I don't like the cover page picture

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After reading the book, I find that the cover fits perfectly with the story it tales.
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I neither love nor hate the cover. For me, it's a bit of a conundrum. The sword swallowing is exciting but the scene is uneventful. The image stands out because there's just enough colour and quite a few people in it, but on closer inspection, the people just look random, such is the nature of any audience I suppose.

As an adult, I'm no longer interested in the circus and such acts, the closest I get to seeing anything like this is Britain's Got Talent. If I was to see this book, as much as the tattooed man interests me, there is not enough about the cover that entices me to pick up the book to read more. If the author wanted to captivate me with this story, he would have to hope that I come across a really good review. A picture really does tell a thousand words, but in this case, the words are too washed out for.

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Me too!! I don't think the cover page does justice to the beautiful content of the book.

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I thought the cover was great and totally in keeping with the book. A tattood man swallowing a sword is the only image that could have appeared on the cover because that is what the story is about.

In a way, it was quite nice of Gary Robinson to give his potential readers a vivid visual hint about what they might reasonably expect to find between the pages. Just think how much of a shock this book would be for anyone who picked it out 'because it had such a nice picture on the jacket'.

The fact that it was a photograph, and therefore real, was one of the things that caught my eye and drew me to choose this book to review over the others on offer.

The idea of someone willingly swallowing swords time after time, in the full knowledge that each time might kill them is totally repugnant to me; so is alcoholism and drug addiction. However, Duke's philosophy of only ever owning the present moment, and living that moment to the full, even if it might kill you, was inspirational.

I loved the book and the jacket too. Great job Gary Robinson!

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I found the cover page picture fitting for the book. The book was about the Sword Swallower and his influence.

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I get what you and most of the folks are saying, and I think there is an alternate cover page that is not as grisly. However, I was not that bothered with the first cover. I was rather of the opinion that it portrayed the events and the character of Duke very succintly.

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JeanTheBean wrote:
29 Nov 2018, 08:50
I thought the cover was great and totally in keeping with the book. A tattood man swallowing a sword is the only image that could have appeared on the cover because that is what the story is about.

In a way, it was quite nice of Gary Robinson to give his potential readers a vivid visual hint about what they might reasonably expect to find between the pages. Just think how much of a shock this book would be for anyone who picked it out 'because it had such a nice picture on the jacket'.

The fact that it was a photograph, and therefore real, was one of the things that caught my eye and drew me to choose this book to review over the others on offer.

The idea of someone willingly swallowing swords time after time, in the full knowledge that each time might kill them is totally repugnant to me; so is alcoholism and drug addiction. However, Duke's philosophy of only ever owning the present moment, and living that moment to the full, even if it might kill you, was inspirational.

I loved the book and the jacket too. Great job Gary Robinson!
I am glad to find someone who thinks the cover was fitting. I am of the opinion that it portrayed the character of Duke and the events described quite aptly. It certainly gives the readers some idea as to what they should expect.

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MsLisa wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 07:41
I like the cover because it catches my eye just it might catch a pedestrians eye if they saw a sword swallower in the middle of the street. I think it works well because it garners interest and I'm really not disturbed by the book cover.
Very true! The cover indeed catches the eye and fits the book perfectly. However, I am not sure whether I will be able to watch a real life feat of sword-swallowing without flinching. Thanks for your opinion.

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05 Jun 2018, 18:25
I did not like the title, nor did I like the cover page. My main problem with it was that it looked sloppy and unprofessional.
I agree. I am initially turned off, not because of the content, but because the look of the front cover leads me to question whether the book is well-written. I know they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but we all do. The look of a book does play a huge role in choosing what we will spend our time reading. The first impression is paramount.

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I completely agree that the cover doesn't "cover" the content of the book properly. The picture would be perfect for a light-hearted adventure or a traveling memoir, not a heartfelt novel like this.
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I don't have an aversion to it or any extreme liking to it either. But it seems to be appropriate since it makes the readers aware of the contents even without reading a review on it.

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I agree. I did not like the cover of this book. It was unappealing and did not draw me in at all.

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If anything, I think the cover is pretty attention-grabbing. Sword swallowing has long been a controversial and exciting performance art, so to put it on the cover of a book involving life in the circus I'd say it's pretty fitting.
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I found the cover to be very enticing and it accompanied the title very well. The image is what first caught my attention due to the amazing act of sword swallowing which is a sight you don't see everyday, if ever! I have always been captivated by circus stories so I knew immediately I wanted to read this book and I was not disappointed. It was a great book from beginning to end.

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Post by Sheryce E »

At first, the cover was definitely a little weird to me too but after actually reading it fits perfectly. I had no doubt that the cover was relevant due to having a basic premise of the plot. I can't imagine another cover for it.

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