This is a blog with spoiler free reviews. Most will be Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, but there will be some books in other genres, including the occasional Non-Fiction review. There is an ongoing series of Cover Reveal Round-Ups, and sometimes I'll write an article on something that interests me.

05 April, 2011

COVER DESIGN: HEARTLESS

COVER DESIGN:
HEARTLESS BY GAIL CARRIGER
   I don't usually post about covers on the blog. But I found this one very interesting. And to be fair, I am a fan of Gail Carriger's books too. So here are some thoughts on the cover for Heartless.


   This is the cover that was originally revealed:

  A good cover, nothing wrong with it. And it fits perfectly with the covers for the other books in the series, Soulless, Changeless and Blameless.

   But there were some differences in the final cover, that Gail Carriger revealed on her blog:


   Can you spot the differences? 
   The cover has gotten a bit steampunked with the adding of an antenna and two other devices to the left of the model's head. These replace the two chimneys from the earlier version. And we also have two wolves added at the top of the stairs. 

   I think the final cover is an improvement. It shows that the book is steampunk, the first cover could be any Victorian novel really - not that it was bad. And the two wolves have significance to Alexia's world. 
   What do you think of the changes?

For both covers: Model: Donna Ricci, Design: Lauren Panepinto, Photo: Pixie Vixen Productions.

The book will be out July 2011 from Orbit.

2 comments:

  1. I love Carriger's work, and have loved the cover art on the previous three novels. This one, not so much, although the additions/changes are a nice touch. My main complaint with this cover is the model's pose, I think - she doesn't match the others in the series, & it seems weird that she's looking directly at the viewer/reader. Nevertheless, I can hardly wait to read it!

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  2. This cover makes me want to read the book, even though I'm not a steampunk fan. :)

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