This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!
I’ll start by admitting this book was primarily a cover-buy. I love steampunk and I ended up enjoying the book more than I thought I would. If I remember correctly (and I might not) the ending left this open for a sequel, but despite The Clockwork Three coming out in 2010, Kirby has yet to make this a series. Sadness. ISBN: 9780545203371.