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December 28, 2005

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Steven Axelrod

As a long-time literary agent, I know that readers DO judge books by their covers, but I have to say that I disagree with just about everything else in the post. First of all, I think that the original 1984 cover is both a gorgeous piece of design and a very effective one. It makes the viewer really THINK about the book's title...which is a great first step in hooking a reader. And Turn of the Century was not killed by a lousy cover-- it's simply a mediocre novel. Based on the pre-publication hype, I bought a copy and read it straight through. Though Kurt Anderson is a very talented writer and had a lot to say about media, technology and modern life, he's a lousy storyteller (which is a separate skill and the FIRST reguirement of a successful novelist).

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