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Cover Unveiled for Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine

As soon as I announce Steampunk Month is over of course I find a new cover that I have to share with all of you.

Genevieve Valentine might not be too familiar to many of you unless you read a lot of short fiction. But she should be as her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies such as The Living Dead 2, Federations, Running With the Pack and as well as in Clarkesworld, Jabberwockey, Apex, and Shimmer. I stumbled upon her work in Paper Cities and The Clockwork Jungle Book and both really caught me off guard.

It was over a year ago now that I found out Valentine sold her first novel Mechanique to Prime Books and since than there has been hardly any news. That is until now.  Feast your eyes on the fun and colorful cover to the post-apocalyptic Steampunk Circus novel of a different future: Mechanique.

Art by Kiri Moth
The coloration and title font is good as is the illustration, but I'm not a fan of all the gears at the bottom.  At the top the gears look good, but it feels like it was pushed a little too far.  Not much has been released in the way of a description except this info from Valentine's blog:
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti is coming from Prime in 2011. It’s about a post-apocalyptic steampunk circus, and what happens when a dozen brittle, vicious people are forced to form a makeshift family whether they like it or not. Also, there’s war. This is the vaugely-back-cover-copy logline:

The Mechanical Circus Tresaulti travels the landscape of a ruined country under the spectre of war, but when two of its performers become locked in a battle of wills, the circus’s own past may be the biggest threat of all.
According to Amazon Mechanique will be released in April 2011.  UPDATE: Beneath Ceaseless Skies has a story from Valentine placed in the Tresaulti Universe available that is well worth checking out and whets my appetite even more.

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Sharon said...

I don't know this this arthor - sounds like it would be worthi looking into. Thanks!

Chriss said...

I agree, the gears at the bottom of the cover don't look good at all. They look very tossed on. As if someone in Marketing saw the cover design and went, "the gears aren't obvious enough; no one will know it's steampunk if the gears aren't obvious. Put more on there."