Day 75. 125,772 words.
Well … okay, there probably won’t be an author fight since this poor little nobody seems to have fallen through the cracks like a tinpot third world military dictator’s threats of global annihilation. But what the heck, I thought it was amusing.
Alastair Reynolds’s cover artist has clearly taken a leaf out of Gabriel’s book – specifically the topmost leaf – leaving 2015’s Fergunakil and 2016’s Revenger looking very similar. I’m going to have to read the book and see whether the ship on the cover (which I think is Monetta’s Mourn, but could be the pirate’s ship or some other one entirely) measures up against a derelict Damorakind warship with a user interface consisting of one and a half million giant cybernetic sharks.
I suspect the Anger and Lethargy has it in her to win this one. Even if her paltry creator lets the side down a bit.
I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends.
Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages?
I am Hatboy.
Sorry, this first posted as a “bonus post”, but it isn’t one. It’s just a regular draft. No doubles today I’m afraid.
Also for the record, in the highly unlikely event this gets any attention or blows up in any way, I’m really only kidding. The covers are amusingly similar but it’s a vaguely menacing starship in space, so what can you do? I’m emphatically not calling plagiarismsies.
I think Reynolds’ cover differs from yours in that it is clearly shippist.
I don’t understand what shippist means in this context.
Terry Goodkind cover reference…sexist…damnit…. T.T
Baaahahaha oh man, you got me. Sorry. Yeah, you’re right – but then Reynolds clearly has to deal with a big publishing company, poor guy. And probably never got to talk to his cover artist so there was no control over what went on there.
But yeah, I’d already put that deadbeat out of my mind.
Right, Reynolds is in the same boat, so #plagiarismgate might proceed along the same lines. Maybe he’ll even disown his own cover art!
Nooooo please not with an author I give a shit about!