Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thirteen Hours - Cover Opinions

As with Hypothermia, US based readers of the 2010 International Dagger Shortlist will have to wait until September (7th) for the US edition of Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer.

Read the Euro Crime review (by Maxine) of Thirteen Hours.

So what are you thoughts on the US (LHS) and UK (RHS) covers? Which would entice you to pick the book up if you were not familiar with Deon Meyer?

11 comments:

Donna said...

I prefer the UK one (although that looks as though it could be any city) but neither of them would really attract me to the book. The US one makes it look as though it's a ghost story.

Uriah Robinson said...

The US cover is a bit wishy washy, the car on the UK cover gives a harder impression and more sense of the novel.

Bernadette in Australia said...

I prefer the US one, but it's the UK one peering at me from the TBR

Margot Kinberg said...

Karen - I love your eye for covers! I like the U.K. cover better. I think it's dramatic without being lurid.

keithbwalters said...

the UK one - more noir and less like a supernatural tale

keithbwalters said...

Prefer the more noirish black & white UK version - and agree with Donna that the US version has a bit of a ghost story look to it.

Jody said...

I prefer the UK one.

Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

I have the UK cover on my desk waiting tbr. I prefer it but maybe it's just because I'm more use to it.

Maxine said...

I'm not that keen on either (I have a proof copy and it is just plain red - better I think!). Interesting that they use similar fonts for the text even though the covers are so different. I do like that colour blue so I am going to go for the US cover, but I think that both of them could be so much better, and more reflective of the book and as Donna points out, the urban nature of the book.

kathy d. said...

I agree about liking the U.S. cover a bit better because of the turquoise color and I like big, clear fonts (probably aging issues) and clean lines.

However, I think both could have been better.

Usually, I like the UK versions but this one is disappointing.

Neither would get me to buy the book, but good reviews would.

kathy d. said...

Although not a spokesperson for the Book Depository, readers from anywhere can order "Thirteen Hours," in hardcover or paperback from them with no shipping charges.

They have the UK hardcover and paperback at their website and they are available. So %14 for a paperback without shipping charges, even for those of us across the pond, is not bad at all. It would cost me more to buy it here at a bookstore.