Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I Have Paul Doiron Covered!
I recently bought some DVDs from the UK. I just couldn't resist. Now I'm tying to resist making a purchase from the Book Depository. I think I'll be able to succeed. After all, it's not as if I have nothing to read, and I do have a vacation coming up in which I could scout out new bookstores. That's it! Save my spree for vacation!
Whew. I'm glad I talked myself out of that one.
Now let's get to what we all came here for. It's time to compare the US and UK book covers of a crime fiction novel. Once again this week I chose a title to remind myself that I'm behind in reading the author's books. I enjoyed Paul Doiron's The Poacher's Son, and it's time to get further along in the series. In the mean time, let's take a look at those covers!
This is two completely different ways of viewing books set in the outdoors, isn't it?
The US cover goes for the total outdoor feel with a stream meandering through a shadowy forest. The title of the book is in red, which gives a rather sinister edge to the word "massacre." There's a one-size-fits-all blurb at the top from the Associated Press, and we're given the name of the author's previous book and the fact that he's been nominated for at least one award. (I've never really understood the penchant for only reading books that have won something, but we don't need to go there.) The cover is a very attractive scene and pulls me in, but it's rather generic.
On the other hand, the UK cover went for the less colorful exotic. You don't find many moose in the British Isles, and this particular beast is making its way through fog-laden water. Like the US cover, the title of the book is in red, but there are what appear to be claw marks through it. I don't even know what this book is about, but the presentation of the title on the UK cover makes me think of a nasty death.
One last thing that I would like to mention is how the author's name is presented on each cover. It's quite small and almost an afterthought on the US cover, while on the UK cover it's right at the top in large black letters. I wonder if Doiron sells better in the UK than he does in the US? It would be interesting to find out.
Now I get to choose which one I prefer, and it's not that easy. In general, I think the US cover is much more attractive than the UK one, with its liberal use of glossy color and the rather peaceful outdoor scene of water and trees. The UK cover looks downright plain in comparison. But to me it all boils down to one thing: which cover would make me stop and pick up the book if I were strolling down the aisle in the bookstore?
For me, it's the UK cover. That moose stands out much better than the generic outdoor scene of the other cover. A-yup. (Yeah... I don't sound much like a Mainer, do I?) It's the moose that does it for me.
How about you? Which cover do you prefer? US? UK? Neither one? Too close to call? Inquiring minds would love to know!