Sometimes you see a cover and immediately know that you are going to buy the book. Dan Simmons’ Drood is a great example of this for me.
Below are two other covers I saw recently that I saw and just knew I had to own the books.
1. The Forest of Memory
This is a forthcoming book from Mary Robinette Kowal, the Hugo-award winning author of The Lady Astronaut of Mars. Mary tends to win the cover lottery, as you can see, for example, by taking a look at the cover for Ghost Talkers.
The Forest of Memory, however, while it looks like a gothic fairytale is actually AI science fiction.
Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people’s lives have value, after all.
But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the world.
The man who stepped out of the trees while hunting deer cut her off from the cloud, took her A.I. and made her his unwilling guest.
There are no Authenticities or Captures to prove Katya’s story of what happened in the forest. You’ll just have to believe her.
2. Almost Insentient, Almost Divine
I have to give it to Undertow Publications, their covers are almost always absolutely amazing. Just take a second to scroll through their books here.
This book, D.P Watt’s Almost Insentient, Almost Divine, is available as part of Undertow Publications’ 2016 subscription offer, where for $69 they will send you 4 books (proper paper books, not just eBooks) as they come out, shipping and all.
This represents a full 25% discount off regular rates. It’s four books for the price of three. A free book. Who doesn’t like a free book?