Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Same Book/Different Cover: American Gods

 This is an occasional feature where I compare different covers of the same book...what I'm particularly interested in are re-issued covers for the same book and recently foreign editions.
This month I'm looking at a modern classic - a book I read last year and absolutely loved - Amercian Gods by Neil Gaimen.



UK Paperback Edition 2005

US Edition

10th Anniversary Edition

Czech Republic

Portugal Edition: The close up of the road leading into the distance with the startling orange and red sky is very bright and colourful!
Spain Edition: Urgh. The red and white US flag background with a minotaur man just doesn't appeal to me.
US Edition: The road disappearing into the dark is a very vivid image but this seems a little dull both colour wise and in terms of standout on shelf.
UK Edition: The gold moth/butterfly on the plain black background is a great contrast. I like the idea of a butterfly as it reminds me of a cocoon and transformation.
10th Anniversary Edition: This is very green! I like the mix of the motel sign and the power line mixed with the lightning. An intriguing cover.
Czech Republic Edition: I love the distance of the landscape in this cover with the storm threatening and the mix of colours. The Lightning is brilliant and realistic. I want to own a copy of this cover!

My favourite? Czech Republic wins this week for me! Which do you prefer? :)


  1. 10th Anniversary Edition for me!
    Coincidentally that's the version that I own ;-)

  2. I like how the Czech cover is similar to the US cover, which is the one that I got so used to seeing. Only with a cleaner image that incorporates more while still staying fairly simple.

    But I have to admit, the 10th Anniversary edition is pretty interesting. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but there's some pretty heavy symbolism in such a simple image. The washed-out green being similar in tone to American money, the motel sign being decidedly phallic... I think that if I didn't know what the book was about, that perceived symbolism plus the title would convince me to at least give the book a chance! (But then again, I have a fairly cynical mind.)

  3. I love Neil Gaiman, and American Gods is one of my favorites from him. :)
    I like the Czech cover, too, but my favorite is the US one :)

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  4. My vote for the UK one only because I love this font :)

  5. They all kind of suck but if I gotta choose one then I will go with Czech too

  6. I actually like the minotaur but not the background behind it. Hm... still go with the UK version.

  7. I'm always curious about the different covers. They are neat to see, but sometimes I wish it was universal around the world. :) THanks for sharing these!