The Friday Face-Off: Water, Water Everywhere


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new 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.


Water, Water Everywhere

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor


Welcome to this week’s Friday Face-Off! Whether it’s a romp on the high seas, a protagonist drowning their sorrows in a bottle of the soft stuff, or a reflective pool in a glade – if it’s water, anything goes! Distant (liquid) bodies, faint splatters and the odd drop or two are all welcome. Post your links in the comments!

For this Friday’s post I’ve settled on an author I cannot wait to sample – Nnedi Okorafor. Lagoon, published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and by Saga Press in the US, not only has an intriguing premise, but also has some wonderfully eye-catching cover art. Take a look and see which one is your favourite.


Hodder & Stoughton – UK Cover

Artwork by Joey Hi-Fi

Saga Press – US Cover

Artwork by Franklin Kappa


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Well… is there any comparison? Joey Hi-Fi, whose illustrations you might recognise from some of Chunk Wendig’s wondrous book covers, contributes such a stunning piece of artwork for Lagoon that it seems almost unfair to compare the two. But compare we must!

The UK edition, with its wonderfully watery and muted colour palette; its touch of urban splash; its writhing, chaotic sea creatures (which come together to compose a pretty damn awesome title); and its solitary figure floating in the void, is both beautiful and eye-catching. By comparison, the Saga Press offering is a little too simple, a little too bland and not nearly as evocative. A thoroughly deserved winner, this week’s title goes hands down to Joey Hi-Fi with the Hodder & Stoughton edition of Lagoon. Now I just need to hunt out all his other book covers…

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

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Post LinksNext Friday’s theme is: Peace is Poor Reading

A cover which features war

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The Friday Face-Off: First Friday Freebie


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new 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.


First Friday Freebie

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell


Welcome to the first post of The Friday Face-Off as a weekly meme! This week is a freebie so I’ve gone for a book which has been sitting on my shelf for far too long and has two gorgeous covers to its name (and who knows – possibly more!).

Published by Sceptre in the UK and by Random House in the US, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell features two covers from completely different ends of the design spectrum. Take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Sceptre – UK Cover

Artwork by Neal Murren

Random House – US Cover

Artwork by Oliver Munday and Peter Mendelsund


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These two covers really couldn’t get much more different. The US cover is clean and modern and, dare I say it, almost transcendent. It’s one of those covers which makes you think without revealing too much of itself, and I love those pale blues and the simple, elegant typeface. The US cover really is the calm before the storm of the UK!

Sceptre’s offering is chaotic and eye-catching, with golds and bright pinks splashed across a dark, starry sky. Even though it’s hard to know where to look first, the more you look, the more detail is revealed. Its sheer energy and and riot of colour, imagery and detail just clinch it as this week’s winner.

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The Friday Face-Off: January 01


Friday Face Off 2cWelcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new feature 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: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers |

Welcome to my first post of 2016! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic start. I’m still in the process of compiling my end of year post but for now it’s time to sit back, relax and take in some wonderful cover art.

This week I’m looking at two beautiful covers for what turned out to be one of the highlights of my reading year. Initially a self-published title, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, a fun and exciting character driven space opera, was soon snapped up by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Harper Voyager in the US. I was at a loss as to who designed each of the covers but take a look and see which you think comes out on top in this week’s Face-Off.


Hodder & Stoughton – UK Cover

Harper Voyager – US Cover 

 


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TLWtaSAP - winner

The winner of this week’s Friday Face-Off is Hodder & Stoughton’s UK cover for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. I love the Harper Voyager cover – the typeface, the ship, the planet – it captures so much of the personality and humour which is apparent throughout the book. But that sky. The UK cover might just tip the scale with that alone! The typeface and general design are also beautifully balanced which, as a whole, make it this week’s winner!


Have you read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet? Which is your favourite cover? 

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