Rachel Neumeier

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Sarah Higbee of Brainfluff rounded up a bunch of different covers that have been used hither and yon for The Bone Clocks. These are really interesting to compare! Here they are:

American
British
Polish
Portuguese
Bulgarian

How about it? I like all of these except the British cover, which is too cluttered for me. But my favorite is … the Polish cover! Really love that one! My second pick is the Bulgarian cover.

A great set of covers overall. I’ve never actually read this book. Let me take a look at the description …

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.

I’m losing interest in this book. “Nightmare brought to life.” “Irrevocably scarred.” I’m thinking at this point, yeah, probably not for me. The description continues:

A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.

I have to say, no one here sounds remotely like a character I’d like to spend time with, no matter how fantastic and clever the writing may be. Then we wind up with “everyday grace and extraordinary wonder” and for the first time I’m thinking well, maybe.

Have any of you read this one?

Either way, which cover do you prefer?

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3 Comments Pick a cover

  1. Elaine T

    Bulgarian and Polish. the British one is in a style I’ve seen too much of and too cluttered.

    That blurb doesn’t attract me, either. Sounds like it’s trying to be a cross between that occult thriller (I guess) Harkness set … (err, All Souls trilogy) and trendy urban-ish fantasy.

    come to think of it, why doesn’t False Doctrine trigger that reaction? hm….Maybe the subtlety of the elements?

  2. SarahZ

    All the lead-up sounds ugly to some degree or another, so I’m skeptical about the “grace and wonder” part, myself.

    It’s hard to pick a cover without knowing the book. The 1st one is somewhat cold and bloodless, but that might be appropriate? On purely aesthetics I think I like Polish the most.

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