31.621-08:00

Searching for old posts on Twitter is a thankless task, but from what I can remember, the responses were about 75% against, 25% for. Anti comments were pretty predictable: ugly, horrible, terrible etc.



But I do (mostly) like them. And a lot of people r...

2010-02-05T14:55:31.537-08:00

But I do (mostly) like them. And a lot of people reblogged/tumblr/twittered them too, for what that's worth (although possibly to point and laugh). I'd be interested to see what other nay-sayers said.



I can't say how much I hate these covers. I w...

2010-02-05T13:35:11.511-08:00

I can't say how much I hate these covers. I was so shocked and appalled by them that I ran a straw poll o Twitter last week, which showed, thankfully, that most people expressing a view on them agreed with me.

Zandra Rhodes may be a wonderful fashion designer for all I know. But she cannot draw. There is a gaucheness and amateurishness to these covers which is inexcusable in such a cover-loving publisher as Penguin. What she has tried to do is combine intricate, almost geometric patterns with a freehand style, and has failed to do either justice.

Please tell me it's not just me. I don't even think it's a question of taste. These covers are just objectively bad. Aren't they?



I'm exactly the same--and have also been known...

2010-01-27T14:11:44.219-08:00

I'm exactly the same--and have also been known to buy a second copy of a book I already own because the new cover is much better.



These are nice. I shouldn't admit this, but s...

2010-01-27T07:42:25.095-08:00

These are nice. I shouldn't admit this, but sometimes it's only a attractive new cover that encourages me to read an 'old' book. I agree that the texture / finish element could add a lot more to these.



Ditto--it grabs the eye, but there's something...

2010-01-26T18:49:53.207-08:00

Ditto--it grabs the eye, but there's something a bit odd about it. But it's one of the Carter books I haven't read, so for all I know it may be perfect for the story.



The Susan Hill cover is my favorite, too. The one ...

2010-01-26T18:44:29.378-08:00

The Susan Hill cover is my favorite, too. The one with the lipsticks is really unusual, but I'm not sure if I like it. It's eye-catching.