Monday, September 26, 2011

You Give Good Cover

You all know, after years o'blogging, that I am a cover nut. And since I'm smack-dab in the middle of readign Deborah Lawrenson's The Lantern, and I can't talk about it yet because it's for a readalong, this seems like a good time to skewer and snuggle some covers.

I gushed and gushed and fawned over Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, The Night Circus, but if I'm being completely honest, the US cover just doesn't do it justice!!! I like that if you look closely, what originally appears to be a doll in a hand is actually an abstracted view of the circus tents with the striped clock at their center. However, it's quite contemporary and sharp-looking, and it doesn't seem to jive with the Old World, surreal feeling of the novel for me.

I am, however, a much bigger fan of the UK cover. I have a tendency to fall for anything in silhouette, and the couple on this cover look very much like I imagined Celia and Marco. Part of what captured me in this book was Morgenstern's description of not only the circus itself, but the costumes the performers wore, the food they ate, the decor in their homes and tents. Somehow the UK cover captures that for me a bit more than the US version. What do you think?

Another cover I'm tooootally jonesing for, is my newly-acquired The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. I'm a huge lover of clean, contemporary cover design a la Jim Tierney or Chip Kidd. Dan Stiles is the illustrator to thank for this particular cover, and I couldn't be more impressed. It's cartoony but so very clever as the brothers' heads form the eyes of the skull/moon that looms in the background. Sleek, simple, and clever. What's not to love???

Which covers have caught your eye lately?

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