August 07, 2009
Ummm, blogosphere peeps? Will you please promise only to use your powers for good? Please? Kthnx.
Props to Bloomsbury. I mean, yeah, it took a whole lot of intense discussion and a lot of backpedaling, shamefaced foot shuffling, and outright lying to begin with, but they took stock and refocused and made their people work. They came up with a cover that is just as dynamic and compelling as the first -- and since it's not as washed out, I'd say it's possibly twice as compelling. (I haven't yet read the book, but the word "nappy" was used to describe the character's hair, and I understood that she was not pretty, and could pass as a boy... this ...isn't what I see on the cover, but... Okay. I admit again: the book isn't out, I HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK. I've tried all along to reserve judgment. Which, for me, is amusing, I know.) And this book will also be twice as compelling, for many, because it's the name of a safely well-known author on that pretty new cover, and they know she won't let them down. So, all's well that... ends, right?
Anyway. Kudos to Justine Larbalestier, and here's hoping that people everywhere can prove that old publishing excuse, that there won't be any sales with a brown face on the cover, wrong, wrong, wrong.