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More Pretty Things for Lucas

Australian author Lucas Thorn pingbacked my blog yesterday because I’d mentioned his novel, Nysta: Revenge of the Elf re Amir Zand’s very cool bookcover art for it. He got the name of my blog wrong, though. It’s The Open Window, Lucas, not Pretty Things. (Although Pretty Things is a pretty good name for a blog, don’t get me wrong. Also “This is Why We Can’t Have Pretty Things” would be a good blog name and somebody probably has it. There are about 500 blogs plus a famous short story called The Open Window — the more, the merrier.)

Anyway, I realized that I forgot to mention in the last post that I had actually read the opening pages of Thorn’s novel, through the Amazon U.S. “Look Inside” feature that Thorn paid for or wiggled out of Amazon. And those pages were good, in my opinion. Lot of atmosphere, dry humor, an immediately appealing character in the Prologue made all the worse because you knew he was going to buy it pretty soon.  So I was actually recommending the book to the extent that one can do so from just having read an excerpt. (And if it provides further inspiration on doing Book 2, Lucas, I’ve been a book editor in one way or another for a reeaaallly long time.) The book is unfortunately not available on all the Amazons, but may be in other spots on the Net, and in Amazon U.S. (and I would assume Amazon Australia,) you can get it as an e-book or a more expensive trade paperback print edition. So this may be going on the birthday list for me. You all can check it out. It is apparently #18 on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases of Epic Fantasy, which means it is selling well and other people are burbling about it. And yes, Lucas Thorn is apparently his real name. So there you go.

As for Amir Zand’s lovely artwork for the book, that will be going up on the Positivity Cover Art thread at SFFWorld.com in the Fantasy Forum, with mention of what book it is to, once I get a minute to do it and some other bookcovers I like, which I’ll also reproduce here. There are lots of people over there and we have lots of Australian members  too, so swing by.


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Pretty Things — More Artwork

Back in the spring, I mentioned Scottish painter Paul Cadden who does work in a genre that is called hyperrealism, with paintings and drawings that look amazingly like photographs.  Another hyperrealist painter who works in acrylics is Canadian Jason de Graaf. De Graaf, among other subjects likes to play with glass, metal and reflections, with lots of color. Here are some of his really interesting works, or you can check out lots more at his site:

Another, different sort of artist I’ve learned about is Iranian painter, photographer and graphics artist Amir Zand. Some of his work is towards the realism part of the spectrum, but others are more of a distinctive style that uses elements of comics art, Asian styles and his own jagged look. He has worked for outfits like Black Label Comics, and his prints and posters are pretty reasonably priced. He also works in video and animation and you can check out his gallery at Deviant Art. I first saw his work for the cover of Australian author Lucas Thorn‘s first novel in his Nysta series, Nysta: Revenge of the Elf, an excellent looking secondary world Western style fantasy action thriller (sort of Dark Tower territory,) about an elf who goes after the elves who killed her husband. (Can’t think of a better handle for a writer of Western style fantasy than Lucas Thorn really.) Check it out:

Other works of Zand’s:

And because we haven’t had one in awhile, some new works from my pal, writer and graphics artist Cynthia Radthorne (still trying to figure out what I want her to do for the banner header on my blog; feel free to make suggestions in the comments.) By the by, that work of hers I displayed earlier, A Test of Skill, was bought by a health magazine for their cover, so way to go, Cynthia!

This one I think got commissioned for a book called Starheart by Greta Van Der Rol:


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