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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Fragile Things

I'm left wondering if the cute puppy dog and kitty cat are on the back cover. Someone please tell me there's something tongue-in-cheek going on here...

Buy Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.



The UK version? A bit less of an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach:

3 comments:

DEM said...

I seem to remember reading on Neil's blog that the dust jacket for the hardback U.S. edition is made from something translucent -- like onionskin, though more durable, obviously. And with some areas that are clear, so that taking it off reveal more detail of the cover.

I went looking for the post, but couldn't find it, so maybe I'm making this up.

I tend think that the U.K. cover is a nicer, and less obvious, evocation of fragility than the U.S. cover, though. Which gets back to the point you made a while back about whether American covers are more literal...

Su said...

The US cover does have a translucent wrap, though I don't remember die cuts in it. It's been bothering me for weeks. Just bleh.

James said...

dem, maybe what you're thinking is that the butterfly is more obviously dead and in bits when you remove the translucent jacket, although you can see that just by looking closely.

The dismembered insect is a fairly subtle joke and appropriately Gaimanesque, I think.