Friday, April 10, 2009

First Things First

What's the first thing you notice about the book? Yup, the cover. And there's a lot of new covers coming out soon.

First, we've got up for your viewing pleasure Carrie Ryan's sequel, The Dead Tossed Waves. The cover photo was shot by the same photographer who did the original cover, and the similarities are present here, but subtle--the hair blowing in the wind, the muted woven shirt, the background linked to the title.

What do you think? Personally, I love it and think it matches the sequel perfectly.

Oh, and ya know what? I know who the girl on the cover is!!!! :)

Now you didn't think I'd leave you with just one new cover, did ya? Nope, here's the latest from PJ Hoover: the cover to the sequel to The Emerald Tablet.

The Navel of the World cover is a little bit of a departure from The Emerald Tablet cover (art vs. photograph), but my favorite thing about this cover is the steps leading up. It draws your eyes right up to the title, sucking you into the book itself.

Edited to add:

When I woke up this morning, I saw that Justine Larbalestier is channeling my ideas! She released this week the US and Australian cover of her latest work, Liar. And they are very different. First, the Australian cover.

It's red--reminds me a bit of blood actually. It is also something along the lines of what Justine herself asked for: "
I asked for something spare, iconic, cool and dark. Possibly a typographical treatment. "

Before I comment on it, let's look at the American version of the cover.

Do you like this one better? I think it still captures the darkness Justine wanted, but it's a different sort of darkness. In the Aussie version, the darkness is bloody, physical, but in the US version, the darkness is creepy, psychological.

Personally, I like the US version better. And in comparing the two, I realized that, in general, I prefer books with photographs on the cover. And I do prefer those photographs to be artistic in some way, whether an interesting and different shot of a person (A Great and Terrible Beauty comes to mind as well) or a photograph of a scene from the book that invites the reader in. Although I can name a few covers that aren't photographs that I like, I do think that, in general, those are the covers I'm most attracted to.

So, how about you? What kinds of covers are you attracted to?
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