“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time, and the idea is being used with her gracious permission.
I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!
For the seventeenth issue of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I decided to venture into previously unexplored territory – The Steampunk genre! Now, I must be perfectly honest with you: I know little, if anything, about this category of fiction and have even less personal experience with it. Compiling this week’s covers felt a bit like being thrown into the deep end of the pool and was initially a struggle, but I must admit I was quickly surprised and impressed by what I discovered. While the designs were a little more harsh and the colours a little more drab than I typically like, I did discover some stand-out favourites. Some of these include Angelmaker, Ghosts By Gaslight, The Dark Unwinding and Etiquette and Espionage. I apologize in advance if you feel that any of these books have been mis-catagorized as ‘Steampunk’ when they are not. As in the case of the Fantasy entry, I was at the mercy of Goodreads’ designations in order to guide me.
Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite steampunk covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!