The Friday Face-Off: All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter


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.


Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb


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

And when it comes to fantasy you’re never far from a beautiful gilded or embossed cover. This week the UK and the US are going head to head with Assassin’s Fool by Robin Hobb. With two gorgeous covers from Harper Voyager and Del Rey, take a look and see which one is your favourite!


UK Harper Voyager – Cover #1

Cover Art by Jackie Morris + Stephen Raw

US Del Rey – Cover #2

Cover Art by Alejandro Colucci


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The composition of this series of covers never fails to hit my cover sweet spot. The Harper Voyager cover is awash with gold, with a beautiful calligraphic typeface and that gorgeous flying flag. Simple, elegant and eye-catching and, like with all good treasure troves, as soon as I saw it I coveted it!

By comparison the Del Rey cover portrays an artistic view of a lone figure striding through the snow. Beautifully imagined with faded antlers and a misty white snow storm, I just wish this cover captured my attention as the Harper Voyager cover does.

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

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Next week’s theme is:

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…

A cover which features a boat

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


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Sarah @ Brainfluff

Lynn @ Lynn’s Books

Mogsy @ The Bibliosanctum

Wendell @ Bookwraiths

Steve @ Books and Beyond Reviews

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The Friday Face-Off: An Update


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.


| An Update |

The list of weekly topics for the Friday Face-Off has now been updated for the months ahead. Check out the list of upcoming themes below – and remember to check back for future themes!


| The List |

07th July 2017

All that is gold does not glitter

A cover which features gold

14th July 2017

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…

A cover which features boats

21st July 2017

Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it

A cover which features a planet

28th July 2017

The kindest use a knife, because the dead so soon grow cold

A cover which features a knife

04th August 2017

From the ashes a fire shall be woken

A cover which features fire

11th August 2017

No soldier outlives a thousand chances

A cover which features a soldier

18th August 2017

The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork

A cover which features food

25th August 2017

If I be waspish, best beware my sting

A cover which features an insect

1st September 2017

Being born in a stable does not make one a horse

A cover which features a horse

8th September 2017

That great condenser of moral chaos, The City

A cover which features a city


For those of you who are interested but haven’t seen a Face-Off post before, here’s how it goes:

Each week I select a book and make a comparison between the UK and the US covers, displaying the artwork (in all its awesome glory) before selecting one of the two or more covers as the ultimate winner of my Face-Off.

Simple! The following is a rough guide to how this meme will work:

  • Each week will follow a theme
  • The Friday Face-Off feature page will be kept up to date for the theme of the week and those several weeks following it
  • For the purposes of comparing a good variety of cover art only one of the two or more book covers chosen for comparison need relate to the theme (although if you can find two then great!)
  • The books most certainly don’t have to be the UK or US editions – they’re just the covers I’m usually most familiar with and consequently post more often – so post whichever covers catch your eye!
  • Still unsure? – Take a look at some past posts!
  • To sign up just add your link to the bottom of that Friday’s post and link back!

As always, topic suggestions are welcome!

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The Friday Face-Off: If They Are Wearing An Ugly Hat


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.


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch


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

And never mind ugly hats – this week I’ve trawled through an assortment of weird – but always wonderful – hattish creations which seem to proliferate across fantasy fiction to come up with the goods. And two of the most stunning I found in Scott Lynch’s Republic of Thieves, both designed by the outstanding Benjamin Carré. With the UK and US edition published by Gollancz and Del Rey respectively, and the French edition published by Bragelonne, take a look at this week’s offerings to see which is your favourite.


Gollancz – Cover #1

Cover Art by Benjamin Carré

Bragelonne (French) – Cover #2

Cover Art by Benjamin Carré


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With the former emphasising the splendour and pageantry of costume and the latter making the backdrop of a city its theme, these two beautiful covers are incredibly difficult to choose between. The UK/US edition is dark and dangerous – the grey watercolour backdrop, the knife dripping in blood and the expressionless menace of the masque – all point to the darker aspects of this novel. The French edition however removes this menace and replaces it with one of the most prominent characters of The Gentleman Bastard Sequence – The City. The touch of golden light on the rooftops, the subtly reflected figures and the detailed backdrop pay homage to the eloquence of Lynch’s darkly humorous novels which makes the Bragelonne cover equally worthy of winning.

So doff your caps ladies and gentlemen, this week I officially declare it a draw! 

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

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LyNext week’s theme is:

All that is gold does not glitLter

A cover which features gold

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


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Sarah @ Brainfluff

Lynn @ Lynn’s Books

Mogsy @ The Bibliosanctum

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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


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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


| Links |

Lynn @ Lynn’s Books

Sarah @ Brainfluff

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Productions

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The Friday Face-Off: Shoot For The Moon


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.


Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald


Welcome back to the Friday Face-Off! This Friday we’re comparing covers which feature the moon.

If there’s one book that immediately springs to mind when it comes to moon-related-cover-goodness, it’s this one. Published by Tor in the US and by Gollancz in the UK, Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald has two out of this world covers which immediately catch the eye. Scroll down and take a look at these stellar beauties!


Tor – Cover #1

Cover Art by Victor Mosquera

Gollancz – Cover #2

Cover Art by Blacksheep


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Two different artists, two beautiful covers and one impossible decision. The Tor cover depicts a skyline emerging from the dusty moon rock glowing against a backdrop of infinite space. The subtle play of colour, the simple yet elegant typeface and the central flare of dust come together to create a beautiful and eye catching cover.

By comparison the Gollancz cover uses a bold theme to attract attention. A vivid image of a moon painted in blues and greys, a star scattered sky and a bold and brilliant title make it difficult to choose an overall winner from these two epic covers. Luna: New Moon – let’s call this one a draw.

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

Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads


Post LinksNext week’s theme is:

It shuffles through the dry, dusty darkness

A cover which features mummification

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


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Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sarah @ Brainfluff

Mogsy @ The Bibliosanctum

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The Friday Face-Off: Of All The Words of Mice and Men


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.


The Builders by Daniel Polansky


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off! For this week’s comparison we’re on the look out for covers which feature mice (though all rodents are welcome!).

Published by Tor globally and by Acheron in Italy, The Builders by Daniel Polansky features two incredibly striking covers that just beg for you to turn the first page. Take a look at these two artistic beauties and see which one is your favourite.


Tor – Cover #1

Cover Art by Richard Anderson

Acheron- Cover #2



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I’d like to say the choice was incredibly difficult this week – the runner-up is, after all, an absolutely amazing piece of art – but I can’t help but be seduced by the sheer beauty and atmospheric qualities of Richard Anderson’s artwork. Needless to say, due to my quite clear bias, it was an unfair contest from the start.

But let’s not overlook the details. The Tor cover is dramatic, gritty and gives the reader an immediate feel for the dark (if humorous) writing within while the Acheron cover speaks of comic western violence with its bold, selective palette and blocky typeface. I love the ink-like splatters and watercolour wash of the former and the styalised figures of the latter. But most of all, I love that both covers have instantly recognisable characters and that both transport you instantly into Polansky’s writing. Amazing covers. Amazing book.

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

Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads


Post LinksNext week’s theme is:

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars

A cover which features the moon

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


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Lynn @ Lynn’s Books

Sarah @ Brainfluff

Mogsy @ The Bibliosanctum

Ronyell @ RabbitEarsProductions

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The Friday Face-Off: The Airplane Takes Off Against The Wind, Not With It.


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.


Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off! This week we’re comparing covers which feature planes… so naturally I chose very loosely and went for a cover and artist that I absolutely love!

Published by Gollancz, Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding, the first book in his Tales of the Ketty Jay series, has (at least one) cover to die for. Take a look at this quite radical comparison to see which one is your favourite. For me, it’s not contest.


Gollancz – Cover #1

Cover Art by Stephan Martiniere

Gollancz – Cover #2



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With this Face-Off there truly is no comparison. Although the second cover has a flare for the dramatic with its vivid colours, bold border and dramatic figure (who almost steps out of the screen!), the cover by Stephan Martiniere is unbelievably beautiful. The attention to detail, glorious palette and beautiful typeface come together to frame an impressively colossal airship. This is an incredibly awesome cover for a ridiculously good book!

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

Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads


Post LinksNext week’s theme is:

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…

A cover which features mice

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


| Links |

Sarah @ Brainfluff

Mogsy @ The Bibliosanctum

Louise @ Bookasaurus

Lynn @ Lynn’s Books

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The Friday Face-Off: Don’t Use The Phone


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.


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie


Welcome back to the Friday Face-Off! It’s been a while since I took part in this meme – thank you so much to those of you who kept it afloat – but I’m so glad to be back!

Where phones are concerned, there is literally only one book that came to mind. The signature edition of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Published by HarperCollins, I’m pitting this phoney cover against the beautiful Fontana/Collins edition from 1993. Take a look (at these somewhat lacking in crispness images) and see which one gets your vote.


HarperCollins – Cover #1

Fontana/Collins – Cover #2



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The HarperCollins edition is another example of their simple but eye-catching signature Christie style. The typeface and colours work brilliantly together and the phone – eerie shadow included – makes a bold and slightly sinister statement. By comparison, the Fontana/Collins cover goes for silhouetted detail in pink and black with their beautiful but dark image of a graveyard. This is the detail which at first glance made me lean towards the Fontana/Collins cover but, upon review, the striking HarperCollins cover won out for its bold imagery.

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

Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads


Post LinksNext week’s theme is:

When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it…

A cover which features a plane

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


| Links |

Lynn @ Lynn’s Books

Sarah @ Brainfluff

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The Friday Face-Off: An Update


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.


| The Friday Face-Off – An Update |

The Friday Face-Off is back at Books by Proxy! Many thanks to the wonderful bloggers who continued with the meme in my prolonged absence! The following is a list of upcoming topics (compiled by said bloggers!). As always, check The Friday Face-Off page for any updates!


| The List |

12th May 2017

Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it

A cover which features a phone

19th May 2017

When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it…

A cover which features a plane

26th May 2017

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…

A cover which features mice

02nd June 2017

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars

A cover which features the moon

09th June 2017

It shuffles through the dry, dusty darkness

A cover which features mummification

16th June 2017

You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar

A cover which features a guitar

23rd June 2017

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this

A cover which features a cat

30th June 2017

It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself

A cover which features a hat

07th July 2017

All that is gold does not glitter

A cover which features gold

14th July 2017

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…

A cover which features boats

21st July 2017

Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it

A cover which features a planet


For those of you who are interested but haven’t seen a Face-Off post before, here’s how it goes:

Each week I select a book and make a comparison between the UK and the US covers, displaying the artwork (in all its awesome glory) before selecting one of the two or more covers as the ultimate winner of my Face-Off.

Simple! The following is a rough guide to how this meme will work:

  • Each week will follow a theme
  • The Friday Face-Off feature page will be kept up to date for the theme of the week and those several weeks following it
  • For the purposes of comparing a good variety of cover art only one of the two or more book covers chosen for comparison need relate to the theme (although if you can find two then great!)
  • The books most certainly don’t have to be the UK or US editions – they’re just the covers I’m usually most familiar with and consequently post more often – so post whichever covers catch your eye!
  • Still unsure? – Take a look at some past posts!
  • To sign up just add your link to the bottom of that Friday’s post and link back!

As always, topic suggestions are welcome!

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