Who's Wee Dug wrote:I prefer the original artwork and would not be interested in those one's artwork looks a bit dull too much like the USA style ones.
I'll have to respectfully disagree that these in any way resemble the American efforts. It all comes down to personal preference, but like them or not it is clear to me that these covers represent a huge amount of thought and effort from the art director at Gollancz as well as the illustrator. I personally just love them. I will be buying every single one (I am now a Waterstones employee again, so I get a nice heft discount, plus, though I've really no space in my room for more books just now, I'll be moving house soon and my priority when room-hunting is always extra shelf space
I've been thinking a lot about Discworld covers: I more than half suspected new covers were on the way because the Pratchetts have been so thin on the shelves, which often means the publishers have stopped printing old editions in anticipation of bringing out new ones.
In fact I've been doing a lot of preparatory sketches of what I'D like to do with Discworld covers, and if I wasn't so damn happy with the above editions I;d be pretty annoyed to be pipped at the post!
I'm very fond of the Kirby covers (I'm sure these will remain in print) and I think Kidby's a genius, but I think the illustrative (and cartoonish, in Kidby's case) covers have become off-putting to new readers and don't represent the contents quite correctly.
These seem the perfect combination of beautiful, witty, classy, unusual and colourful to me.
I'm thrilled, I think Gollancz have pulled a blinder.