Kraken by China Miville
US Edition


Kraken by China Mieville, UK Edition
UK Edition


The Natural History Museum’s prize exhibit – a giant squid – suddenly disappears. This audacious theft leads Clem, the research scientist who has recently finished preserving the exhibit, into a dark urban underworld of warring cults and surreal magic. It seems that for some, the squid represents a god and should be worshiped as such. Clem gradually comes to realise that someone may be attempting to use the squid to trigger an apocalypse. And so it is now up to him and a renegade squid-worshiper named Dean to find a way of stopping the destruction of the world as they know it whilst themselves surviving the all out-gang warfare that they have unwittingly been drawn into…

A couple of takes on the cover art for the upcoming Kraken by China Mieville. I really like ’em both, but if I had to choose I’d probably go towards the subtler look of the US Edition. Which one do you like better?

  • Mihai (Dark Wolf) December 22, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I find the US edition a bit too subtle for my taste. And I think that if I see the book in a book shop without knowing who the author is I would be inclined to pass over it without picking it. I would go however for the UK cover. It definitely works better for me.

  • Fabio Fernandes December 22, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Oh, the UK edition, definitely.

  • Paul December 22, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Definitely the U.S. cover. Reminds me fondly of the U.S. cover for The Scar. I have nothing against tentacles though.

  • Mike December 22, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I don’t like the US edition that much, it isn’t terrible, but my first thought was jellyfish rather than squid. I like the look of the UK edition; like I have to duck out of the way of incoming tentacles!

  • Todd December 22, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I have to go with the U.S. cover – the water creeps me out more than the tentacles.

  • Paul December 22, 2009 at 9:46 am


  • Ben December 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Both are very nice, and while I do understand the jellyfish objection to the US I still like the US better. It is subtle and intriguing, and Mieville is well known enough now that he shouldn’t have to rely on “cover genre recognition.”

  • Reuben December 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I like the more over the top UK edition. It certainly grabs my attention, and i find the tentacles make me slightly uncomfortable. They are evocative of power and slimy crushing death at the tentacles of a cold hearted beast.

  • Liviu December 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    The US edition for me – that kind of cover is very evocative and I would pick up the book to check it out if I knew nothing about it

    The UK one is slightly repulsive – I see the idea but I do not like the execution

  • Andrew Mayer December 22, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I’ll take the UK edition.

    Ultimately the US cover is a picture of water with a strange font. It’s evocative of… being underwater I guess, but the font changes feel like ten minutes in photo-shop, and the whole thing is a bit too “safe” for me. If they’d gone for a more abstracted graphic representation of the water I might have been more into it.

    The UK cover has a awesome old-school vibe, and really fits in with Miéville’s status as one of the leading writers of the New-Wierd. It screams “subtle menace”, from the tentacles to the distressed edges.

  • aidan December 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Andrew, I never thought of that, but if they had gone with more stylized art for the water on the US cover, that really would have sealed the deal.

    They’re both fantastic.

  • illukar December 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    US cover for me. The tentacles coming down off the letters clearly convey ‘sea monster’ to me, and given that they’re coming down off the word ‘Kraken’, it’s pretty clear what kind of tentacles they are. I don’t dislike the UK cover, but the US is more intriguing and evocative.

  • Robin of My Two Blessings December 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    The covers are so different. The U.K. Edition gives me the impression of an older book – 70’s type style. The U.S. cover is more modern, but changes what think the book is about. I actually like the u.k. edition. I just read about The City and The City and will be picking it up soon. Will be on the look out for Kraken when it comes out.

  • Yagiz from Between Two Books December 28, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I like them both but if I had to choose I’d go for the US edition I think.

  • Andrew C December 28, 2009 at 10:11 am

    The UK version rather reminds me of Scar Night – the worn book feel etc. So perhaps that why I prefer the US cover – and a bit more subtlety.

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  • Track 23 March 31, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I think the US version is a bit too commonplace, but the tentacles on the UK version look too much like octopus tentacles. I don’t like either.