Those Germans Know How to Make a Book

Seriously.  I got my copies of the German Version today and it’s awesome.

First off, it’s huge.  The American version is about the same dimensions, except in thickness, where the German version is about half an inch thicker.  This takes it from feeling compact to total doorstop weightiness.  It may also have thicker board in the hardcover, I’m not sure.  But in any case it feels very substantial.  I would imagine it’s hard to throw in your purse and read on the train, but it still feels very very cool.

here it is with a penny, for scale.

I think I’ve talked about how much I love the cover before, but I didn’t realize that the text was slightly raised, which is fun when you’re touching or caressing it (what, you don’t caress your books?).

And the interior design is amazing.  Little gear flowers everywhere which I love. If someone could make one of these tiny gear flowers as a small, tasteful brooch, I would be ever so appreciative and wear it on my jacket constantly.

Click on it to zoom in. For some reason I can’t get it to post at a size between this and “bigger than most computer monitors.”

But I’ve seen all that before.  The cover, the interior design.  True, I thought it was paperback til a few days ago, and the heft of it surprised me, but generally, I knew what it looked like.  EXCEPT I DIDN’T.  Because those Germans have outdone themselves.  How, you ask?  Well, out of curiosity, I lifted up the dust jacket to see what was underneath.  This is what I found:

That’s right.  The machinery behind Violet on the cover, but without Violet.  I like to think it’s the inside of Pallas.  I was surprised and delighted by this.  Seriously.  How cool is that?  Look at all the machinery!

So, yeah, German version is pretty cool.  The other countries in the midst of translating and publishing have a lot to live up to.  And I’m excited to see those, too.

Anyway, what do you guys think?  Love it?  How do you think it compares to the American Version?