7.15.2007

Three-handed Update

Hi folks. I'm sure you all remember this cover (I hope so, it was only a few posts ago):



Ahhhh, three hands. So intriguing. I knew I had to own a copy. Thank you, E-Bay, for making that dream a reality. I now hold in my hot little hands a copy of Castles in the Sky, and it is so totally awesome. According to the back cover, our heroine, Juliana, is ordered to marry Raymond. She refuses, because "[W]hat man would have her once he discovered her secret?" Yeah, I'm with ya, Juliana. I've heard of people with limb-amputation fetishes, but never ones with limb-augmentation fetishes! Good luck with that.

It turns out that the author is actually quite pleased with the cover. Christina Dodd gets three thumbs up from this blogger!

13 comments:

Snow said...

Have you read the book yet?

Maughta said...

I haven't read the book yet, but I'm seriously considering it. I think I might highlight all mention of her arms and hands.

If anyone really cares about what I'm reading, I'm halfway through Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and am anxiously anticipating my Harry Potter arrival (mine will be a week or so late 'cause I order it from the UK, which is kind of a bummer but preserves my continuity-in-cover-art for the series and also upholds my sense of anglophilic superiority).

Snow said...

I think that we have a couple of the books in Polish in our house. I know there's a joke in there somewhere.

DocTurtle said...

Here's a joke, sans punchline; the funniest completion should win a prize: How many Christina Dodd heroines does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Maughta said...

How many Christina Dodd heroines does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Just one, but only if she's really small.

Sorry, I got nothin'.

Canaduck said...

Haha, the link to Christina Dodd's essay on the subject is pretty funny.

Snow said...

It's not screwing. It's a physical manifestation of sweet, sweet love... in a lightbulb.

Anna said...

Why is it that romance novels seem to have the worst covers? Check out this book. It seems that the first release of it had a decent cover, it is only the re-release that got the tragic scene of a man standing in the girl's hair, combing it with a pitchfork.

Ryan said...

Hah! I love this cover. I guess the artist did so many romance covers he just got lazy.

SecretMargo said...

Did you notice that in the essay, Dodd excitedly reports that the first line of her novel "compliments" the cover: "She had all her teeth"?

That's .... romantic. Is the heroine's real secret that she's a horse? Perhaps a gift horse?

Charlene said...

Why do romance novels have bad covers? Because the publishers who decide on the covers don't respect the writers or the readers. Any genre written specifically for women is a "niche" genre and doesn't deserve anything better.

It's a rule in both print and visual media: anything written specifically for men is general entertainment, but anything written specifically for women is genre.

MCroft said...

This is one of the ones I come back to repeatedly, M, when I want to get someone started on JaBbiC.

I have a new theory: It's not a 3rd hand. It's a hand-shaped epaulette that matches the one at the top of her other sleeve. We only see three hands total for the two of them.

Maughta said...

MCroft-

I'm coming more and more to the opinion that the hand in question is actually a hamster named Handster. Y'think the book will bear that out?