TTT : Cover Face Off


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Cover Redesigns  Cover Face Off

I decided to change the theme slightly and choose ten books with different versions and have a face off:

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

I can’t deny I have a soft spot for SF Masterworks covers so the blue is my favourite although I think all three of these are okay.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I actually like all three of these covers but again, I have an undeniable soft spot for the cover depicting Smaug protecting his hoard.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I’m never overly fond of movie tie-in covers but the one here isn’t that bad.  My favourite is the black and white cover though.  I love that cover.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I love the middle cover.  Possibly because of familiarity but I love these covers.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

So, the silver and purple version is the one I first read/bought but I love the third cover – I can’t explain it.  It is the one.

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The blue cover is my favourite of these – it is a little bit dated but I feel it’s the best one in terms of fitting the story – the other two, well, they’re not bad covers but my immediate impression, if I saw these without any knowledge of the book, would be that the story involved vampires.

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Now, I’ve not read this series – don’t go there – so can’t speak as to which is the most fitting but I like the first cover.  Maps.  Enough said.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Three quite different styles here.  The third was the original cover I bought but I really like the middle cover.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I really do like the cover with the mask so this is a close run thing – but the door.  I have to know where that door is going to.  I have to.

I’ve left No.10 free for you to give me an example 😀



14 Responses to “TTT : Cover Face Off”

  1. Tammy

    Some fun examples Lynn! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that middle cover of The Lies of Locke Lamora, I really like it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think I’m familiar with a few of the covers for LoLL – simply because of doing readalongs and seeing everyone’s different favourites.
      Lynn 😀

  2. confessionsofayareader

    I like how you chose to do the post this week.

  3. Mari

    I’m actually a bigger fan of the first Mistborn cover you have listed! But I do own the middle, and it still really showcases that gorgeous mistborn cloak, so I’m not complaining. Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – that first cover is really good but there’s something about it that I find a bit too scary somehow – I’m such a scaredy cat.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Nice, this is like a series of mini-Friday face-offs! I love that you included Mistborn, I know a lot of folks like the UK covers for Sanderson’s books but I always find I prefer the more colorful US versions.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I definitely prefer the US versions for some reason.
      Lynn 😀

  5. waytoofantasy

    It’s hard to pick favorites sometimes, but I do love that original Kushiel’s cover just because it’s what I’m used to seeing. And I love the UK covers for Mistborn SOOOOO much better than the US versions.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – it has to be the original cover for Kushiel’s Dart – I just don’t think the other covers fit the book tbh although they’re not bad covers.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I love the cover of The Hobbit with Smaug curled up on his gold – our copies’ covers have a variant on that image – but I do think the other two covers are great too. And like you, I first bought/read the purple and silver copy of The Lies of Locke Lamora – Sadly I lent that out and never got it back. My new copy has the third cover and, even though it’s not purple, I actually think I prefer it: there’s something more atmospheric about it I think.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Aww, that’s sad when you let someone have one of your books and it never finds it’s way back home – sad, and also true!
      Lynn 😀

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