Shannon Knight is a fellow AWer. I clicked on her blog link the other day and was cruising the posts when I came across her review of Kelly Gay's The Hour of Dust and Ashes.
And immediately thought: WTF NO NO NO
Wait. Lemme 'splain...
Nothing wrong with the book, the author, or the genre. I happen to be a fan of urban fantasy. And nothing wrong with the blog, the review itself, or the blog owner.
My gripe was with the cover art.
Let me show you it:
Now let me just say that Chris McGrath is a spectacular artist who does phenomenal covers. He's on my Favorite Cover Artists list, right up there with Michael Whelan and Winona Nelson.
Having said that, here's my gripe with the art:
This is NOT proper gun handling, Folks.
It's Hollywood-style gun handling.
Bad Chris. Please don't do this. Ever.
Goes for other cover artists, too.
Please please please do not depict your characters using a firearm in this manner.
Here ends this Public Service Announcement.