The way they formatted the words around the image (which is graphics vs. actual picture) and the font they used for the text is just so different from what you normally see sitting on the magazine rack.
Crime novel - Book design! Uses different body parts which are usually present in crime genre. The body parts have been in shape of a gun which is a clever design, as you can easily see which body part is. It is facing up to the top right hand corner of the book which follows the natural eye line, and how the reader will naturally flick to the next page. The book may make them feel more intrigued.
First album. I'm not sure where the chinese theme comes in but the pictures reference songs on the album. Kite, Man with the Child in his Eyes, Moving. The words are frames by the kite frame lining up. I love this cover, its really striking.