Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top Ten Tuesdays - Top Ten Gorgeous Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme hosted by Lori, over at The Broke and the Bookish (love that title - it sooo explains my credit card statement!). Each week participants list their Top Ten choices for a weekly theme. This week's theme is a freebie, a chance to write about anything in literature.

On that note, I've decided to explore the Top Ten Gorgeous Book Covers (in no particular order).

1. Clive Barker's Books of Blood: I'm talking about the original British editions here, with cover artwork from Clive himself. It's these covers that leapt out at me from the shelves, capturing my attention, and ensuring a life-long love affair with the master.

2. Stephen King's The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1): I'm referring to the original mass-market edition here, with cover (and interior) artwork from one of my favourite artists, Michael Whelan.

3. Brian Lumley's The Last Aerie: All of the Necroscope books have gorgeous covers, dark and delicious in their elegant simplicity. Something about this one sticks with me, though.

The Last Aerie (Vampire World)

4.Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart: It's such a simple cover, but the fact that she looks so peaceful and composed, with her tattoo half-exposed, really makes it sing . . . and the blood red reproduction of her finished mark pulls it all together.

Kushiel's Dart

5. Sarah Water's Tipping the Velvet: This one is so cute, sexy, and just a little bit suggestive, but beautifully quaint. It's naughty, but has class.

Tipping the Velvet: A Novel

6. Melanie Rawn's Sunrunners Fire: Another Michael Whelan classic, I love everything about this one.

Sunrunner's Fire (Dragon Prince)

7. Micheal Crichton's The Lost World: A perfect example of less-is-more, the simple black T-Rex jaws on the white background, with the author's name in red . . . as if he were a piece of bloody flesh upon which the T-Rex has been feasting . . . makes me smile every time I spy it on the shelf.

The Lost World

8. Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms saga: This has to be the most gorgeous collection of covers ever put together for a single author, much less series. They're beautiful, magical, and perfect in every way.

The Fairy Godmother (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms)   One Good Knight (Five Hundred Kingdoms)   Fortune's Fool (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 3)   The Snow Queen (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 4)   The Sleeping Beauty (Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms)

9. Janine Cross' Touched by Venom: Another great dragon cover, but this time I think it's the woman at the centre who sells it . . . just a gorgeous, powerful piece of work.

Touched By Venom: Book One of the Dragon Temple Saga

10. Any of the Nexus books: Sadly no longer being produced, since Virgin media decided to retire their erotic publishing, these covers are just full of fetish fun!

Silken Embrace (Nexus)   Plaything (Nexus Classic)   Rubber Girl (Nexus)   Carnal Possession (Nexus)   The Punishment Camp (Nexus)


  1. I love that Tipping the Velvet cover. If I saw that on a bookstore shelf I'd have trouble passing it by!

    Great choice for the freebie week!

  2. What fun it was to look at all the covers you picked out! Excellent choice for this week's freebie top ten!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday Freebie!

  3. I absolutely LOVE Clive Barker's Books of Blood and I have to agree that the original UK editions are a lot better than the USA editions I own.

    Check out my TTT (Top Ten (Five) Reasons I Hate E-Books): http://readreadloved.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-ten-tuesday-freebie-week.html