This Week's Topic:
What are your all-time favorite book covers?
I know I'm a sucker for bound books with hard covers, gilt lettering and softly fraying edges. Those covers are a bit more of a mystery than the ones with bright images, and you have to head inside with nothing but your own imagination. I really don't like photo-style images of the characters. I want an impression, or a powerful image from the book.
But I think, in the end, my favorite book cover is the paperback of Mossflower.
This is the version that I own, the one that is pretty beat up on the outside, with worn pages that smell a little dark and sweet. I love the medieval feel to it, and the illustrations on the back as well. You pick it up and you just know that it's going to be epic and complex and powerful, and then it is.
"Mossflower lay deep in the grip of midwinter beneath a sky of leaden gray that showed tinges of scarlet and orange on the horizon..."
And it just gets better from there.