We’ve all heard the adage to ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’, but these days, cover art is such an important aspect of producing a written work, that it’s impossible not to judge books by their cover art. And there are some SERIOUSLY beautiful covers out there. This edition of Friday Favourites will discuss my most recent favourites, and it was quite difficult to limit myself to only five choices:
#1. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – J.K. Rowling:
I haven’t seen the movie yet, (I will get to it!), nor have I read the screenplay, but this cover just makes me so delighted. I adore the gold foil against that beautiful Prussian blue. I think the cover is so successful because it encapsulates the gilded age of the early 1920’s, when the story is set, and it also seems quite magical, hinting at the delight and whimsy, for which J.K. Rowling is so well known. I don’t buy many books in hardcover anymore, but this would definitely be on my list for purchase!
#2. Navigators of Dune – Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson:
I have, of course, read the Dune books, though I admit to becoming fatigued by the story by book 5 or so, but when I saw this cover on Twitter, I was immediately drawn in again. This book is part of the ‘Great School of Dune’ prequels which are set 10,000 years before the events of the first Dune novel. I love the mysterious nature of the cover art, depicting what I assume is a scene from the novel. It makes me want to know what the glowing yellow object is, why they’re visiting it under the cover of darkness, and why are there so many glowing yellow objects in the background?
#3. Everfair – Nisi Shawl:
An alt-history tale, set in the Belgian Congo; this immediately went on my to-be-read list as soon as I saw the stunning cover. I love anything set in the Victorian era, and the beautiful intricacy of the metallic steampunk-esque object on this cover caught my attention at once. I also love that there is a human hand, and what appears to be a machine-enhanced hand at the bottom of the cover, which I find interesting.
#4. Crossroads of Canopy – Thoraiya Dyer:
This cover is a very beautiful painting, and I love that you can see brushstrokes, and swirling mixed colours. The story is set in a rainforest, controlled by gods. From the cover alone, I very strongly feel the need to go to this rainforest. It is stunning, and I love how well the cover art depicts the scope of the immense forest, by including two diminutive figures towards the bottom of the cover. I love the use of greens and blues against the darker wood of the trees, to really capture the lush verdancy of the rainforest.
#5. Range of Ghosts – Elizabeth Bear:
This was the cover that made me actually sign up for the Tor book of the month newsletter. I just sat there staring at the cover. I love the image of the fierce looking warrior atop a reading horse, against the dreamy ‘starry night-esque’ swirls of purple and blue in the background. The mysterious eyes, staring out from the top left corner are also compelling.
What are your favourite book covers? Tell me in the comments below!
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