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Okay. Seriously. WTF is this? I'm sorry, but this is, just... ugly. I don't get the two different fabric styles, the celtic border, the pink slug thing below the marijuana leaf... I don't get any of it.Sad thing is, it looks like somebody spent some real time on this cover. It just didn't turn out very well I'm afraid.
Yeah I agree. It's pretty bad. (Sorry to author/designer)This would be completely unreadable in thumbnail and that's what you have to sell it from!
I have to also agree. I'm scratching my head on this one. I would guess that it's something about drugs but beyond that I don't have a clue. The text is very hard to read and the graphics are just odd. I know that this is harsh but I really recommend that the author / publisher rethink this and start over.
Oh well, I was shooting for offbeat; looks like I achieved that goal.
Disclaimer - I don't have the foggiest technical clue about cover design, so I can only comment on what the average reader's perception might be and how they might respond upon seeing this cover while browsing through e-book listings.First impression - the book is about drugs (it even says so in the subtitle). That will most likely polarize readers - they'll either go, "Oh, cool, drugs," or "Oh, drugs, no thank you.". And that's OK - you want to cut straight to your target readership, and I think that visually, this cover achieves that.Second impression - the name of the novel is completely out of odds with (what I'm assuming are) the topics and themes of the novel. If I saw the title on its own, I would think of a completely different kind of story (spies, steamships, languid women in big floppy hats). If you're going for deliberate dissonance there, then you've achieved that too.That little pink thing, that I think is meant to be a snake...ewww. Something about it creeps me out.
There is offbeat, then there is just not very well done. Unfortunately this cover is just not very well done.