Thoughtful Thursday – Name that Cover

We’re going to start a new regular feature here on Thoughtful Thursday. We’ve renamed cover art before, but today we’re going to see how well you recognize cover art. I’ll post four snapshots of parts of covers of fantasy books. For each cover, the first person to identify it will be entered into a drawing for the book of your choice from our stacks. You can identify all four if you want to make sure you get the book. Just make sure to label your answers with the number(s) of the picture.

One month I am going to do this with nothing but snapshots of back tattoos, but I’m going to start you off easy this month.

Your covers for this month are:


Ready, set, go!

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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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  1. #3 is The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip.

  2. Oops, I mean #2. The number placement threw me.

  3. Can’t wait for the back tattoos installment. Awesome!

  4. @Seak- Me too. Love seeing tattoo art.
    I hope to one day get tattoo of a Frazetta painting to add to my personal collection. :)

  5. Will the tattoo one all be covers of Jacqueline Carey books? :)

  6. John Picacio /

    #4 is easy. John Jude Palencar. Book = Jovah’s Angel by Sharon Shinn

    And yeah, I’m betting Joel’s right about #2. Artist is Kinuko Craft.

    Artists are easier for me to pick out than exact book titles.

  7. I would probably do frighteningly well with the back tattoos. Because I’ve probably read all the dang books. LOL.

  8. #3 is Wise Man’s Fear. Tricky one. Very small part of the image.

  9. Number 2, 3, and 4 have been correctly identified.

    Now we just need number one.

    And yeah, I tried to pick ones that I thought had a distinctive style for a couple. I wasn’t sure how hard to make the first edition.

  10. #1 Twilight’s Dawn.

  11. And Joel has finished this off. I am totally making this harder next time.

    I used a random number generator to pick who won, and funnily enough, John Picacio was drawn as the winner. Please contact us to let us know what book from the stacks you would like.

  12. Oh good grief. What a rip-off!!! ;)

  13. (p.s. Fun idea, thanks!)

  14. Joel, if you live in the US, we’ll send you a book, too, since it’s our first edition.

    John and Joel, if you live in the States, choose books from the stacks and contact Kat.


    Ruth, that was fun!!!

  15. Doh- when Ruth said tattoo art, I was thinking of real tattoos of fantasy illustrations. Not cover art featuring people with tattoos..
    I guess its obvious, I don’t read much Urban fantasy, that and my mind thinks backwards, apparently.

  16. Ruth, if John Picacio is going to play, we’ll have to make a rule that artists can’t identify their own work! :-)

  17. John Picacio /

    Hah. That’s hilarious. Throw my name out as the winner. I just visited for fun. Please pick a new winner, Ruth — let someone else other than me win!

    Good contest by the way! Would be fun to see how many people can pick out the artists too in future contests. :)

  18. Wow…teach me to work third shift. I slept through this entire Love your work John. You’re the reason I have two copies on Chadbourn’s Hounds of Avalon. The ARC’s cover was a bit different than the retail copy. I love that cover so much I kept both rather than give the extra copy to the library or a contest as I normally would.

  19. Greg;

    I was right there with you thinking actual tattoos and I do read urban fantasy.

  20. Thanks Marion. I’m glad it wasn’t just me. :)

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