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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Atmospheric Disturbances, paperback

Design by Henry Sene Yee

UPDATE: Henry talks about this cover over at his blog.

I haven't seen this in person yet -- it will be released in late April -- but the more I look at this, the more I like it.


Clearly the eyes belong to the same person, but the way they're offset suggests that something odd's going on, which is in fact the case: psychiatrist Leo Liebenstein believes that his wife has been replaced by a doppelganger. This psychic disruption is not the only thing hinted at by the intersecting concentric circles; there's a meteorologist who figures in the plot (as the title suggests).

Henry Sene Yee was nice enough to provide the design credit for this, but I forgot to ask him if those circles are die-cuts. If so, I'm dying to know what's underneath.

UPDATE: Since it's been mentioned several times in the comments, here's the US hardcover (first image below; design and illustration by Billie Jean). And someone sent in the Canadian cover as well (second image):



15 comments:

mike said...

A bit reminiscent of the Koji Suzuki Ring/Spiral/Loop cover designs.

GH said...

I like this so much better than the hardcover, which I thought was too busy.

Ian Shimkoviak said...

That's really beautiful.

I wonder if the same eye being used twice (flipped) has something to do with the story.

Ian Shimkoviak said...

The original HB cover also has a lady reflecting, so it must have something to do with the story.

I really love the original too.

Is this Betty Pages eye???

Anonymous said...

I read this book and loved it. Unfortunately I prefer the hardcover's jacket. This cover is too slick for the story.

Matt said...

I like this as much as the cover for the hardcover - which is saying a lot, as I tried unsuccessfully to get that cover in a poster.

This new cover seems Murakami to me - maybe BW,SW-ish -

Anonymous said...

The cover at HarperCollins Canada:

Canadian TPB Cover, with GG sticker

Tropolist said...

The first cover made me think immediately of quantum entanglement, which, even if unintentional, fits with the story (two objects, identical but opposite, forever intertwined with one another). I like the US hardcover, but honestly it would make much more sense on Pynchon's Crying of Lot 49, and not just because of the number.

Anonymous said...

Who did the hardcover?

Martyn said...

The Canadian cover for Harper Collins was designed by Martyn Schmoll. That's me. Its an honour to be in such great company. Illustrator: James O'Brien/Veer.

Anonymous said...

Hey, can someone tell the folks over at covers.fwis.com that there's a problem if you try to go on their web site?

Anonymous said...

beautiful cover--
do those eyes look like they belong to Spock!?

Steph said...

Yes, I was wondering if anyone else saw Spock in those eyes! Intentional or not, that subtle reference is nice, esp. in conjunction with the title

Dash_x said...

the paperback is heavily inlfuenced by Chip Kidd's work for Vertical - Twinkle Twinkle/Loop/Spiral/Ring etc

lainie said...

The illustration style by Billie Jean looks like the one I had on the cover for Will Self's The Book of Dave. Must be the same artist, I reckon.