It's time for a mini-update on my Song of Ice and Fire Challenge. What was supposed to be one book a month has been dastardly delayed due to the simple fact that I forgot just how long these books are! We're talking grandiose chunksters. But I love them. Really. Every literary trip to Westeros pulls me more deeply into the world and the expansive landscape is truly amazing! Plus, as a reread, I'm stunned by Martin's brilliant use of foreshadowing in the series. There are plenty of scenes that have a significantly increased impact the second time around.
Back to my challenge. It's mid-to-late-June so I should technically be mostly finished or at least starting A Feast For Crows. Unfortunately, I've only just begun the substitute barbell that is A Storm of Swords. Yet, I'm still super excited for next month's release of A Dance With Dragons! With just under a month to go, I thought it would be fun to peek into the world of marketing and share some of the changing cover images for this awesome book! Those that follow GRRM's livejournal will know that he posted these images back in March, but I thought they would make a good discussion point for A Weekend to ReCOVER.
The first is the original cover announced back in 2006, the middle was the updated cover circa 2009, and the left is the current cover that will supposedly grace the book when it reaches the eager hands of readers in a few short weeks! There are aspects of all three covers that I appreciate. I'm a bit partial to the one on the right, only because it matches with the copies of the first four that I own, but the shield image on the right is really interesting as well. I'm not sure I understand why the middle has a sword and nothing particularly dragon-ish, but this is a book that could be released with the most generic of covers and I would still be exceptionally excited about reading it.
Do you have a favorite among the covers for A Dance With Dragons? Which one best catches your eye?
A Weekend to ReCOVER is a meme hosted by Her Book Self dedicated to discussing book jackets and cover art. Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts here or chime in with a post of your own on this book or any interesting attention-grabbing cover(s) that you want to discuss. Leave me a link and I'll be sure to stop over and see what bookish art you're spying this week!