Serbian cover art for two of Scott Bakker’s Prince of Nothing Books

March 28, 2010 § 13 Comments

When did Darrell Sweet start doing covert art consultation for the Serbian fantasy market?

Anyone remember this scene in The Thousandfold Thought?  I guess Kellhus likes to blast enemies as a post-coital exercise…

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§ 13 Responses to Serbian cover art for two of Scott Bakker’s Prince of Nothing Books

  • Chad Hull says:

    Haven't read the book, but that cover art sure as hell isn't gonna make me want to. It's akin to putting a picture of a vomiting man on a bottle gin: stay away.

  • Larry says:

    Nice way of putting it. It really doesn't fit the story at all, or rather it distorts it so much that it's hard to tell what type of story is behind those atrocious covers 😛

  • Mike says:

    almost cartoonish in a way. Is the Croatian market catered towards that perhaps?Here's an interesting thought, Larry, I know some people read fantasy and their accompanying mental images are cartoon-like, or graphic novel-like, ie animated. Maybe that is how they can conceive of a fantasy world. I have always pictured the worlds I read as 'live-action' if you will, and end to put down books that don't live up to the realism I expect in characters or story.

  • Seth Merlo says:

    Doesn't capture any of the complexity of the novels at all. Overlook's covers are the best I've seen for Bakker's series. I'm with Chad – if I saw this in the bookshop, I wouldn't even pick it up.

  • Damn, those are bad. I also would not pick the books up if I saw them in a bookshop. Fortunately I know the story and it certainly deserves more than these covers.

  • James says:

    You know, these covers take a lot of flak and deserve every bit of it because they are really bad, but they do, somewhat, accurately depict scenes from the books.The first is Cnaiur with his Chorae during the battle with the Nansur. Quite a bit overblown actually, since Cnaiur's reaction was more of a run-the-fuck-away-and-try-not-to-die-like-the-rest-of-your-ignorant-people thing than boldly making himself a target for someone wanting to snag a rare anti-schooman relic. But hey… they got close, which is more than you can say for a lot of cover depictions these days, and the little details like the light coming from the schoolman's eyes and mouth is nice and the thing with the dragons is one of their spells, I think.The second is actually Akka, but I am not sure he went after schoolmen after his bout with Esmi… I can remember him tearing into the regular soldiery though.Of course, I could be wrong. It has been a few years since I last read the books.

  • James says:

    Actually, it reminds me of the Russian covers for some of Erikson's books. They are horrible, laughably so, but they do depict scenes from the book. Hell, the cover for Deadhouse Gates has Fiddler fending off the Dhenrabi with his cusser-firing crossbow, which is terribly executed, but rather more interesting than a horde of people running in front of a sandstorm.At the very least, have to give them credit for not just pulling something out of their ass.

  • Callan says:

    Anyone remember this scene in The Thousandfold Thought? I guess Kellhus likes to blast enemies as a post-coital exercise…
    That’s Achamian, not Kellhus. It’s after Esme cheats on Kellhus with Akka in some ruins, then Akka realises Conphas’s army is about to come in and destroy, so he makes a desperate one man army bid to stop them. It is a scene from the book.

    The only negative is I can’t remember any school men accompanying Conphas’s army. That’s the only artistic licence present.

  • Larry says:

    Blond? Bearded? That descriptor fits Achamien less than it suits Kellhus. Still, it’s a cartoonish cover that’s rather ridiculous to contemplate for very long…or at any length.

  • Wilshire says:

    The second is Achamien 100%, it is near the end of the 3rd book, Thousandfold Thought, and there where exactly 4 mages with them. Its akka.

  • Larry says:

    You do realize that a) I already acknowledged that I’m aware of who is who on the cover and that b) I was mocking the cartoonishness and whitewashing of the scene? Amazing how defensive some people get about something posted two years ago regarding cover art.

    There must be something about fandom that lowers one’s IQ precipitously when matters related to said fandom arise.

    • Wilshire says:

      😛 Wow who’s defensive? Looks like you are. I wasn’t even talking about your comment, which I probably never read. Of the two of us, who was using italics and inflammatory language to purposely degrade someone else? Put away your e-penis, I’m certain its bigger than mine, don’t worry.

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