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Cover Cage Match: The Age of Miracles

February 12, 2013

Welcome back to Cover Cage Match! Today’s contender: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.

This is going to be a tough one, since I loved the original hardcover jacket–a whimsical, light-spec-fic approach to the hand-lettered, typographic covers we saw throughout 2012. So, spoiler alert: if they changed anything, chances were I was not going to be the paperback jacket’s biggest fan.

Did it ever change.

Here we go:

ImageOn the left, the US hardcover jacket; on the right, the new trade paperback, out this January.

As predicted, I’m not a huge fan. The new cover feels too busy and somehow too generic. While the novel is a coming of age story, I’m not sure the young girl narrator is the novel’s biggest selling point, or that the silhouette does the cover any favors. In fact, I might be more interested in this jacket with just the sunset and the type… But I’d still prefer the hardcover.

Of course, it’s not as though a hand-lettered, all-typography cover does much to distinguish a book from the pack of last year’s releases–so a fresh approach might be desirable. I just wish it hadn’t been this one.

Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments.

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