Ok, leaving the marketing aside, this is pretty pretty.
Ya, I needed that double here. a) Smile. b) I really do like the Astrovian waves. I mean, this has gone beyond #romanticherohair at this point. Which is fitting, seeing that Astrov isn’t really a romantic hero, anyway. But by Jove, doesn’t he look young and cheerful? – Is the little scar from Thorin’s sword playing up a little bit, though? It’s more noticeable than usual – but it may provide a tiny imperfection to emphasise the handsomeness even more.
As for the marketing… Well, RA playing the marketer usually makes me feel meh. And here I am wondering what the story is. Ha, not literally – the story is, as we can see on the cover, a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth. But I am wondering what the story is with the set-up. It looks as if RA is standing in front of a big advertising poster for the novel. Does that mean he was at some sort of release event? In a bookstore? At the publishers? Is he doing this as a private person, just because he likes Follett? Is it a gig? And can we expect a new audio performance by RA for this Follett book?
As for Follett – I have to admit here that I am quite partial to Follett books.
Yep, make of it what you will, but I love historical novels. The Pillars of the Earth is one of my all-time favourite books (not sure where it currently lives on my shelves), and World without End (the sequel to Pillars) was also a favourite of mine. So personally I can’t wait to read the prequel. And whether RA reads it for audio or not, I think I will have to get this book myself.
Which means that the marketing ploy has worked.
EDIT: Thanks to Rita Maltese on Twitter who has just alerted me that RA actually sent a 7-minute video message for Ken Follett’s publication day. So now I know where that background comes from:
In any case, RA seems to enjoy very good relationships with male authors.
Once again, because
he’s it’s so pretty: