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October 2008: The Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman

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Post by Amanda » Wed November 5th, 2008, 2:38 am

I got my copy of Devil's Brood today! I will now have to read Time and Chance!

I must say though, the Australian release cover, doesn't grab me like the US one. It is a bit dark, and doesn't really scream out historical fiction, medieval.

http://www.penguin.com.au/lookinside/sp ... 0718154660

And for anyone is Australia that hasn't got a copy yet - Big W (under $22).
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Post by Vanessa » Wed November 5th, 2008, 8:42 am

I don't know what the cover is going to be in the UK. I can't see one on Amazon, it just says it's not available yet.
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Post by diamondlil » Wed November 5th, 2008, 8:44 am

Hmmm...doesn't fit with any of the other covers at all.
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Post by EC2 » Wed November 5th, 2008, 10:01 am

I don't like the Australian cover at all.
What happens in the UK - and I would assume elsewhere too is that the publishers have a cover briefing meeting where the editor will give the art department a synopsis and an illustrator will be engaged, either in house or contracted out to produce a book cover. I wonder what happened at the briefing meeting for Devil's Brood. It doesn't say medieval historical does it?
Literary horror perhaps? I don't quite know. How odd!
I really like the USA cover.
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Post by Misfit » Sat November 8th, 2008, 3:03 am

It's way too late and I'm much to tired to comment but puleeease I can't believe they let Harriet review this,
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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat November 8th, 2008, 3:23 am

[quote=""Misfit""]It's way too late and I'm much to tired to comment but puleeease I can't believe they let Harriet review this,



An historical thriller?????? :eek: :D :) :eek:



I am not going there, but Harriet is know to get frisky on occasion.[/quote]

Heck, I gave it a "helpful" vote just for the giggle that "top position" line gave me.
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Post by Telynor » Sat November 8th, 2008, 7:35 am

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]Heck, I gave it a "helpful" vote just for the giggle that "top position" line gave me.[/quote]

Ghh! I just read that review... Somehow, it still didn't scan right.

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Post by Misfit » Sat November 8th, 2008, 1:19 pm

It's going to take a serious amount of will power not to leave a comment on that one. WILL POWER WILL POWER WILL POWER.

I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how she's figuring that the three books are mysteries. :confused: :confused:

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Post by EC2 » Sat November 8th, 2008, 1:31 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]It's going to take a serious amount of will power not to leave a comment on that one. WILL POWER WILL POWER WILL POWER.

I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how she's figuring that the three books are mysteries. :confused: :confused:[/quote]

I suspect she meant that the books are 'thrilling' and used 'thrill' in the way of meaning an edge of the seat read rather than a mystery. That's how I interpreted it anyway. It's not a bad review, but written in a slightly Janet and John style.
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Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Misfit » Sat November 8th, 2008, 1:47 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I suspect she meant that the books are 'thrilling' and used 'thrill' in the way of meaning an edge of the seat read rather than a mystery. That's how I interpreted it anyway. It's not a bad review, but written in a slightly Janet and John style.[/quote]

You're right, I wasn't quite awake yet :p :o

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