Publishing being the way it is, I’ll sometimes be given the same book from two different publishers. The thing is, I’m only going to read one of them but I do like to give a nod to the other so… the US versus UK cover art posts were born. These only happen when the same book comes through the door twice mind you, only these books get the treatment!
Stepping up to the plate today is Robert V.S. Redick’s ‘The Rats and the Ruling Sea’, sequel to ‘The Red Wolf Conspiracy’ (published by Gollancz in the UK and Del Rey in the US). I still haven’t got round to reading ‘The Red Wolf Conspiracy’ and really need to. Has anyone here read it? If so, what did you think?
Anyway, back to the covers.
Here’s the UK version,
And here’s the US version,
First up, you’ll notice that this isn’t just a post about cover art, it’s also a post about book titles as well. The UK edition wins this round hands down with the more fantasy sounding ‘The Rats and the Ruling Sea’. Who are these rats? And why didn’t I finish the first book earlier so I could find out who they are much more quickly? There’s a lesson for me! Del Rey’s ‘The Ruling Sea’ sounds like, well… pretty much any run of the mill naval novel with nothing there to suggest a fantasy adventure.
As far as the cover art itself goes, I pronounce this another resounding victory for UK cover art with a cover that sets its stall out and does it’s business very well. I’m assuming that the rats are on the ship…? My tip for the Del Rey Cover? If you’ve got the word ‘sea’ in the title then it might be best if the cover art has a boat in it at the very least. Fair enough, this is a compass but what’s with the spear? Better luck next time…
What about you guys though? UK or US cover, what do you think? Comments please!