How cool is this?

Okay. I’ll admit it. I was googling around about my book, and look what I found:

It’s the cover for the Dutch version of the Name of the Wind. Personally, I think it looks cool as hell.

I don’t read Dutch, but I can almost piece together what they’re saying on the publisher’s website. If you’re curious, the page is over here….



This entry was posted in book covers, foreign happeningsBy Pat14 Responses


  1. chris
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 4:02 AM | Permalink

    That cover is sweet. I have been planning on picking up the UK version, so i might have to get this one too

  2. cameron
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 5:20 AM | Permalink

    Wow. Very nice. I’m assuming you didn’t see a copy of this before Dutch publication…? I think that would make me a bit anxious. I can just imagine some cover from _insert_country_here with a couple of drunk harry potteresque cutesies swilling wine and laughing while a neandrethal looking blacksmith beats a dragon to death with a large cello…

  3. Pat
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

    Heh. I’d love to see that picture. Generally speaking, I trust these places to know what they’re doing in terms of marketing. Most of them have been very gracious so far, asking me my opinon, and getting my imput before they make decitions. That said, they want the book to sell a lot of copies, same as me. But they know their target audiences much, much better than I do. So it could be that a cartoony cello-wielding blacksmith might actually appeal to that culture more. Barring dishonesty, I’m willing to take their lead on these things.

  4. TK42ONE
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    I have to admit, I like the US cover better, but that’s because it was my reason for buying the book.

  5. Miriam
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 3:49 PM | Permalink

    Wowwww. I almost like this cover better than the original. (Almost.)

  6. Sienged
    Posted June 20, 2007 at 12:40 AM | Permalink

    It’s a cool looking cover.But I would like to see a cover drawn by Pat. I wonder if they read the book or just look at the title.

  7. Michelle
    Posted June 20, 2007 at 1:26 AM | Permalink

    Speaking of book covers, why are there two in the US? Usually it seems there would be a different cover if a book was written years ago and re-released, but not right off the bat. Speaking of which, I have the one with the half undressed Kvothe…heh,heh.I have thought that the other cover looks a bit like Pat…(Hello Pat, from Hudson!)

  8. Pat
    Posted June 20, 2007 at 3:22 AM | Permalink

    Sienged, You really don’t want to see the cover I would draw. I have little to no graphic talent. It would be stickfigures doing incomprehensible things to each other. In crayon. And that’s if you’re lucky…. pat

  9. Ryan
    Posted June 21, 2007 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    Wow, Patrick! U weet u het groot hebt gemaakt wanneer uw boek in het Nederlands wordt gedrukt.

  10. Mary J.
    Posted June 22, 2007 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    This is beautiful. I am attached to my Gargoyle cover (that’s how we were introduced after all) but I definitely like this cover better than the Fabio version… That was just weirdness.

  11. David Anthony Durham
    Posted June 22, 2007 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    Yeah, that’s a great cover.

  12. Taltos
    Posted August 27, 2007 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    *Laughs* I usually care very little about the artwork on the dust jacket… because as a rule, the dust jacket winds up in the trash. I like the look of a gilded fabric book spine on the shelf… it just has a certain look.That said, pretty much EVERY NotW cover I’ve seen BESIDES the Fabio cover has been fantastic. And the Wise Man’s Fear cover looks amazing, too.

  13. Anonymous
    Posted May 4, 2008 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

    I really like that cover.

  14. Vincent
    Posted November 16, 2009 at 3:36 AM | Permalink

    To the best of my ability, it says the following:

    Kvothe the legend. Famed mage, notorious thief, master musician, and assassin. From his youth with a troop of musicians, his life as a beggar, until the time in which he was a student at the renowned University of Mages and Alchemists, Kvothe tells his story with humor and a sense for the dramatic. In this way, he reveals the man behind the legend – a classic and unforgettable hero who captivates the reader from page one. The Name of the Wind is a debut of a class you rarely meet in epic fantasy. Rothfuss tells the story of Kvothe in the expressive way and with the sense of detail that reminds you of J.R.R. Tolkien and Robin Hobb, and with the narrative power of Robert Jordan. Rothfuss interweaves all this to an entirety that captivates from beginning to end, and does what only few authors can do: he touches (moves) the reader.

    (We Dutch love subordinate clauses, and I always find it hard to translate those to english)

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