The Friday Face-Off: The sea brought you. The sea shall have you back.

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. Check out Lynn’s-Books for upcoming themes!

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Welcome to my somewhat late contribution to the Friday Face-Off!

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea happens to have an inordinate quantity of editions across the globe, many of which feature tentacles by the dozen! After some time spent rooting around for my favourites, I settled upon the Vintage edition, published in 2020, and (because I’m something of a sucker for these editions) the Penguin Classics edition, published in 2015.  Take a look and see which one is your favourite!

Vintage | Cover #1

Penguin Classics | Cover #2

| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

Vintage and Penguin Classics have produced two of the most simple and straightforward designs I could find in a library bursting at the seams with kraken, jellyfish, and assorted sea monsters. They both stood out as simplistic, modern and, in their own refined way, beautiful.

The looping tentacles of the jellyfish pattern on a deep blue backdrop are a delightful addition to the Penguin Classics range, and the quirky typeface and the swirling tentacles of of the Vintage edition would have me instantly reaching for it off the bookshelf.

Eye-catching in their simplicity, only my adoration of the style of all Penguin Classics, and the knowledge of how they look and feel when you hold them in your hands, have made it this week’s winner.

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:

At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.

A cover featuring a tunnel

Remember to check Lynn’s Books for upcoming themes

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‘Sci-Fi’ Teaser Tuesdays: December 08

Sci Fi Teaser TuesdaysWelcome to Teaser Tuesdays – a weekly feature hosted by A Daily Rhythm. From the beginning of December to the end of January, Books by Proxy will be taking part in The 2016 Sci-Fi Experience, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. Expect a new teaser every week!

| Teaser Tuesdays: December 08 |


by Kurt Vonnegut

Science Fiction | 219 Pages | Published by Vintage in 1998

“”If I ‘d wasted my time creating characters,” Trout said, “I would never have gotten around to calling attention to things that really matter: irresistable forces in nature, and cruel interventions, and cockamamie ideals and governments and economies that make heroes and heroines alike feel like something the cat drug in.” Trout might have said, and it can be said of me as well, that he created caricatures rather than characters.”

~ p. 63, Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

| Synopsis |

According to science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur in New York City on 13th February 2001. It is the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience. Should it expand or make a great big bang? It decides to wind the clock back a decade to 1991, making everyone in the world endure ten years of deja-vu and a total loss of free will – not to mention the torture of reliving every nanosecond of one of the tawdiest and most hollow decades. With his trademark wicked wit, Vonnegut addresses memory, suicide, the Great Depression, the loss of American eloquence, and the obsolescent thrill of reading books.

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  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
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