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Rugbugcr
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I think a better cover might be of an older silhouette hidden in the shadows looking out the window of the second floor of the home.  Maybe out the window it could show a car arriving.  I just don't think the current cover does the book any justice and wouldn't bring bookshelf appeal.
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I am one of those people that if I see a book on the table at B&N and it has a catchy cover I al likely to pick it up and read it.  This book would not be one that I would pick up because of the cover.  I also must say that I am confused as to how the cover, especially the bust, fits in with the story line.  This question just adds to my sense of the author taking way too long to get to the actual story.  I keep anticipating the bust to mean something but so far it has not played into the story at all.  Cover along with the story need serious work.
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kiakar wrote:


krb2g wrote:
I might be too picky, but I don't think the moths go very well with the statue from a strictly visual point of view. That is to say, it looks at the moment like a bad photo-shop job, like someone took a picture of a statue, found a few moths and just copy and pasted them in. I agree with Runnybabbit620 that the images look pixellated (although I was assuming that we are getting a draft of the cover as well as a draft of the text, and that they'll neaten things up before they sell the book).

I'm also having a hard time fitting the statue in with the story generally. This cover reminds me of the birdgirl statue on the cover of Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but as I recall (at least from the movie) that statue is actually located in Savannah, and its cemetery plays a role in the plot.


I agree with your summation of the cover.  The insects do not look natural on the cover. They do look as if they were pasted on maybe a after thought.

I agree with other posters that it would make more sense to use moths on the cover rather than butterflies.  I like the sepia tones (reminiscent of an old photograph).  I suppose the marble bust could have some association with Ginny, who was stone-like emotionally and had set-in-stone methods of living her life.  If random objects are going to be used rather than a theme, why not include a few dominoes and a timepiece of some sort?


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I have to say when I first opened the package my first thought went to Silence of the Lambs.  I think another reader also pointed this out.  Thank goodness the moth isn't over the mouth of the statue.  The cover almost has a supernatural feel, like a vampire or graveyard shadow.  It's not warm and fuzzy let's put it that way.  It's hard to say whether I would pick it up off the new release stand to read the sleeve.  I do enjoy a cover you can make reference to and draw an atmosphere from.  Let's see where this one leads.
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          Exactly! Rugbugcr - you should get a job as cover designer,lol. Your idea hints of anticipation and  intrigue and would be much more of a lure than the present cover.
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I think a better cover might be of an older silhouette hidden in the shadows looking out the window of the second floor of the home.  Maybe out the window it could show a car arriving.  I just don't think the current cover does the book any justice and wouldn't bring bookshelf appeal.



 
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krb2g wrote: I agree with Runnybabbit620 that the images look pixellated (although I was assuming that we are getting a draft of the cover as well as a draft of the text, and that they'll neaten things up before they sell the book).

I agree.

I'm guessing the images will be smoothed out on the final cover.


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I haven't decided my opinion of the cover yet.  Are they butterflies or moths?  What does the bust represent?  I would have liked a pic of the mansion.  But--if I saw this book in the store, I would definately pick it up out of curiosity & read the back.  And after reading the back, I know I would have bought the book.
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When I received the book I found the cover to be rather interesting in an odd sort of way.
Now that I have completed the book I find it suits the story quite well and I think it represents Ginny's
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BookSavage wrote:
I am one of those people that if I see a book on the table at B&N and it has a catchy cover I al likely to pick it up and read it.  This book would not be one that I would pick up because of the cover.  I also must say that I am confused as to how the cover, especially the bust, fits in with the story line.  This question just adds to my sense of the author taking way too long to get to the actual story.  I keep anticipating the bust to mean something but so far it has not played into the story at all.  Cover along with the story need serious work.


Yes, the only thing that I think the present cover relates to is, lifelessness or not living. But you are right, someone said about the car and a woman getting out of the car looking out the upstairs window. That is great. Everybody would read it then. I know, if I saw that I would read it. But this cover, I would past in a heartbeat and also those butterflies,moths on the front cover look gawdy to the black and white Bust.
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In my opinion the book cover delivers a visual message of formality, stoicism and rigidity with the marble female bust.  The only life in this image is the color of the moths.  
 
However, if I look closely, the expression of the bust seemed sad...shy...lonely.  And as I read the book, it seems to depict the story of Ginny and her family very well. 
 
And in the case of a book purchase, I always check the back cover of a paperback or the back flap of the book I am selecting.  If the story line is interesting, I'm hooked!:
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I agree.  The cover looks like a bad photo-shop job.  The moths appear to be glued on to a cover that doesn't seem to fit the story (at least through Chapter 5).
 
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krb2g wrote:
I might be too picky, but I don't think the moths go very well with the statue from a strictly visual point of view. That is to say, it looks at the moment like a bad photo-shop job, like someone took a picture of a statue, found a few moths and just copy and pasted them in. I agree with Runnybabbit620 that the images look pixellated (although I was assuming that we are getting a draft of the cover as well as a draft of the text, and that they'll neaten things up before they sell the book).
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The cover could work if it was cleaned up. The bust should moved up on the cover to approximately the middle and the neck shadows need to be cleaned up some. Get rid of the moths/butterflies. Pay attention to appropriately sized and balanced graphics for the title, author, etc. The current cover is an artistic mess.
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I agree with everyone else so far about the cover.  I don't think I would give it a second glance.  My first impression is a story of the Roman or Greek time period.  I'm not into history so I would pass it up.  Maybe the cover could have some of the moths like in Ginny and the family's display cases (with the pins in the moth).  With a camera angle showing two moths up close but able to see the rest of the display in the background.  Showing sister moths?
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I also agree that the cover doesn't do much to catch my attention - I'm not sure how it fits in with the story and I have finished the book.
 
Maybe a picture of the house would be more apt to drawn you in
 
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I'm clearly in the minority here, but I like the cover.  I find it haunting and intriguing, and it would definitely be something I'd pick up in the store to check out the back.  According the blurb on the back, Ginny is somewhat sinister, which is a vibe I get from the cover.  I really like the type font and the point size.  I agree with the earlier poster who said the pixilateed images most likely would be cleaned up for publication.  This is one of the nicer Advance Reader's Editions I've seen, I think the publishing house did an excellent job with it.
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Like most, the cover does not encourage me to pick up the book from the thousands of other options I have available. I am one of those people who truly choses a book by the cover. I will walk into B&N and usually purchase 2-3 random books based on the cover to read. I obviously do read books other than the randoms. I think the main issue with me, is that the title, the dark colors of the cover and the seemly misplaced butterflies/moths do not seem exciting. I have not read the entire book, so maybe the cover will make more sense as I read along further, but strictly from a book buyers perspective, I would not purchase this book based on the cover, but more importantly I would not even pick this book up or give it a second glance.

On a side note, the title The Sisters does not intrigue me because I do not have a sister, but might entice someone who does have a sister.
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Re: Discuss the Cover (COMPARE WITH THE UK)

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Does have a picture of the cover in the UK, which I think is much more clever than the cover on the ARC.

For goodness sakes, let the figures be moths rather than butterflies! We have seen they can be quite as beautiful. (I can't tell on the UK version for certain that moths have been used.)

If I buy books based on their covers, I am largely unaware of it. I rely heavily on descriptions, referrals, reviews, and perusing the text.
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I also thought the UK cover was lovely and quite an intelligent design.

I usually don't buy fiction unless I've already read it once and loved it or I know it will be useful to my research/future life as a reader [for example, so many people told me that I had to read Atonement that I broke down and bought it] or I absolutely trust the author or it's ordered for a class--and in that case the cover does matter (I tend to buy the Vintage editions of Faulkner or Willa Cather so they will match the other books by that author on my bookshelf; also I am usually looking for a well-edited edition so I will be able to cite confidently later).

I do select some books to read by going to my local bookstore and browsing, especially the selections picked out and set up on tables. Those books that look visually interesting, have a good title, and intriguing blurbs on the back go onto my "to be read" list, and I check them out of the library sooner or later.



Peppermill wrote:
Does have a picture of the cover in the UK, which I think is much more clever than the cover on the ARC.
If I buy books based on their covers, I am largely unaware of it. I rely heavily on descriptions, referrals, reviews, and perusing the text.


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I don't buy books for their covers -- usually the title catches my interest and then I read the back -- I also return to favorite authors and books recommended by friends -- I don't quite get what the statue has to do with the story -- it looks like the butterflies were added as an afterthought -- just my opinion --
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BethD wrote:
I'm clearly in the minority here, but I like the cover.  I find it haunting and intriguing, and it would definitely be something I'd pick up in the store to check out the back.  According the blurb on the back, Ginny is somewhat sinister, which is a vibe I get from the cover.  I really like the type font and the point size.  I agree with the earlier poster who said the pixilateed images most likely would be cleaned up for publication.  This is one of the nicer Advance Reader's Editions I've seen, I think the publishing house did an excellent job with it.


I agree, Beth -- I like it too! But I tend not to need my covers to be too closely related to what's inside. I prefer to just get an impression or a feel for the tone of the book, and I think this cover is successful on that front.
 
But Peppermill, I LOVE the UK cover!!
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