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New Mistborn One Cover Art
« on: February 18, 2008, 09:42:19 PM »
http://www.brandonsanderson.com/graphics/mistbornpbnew.jpg

Tor is releasing a special 4.99 paperback of MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE this summer (in June) and they commissioned new cover art for it.  New art is above.  Thoughts?
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008, 09:52:15 PM »
I like the realistic-ness of it, less artsy. And ya, that's what I imagined she looks like, pretty much. Only skinnier.
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008, 10:15:42 PM »
And younger... she looks a little old...

But that's ok... I like it muchly.
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008, 10:20:53 PM »
I think I almost love it more than the hb cover.  ALMOST!  Like, the style of the hbs are fiting, but I love the feel of the cover.  But I do agree than Vin looks a tich old.  Still, love the cover!
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008, 10:32:21 PM »
Wow... Vin looks vindictive.  I wouldn't want to mess with her in her present state!  I'm take a direction opposite the crowd and say that it's not my favorite cover; the hardback cover is my favorite.  I dunno, she just looks like a vampire slayer or something.  Also, her daggers remind of of Raphael and Ninja Turtles, but that's just me.  However, I do like the mistcloak.
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008, 10:50:17 PM »
Awesome! That cover is freaking BA! That is pretty close to how I imagined Vin would look. I also like how the art is more realistic.
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2008, 12:25:14 AM »
I like it a lot!  Much, much better than any of the other covers, imho.  The realism fits the novels better...the worlds are so realistic, that to have cover art that is so, "free-form", i guess, seems to clash.  This picture, though, I like!
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2008, 01:48:48 AM »
I really really like the art on the cover.

However, there are a few things about it overall that I'm not to fond of.

I think the text describing the book really doesn't do it justice.  Specifically, the last sentence in the second paragraph "Every revolt has failed miserably" just doesn't seem to fit.  It seems badly worded, like the way I would say something if I couldn't come up with anything else (and I'm really bad at that kind of thing).  Also, if you want to bring up the oppression of the Lord Ruler, it seems like there would be a more creative way to do it rather than mentioning the revolts.

The last paragraph isn't bad, but something about mentioning Allomancy bugs me.  As a new reader, I would have no clue what that is.  I don't think it helps or hurts the case.  Simply saying master the powers of a Mistborn I think would be enough, since they at least know that's the name of the book.

The first part is good I think, though the two quick sentences in the larger font at the top really wouldn't affect me buying the book.

The only other issue I have with it is all the advertising on the book of the price.  I understand their reason for releasing it in this way (from the other thread where this was talked about) but with the advertising so obvious on the cover, it gives me the impression of "Buy me because I'm cheap and we need to sell a lot of me" rather than "buy me because I'm an amazing book"

I guess in the end, that isn't such a bad thing, since once people read it, they would know the book is amazing, so if that style of cover contributes to more sales from that standpoint, then it works.  Just personally, I would be much more tempted to buy a $4.99 book that had a normal cover, with an advertising display around it with that info, than I would be to buy a book where it's part of the cover.

That is all just my (often fairly uninformed) opinion.  Keep in mind I'm just a reader, and don't have any real knowledge or experience in that kind of thing.

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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2008, 01:54:30 AM »
Interesting that it doesn't say "The Final Empire" on the cover.
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2008, 04:36:19 AM »
I have to agree with Felastizairu in that the daggers look more like sais.
Otherwise, BA seems to sum it up nicely.

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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2008, 05:40:23 AM »
nice. I'm pleased.

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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2008, 06:06:28 AM »
Ah, now that's going to be much easier to lend out to my friends - and then I won't have to listen to them rant about how the cover didn't match the story.

Although I agree with Phaz, I really wish they didn't put $4.99 all over the cover and side - sorta takes away the coolness of it all.
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2008, 04:56:55 PM »
Tee hee! So pretty!
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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2008, 12:20:41 AM »
Very interesting.  Shying away from the "painting" look is good.  However, that is not what Glass/Obsidian daggers look like... Sorry!

I am kidding of course.  Very interesting interpretation.  I like the Mistcloak in this version, and the background art is incredible.

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Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2008, 01:18:16 AM »
Now *that's* more like it! This do-over makes me quite excited. OK, so Vin looks a touch older that she probably should, and the black sais are a little "off" from what the obsidian daggers should be. Still, I love the more realistic touches and how she's dressed. The $4.99 at the top is annoying, but the bottom bar about the rebate even more so. Oh, well, the cover is still a commanding one at that. Leaps and bounds better than the old PB cover.  ;D
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