Wednesday, May 04, 2016
I Have Donna Leon Covered!
This week I chose the author and book covers as a reminder to myself. You see, I read Donna Leon's very first Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery a long time ago. Even though it didn't exactly light my imagination on fire, it was still a series that I wanted to try once more... just in case. I haven't done that second sample yet, hence the reminder.
Now that I do have this pictorial reminder, I think I'll just cut to the chase and show this week's book covers...
This is Leon's twenty-fifth Brunetti mystery, and look at the covers her US and UK publishers designed! Just by looking at them, you know that The Waters of Eternal Youth is set in Venice, Italy. What's more, I'm thrilled that neither cover has one single solitary blurb on it. Wow!
Both covers state the author's name, the title of the book, and the fact that it's a Brunetti mystery. Why the US publishers thought they had to tell everyone that Leon is a New York Times bestselling author, I do not know, but the font size of that line is small enough that it doesn't detract from the rest of the cover.
Nope. The only real things to differentiate these two covers focus on the art-- the basic color scheme, the fonts used, and the graphics. Which do I prefer?
I really like both covers, but when I do my side-by-side comparison, I have to say that the UK cover wins. The Triumphal Quadriga of St. Mark's (the horses) are more striking against that dark green background, and Leon's name and the title of the book stand out well, too. Simple. Striking. Memorable. In many ways, I think this UK cover of The Waters of Eternal Youth is my favorite so far since I began this "cover-off" series of posts.
But no two people see something in exactly the same way, which is what makes this so interesting. What say all of you? Which cover do you prefer? US? UK? Neither one? Like both equally?
Inquiring minds would love to know!