Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hypothermia - Cover Opinions

US based fans of Arnaldur Indridason's Erlendur series will be pleased to know that Hypothermia will be out there on 14 September (also in Kindle edition). Hypothermia is on the short-list for the 2010 CWA International Dagger.

Read the Euro Crime review (by Maxine) of Hypothermia.

So what are you thoughts on the UK (LHS) and US (RHS) covers? Would either entice you to pick the book up if you were not familiar with Indridason?
(Incidentally at the time of writing, the blurb on amazon.com is actually for The Draining Lake!)


11 comments:

Bernadette in Australia said...

I like them both but the US one would probably work better to draw in those unfamiliar with him

Liz said...

I love the UK version. It looks deeply icy cold and surreal.

Vivienne said...

I think they both work well. My personal choice would be the one on the right. I find it more intriguing.

keithbwalters said...

Really like that US cover - more mysterious with the figure walking towards the red section.
Bought the UK edition just the other week and on same day bought Stuart B Macbride's HalfHead - was shocked when I got home that both books colours are almost identical - I must have been having a hazy green kind of day!
As a fan of his books it's nice that the same typeface has followed through for now - but maybe it is time for a change to encourage new readers to discover this great novelist and his character.

Karen (Euro Crime) said...

Yes the green/blue is quite popular these days see: http://eurocrime.blogspot.com/2010/03/covers-from-same-front-garden.html!

Muse said...

I like the UK cover. A novel with that title deserves a cover that makes me feel cold.

Maxine said...

ooh Karen, I have just read those front garden books...aren't they spooky? For Hypothermia, for me, the UK cover wins hands down - it is just so cold.... you just know you are going to be reading something really icy indeed, and you would be right.....

Donna said...

I like both - the UK one feels colder but it's a bit nondescript in a way. The US one is more eye-catching (although I think without the red part it wouldn't have the same impact).

kathy d. said...

UK cover, hands down, wins my vote. It's clean and conjures up feelings of the cold, chilly northern climates.

I often find simpler to be better. Sometimes "less is more," to coin a phrase.

Dorte H said...

The UK version - as nearly always.

KATHY D. said...

Just another comment: I much prefer the UK cover, which usually hits the nail on the head, so to speak, especially on the Nordic fiction.

Sometimes the US cover misses the boat on what should be conveyed to the reader, the feel for Scandinavia, in particular.

And sometimes the US covers have too much on them; they're overdone.