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Old October 22 2010, 07:46 PM   #16
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Re: The Dresden Files Short Story placement

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I've read up through White Knight. I keep wanting to buy Small Favor, but I've only seen it available in that 1-inch-too-tall new format they're pushing, and I'm boycotting that for now.
Yeah, I really don't understand the format change to the taller paperbacks. They charge an extra $2 for them, too. Anyone know why this odd-sized format even exists?
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Old October 22 2010, 07:51 PM   #17
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Maybe since they're larger, they require less paper than the smaller paperbacks, which means less cost for the publishers, and then they turn around and charge an additional $2, which means extra profit for the publishers. I don't actually know, that's just my guess.
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Old October 23 2010, 12:31 AM   #18
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No clue why a taller paperback should cost more money, but I know for a fact that the old style format isn't coming back any time soon.

I started buying the Hardbacks with White Night, and assumed I'd continue to buy the paperbacks as well to complete the set,until Small Favor was released in that oversized form.

Now I just buy the Hardbacks and if i find 1-7 in Hardback I'll pick it up.
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Old October 23 2010, 08:32 AM   #19
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Could always buy the UK paperbacks that are the usual size, but then you'd have a total change in the cover style.
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Old October 23 2010, 08:57 AM   #20
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Well, the US covers by Christian McGrath look nice and all, but they aren't a very good representation of Harry (what's with the hat?).
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Old October 23 2010, 09:10 AM   #21
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Well, the US covers by Christian McGrath look nice and all, but they aren't a very good representation of Harry (what's with the hat?).
The UK ones just look like file folders of various colours, usually with something like Harry's pendent on or something like that. I don't mind too much if they don't match up so I have UK paperbacks up to White Night then a mixture of UK and US hardbacks.
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Old October 24 2010, 01:00 PM   #22
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The Hat...

Cover art and The Books themselves rarely sync up from a marketing standpoint.

Butcher said that his Publisher thought that Black Fedora, screamed P.I. louder than anything else they could have done.

And based on the few panels I saw at DragonCon this year, the Companies could care less if the images on the covers match up to what's in the books, as long as those images continue to sell the books to walk-ins and new readers. They say that once you're hooked and like the stories, they don't care about marketing to you anymore since you're likely to buy regardless of a cover in most instances. LOL.
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Old October 24 2010, 01:20 PM   #23
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The Hat...

Cover art and The Books themselves rarely sync up from a marketing standpoint.

Butcher said that his Publisher thought that Black Fedora, screamed P.I. louder than anything else they could have done.

And based on the few panels I saw at DragonCon this year, the Companies could care less if the images on the covers match up to what's in the books, as long as those images continue to sell the books to walk-ins and new readers. They say that once you're hooked and like the stories, they don't care about marketing to you anymore since you're likely to buy regardless of a cover in most instances. LOL.
I like how he has started to make a bit of a joke out of it in the books though. I think he's pointed out at least once in each book recently that he doesn't wear a hat.
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Old October 24 2010, 03:09 PM   #24
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What bugs me about the book covers is the way Harry's staff is covered in "runes" that are actually backward Japanese katakana that don't seem to spell anything. To anyone familiar with katakana, it's very unconvincing.
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Old October 25 2010, 06:13 PM   #25
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Apparently it's supposed to be some sort of katakana form of saying "MATRIX" or The Matrix (as in the Title of the Film in Japanese) Link: http://japanese.about.com/od/kataka2/a/052103.htm

The story behind it is quoted in the second post here, since the original post by McGrath has since been pruned for some reason.

http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/i...pic,597.0.html

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To answer a question about the staff: It is Japanese! I didn't think anyone would notice it , but you guys are sharp!
It was sort of a personal joke between my girlfriend (who is japanese ) and me, at the time of doing the cover. We were arguing about the matrix movies for some reason and I decided to put 'Matrix' in Japanese on the staff.
No real meaning behind it.
And again, it's just another thing Chris McGrath drew that isn't in the books.
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Old October 25 2010, 06:16 PM   #26
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^There's tons of cover art that has nothing to do with what's in the books though, often it makes them look fairly generic. It's a shame.
I think Jim Butcher said of the Codex Alera art he had to come up with something on the spot months in advance when they commissioned it, and then he was stuck having to try to find a way to fit that image in to the story. Must be a nightmare.
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Old October 25 2010, 06:32 PM   #27
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Yeah, that was the cover for Cursor's Fury



He described a scene depicted above that didn't happen uptil the last 2/3rds of the book while he was still working on chapter 3.
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Old November 24 2010, 03:19 PM   #28
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I broke and imported Side Jobs from Amazon.com. I'd read all of them apart from Aftermath and Love Hurts. Reading them in quick succession like that, I noticed there's quite a few things that keep popping up, I'm thinking there's some hints about the future in there.
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Old January 12 2011, 11:18 PM   #29
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With TDF:#13 Ghost Story almost upon us (late March/early April), what hints from the short stories do you think point to future events?
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With TDF:#13 Ghost Story almost upon us (late March/early April), what hints from the short stories do you think point to future events?
I noticed reading the short stories there is a lot of ancient gods and old monsters reappearing and along with
I think that points to something big in the future. Also I'd say from
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