So, another one of 2009's 'big' releases slips into 2010. Still, at least we've finally got some UK artwork:
As Aidan's already pointed out, this is the exact same artwork that was being used for Lynch's novella The Bastards and the Knives, which I originally posted waaay back in January last year. Given that the novella doesn't look like it will be surfacing any time soon (if at all), Gollancz have clearly decided to do a quick cut and paste job. I always did quite like this cover, though I think I actually prefer the US cover:
The US cover received something of a mixed reaction a few months back when it first appeared, but I like it: I like the colour tones, I like the atmosphere. And in commercial terms, I think it's far more suitable than the UK version (and to be honest, I think that can be applied to the UK covers for the previous two novels in their trade paperback formats - they're nice to look at, but I get the impression they didn't really help to sell the books). Maybe that's why Gollancz slapped a totally different cover on the mass market version of The Lies of Locke Lamora. Come to think of it, they did the same for the MMPB version of Red Seas as well.
So, any opinions? UK cover or US cover?
I'm also wondering when we'll find out the reason for the delay. Various rumours have been floating around for a while about 'personal issues' that Lynch is having, but hopefully we'll get clarification at some point.