Happy Friday, wonderful SEers! Mae here with Story Empire’s first “Book Cover Friday” post of 2018. The idea behind this new rotating feature is to showcase covers that appeal to us. These don’t necessarily have to be books we’ve read, but from works that attracted us for one reason or another. What did we find compelling about the cover? Of course, we hope you’ll weigh in with your thoughts as well.
The old adage says not to judge a book by its cover, but I almost always do. Yes, I know that’s not fair, but I’m a visual person. Make a strong first impression with a great cover, and chances are I’m going to look farther. Naturally, we each have differing opinions on style and what draws the eye.
As an example, I was intrigued by the moodiness of this cover with its suggestion of fog. The wash of smoky amber hues lend an almost sepia-tone finish, while the cobblestone walk and old fashioned street lamp give the impression of an earlier time. Bonus points: I’m drawn to books set in the late 19th to early 20th century. Add the tall spiral of the background monument, hazy array of lights and stark leafless trees, and the artwork reeled me in. The title is superb, bordering on poetic. Of course I read the blurb—and hit a snag.
Written as a novel, The Last Days of Night retells the story of the AC/DC current war between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Historical figures such as Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, and J.P. Morgan are prominently featured, especially Tesla.
Eh. How interesting could electricity be?
I waffled and added The Last Days of Night to my wishlist rather than one-click. But the book kept popping up everywhere and eventually I downloaded it.
Did the story live up to that fabulous cover? Absolutely. I devoured this book, enjoying it so much that I bought the print copy as well. That’s something I reserve for only a handful of books. In the event my Kindle would go belly up, I want a readable copy to fall back on, as this is a book I will almost certainly read again. Yes, it’s that good.
The print copy has a different cover. Still very moody and atmospheric, perhaps a bit darker in tone. The trees are gone, the statue (different) more prominent and there is the addition of a man’s silhouette. I think the feel of rain is stronger in this one, the night raw. Notice the different title font and the presentation of the author’s name.
Which do you prefer? Would either cover tempt you to pick up the book and read the blurb?
Genre aside, plot aside, would either book cover do its job and reel you in?
Share your thoughts in the comments below as we kick off Book Cover Friday!