Books from previous years that I read and loved this year: CENTRAL STATION/Lavie Tidhar, Hammer Head/Nina MacLaughlin, The Stranger in the Woods/Michael Finkel
CAMESTROS FELAPTON cites the Sarah Anne Langton CENTRAL STATION cover as a work of interest in Book Cover Thing 2017: An Aside on Diagonals.
One aesthetic trick I think works really works nicely with book covers is the use of the diagonal implied by the oblong character of a book cover.
I’ve made this one into an extreme example but the elements need not create two regions quite as starkly or as abstractly as this one.
It seems to do a lot of things:
- create a sense of movement
- organises features of the cover into more areas
- allows for different colour contrasts without being too busy
- introduces shapes other than rectangular blocks
I mention it because I noticed most of the covers in this years list are a lot more centrally aligned – either creating a simple vertical line or implying one by using partial symmetry along the cover’s central vertical line.
Photo: Kevin Nixon. © Future Publishing 2013
Davide Mana on KARAVANSARA writes about the forthcoming Italian edition.
I am very proud to announce that in the next weeks I’ll be working on the translation of Lavie Tidhar’s CENTRAL STATION, that Acheron Books will publish in 2018.
Cover art: Angela Su
For more info about CENTRAL STATION, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Sarah Anne Langton