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My books are published all over the world, in many different languages. Sometimes my foreign publishers just re-use the cover art from my American and/or British editions. Sometimes they slap on something vaguely appropriate (or not) from the Big Box o' Bad Fantasy Art down in their cellars. But sometimes they commission brand new cover art, often from artists in their own countries. (And that's certainly my preference, whenever I get a vote).

The quality varies, of course, just as it does with American and British covers. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, sometimes downright hideous... but every once in a while, we get something spectacular. And I've been very pleased with some of the covers I've seen recently, so I thought I would share them with those of you who enjoy pretty figures.

First, from Estonia, a wonderful new FEVRE DREAM cover. Varrak, my Estonian publisher, really pulled out all the stops on this. I love the look of a classic antebellum steamboat, and the artist here actually got it right and gave me a sidewheeler, not a sternwheeler.

Meanwhile, in France, my French publishers are repackaging and reissuing all the books in A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE in new one-volumed editions (previously the French translations have been divided into three or four parts), with stunning new covers by Marc Simonetti. Here a couple of them: his takes on the Wall and Tyrion in King's Landing.

You can check out almost every cover that I've ever had on "Cover Art" page of my website (click on second shield on the bottom, black and green, House Fell)... though admittedly I'm a little behind on updating the gallery.


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Feb. 20th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Very nice!! :)
Feb. 20th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
They are beautiful!
Feb. 20th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Very nice! Whose choice was it to call it The Iron Throne in the French editions?
Feb. 20th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh I have to admit I am a fan of the French copies of A Song of Ice and Fire I may just have to buy copies as well :)
Feb. 20th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
It's funny you should post this today. I was looking through your works on different amazon websites today and I noticed the varying cover art. I especially like the UK versions of the ASOIF books. I ran across a cover for Fevre Dream that is similar to the one you posted. I'm about to finish the book I'm reading currently and I'm trying to decide what book of yours I want to read next. Fevre Dream was one of my thoughts, although Dying of the Light might be read first.

The french covers you just posted are prob the best I've seen so far.

I also didn't realize the German versions of ASOIF were broken up into what looks to be 8 books? I'd like to read the German version next time around.
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
Yeah the German books are split in two and have awful covers (e.g. "Conan the Babarian with wolf"). I read AGOT in German and then switched to the English versions. Partly because I wanted to read it in the original version and partly because I didn't want to wait for the translation.

I think no matter how good a translation is, it just can't reach the original. For example George swaps the number words ("two twenty") and since this is standard in German it is lost in the translation.

Btw: Does someone know if this "number-swapping" was used in medival English or did George "invent" it?
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Feb. 20th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
ah yes indeed those new french covers are quite fantastic and beautiful. Although the ones used for the J'ai Lu paperbacks were also very beautiful ones (to me at least) and nearly made me want to buy the books everytime I would see a new one. Hee.
Those new versions are very tempting too. I'm wondering what they mean by L'intégrale 1 and 2. any idea which books they're covering? (Like, is L'intégrale 1 is Game of throne and L'intégrale 2 is Clash of Kings? and so forth...
But, I also wanted to add that, finally, finally, those editing houses are releasing the books the way they should be released and aren't hacking them in three or four small books, and still selling them at full price. (which is why I'm now like many others buying the books in english...)
goodnight! :D (4am here)
Feb. 20th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
I'm wondering which books they cover as well.. It's always such a pain to talk about ASOIAF with my English-speaking friends, since I never know which book is part of what :/ I'd love an edition following the original one, but at the same time, I'm more tempted to buy just the English ones haha XD

*already began to collect the English versions x____x*
Feb. 20th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Wow! I'd brush up on my rusty French just to have a chance at that cover. Want!
Feb. 20th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
what keeps art like this from appearing on the covers of your American publications? they'd be so much more appealing...
Feb. 20th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Wow, you're not kidding. Those are all gorgeous.
Feb. 20th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Those covers are gorgeous, and much more interesting than the plain covers we get here :P If they made English editions with this art, I'd buy them all up!
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
I love the blood and map lines on the Fevre Dream cover (and, speaking of which, that is a film I would love to see!).

But those ASOIAF covers absolutely take the cake. The cover art is stunning and so richly colored!
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)

George, with this kind of material, will we see a followup to The Art of ASOIAF?
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
I love the image of the wall on the French cover.
Feb. 20th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
The wall on the French cover is stunning, and nothing like shining white lump I had been picturing in my head. I love it.
Feb. 20th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Very beautiful covers! I envy the French:)
What do you think about the Russian cover? Example http://dreamworlds.ru/uploads/posts/2009-10/1256757159_img006.jpg or http://dreamworlds.ru/uploads/posts/2009-10/thumbs/1256757262_img007.jpg
Feb. 20th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
Simonetti's covers are terrific, really evocative. Any chance of getting hold of a poster-ette of these? Well, the Wall cover, at the least. SO nice to see a cover that represents a book not just accurately, but, beautifully. Thank you for posting those.
Feb. 20th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
The French covers have always been lovely, but it's true that so many books are very expensive to get in the end :/

Too bad those come when I have nearly all the books in French XD
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Marc Simonetti seems to be a fantasy publishing favourite at the moment. And he does his job very well!
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
my word book one's cover is STUNNNING
Feb. 20th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous. The French do a lot of great covers.
Feb. 20th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Wow! Those covers alone should attract some readers.
Feb. 20th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
yes, beautiful covers
still a pity the translation is a disaster... Still can't accept they translated "Direwolf" to "Loup-Garou" (Werewolf)

"I'm wondering what they mean by L'intégrale 1 and 2. any idea which books they're covering? (Like, is L'intégrale 1 is Game of throne and L'intégrale 2 is Clash of Kings? and so forth..."
yes, intégrale 1 = Game of Thrones, intégrale 2 = Clash of Kings and they intend to release the other original books into new intégrale
Feb. 20th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
Wow, those are all *gorgeous*. Yay!
Feb. 20th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Wow, they are awesome
Feb. 20th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
fuck I love the artworks from Marc Simonetti. that's exactly the style that expresses the epicness of the series.

want these as posters for my wall : (
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