Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cover Art – Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch sent me the cover to his urban fantasy Midnight Riot which releases January 25, 2011. Midnight Riot is the US edition of the alternatively titled UK book Rivers of London which launches a week earlier.
 FINAL US COVER
midnightriot_final
As you can see there is quite a style difference between the two editions. The UK version is neat in that a high resolution version of the cover reveals that the city map is hand drawn with street names, notes and doodles. Overall it has a literary look. Ben also included an earlier version of the US cover which showed a broader perspective on the art with a more typical action-style cover..

Which of these do you prefer?

I love novels set in London and this one sounds like a great supernatural thriller with a recommendation from Charlaine Harris no less. I like this description of the book -  

Rivers of London is a fresh and exciting London-based Urban Fantasy focusing on 20-something police constable Peter Grant who finds himself seconded – much to his surprise! – to a secret and arcane branch of the Met specialising in crimes of a supernatural nature, and thus apprenticed to the last wizard in Britain.

An Betsy Mitchell at Del Rey said of the UK rights purchase -
Both male and female readers here were delighted by the character of Peter Grant and Ben’s new take on the urban paranormal genre.
EARLY VERSION OF US COVER

midnightriot_draftUK COVER WRAPAROUND aaronovitch-riversoflondon
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic. 
Ben also revealed an early draft of the cover for the UK edition of the second book, very much in keeping with the first.

3 comments:

  1. Doug,

    I love the US cover - and I've added this book to my Christmas wish list.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    M

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  2. For some reason, now I can't get the song "Zoot Suit Riot" out of my head...

    <3,
    -J

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  3. Michelle Santa is going to have to drive an 18 wheeler if I keep adding to my Xmas list :) Hope you get yours...

    Jess I don't recollect that song but now you have me curious and I will have to track it down.

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