The Friday Face-Off: It Shuffles Through The Dry, Dusty Darkness


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join me every Friday as I pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.


Pyramids by Terry Pratchett


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off! This week we’re comparing covers which feature mummification!

Lucky for us speculative fiction lovers there are numerous books in the fantasy world which have been inspired by Egyptology but those pesky mummies seem to be few and far between. Mr. Pratchett of course can never disappoint and threw Pyramids into my lap to aid in this week’s cover exploration. With mummies tearing their way out of the original cover and lying soundly in the sarcophagus for the Russians, these two covers go head to head in this Friday’s Face-Off!


Original – Cover #1

Cover Art by Josh Kirby

Russian – Cover #2


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

From chaos, colour and action to sombre, creepy and mysterious, these two covers for Terry Pratchett’s Pyramids could not be more different. As with all the original Discworld covers I love the vibrancy and detail, the riot of figures and the wonderful humour reminiscent of the novels. This is a cover which demands attention and further exploration; a cover you can get lost in as much as the book.

By comparison the Russian cover for Pyramids is startlingly simple. The typeface is elegant and uncomplicated and the single, mysterious image on a dark background allows the plume of dust and wispy wrappings to bring a hint of mystery and darkness to the fore. However, the beauty of Kirby’s art is that it captures Pratchett’s humorous writing incredibly well – you see it and you know it’s Pratchett; something that sadly the Russian cover barely even hints at.

Which cover wins your vote this week? Have a cover of your own? – Post the link below!

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Post LinksNext week’s theme is:

You Couldn’t Not Like Someone Who Liked The Guitar

A cover which features a guitar

Remember to check The Friday Face-Off Feature Page for upcoming themes


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Sarah @ Brainfluff

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Productions

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8 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: It Shuffles Through The Dry, Dusty Darkness

  1. Yippee! Everyone who has participated so far has chosen a different book, which I think is awesome:)). I didn’t even THINK of Pyramids! I’m with you – where the great Terry Pratchett is concerned, it has to be Josh Kirby all the way… Lovely choice as ever!

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  2. Yep – defo the right choice. You have to go for the covers that shout Pratchett. I actually do like the other cover strangely enough but there’s just no contest with this one.
    Lynn 😀

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  3. I absolutely love the original cover art for Pratchett’s Discworld novels – I am constantly on the look in charity shops to collect them all 😀 And coincidently I am planning to read Pyramids next!

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  4. I love Kirby’s cover too. I love the bright colors and the chaos in it. I love it when I get a lot out of a cover. However, what really made this a fav is the expression on the camel’s face. He looks so pissed.

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