Sunday, January 28, 2018

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 240: The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

*Late Edition*
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!
This week, though, things will
 be a bit different!

This week, I'm featuring two
different covers for the
same book!

The Wise Man's Fear
(The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
Patrick Rothfuss
Trade Paperback, 1008 pages
(Orion Publishing Co., Imprint)
June 3, 2012
Epic Fantasy

My Thoughts About This Cover

Ah, those incredibly GORGEOUS Gollancz coverS!! They hook me every single time! It's just that they're SO much better than the U.S. covers! I regret having to say this, but it's true..... I consider them much more aesthetically pleasing.

My approach this week will be a little different. I'm going to ask some questions of you, my readers, instead of just offering up my own, detailed opinions of why I love a particular cover. Obviously, I prefer the cover above. But people have different tastes. So, take a look at the cover below. And now we're going to compare the two!  

The Wise Man's Fear
(Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
Patrick Rothfuss
Mass Market Paperback, 1107 pages
April 2, 2013
Epic Fantasy

Well, in my honest opinion, as you guys already know, I MUCH prefer the first cover. But how about you? I want to know which cover YOU prefer, or whether you like them both equally. So here are some questions for you to answer in the comments!

1.) What's your first impression of each cover?

2.) Which of the two covers make you want to get this book and DEVOUR it?

3.) What do you like the most about the cover you picked?

4.) Do you like both covers? If you do, please explain what you like about each.

5.) The first cover uses nature to express the fear of the character pictured on the cover. Nature seems to be closing in on him. The second cover uses a very gloomy, depressing image of a stone courtyard flanked by two buildings, with a lone figure in the distance. Which of these covers do you think expresses the character's fear most effectively, and why?

You can answer just one of these questions, or all of them. It's up to you! I'd also like to know if you like my new approach to this meme. I'm always giving my own take on the covers I feature, so this time, I thought I'd turn it over to you guys!

Hope you all have some fun with this!l And if you'd like to link up to future posts, let me know as well, so we can have a blog hop, and visit each other's blogs!! 

Thanks to you all!!  :) 

What do you think of 
this week's covers?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!


  1. I like both covers. I like the colors on the first one a lot. The orange of the leave really contrasts well with the bluish green and dark of the center.

    I love the second cover. I love old buildings and mist. It is so atmospheric. I like the fact that it is understated.

    I like the second cover a little better.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      I guess they each have their good points. The second cover is certainly atmospheric, as you say. It even looks like the beginning of a movie, now that I think about it.

      I think that both covers evoke fear in different ways. However, the second cover does have an especially CHILLING effect. It's VERY ominous and sinister. With the first cover, the character in the center of the cover does seem to have a fighting chance.

      I LOVE old buildings and mist myself! They immediately bring Sherlock Holmes to mind! With the second cover, though, I don't get that feeling. I just feel....FEAR. Perhaps this cover is actually the more successful of the two, for that very reason.

      Thanks for your interesting analysis!! Hope you have a GREAT week ahead!! <3 :)


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