I came across this one recently through a tweet from Kim Harrington (at least I think that's how I became aware of this). It seems the paperback of Clarity is going to have a slightly redesigned cover. For the most part everything is the same, but you will notice one big difference: the model. Yep, they booted the blonde and went with someone with more obviously red hair. Now, normally I am hesitant with a redesign, however, I did actually flip back to the cover when I was reading this because I was like, 'Wait, is the model a redhead? But Clare...." It didn't bother me too much, and you can tell they did try to get some reddish tones in the coloring, but the fact is she doesn't quite match the description.
Still, I'm torn on this one. The new model more closely resembles Clarity's description, but there is just something in the old model's face - there's something slightly otherworldly and knowing in her expression, and something just a little not quite the norm, and I find it really appealing and really in line with the book. So...I don't know. I think what it comes down to for me is the really neat, artsy style of the first one, which is lessened in the new cover. I liked the not-quite-realness of the first cover, the torn paper overlay look of the hair and the birds. And I liked the lack of background detail, and loved the light reflections. But I'm happy to have my hardcover for the former cover, and I'll be happy to have the new model on my copy of Perception when it comes out. What say you? Whether you've read the book or not, which would you reach for?
Which one did it better?
Don't forget, you can check out my review of Clarity here
and my interview with Kim here!
Last Week on FFO: The US and UK versions of Maria V Snyder's upcoming Touch of Power went head to head, with the UK covers cool blue and lightning-hand winning easily over the softer, flowery look of the US version (and though I like both, I agree).
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