Wednesday, December 09, 2015
I Have Fred Vargas Covered!
This week I'm sending myself another visual reminder: Read The Next Fred Vargas Book Sitting On My TBR Shelves! I really enjoy her mysteries featuring Commissaire Adamsberg, and it's been much too long since I read the last one. In fact, I can't even remember the title of the last Vargas book I read! Oh oh....
I'm on a never-ending quest to compare the US and UK book covers of some of my favorite crime fiction authors. Sometimes I choose a certain book because an author has a new book in the series coming out that week; other times, I'm giving myself a much-needed reminder. Whatever the case, it's a task that I've come to enjoy-- and I hope you do, too.
Let's get to work comparing the covers of the very first Commissaire Adamsberg mystery, The Chalk Circle Man!
The US Cover...
It's a misty, full moon night in Paris on the US cover. I feel as though I've had a bit too much to drink because I'm looking at a Paris Metro sign from a rather strange angle. Hmm... must have tripped over the curb. So far, I really like the graphics, but then someone went and spoiled it all by slapping on a lot of information. "The International Bestseller." "A Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery." A Crime Writers' Association seal proclaiming Vargas as a "Three Time Winner of the International Dagger." (She's won four times now.) "Author of This Night's Foul Work and Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand." A little penguin... and the title of the book and the author's name.
I think I'd be happier if they took the CWA seal off the book. There's just too much going on that distracts from an otherwise evocative cover.
The UK Cover...
Now this cover I like. It's uncluttered. It tells a rather creepy story. And it makes me want to pick it up and take it home. The title and author's name stand out well against the graphic, and I love the chalk font they used for the title.
It's a dark, narrow street. The kind no one in his right mind walks down during the wee hours of the morning... but someone is. The light source is far in the distance, and it's throwing the shadow of the man walking toward us. He's just about to step on a circle drawn on the street with chalk. There's a strange-looking shadow to the right, and something that looks a bit like a manhole cover to the left. This scene gives me the willies.
I don't think you had any trouble deducing which is my choice: the UK cover. Less complicated, and it tells a story I simply cannot resist.
What Say You?
Which cover do you prefer? US? UK? Too close to call? Neither one?
Inquiring minds would love to know!