Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I Have Louise Penny Covered!
You know, I can't begin working on one of these posts anymore without envisioning Harrods fiction department. Heaven help me, I could've backed up one of their delivery vans and filled it up. Of course, then I would've had to figure out how to get everything to Arizona....
A lot of times I choose books for these posts according to the reviews that are posted the same week. This holds true this week.
Yesterday I reviewed Louise Penny's The Nature of the Beast, so I thought it would be nice to take a look at the US and UK covers for one of her earlier Armand Gamache novels. Which one?
This one-- book number six, Bury Your Dead.
The US cover...
In many ways the US cover is more about the blurbs than it is about the graphic. I like the colors of the autumn leaves being blown across the snow, and the title and author's name are easily seen. But there's a lot of other stuff on that cover, and it all seems to have been carefully chosen for readers who want winners with proven track records. (Don't get me wrong, I like to read winners, too, but I'm also very willing to explore.)
Booklist calls it "One of the top ten crime novels of the year." "The New York Times Bestseller." "Four-Time Winner of the Agatha Award." At least they do tell you that it's a Chief Inspector Gamache novel, but there's much ado about accolades.
The UK cover...
You can tell by the UK cover that-- at that point in time-- Louise Penny wasn't as well known there as she was in the US. There's only one simple, well-chosen blurb by a famous UK author. The rest is simplicity itself: graphic, title, author.
A lowering sky. Is it going to snow again? A dark figure carrying something in the distance. A trail of footprints in the deep snow. Snow-laden pine trees. The red title and author's name stands out well against the white, although I think they should be a bit bolder.
All in all a rather mysterious sort of cover, don't you think?
I'm torn. There are elements of both that I really like. I think I would choose the US cover except for one thing: all those glowing phrases turn me off for some reason. Yes, it's Contrary Time. This time, I'm choosing the simple mystery of a person walking away from me in the snow. I'd have to pick it up just to find out what that person was up to. I'm nosy that way.
What say you?
Which cover do you prefer? US? UK? Neither one? Do you like knowing that the books you pick up have won awards or been on bestseller lists?
Inquiring minds are dying to know!