Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Lies of Locke Lamora

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. 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 wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I fell in love with The Lies of Locke Lamora at about page ten, so when I found out there was a 10th anniversary edition, I had to have it. A little new years gift to myself, why not? This is a lovely edition, though I will say, they could have gone a little further with the design. The cover is lovely but there’s a tower behind the banner that is nearly invisible. I can just barely see it in this picture but that’s because I know it’s here. In person it’s just as hard to see. There’s also no interior art, and I would have loved some chapter embellishments or drop caps. A ribbon bookmark would be nice too. However, if you’re a big fan of the book I still recommend this edition. This was published by Gollancz in 2016 with cover art by us-now.com, ISBN: 9781473216792.

Also pictured is my “regular” copy of Locke which is from 2013 and published by Del Rey, with cover art by Daniel Dociu (his portfolio is amazing) and design by Dreu Pennington-McNeil, ISBN: 9780553588941.

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