Monday, July 9, 2007
The UK cover of the book....

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here's the UK cover of the book.

Look at me. I'm all viney.

The book won't be released until September over there, but apparently the rumormil is already working overtime. I'm excited to see how well people will like it over there....



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Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...

It is a pretty cover, but who is it? I looks like a woman, but I don't recall a woman in a cloak standing in front of some vines.

July 9, 2007 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Thorn said...

Saw that a while ago. :) I prefer the UK cover, I think... may have to see about getting myself a copy once it's out.

July 9, 2007 10:58 AM  
Blogger Althalus said...

I like my cover with Kvothe on it better myself.

Pudifoot: Maybe Denna?

July 9, 2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

Seeing as how Kvothe was the reason I bought the book, I'm not sure I like this one. But, maybe it's more appealing to those across the big pond.

July 9, 2007 11:31 AM  
Blogger Matt H. said...

I think it's implied that the figure on the cover is supposed to be Kvothe... That's what a new reader will assume when they pick up the book (especially if the contents of the inside flaps of the dustjacket stay the same).

but, like tk42one suggested, it's really a matter of what's appealing over there. Maybe we're all just misinterpreting this UK artwork.

Or maybe they just thought a dude (or dudette) in a cloak would look really cool through a tunnel of vines.

Either way, I like it.

I was wondering, how much editing takes place when preparing a book for a UK release? Is it more than just swapping in a few bits of Queen's English vernacular?

July 9, 2007 1:47 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

I do like it. I feel a certain loyalty to my gargoyle cover because that was how we were introduced... I do wish the figure was more masculine. Perhaps Kvothe's youth is supposed to be conveyed? Surely it isn't Denna?

July 9, 2007 6:11 PM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

They are gonna love it, I can guarantee it :)

I love the cover though, it's very pretty and it will appeal to many audiences, although I'm a fan of the duel covers here in the states.

July 9, 2007 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

Hmmm. The figure does look a bit feminine. Maybe the artist just over-emphasized Kvothe's pectorals. I like the vines, though. And the trees that look a bit like an extension of the vines. The font is pretty too. All in all, a good cover. I'd buy it. :)

July 9, 2007 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything is better than the non-gargoyle US cover. I had to throw the thing out, it was embarrassing.

July 9, 2007 9:19 PM  
Blogger Althalus said...

I do like the font on it, the way the vines merge with the word Wind is pretty cool.

July 9, 2007 11:23 PM  
Blogger K said...

Pretty sure the figure is definitely supposed to be Quothe - if you hover over the link to the UK cover from the Books page you can see a bit of red where the hair is... (Go Go Gadget Obsessive-Compulsive Must-Find-The-Answer)

July 10, 2007 5:34 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I prefer the US covers. I have to honestly admit that the cover is what drew me in. I read the inner jacket and that was that, I knew I had found something special.

July 10, 2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger Althalus said...

I saw Greg Deans post about over @ Real Life Comics and I decided to go buy it.

July 10, 2007 12:04 PM  
Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...

I just liked the name. Words and names are important. And it is a very old idea that if you know someone/somethings True Name, then you have power over it.

Then once i read the jacket cover, i knew i would enjoy the book :-)

(i was right!)

July 10, 2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger Matt H. said...

I first noticed the book at the front entrance of Barnes & Noble. The novel was highly visible and nearly leapt out at me from the shelves of a very important-looking display case. Sadly, I'm a sucker for good advertising...

The teaser inside the jacket cover was pretty hot, too. "My name is Kvothe... You may have heard of me." I think I got shivers at the end. I wouldn't give up the book at the check-out counter. I had to awkwardly reach over and scan the book myself, with a goofy grin on my face. The girl was probably thinking "Who's this idiot?"

July 10, 2007 1:33 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Slightly off topic:

Patrick, just curious do you know if your publisher intends to commission and an unabridged audio books for the series? I ask because my wife would enjoy the book however due to a learning disability finds actual reading very difficult. Usually if I like a book as much as this one I go and find her the audiobook so we can enjoy it together.

That said if they ever do, I highly recommend Johnathan Davis, Stefan Rudnicki, or Camron Bierly(I might have that spelled wrong) as voice actors.

July 10, 2007 1:51 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

I am hoping that the audiobook happens eventually. Partly because it's cool, and partly because

I like to think it's just a matter of time, but I really don't know how the publisher decides these things. I think those sorts of projects take a lot of production money....

Thanks for the voice actor reccomendation....


July 10, 2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Pat, lets someday jetset around the world together and collect your books while sipping tea and nibbling microwave-able burritos.

.. heh

But really, I'd like to collect all the different versions someday. And have them all signed, no less!

July 10, 2007 2:17 PM  
Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...


Just read your wife the book, read a chapter a night, or whatever, and you will be through it in no time. you will only sound terrible the first couple of nights, then you will be a pro. i use to read stuff for a blind friend of mine, and it wasn't as awful as i feared.

July 10, 2007 2:48 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I read to my husband whenever we drive somewhere. You'd be surprised at how quickly you can finish a book even if you only read it in the car.

I read the book myself and enjoyed it, now I'm reading it to my husband. We only have 60 pages left. He's hooked.

Although, I have to say. There are a TON of typos in the book. How do those get fixed? I almost thought of writing down the page numbers and line numbers which have mistakes. There is even one character whose name is consistently spelled two different ways. It drove me nuts.

July 11, 2007 2:33 PM  

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