Occasionally reviews still pop up for the Parrish Plessis series. I always admire anyone who has been able to read this series out of order. I know it would make no sense to me at all, if I’d tried to do that. Anyway, this particular reviewer makes a comment about the fact that the girl on the cover doesn’t accurately reflect Parrish and her disfigured face. Here’s a snip from it:

Once I did bond with the character and catch up with what was going on, I really enjoyed myself. I applaud de Pierres for giving her heroine a major facial injury. Unlike one or two other female protagonists sporting such trophies, I could fully believe that Parrish wouldn’t bother to get any sort of cosmetic surgery done to repair the damage. In these days with increasing pressure on girls to look ‘hot’, it was a shame, I felt, that the girl on the cover didn’t display her crooked nose and caved-in cheekbone. However, I’m not going to hold that against the author. It’s a pity that Orbit didn’t reflect more accurately what was going on between the covers when designing the jacket.

Meantime, I’m definitely going to get hold of the other major series de Pierres has written, Sentients of Orion. This time, though, I’ll take care to start with the first book. Code Noir by Marianne de Pierres – reviewed by S. J. Higbee @ SF Reader

I’ve thought about this a lot over the years, even more so when the whole debacle over Justine Larbalastier’s US book cover for Liarwas going on. Part of me would liked to have seen Parrish in her true grunge glory on the cover. That’s why I’m quite attached to this piece of fan art by Neyour. It’s kind of more realistic.

OTO – I love Larry Rostant covers.

I’d like to hear what everyone else thinks. Do you want an accurate representation of the character in the book? Or do you see the cover as a separate text?


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