Friday Face-Off | All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

What better way to start the weekend than with an Epic Battle of Books?! Every friday, different editions of the same book enter the ring *cue Tyra Banks* in the hopes of becoming Friday’s Fancy Front – a.k.a.: the best cover *exit Tyra*
This weekly meme is hosted by Books By Proxy who provides us with awesome themes with an even more awesome title. This week, it’s all about the bling bling on front. Covers with gold shining bright. The book I have for you, however, does not only have gold on the outside, but the words within are at least eighteen carats if not shining bright like diamonds in the sky.

 

I might have mentioned it in a couple of tags, but this trilogy – and Robin Hobb in general – is nothing short but brilliant. I read these some years ago after hearing people rave and rave about them and I can totally see why. Not only are they gorgeous books to read, but they look stunning on the shelf. I have every Hobb-book in the very first edition, the UK paperback with the animal on the front. Oh how I love those covers, cause when the sun shines upon them, they glimmer and shine so beautifully and the overall design of the book is just pretty. Imagine my disappointment when the most recent trilogy has shifted to the new covers. They are far from ugly, but I prefer the former.
The other two on the bottom, I don’t care about. If it were between them, I’d go for the first one again – I think this is the very first edition of the series – cause the one with the character is just so generic and plain and does nothing for the book at all.
What is your favourite?

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Friday Face-Off | In The Beginning There Was Nothing, Which Exploded

What better way to start the weekend than with an Epic Battle of Books?! Every friday, different editions of the same book enter the ring *cue Tyra Banks* in the hopes of becoming Friday’s Fancy Front – a.k.a.: the best cover *exit Tyra*
This weekly meme is hosted by Books By Proxy who provides us with awesome themes with an even more awesome title. Talking about awesome, the amount of rain we got over the past week was also beyond awesome. Especially on Monday it just kept on pouring and pouring. It was like the clouds exploded and let it all go. And now we’re on the topic of explosions, this also happens to be this week’s theme.
When I read the theme, I instantly knew which cover to pick, since it is a recent buy for me and it was actually kind of a coverbuy. Behold, China MiĆ©ville’s Three Moments Of An Explosion.

 

When you go out looking for this book, the first two covers will be the ones that you see the most, I guess. With the left one being the UK paperback and the right one the US hardback edition. The ones below are the limited hardback and the US paperback.
I am going out there and just say that it’s all about the very first cover for me. I am in L.O.V.E. with MiĆ©ville’s UK covers – Pan Macmillan does such an outstanding job on every single one of his books, I mean, look at it. When you see all his books lined up, the spines have beautiful vibrant colours, the same coverstyle on every book with the dividing line. Just sublime.
The hardback on the right, however, I don’t know what that is?! It’s beyond ugly. The two other editions are pretty meh, with the first one trying too hard and the second one a nice but bland try in comparison to the upper left cover.
That being said, I think I should give his books a try one day soon. Cause even though I own about seven of his books, I haven’t read a single one of them. They do look stunning on the shelves, though, so that’s at least something.

So tell me, which cover do you prefer?

Friday Face-Off | Renewed Shall Be The Blade That Was Broken

What better way to start the weekend than with an Epic Battle of Books?! Every friday, different editions of the same book enter the ring *cue Tyra Banks* in the hopes of becoming Friday’s Fancy Front – a.k.a.: the best cover *exit Tyra*
This weekly meme is hosted by Books By Proxy who provides us with awesome themes with an even more awesome title. This week, us Fantast lovers have it easy. A book with ‘blade’ in the title isn’t that hard to find in Fantasyland. I’ll take this chance to showcase a discovery from a few years back which has become a major – and finished – series.

Heirs Of The Blade is the seventh book in the ten-book series Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky. When the first book was released – in 2009, I think – I was intrigued by the mix of steampunk and insects. While I have not read past the fourth book in the series, those four were kind of brilliant. In a world where people have adopted insect-abilities, different Kinden-species are at war. The best thing about this series, though, is the creativity that’s been put into the characters. I love how the characters display the most dominant traits of the insects – and other creepies – they’re linked to, both in personality as physical traits. Going from sprouting wings like an actual flying insect to the mind-link of a colony of ants. Brilliant!
For once, I have no preference where the cover is concerned. I have the first one and I like the design of it. The second one is the more recent release and although pretty standard and a classic Fantasy cover, I do like how each and every book has a specific dominant cover and a weapon on front.
What about you? Do you have a preference? Have you read this series, cause if not, you should give it a try. They’re doorstoppers, though, so make sure you have some spare time.

Friday Face-Off | Just Then Flew Down a Monstrous Crow

What better way to start the weekend than with an Epic Battle of Books?! Every friday, different editions of the same book enter the ring *cue Tyra Banks* in the hopes of becoming Friday’s Fancy Front – a.k.a.: the best cover *exit Tyra*
This weekly meme is hosted by Books By Proxy who provides us with awesome themes with an even more awesome title. This week, it’s all about our feathered friends, the birds. Apart from soaring in the sky, now and again, they grace our covers with their presence. I say now and again, cause I had a pretty hard time finding a book with a bird on the cover that was more than just a little speck in the backgroud. Fortunately, I have enough books to choose from, so there happened to be some birds lingering around.

When you get to a certain amount of books, you inevitably come to a point where people ask you about a book that’s been there for years and you have to shamefully admit you still haven’t read it. Kate Elliott’s Spirit Gate is such a book. In fact, of the fourteen books of hers I own, I’ve only read one – I really liked it, and she is a great writer judging from that one book, so it’s just a matter of always having something else to read first.
This trilogy – of which this book is the final one – seems particularly interesting and years ago, when I bought it, I read that she had awesome plans in this world to connect this trilogy to another trilogy with a standalone between them, so I got really excited and all. Perhaps my excitement will flare up once more in the future and I’ll devour these. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the covers.
To be honest, I’m pretty much undecided in that I don’t particularly like either. The first is the one I own – the mass market obviously – and it’s just another Fantasy cover that doesn’t do much for me. There’s not really something to dislike either. The second one would have been lovely if it weren’t for the axe. I can’t help but feeling that this cover was initially without the axe and then someone photoshopped the axe on it for dramatic effect and they ushered it off to the publisher. Looking past the clunky axe, I’m inclined to go for the second cover, but I have my reservations.

What about you? Any particularly strong opinions?

Friday Face-Off | You Got The Blues

What better way to start the weekend than with an Epic Battle of Books?! Every friday, different editions of the same book enter the ring *cue Tyra Banks* in the hopes of becoming Friday’s Fancy Front – a.k.a.: the best cover *exit Tyra*
This weekly meme is hosted by Books By Proxy and this week, it’s all about blue on the cover. Blue happens to be my favourite colour, whether it is a bright and happy blue or a rather dark, broodish and sad blue. When I read the topic, I knew immediately which book I would feature this week, despite having a lot of blue books on my shelves.

On the left is the more ‘traditional’ US cover with a woman and a minotaur showcasing the Fantasy, whereas on the right there is the UK cover with a city and clouds and a little boat. Less fantasy, more dreamy. I don’t think these covers could be anymore different than they are and as such I feel like they give very different impressions of what the book’s about. I can’t tell you which cover depicts the feel of the book the best, cause I have yet to read it.
What I do can tell you, though, is that I very much prefer the blue UK cover over the generic US one. To be honest, it was the stunning blue cover that drew my attention in the first place and made me check out the blurb. If there only was the US cover – which I think is ugly – I’d have needed some strong glowing reviews to convince me. Unfortunately, this is once again a case of where a cover is half-arsed and a book loses much appeal because of it. Alas, I feel like a lot of Fantasy covers are half-arsed and have this amateurish, childish look to them. And still they wonder why Fantasy is looked down upon?

Which cover do you prefer? Minotaur or blue?