You know, last night, when I stumbled across this cover, my first reactions was:


There aren’t enough sad faces in the world to express my dismay.

This morning, though, I looked at it again and thought:

I like the idea, and appreciate that it’s says ‘Urban Fantasy’ without the general cliches, but the execution is just weird. You know, it’s actually kina cool, except for the floating, super-imposed angel.

Regardless of which opinion is correct, I have high expectations that the book beyond the covers, The Dirty Streets of Heaven will be very good. Because, you know, it’s Tad Williams.

  • Olaf March 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

    It is different that`s for sure. Not Tad`s usual fantasy cover and not the typical urban fantasy cover, but still rather darkish and mysterious and it exaclty conveys the book`s title. It is not the gorgous artwork that can stand alone well (like Michael Whelan`s illustrations for MS&T, but a very good cover image that will intrigue people into finding out what the book is about. The book is something of a departure for Tad, possibly a career changer. It will be interesting to see how it will be received beyond his usual fanbase.

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  • Collar March 16, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Have to say, that cover looks horrible. The angel looks like Michael J Fox circa Back to the Future. Overall it just doesn’t seem to fit together. Won’t stop me from buying it though, but I do hope the international cover is better (assuming this is the US one).