Lev Grossman’s ‘The Magicians’ is being talked about a lot and debuted at number nine in the New York Times bestseller list on it’s release. It’s also one of those books that are sat very highly on what I’m now beginning to call the ‘Bloody Hell is it that big now?’ reading pile. I need to read a lot quicker!
In the meantime, I’ve found myself in the possession of both the UK and US copies of ‘The Magicians’ so I thought it was time to do another ‘What cover would you go for?’ post. These posts aren’t a general ‘UK vs. US cover’ thing; they only happen when I actually get two copies of the same book (I’m not going to read both books and it’s only fair to mention the one that won’t be read seeing as someone went to the trouble of posting it...)
So here goes...
Here’s the UK cover,
And here’s the US cover,
What do you reckon? Once again, I’m going for the US cover as my favourite and I’m starting to wonder if US covers are as bad as they’re cracked up to be...
In this case, the UK cover looks to me like a ‘Da Vinci Code’ style knock off; all shadowy and with a figure that you just know will crack the code if he can just stay one step ahead of the sinister organisation bent on his destruction. It wasn’t until I looked at the blurb that I realised ‘The Magicians’ wasn’t this kind of book at all and that it was actually a book that I wouldn’t mind reading.
The US cover though... Here’s a cover with an element of fantasy that ties in neatly with the blurb and intrigued me right from the start. I also liked the fact that the artwork felt a lot more ‘open’ as well. I wouldn’t have picked the UK edition off the shelves but I would have done with the US edition.
How about you though? All comments welcomed! :o)