Thursday, January 10, 2013

A (hooded) man of many covers...



He was Mark Charan Newton's hooded man first on The Book of Transformations, he turned left and suddenly found himself striding the Cerana sands bearing The Emperor's Knife on my cover. With an about turn to the right he menaced the world from Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon and found himself talking in Polish. A beat later and the man's spouting fluent Spanish from Robin Hobb's excellent Assassin's Apprentice.

Who is this masked hooded man? Where will he turn up next? Where else has he been already?

Putting to one side the issue of this stock-character-of-easy-virtue I hope that the fact four such varied and fine (though I say it myself) novels lurk behind his menace is a fact that puts fresh shine on the well-worn directive never to judge a book by its cover.

I'm offering a prize of arguably huge value (call it a bounty) to the first person to spot our man in action on any other covers, and a prize of immeasurably less value to anyone who finds an example of cover re-use involving 5 or more covers!

20 comments:

  1. Looks like they photoshopped in a different face for the book of transformations. That's quite apt really!

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  2. I believe he put on his fancy robe for "The Warded Man"

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  3. How about the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks?

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  4. Both the Warded Man and Night Angel models look like younger men to me. I have to look a second time perhaps.

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  5. Hrm, perhaps you are correct, Night Angel might be younger. How about The Name of the Wind, by Rothfuss?

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  6. How about the first Ranger's Apprentice book? A different perspective, but a very similar man & hood.

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  7. I think that has to be him. We have a winner!

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  8. What about the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan?
    A bit more robe than cloak but the hooded look is similar.

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  9. book: cidade das sombras -Daniel Polansky
    http://www.3canecas.com/livros/especial-3canecas-50-livros-de-fantasia-serie-cidade-das-sombras-do-autor-daniel-polansky/
    book:o braço esquerdo de Deus - paul hoffman
    http://www.portoeditora.pt/sobrenos/autores/index/tema/autores?id=808163

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  10. Ezio Stock
    http://awdi-stock.deviantart.com/gallery/40152771

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  11. Paul Hoffman's 'The Left Hand of God' is a match, I think.

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  12. You're all doing so well ... you have me linking all over the place!

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  13. OK, my dear: I want best literary hooded man credit. Here's a URL to Herman Melville's Moby Dick (Loomings) image that knocks me out. http://media.npr.org/books/ymrt/2007/lancing_200-4057ebfb5b29bad037c7a2c14539d15217af7af8-s2.jpg

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  14. Best literary hooded man credit is yours.

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  15. Mark Lawrence Prince of Thorns - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Prince-Thorns-Broken-Empire-1/dp/0007423632/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358358737&sr=1-1

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  16. Well that is definitely *a* hooded man, but I know for sure it's an original by Jason Chan and not the photo used on The Emperor's Knife. Mark's covers are beautiful work by the way - the closer you look the more you see.

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  17. all the ones I know are mentioned here . I was going to suggest Brent Weeks' series.

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  18. It's not Spanish. It's portuguese.

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