March Question

Tor just revealed a new set of covers for the first three Recluce books. Was this really necessary?

Necessary? Perhaps not, but covers are one of the reasons why readers buy some books and don’t pick up others. The artwork on the early Recluce books was painted, and it was indeed painted by Darrell Sweet, more than twenty-five years ago. The marketing people tell me that it doesn’t have the same appeal to present-day younger readers as it once did. In addition, I personally believe that the new covers show more of the sweep of the Recluce books as well as provide a bit more accurate “feel.” In the end, the readers will determine whether marketing people and I are right.

12 thoughts on “March Question”

  1. Mike M says:

    These covers look amazing. Will these be coming out in hardcover?

    PS – Looking forward to your visit to our Comic Con here in Indiana!

    1. Alas, no. The covers are just for the mass market paperbacks. However, Tor is looking into the possibility of issuing a limited number of prints of the artwork. Whether they will or not, I don’t know yet.

  2. Brian says:

    Where can I see the new covers? Amazon doesn’t show them and I don’t see them on Tor.com. Is there another place to keep up with things like this?

    1. They were posted on Tor.com on Wednesday. They’re still there, but they won’t be on the books until October.

  3. Ryan Jackson says:

    Would love to see this idea carried further.

    Maybe have different books have covers that sync of with some of these but at different time periods?

    We have The Ruins of Frven. How about a Colors of Chaos rework that shows that exact same view of the city at Ceryll’s height?

    If my theory about Beltur’s path is right, maybe a book showing the founding of the city?

    Maybe Fall of Angels shows the same picture of Westwind but with just Tower Black?

    Not sure how practical or likely, but the idea is solid.

    1. This is a semi-pilot project. If it goes well, there will likely be more like it.

  4. Steven says:

    Thank You, I just finished your: Solar Express, Well written, realistic,fun, I am a great Scifi Buff,I was very pleased when the DOEA team arrived & it was only Chris ( I did Promise) I was also surprised by the Death Notice on the next page,BUT WAS Very Happy to see the results, Nobel Prize,Credit for the theory of GTS, as well the New Drive, Also that Chris & Alanya married, he credit and promotion to General & Space Commander. Doing the math, showed they spent many years together, But Best part Was the 2 Daughters & 5 Grandchildren! As a Scifi, It was also a nice LOVE Story Too! As a Military Vet, it still brought a few tears to my eyes, (Happy Ones)I will look at some of your other books soon.

  5. Wine Guy says:

    Steven – spoilers, good sir. Spoilers. Some of us haven’t had the chance to read the book yet.

  6. Without a doubt Recluse books are the greatest series I’ve ever read. In between publications I’ve also read all your other fantasy series as well. Your unique style pulls you in as a reader, each book really makes you care for the characters and their individual stories, everyone a treat Thanks

  7. Alex says:

    So, I would like to write a letter to the author of the book series.

    1. I am the author, and I personally reply to all comments on the website. No special assistants or the like.

      My email address is on the website. Email me, and I’ll be happy to reply.

  8. Michael F Conlon says:

    I share a Navy career – I was a Chief, and also a Corpsman who was a Preventive Medicine tech. That covers epidemiology technician as well as industrial hygeine tech. Also Environmental Health tech, which got me a big kick out of your Ecolitan series.

    The Archform-Beauty and Spell Singer series had to have been somewhat influenced by your wife, due to the singing. Both were favorites, like your whole canon as far as I get any of it. Thanks very much.

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