Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Red As Blood

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 do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

As you know, I’m wild about the new Daw editions of Tanith’s work. I might have read Red As Blood back in high school, but I don’t recall any of the stories off the top of my head. I expected Redder Than Blood (which has another story or two compared to the first edition, I think) to be Mass Market sized and was surprised when it arrived and was so large. No, Amazon didn’t say it was Mass Market, I just wasn’t paying attention. But I don’t mind that the new edition is so huge because you can see Deharme’s gorgeous cover art even more clearly.

Red As Blood – Daw 1983, ISBN: 0879977906, cover illustration by Michael Whelan, interior illustrations by Tanith! (Can you imagine how excited I was to find out that she’s illustrated some of her books?)

Redder Than Blood – Daw 2017, ISBN: 9780756412517, cover art by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme (so friggen in love with his style), cover design by G-Force Design

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