The Daily Bookcover – Thursday!

Wolf Slave

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Here, a daily book-cover for one of my titles, just like I promised, in the holy names of Pam Grout and creativity!  Or, er, not very daily at all.  And this book cover could only be classed as creative by a very, very generous soul.  Seeing as it’s an image sourced on Flickr and a pretty font, and, er, that’s about it.

In my defence:-

a) I tried to draw a wolf yesterday and, oh my Lord.  It’s been a long time, but I used to at least be halfway competent at getting a likeness.  This is going to be a long, long row to hoe…

and b) I think I’m coming down with the flu, or at least a flu-type bug of some type.  So yah boo *snivels* I want ginger tea and liquorice and *sneezes* a cheerful cry of sweet sodding buggery to actual writing and drawing and all that palaver.

Not, mind you, that I am going to be hiding my half-hearted scribbles of the lupine sort permanently away from the universe.  No – I will post at least the least-worst one, though that’s not saying much.  Not today, though.  Dear reader, you might be able to take it, but me, I’m in a delicate state, and today I can’t.

So have a pretty picture by some long-dead geezer’s hand, with some curly writing on it, instead.

 

 

What I’ve been reading – Love and Freindship by Jane Austen

Love and FreindshipLove and Freindship by Jane Austen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve always been under the impression that this was just a fragment of Austen’s juvenilia and of doubtful utility and value. Which is why I left it so long to check it out, but turns out I’ve been missing out. Whatever a modern day Jane would have been up to and gets up to, in modern adaptations of her persona and work – working her own Youtube channel, snapchatting away, book-blogging and fanficcing and whatnot – it’s kind of superfluous, redundant. This is the snarky teenage Jane, and it comes through on every page. Plus, I’d just like to say for anyone who’s read it – the 9th parcel, silver buckles! lol.

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it’s just a joke, bitch

wolf slave

Ehhh… you see… right…

It’s this Pam Grout ‘Art & Soul, Reloaded’ ongoing project I’m doing!  No, it’s not specifically a part of the tasks set on a weekly basis, but…  Well.  Daily creativity, right?  And I thought… the thing that I thought, was, ‘Well!  It’d totally be in the spirit of the challenge, to produce a new bookcover for one of my titles, on a daily or weekly basis, right?”

Now.  My talents are not in the visual realm, as is abundantly obvious.  That don’t hurt!  That’s in the spirit of the book, too.  Well, so what?  ‘I’ll just bang out a cover, never mind if it’s an eyesore, have fun, make something new, fantastic!’  

That’s what I thought.  So that’s what I did.  And I totally thought that a white circle on a black background, plus some minimalist lettering, would be hugely damn amusing.  A moon, right?  Satellites.  Wolves. Running with the pack, howling at the moon, all the clichés.  It would be sort of terrible.  But funny.  Humorously, good-naturedly in the spirit of the thing.  But…

Hey, I’m not saying it’s, er, Michelangelo or something.  (Or a renowned book-cover designer, names of whom I am clearly unfamiliar with.)  But…

Eh.  I sort of like it.

 

What I’ve been reading – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane EyreJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have loved this book for years now, but… honestly, what a cad Rochester is. I know it’s not precisely an original observation, but still. Jane deserved better. And only a blinkered Charlotte, with exactly the narrowly circumscribed inculcated nineteenth century notion of a woman’s lot she ascribes to Jane, could possibly think that ending a happy one.

And yet, it’s still one of barely a handful of books in my lifetime that have reduced me to feeling off my head while reading it, light-headed and nutty and unsteady as if I’d had a drink or two. What can you do? A massively annoying permanent classic.

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What I’ve been reading – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This gets an extra star just because it’s Austen, and I can’t bring myself to rate Jane Austen lower than that. This is the only major Austen work I’ve never managed to finish, until now. What a labour, almost a waste of effort, except at least I know better than to ever pick this book up again. I’ll just re-read Pride & Prejudice or Persuasion for the nth time instead. What a pair of insipid limp rags Elinor and Marianne are. Even Fanny Price is Nicki Minaj combined with Sharon Horgan, compared to Elinor. (I quite like Mansfield Park although obviously Fanny should have run off with Henry Crawford instead of mooning around over Edmund. Fanny is all right, she’s a bright spark, underrated.)

You may deduce from the above that I didn’t care for it much, but it’s still Austen. She’s still a genius, but no-one could convince me this qualifies as essential reading. Forget it, try George Eliot or a Bronte instead.

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What I’ve been reading – The Volcano Lover: A Romance by Susan Sontag

The Volcano Lover: A RomanceThe Volcano Lover: A Romance by Susan Sontag

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a long time since I read it and hard to remember details. Barring Emma’s mum’s disgusted aside of “Men are bad!”, which is hard to argue. Also clear is the memory of how loving and devoted the mother/daughter relationship is – a filial ideal, a beautiful sororal dream that I can’t believe in any more. It’s not like that really with women, kids, it don’t really exist! It’s Middleton that got it right: ‘Women Beware Women’. And how.

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What I’ve been reading – A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson

A Countess Below StairsA Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll never not love this book. It’s like eating just the icing off the (vegan) cake, and the little edible sugarcraft bride and groom, too. (Or groom and groom. Or bride and bride.) And what’s wrong with that?

Diabetics beware, but what the hell. Delightful anyway.

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