1. This would have been so cool!
I like the echoes of the cover-painting on the back and spine, and the overall color scheme. Someone has suggested that brighter colors stand out more appealingly on a bookshelf, but (a.) I hope and think that’s not so, and (b.) I think the black-and-blue goes better with the feel of the book. Readers might be baffled by finding a sword-and-sorcery story in a package sparkling with “inexplicable splendour of Ionian white and gold.”
3. In my intensive campaign to avoid doing any sort of useful work, I’ve taken to watching some old episodes of The Avengers. Last night I watched “EPIC”, which may have the least plausible plotline of any show in the series (yes, I know how strong a statement that is) but is far from the worst. One scene shows Emma waking up in an exact replica of her apartment, and being shocked when she finds out she’s been kidnapped. The same thing happens, of course, to Patrick McGoohan’s character in the first episode of The Prisoner, which hit the airwaves five months later (says IMDb). Influence? Allusion? Coincidence? Some other explanation?