BBCF: The Gathering Storm

Friday again already? How time flies when you’re not sleeping regularly… but I wouldn’t know anything about that, not with my stupendous skills of time management.

Anyway, per Anda‘s request, here’s our second installment of Bad Book Cover Fridays – from Robert Jordan’s notoriously lengthy Wheel of Time saga, it’s the cover of the twelfth volume, The Gathering Storm:

Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson - The Gathering Storm“FUUUUUUUUCK YOUUUUUUU STOOOOOOOOOORM”

Watch out – someone (we presume the storm) already ruined his house. Make fun of his skinny jeans and sausage-casing-like tunic and he might just punch you with his tiny fists.

Presumably we should all be stirred to action against willfully destructive storms – especially those gathering ones, they’re the worst – by his righteous indignation, but… nope, still can’t get over the t-rex arms.

– E

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  1. Maureen E’s avatar

    And I’m once more reduced to helpless laughter. I’m actually familiar with this one because the flatmate reads the series and she had this one awhile back. Anyway, I love the faux-Scandinavian bits on the house in the background, in contrast with the…faux medieval costume on the guy and the…you know, I can’t actually think of a time and place where women ever wore that style of clothing, although I suppose there probably was one.

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  2. Anda’s avatar

    Oh man, I actually haven’t seen this cover yet. I am now very glad for my preemptive* strike, in the form of giving up on reading the damn series.

    *wow. I did not know it was spelled like that.

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  3. Emera’s avatar

    Maureen
    I can’t actually think of a time and place where women ever wore that style of clothing, although I suppose there probably was one.
    Renaissance faires!

    Anda – Why’d you end up quitting it? The usual reasons of extreme length for little to no payoff?

    Also, apparently this was the mock-up of the cover:


    I’m not sure that the “polished” version was all that much better, but uh… yeah.

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  4. Anda’s avatar

    I started reading them in 6 th grade, so there was plenty of books already on the shelves- up to 8 at that point I think. But I caught up too fast, and the resulting time gap between 9 and 10 was enough for me to forget everything- including that I read the series until a few years ago when I heard that the author had passed away. It’s a series with a lot of neat bits, and a whole lot of airport fantasy silliness, but I’d still at some point like to go back and read them.When I have time to read the 30,000 or so pages. R

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  5. Emera’s avatar

    the resulting time gap between 9 and 10 was enough for me to forget everything

    I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS. Although I must admit that Wikipedia summaries can make catching up again a lot easier nowadays. Still, committing to series is terrifying.

    I do hope you get the time to go back to it though! Nothing like plunging back in again to a world you haven’t visited for years.

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  6. Anda’s avatar

    Not anytime within the next few years. Good ol’ senior thesis is starting next year. There will be no time for such pursuits.

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