|UK Cover for COLD WELCOME
||[Jan. 20th, 2017|08:30 am]
Coming in April
Orbit UK came up with a terrific cover that conveys the overall feel of the book...it's not a walk in the park or a stroll down memory lane when Ky Vatta visits her home planet after seven years away. And though she's Grand Admiral of her own fleet, the universe has ways to make the powerful feel small.
(I must admit, the release of this cover image on this day seems singularly appropriate. But that's not what this post is about.)
The US cover, from Del Rey, is also a terrific cover that focuses more on Ky Vatta herself than the exact situation she's in, and for those who missed it earlier, here it is again.
And these covers are why nobody was interested in MY sketch for the cover art (and why should they be? I'm a writer not a professional artist.) BUT It gave me a great excuse to open a box of crayons and play for awhile. Wheee! That weird thing in the lower left corner is supposed to be coil of the kind of rope that floats and is bright yellow. That was supposed to be snow blowing off the top of those red cliffs. (I am much better with horses, wildflowers, and even crawdads than I am with dramatic scenes. Still, fun to make pictures sometimes instead of stories, even if the pictures are far from pro standards.
The point of cover art is to suggest that the book is worth picking up (and won't embarrass you if you're seen reading it....that, too.) This next phase in the Vatta saga is about dealing with a dangerous reality that arrives suddenly and threatens more than mere survival. About new challenges and the need to keep learning and adapting. About leadership and treachery and blind spots and mistakes good people make. But mostly it's about Ky Vatta, and the Vatta family. (Just as a teaser, the book *after* this is almost-nearly ready to send to Editor. It's called INTO THE FIRE.)
Actually this book isn't that connected to the earlier ones. All the characters that repeat are a few years older, and I think/hope that their intros are brief enough not to be infodump and informative enough to prevent confusion. Most of the characters but the main ones are new. Though if you find the books and WANT to wade through them again, it certainly wouldn't hurt my feelings.
In addition to refreshing my background to the characters, a re-read would also refresh my memory of your universe, and that's important to me. And I do enjoy re-reading series. I recently re-watched a TV show that I'd seen only a year ago and I was amazed at not only the details that I'd forgotten but at the new connections that I made. While I broadly remembered the show, I'd forgotten a lot of the nuanced bits.
Plus, our local book store closed, so I won't have an opportunity to buy the new one until next week anyway. :-) Not that the bums would have had it. My wife's birthday is in mid-October. One year a new Vorkosigan was coming out on her birthday, and she was ecstatic. We went to the store, and not only did they not have it, they argued that it was not out yet. When we conclusively proved that it was, indeed, out, they said they weren't getting it for at least another month. As I recall she bought the audio book when we got home and we bought the print edition the next time we were in Las Cruces (I don't listen to audio books).
This one isn't out yet--it comes out in April. You can pre-order it, of course, online, but it's still making its way through the process and hasn't shipped.
No wonder the store closed. A shame that they were not more book friendly.
Hastings was a weird chain. They had two aisles of Christian stuff and six or so shelves of computer books and most of that was Dummy books. Their SF/F was intermixed so you had no way of seeing what was new releases if you didn't know in advance. I gave up on buying books from them a long time ago, I'd wait until we were at a B&N (most of my Amazon buying is not books). Their magazine stock was decent, their video side was good and they had good sales on new and used. Music was hit or miss because of my music tastes. Cafe was decent and the restrooms were clean.
But their failure boiled down to the guy on top. A friend of mine worked at their corporate office, she said he was a complete idiot. He ended up selling the entire chain for a ridiculously low amount of money, which spawned a huge shareholder suit for devaluing their stock.
I did get some good deals on games when they folded, got good discounts on the Ghostbusters cooperative board game and King of Tokyo. Fortunately I got there early: didn't get the deepest discounts, but I got the best selection.
They're both amazing covers. I think I lean more towards the UK one because there's so much more detail in it but I suspect the US one might be more meaningful once I've read the book. I'm looking forward to the release; I recently listened to the whole earlier series on audiobook so it's good timing. Mind you, I'm not sure how long it will be before the audiobook version of this one comes out...
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