Wow, this was a great year for book covers

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Over at Stainless Steel Droppings, there's a fantastic survey of 2013 in book covers, showcasing just what a wealth of great art and design we saw over the past year.

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A lot of the artists on Carl V. Anderson's list are probably among your favorites already — you'd have to be living on a moonbase not to have noticed the art of Sparth, Stephan Martiniere, Daniel Dociu, Dan Dos Santos and John Picacio at this point. But I hadn't realized how many great covers lately have come from John Harris, who did the covers for John Scalzi's Human Division and Ben Bova's recent space exploitation books, plus Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice. Just check this out:

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Also, hadn't realized what a fan I am of Kinuko Y. Craft, who gave us this gem this year:

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The whole post is well worth checking out, if you love book cover art. [Stainless Steel Droppings]

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Random impressions, if I may:

Another Dorsai book?

I love this "Digital Oils" look:

Proving, yet again, that you can't really go wrong with a Stephen Martiniere cover:

Proving that the smoldering-woman-in-black-leather paint-over cover isn't going away anytime soon:

You can spot a Baen Books cover a mile away:

Martiniere's style is influential and travels well:

The great work of the past is still a good resource:

And, though I like the style, this:

...is getting old.

*drops mic, leaves soapbox*

(also: because I DO sometimes judge a book by it's cover, for good and ill, charlestonchewbacca (great nick!), I'm off to Goodreads to log a few "Want To Reads" ciao!)