Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful book covers!
It also provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!
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This week, I'm comparing
two covers for the same book!
Sea of Poppies
(Ibis Trilogy, #1)
Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Why do I love this cover?
This is such a perfect, beautiful example of the use of rhythm to create dynamic movement! The stylized waves create a repetitious flow over the lower half of the cover that is just very compelling. The large, brilliantly-colored poppies go perfectly with the waves, too. The tiny ship is at the bottom of the cover, enclosed in a circle, which is surrounded by what look like more stylized waves, with brown foam shooting up between them.
The colors are just perfect for this cover, too. Everything just flows together just right. The colors and rhythmic, stylized design remind me strongly of a famous print by the great Japanese artist, Hokusai. Although the waves in this cover are much more abstract than the ones in the print, the sense of movement is similar. The print is titled "The Great Wave of Kanagawa".
Unfortunately this is another case of a great cover whose designer I have been unable to find any information about..... When I own the book, I'll be able to see who this highly talented person is. Not even Amazon's online reader has been of help here, since the cover shown in the reader is another one, which, compared to the one above, falls well below the mark for a beautiful book cover! Just take a look below....
This is the new cover for the novel. The one above is now only available from third-party sellers on Amazon US, as well as Amazon CA. I've checked out Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon UK and The Book Depository; B&N features this second cover, while the other two sites also feature it, and other covers, as well.
This second cover, which was apparently created in the U.S., doesn't do a thing for me. Had I seen it displayed on a table at Barnes & Noble recently, I would simply have passed it up. The first one, on the other hand, would have made me stop to investigate!
This second cover doesn't have any of the complex, graphically bold beauty of the first one. Nor does it have that dynamic, graceful rhythm. The poppies are basically wilting parodies of the real flower. Draping them over the letters of the font, which, by the way, I find totally boring to look at, does nothing to suggest the motion of the sea. In short, this cover is inferior by far!
I hope you have enjoyed looking at the first cover! I think it's utterly gorgeous, and it's a real shame that it's been replaced by the vastly inferior second cover, as well as others, which I decided not to show here, because then this post would be much longer than it already is. Besides, none of them can compare in beauty to that first cover above!
What did you think
of my choice this week?
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and let me know!