Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I Have Nevada Barr Covered!
There's just something about having a house guest in the spring that makes me want to put myself in high shag to get everything done and perfect as quickly as possible. High shag? you ask. I got that phrase from an episode of Designing Women (when the series was first run back in the 80s--if I'm not careful, I'll qualify for Old Fart status soon). Anyway, the point of this is, my comparison may be shorter and sweeter than usual-- I have other things to do!
I stumbled across Nevada Barr's next Anna Pigeon novel Boar Island which will be available in May, and I decided find the US and UK book covers of her last, Destroyer Angel. Let's take a look!
I had a discussion yesterday with a Poisoned Pen staff member about blurbs. He hates them, too. In fact, I've never come across one single soul who likes them. Is it because I tend to talk books with dedicated bibliophiles? I don't know. All I can say is that if the US publishers had left that one blurb off, we'd have two very fine covers here.
The UK cover gives (1) bestselling status, (2) author, (3) title, and (4) series character's name. It's the same graphic as on the US cover, but the background is black instead of a deep blue. All the words are done in white with a rather generic font. That water looks cold, and the sunrise looks a long way away.
The US cover has that completely meaningless blurb at the top-- for shame! It also has the same four items that the UK cover does, although in a different order, and to me the order makes more sense on the US cover (and the spacing between phrases looks more polished).
The fonts used are also more eyecatching, especially Barr's name against that deep blue sky. In fact, her name in a different color, and the color used for the sky makes the entire cover pop.
Which Destroyer Angel wins this week's Cover Off? For me it's the US cover. Hands down. No comparison. Even with that blasted blurb at the top.
What say all of you? Which cover do you prefer? US? UK? Neither one? Too close to call? Inquiring minds would absolutely love to know!