The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
I love the cover of The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Each individual thing is familiar, but their juxtapositions jar and excite. Dirigibles drift past pale skyscrapers whose spires dominate the background like cathedrals dedicated to money. In the foreground an elephant towers over men leading it through a cluttered southeast Asian marketplace. Old clashes with new. Both clash with something outside known time. A rusted fringe surrounds the edges of the scene, which is faded like an old photograph. Studying the cover of The Windup Girlis an adventure. Much is suggested in its many parts and foreshadowed in the rusty, invasive edges.
– Jan Rider Newman